Trump selects Price as HHS Secretary, Verma to head CMS

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President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) as the next Health and Human Services Secretary. Price has been a long-time champion in Congress for DME providers and the beneficiaries they serve with a focus on accessibility and quality. He has been the chairman on the House Budget Committee in the 114th Congress. Prior to his time in Congress, Dr. Price was an orthopedic surgeon, which gives him an experienced, fresh perspective on the health care system.

Price has been an open critic of the Affordable Care Act, which, following an official Senate confirmation, it is anticipated he will be leading the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. DME providers will be quick to remember the role that the ACA played for the industry as DME reimbursement cuts in non-competitively bid areas were used as a pay-for.

Price has led many efforts in recent years to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries are providedCongressman Tom Price with the highest quality of care with a true understanding that the best care comes from local providers. VGM looks forward to working to connect grassroots providers to the next administration as they work to implement crucial reforms across the health care sector.

Additionally, Seema Verma has been named as the Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. President-elect Trump says Verma “has decades of experience advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy and helping states navigate our complicated systems."