A Primer On CMS The Agency

Kaiser Health News has a good article out today on CMS and the difficulty of keeping an Administrator in the top spot.

It’s a good read, enlightening the sheer challenge of leading the agency during the implementation of the most expansive reform law ever.

Since its creation in 1977 as the Health Care Financing Administration, the agency has had 29 administrators in 35 years – an average tenure of just 14 months. The longest-serving administrator held the job for four years and five months. The shortest: two months.

Also worth a bookmark for reference are two biographies in this morning’s Washington Post of two lawyers generally considered to be among the leading protagonists in the health care battle before the Supreme Court:  Don Verrilli and Paul Clement.