Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Org Chart: Dora Hughes MD as Chief Medical Officer of CMS

For the last several years, Lee Fleischer MD has been Chief Medical Officer of CMS, and head of the offer of Clinical Standards and Quality.  He stepped down on July 31, 2023.  A few of us were lucky to hear him review his time at CMS at the NextGendx conference in DC in mid-August.

The Org Chart shows a new Chief Medical Officer today - Dora Hughes MD.   Dora Hughes had been Chief Medical Officer within the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI or "Innovation Center."   The online CMS org chart now shows Dr Hughes at the top of the Clinical Standard and Quality pyramid, with the joint titles of CMO and Director.

Dr. Hughes was an assistant to Senator Obama prior to his election to President in 2008.  She's had a number of private and non-profit and government roles since then.  

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Note that Tamara Syrek-Jensen, long-time head of the Coverage group, is now acting deputy director of CCSQ.   I've been told that long-time CMS physician Dr. Joe Chin is or will be director of the Coverage group, although this org chart version doesn't show that update yet.   

In addition to her numerous career positions, Dr Hughes holds an MD from Harvard.