February 23, 2004
Tommy G. Thompson, secretary of Health and Human Services, announced on February 20 that President George W. Bush has nominated Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, to be administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). McClellan will replace Thomas Scully who resigned as CMS administrator in December. McClellan will continue to serve in his current post as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration until his appointment to the CMS is confirmed by the Senate.
"Mark McClellan will be an outstanding leader for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as the agency works to implement the new Medicare law and increase access to quality health care for American families," said Thompson. "At the FDA and throughout his career, Dr. McClellan has served the nation admirably while demonstrating exemplary leadership that will continue our efforts to build a strong and responsive CMS. His comprehensive understanding of the American health care system and dedication to public service make Dr. McClellan is an ideal choice to lead CMS at this important time."