Fierce Healthcare April 15, 2021
Chiquita Brooks-Lasure faced the Senate Finance Committee Thursday for a confirmation hearing for her nomination to serve as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Brooks-LaSure, who faced senate questioning alongside Andrea Palm, who is being considered to serve as Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) deputy secretary, was questioned about several policy areas that she will oversee if she is confirmed. These include the 340B drug discount program, dual-eligible care coordination and telehealth.
The hearing didn’t highlight any major opposition from Republicans to her nomination, likely signaling her confirmation as the head of CMS.
Here are three takeaways from the confirmation hearing:
Making telehealth flexibility permanent
Several senators highlighted the need to ensure that...