The Trump administration has tapped Brad Smith to be the new director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’s innovation center.

Smith is a former executive of insurance giant Anthem’s Diversified Business Group and was also the chief executive of the palliative care services company Aspire Health, Fierce Healthcare’s Robert King reports. 
Along with his new role as director of the CMS’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Smith will also serve as a senior adviser to HHS Secretary Alex Azar. 

“Brad’s experience thinking outside-the-box to improve healthcare as a successful entrepreneur, along with his stellar academic and policy background, have prepared him well to lead CMMI and bring innovative solutions to our healthcare system’s most pressing challenges,” Seema Verma, the CMS administrator, said in a statement.

“I am excited that we have selected Brad to join the ranks of CMS and help us build on the important work the Trump Administration has undertaken to transform our healthcare system to deliver better value to patients.” https://t.co/Yez9sxtsnJ pic.twitter.com/RQFWq3Y1kK

— Administrator Seema Verma (@SeemaCMS) January 6, 2020

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