Bush may nominate FDA commissioner to head Medicare and Medicaid
The Wall Street Journal reported that President Bush is ready to nominate Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan as the next Centers for Medicare & Medicaid administrator. McClellan, who was a top healthcare advisor to Bush before his post at the FDA, might replace Tom Scully, who left in December to join Atlanta-based law firm Alston & Bird in its Washington D.C. office.
McClellan said at a public Washington event, avoiding the question as to whether the journal report is true, "I'm focusing on doing the best job I can at the FDA."
McClellan, a physician with a doctorate in economics, would likely win Senate confirmation for the CMS administrator position, but he could face challenges because of his opposition to prescription drug reimportation, the Journal reports.