FDA chief may win CMS post

Sunday, February 29, 2004

WASHINGTON - HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson has lobbied for FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan to become the new CMS administrator, the Wall Street Journal reported in January.

McLellan would replace Dennis Smith, who has served as acting CMS administrator since Tom Scully resigned in December. Scully now works for the Atlanta-based law firm Alston & Bird.

Supporters maintain that McClellan, a physician with a doctorate in economics, would “give the White House a much-needed, credible public face” in efforts to publicize the benefits of the new Medicare law.