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Senate Confirms Alex Azar Nomination as HHS Secretary

The Senate has confirmed Azar as the next Department of Health and Human Services secretary in a 55-43 vote.

Senate votes to confirm Alex Azar as HHS Secretary

Source: Senate HELP Committee

By Kate Monica

- Alex Azar won the nomination to serve as HHS Secretary under the Trump Administration during a senate session this afternoon.

The Trump Administration nominated the former Eli Lilly American Division President and former HHS General Counsel to take the place of former HHS Secretary and Georgia Congressman Tom Price in a tight 55-43 vote.

Tom Price resigned following allegations he had spent around $400,000 in travel bills for chartered flights. Azar replaces Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hagan, who temporarily served after Price resigned.

Prior to adopting this newest role at HHS, Azar was a pharmaceutical executive for ten years. Azar has advocated for lower prescription drug prices and voiced support for the transition from paper-based records to EHRs. He also served as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court in the early 1990s after graduating from Yale Law School.

Healthcare associations including HIMSS will work closely with Azar to enable a smooth transition to value-based care.

“As Mr. Azar navigates the confirmation process, HIMSS expects to work closely with him and the HHS team to ensure that health information and technology remain vital enablers of healthcare transformation,” said HIMMS in a public statement following Azar’s nomination. “Innovation, interoperability, cybersecurity, and active engagement of consumers, caregivers, and providers will enhance our ability to delivery on the promise of 21st Century, value-based healthcare.”

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