President Barack Obama last week nominated Andrew Slavitt to a permanent post as CMS administrator.
Since taking the post on an interim basis earlier this year, Slavitt has overseen day-to-day decisions regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, payment and delivery reform and healthcare fraud. Slavitt previously worked as an executive vice president of Optum, a unit of UnitedHealth Group. He helped fix the HealthCare.gov website in the months after it launched. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Slavitt would have to “answer a number of tough questions regarding his former employer and their relationship with the agency” at confirmation hearings.