Bush May Tap Scully to Run HCFA
The "buzz on the hill" is that Thomas Scully, currently the president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, is likely to be President Bush' choice to head HCFA, Roll Call reports. If selected, Scully will play a "major role" in shaping Medicare reform (Henry, Roll Call, 2/15). Scully joined FAH, a trade association representing 1,700 privately-owned and managed community hospitals and health systems, in January 1995. Prior to his tenure at FAH, Scully was a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Patton Boggs, LLP, where he focused on health care regulation and legislation. Scully also served as deputy assistant to the president and counselor to the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1992-1993 and counselor to the director of the OMB for Human Resources, Veterans and Labor 1989-1992, overseeing HHS' fiscal policy and regulatory review. Scully also held a position on the communications staff of the Bush-Quayle campaign (FAH web site). The announcement of the new HCFA director is expected soon (Roll Call, 2/16) Ruben King-Shaw, the head of Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, has also been rumored for the position (California Healthline, 2/2).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.