- Seema Verma, SVC, Inc Founder, CEO and President, was confirmed yesterday as the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Trump administration.
“CMS is a $1 trillion agency and covers over 100 million people, many of whom are amongst our nation's most vulnerable citizens,” Verma stated in a hearing held February 16, 2017. “Providing high quality, accessible healthcare for these Americans isn't just a luxury, it's a necessity and often a matter of life and death.”
Several healthcare organizations, including AMGA, have extended their congratulations to the new CMS administrator, lauding her experience with state Medicaid programs and legislation as indicative of her extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry’s inner workings.
“AMGA congratulates Seema Verma on her confirmation to become the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,” said Donald W. Fisher, CAE, AMGA. “She has extensive experience in working with policymakers to transform state Medicaid programs. We are eager to work with her on continuing the transition from fee-for-service payments to a system that promotes value. AMGA members are focused on providing quality health care to their 130 million patients, and we look forward to working with policymakers like Ms. Verma to empower our members to continue to advance high performance health.”
This confirmation comes at a critical time as CMS gears up to guide providers on regulations and reporting requirements as part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System going into effect this year.
The federal agency recently attended HIMSS17 to clear up confusion regarding reporting requirements and measures for the four performance categories.
CMS also closed the deadline at midnight yesterday for eligible professionals to attest to using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System.
“If confirmed, I will work towards modernizing CMS' programs to address the changing needs of the people they serve, leveraging innovation and technology to drive better care,” Verma stated in her February hearing. “I will ensure that efforts around preventing fraud and abuse are a priority because we can't afford to waste a single taxpayer dollar. I will work toward ushering in a new era of state flexibility and leadership to drive better outcomes.”
Verma will contribute years of experience as designer of the Healthy Indiana Plan, a program providing coverage for uninsured Indiana workers, and developer of Medicaid reform programs to her new position at CMS.