Medicare Chief Blum Resigning

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  • April 24, 2014
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Jonathan Blum, prinicipal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will step down from his job May 16, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced.
The five-year CMS veteran oversaw many of the changes to Medicare under the new administration, including implementing several quality programs, ACO regulations, and competitive bidding for durable medical equipment (DME) supplies.  Most recently, Blum oversaw the release of detailed Medicare data fro 880,000 providers, CMS said.
In an internal email procured by Modern Healthcare, Tavenner said of Blum, ?Under Jon’s leadership, the Medicare program has served as one of our primary drivers to shift our healthcare system to reward quality, care improvement and value.”
The Wall Street Journal said that Blum worked as a program analyst at the Office of Management and Budget and on the staff of Senate Finance Committee for then-Chairman Sen. Max Baucus (D. Mont.) before being appointed to CMS.

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