Hospital Groups Hail Experience of HHS Secretary Nominee

Hospital advocacy groups highlighted the policy experience of Rep. Tom Price, MD, (R-Ga.) after President-elect Donald Trump nominated him to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Price, an orthopedic surgeon who served as the chairman of the House Budget Committee and as a member of the GOP Doctors Caucus, was nominated on Nov. 29 to serve as secretary of HHS.

“His clinical knowledge along with his congressional experience make him an impressively qualified candidate for HHS secretary,” Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, said in a written statement.

Bruce Siegel, MD, president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals, also praised Price for his “extensive clinical, administrative, and academic background in health care and long experience in the legislative process.”

Darrell Kirch, MD, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), was supportive but also alluded to the challenges that await the next HHS secretary.

“We are confident that Rep. Price will bring a thoughtful, measured approach to tackling the wide range of issues affecting the nation’s health—from funding for biomedical research to training the next generation of physicians to transforming the nation’s health care system in order to provide all Americans with the care they need when they need it,” Kirch said in a written statement.

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