United’s Slavitt Tapped for CMS Post

According to CMS, he’ll be principal deputy administrator, overseeing day-to-day operations for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and exchanges.  He was previously group executive vice president for United’s Optum, which was called in to help fix the troubled exchanges after the botched launch.  CMS also said it would hire a permanent chief executive as well as a chief technology officer for the federal exchange.  Republicans are warning of potential conflicts of interest in the Slavitt hiring.  As for the CEO and CTO hires, it was sorely needed.



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