Thursday, February 18, 2021

Biden Nominates CMS Administrator; MolDx Gets Add'l Medical Director

Brooks-LaSure Nominee for CMS Administrator

On February 17, 2021, it was widely reported that the Biden administration will nominate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to lead CMS, overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  See Fierce Healthcare here.  She's worked successively at OMB, on the House Ways and Means Committee, and at HHS during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  Most recently, she was a managing direct at Manatt in its consulting and policy group.  She holds a BA from Princeton and an MPP from Georgetown - bio here.

See a follow up article on Brooks-LaSure here.

  • Separately, hearings for Xavier Becerra as Secretary of HHS have been scheduled for February 23 (HELP) and February 24 (Finance).

Charnot-Katsikas Joins MolDx as Medical Director

According to Linked In, in December 2020, Dr. Angella Charnot-Katsikas joined MolDx as a medical director.   See Linked In here, U Chicago website here (here).   See the full listing of Palmetto medical directors here.

As of 2/2021, she had 24 publications based on a PubMed search (here).  At Chicago, she served as Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Laboratories.   She holds a BS from University of Chicago and her MD from Rush.

Brooks-LaSure; Charnot-Katsikas