Uncategorized

Meet the New (Acting) Boss, Same as the Old Boss

It didn’t make a Wall Street Journal story on changes at the Department of Health and Human Services , and a brief mention in a pharmaceutical industry blog was a bit vague , but THCB has confirmed that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality now has an acting director who will be in charge after Jan. 20: it’s Carolyn Clancy, the current full-time director.

As the Journal reported, the outgoing Bush administration has named acting heads to lead a number of HHS agencies until the Obama administration can pick permanent new leaders. As part of that process, replacements have been named for some current chiefs who clearly won’t be staying on (e.g., Julie Gerberding, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). At the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, it will be a case of a new Acting Administrator replacing an old Acting Administrator, since Kerry Weems, the Acting Administrator since September, 2007, was never given a permanent appointment subject to Senate approval.

Clancy, who joined AHRQ in 1990, was Acting Director once before, after
the death of predecessor John Eisenberg in March, 2002. Her subsequent
appointment in 2003 to permanent director status by the Bush
administration was a rare non-political recognition of scientific
competence. (OK, it’s true that no qualified Republican with any
political clout actually wanted the AHRQ job, but that doesn’t mean it
couldn’t have been given to some ideological flunky as a consolation
prize.) The reason that Clancy is Acting Administrator once again is
that she remains a candidate for full-time appointment by the incoming
Obama administration. Like the White House chef (also retained by
Obama), non-political competence may again be a recipe for success ….

Livongo’s Post Ad Banner 728*90

Categories: Uncategorized

Tagged as:

4
Leave a Reply

4 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
4 Comment authors
BradDavid C. Kibbe, MD MBADaveLew Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Brad
Guest
Brad

She needs to stay. Period. I have met her several times and admire her a great deal. She is top notch.

David C. Kibbe, MD MBA
Guest

I, too, hope that she’ll be appointed. Carolyn is very real, a hard worker, and very smart. There is so much good work that could be done at AHRQ with her continuing at the helm under the Obama administration! Regards, dCK

Dave
Guest
Dave

Nice. Glad to hear you’re a fan of The Who.

Lew
Guest
Lew

I hope she is re-appointed. Dr. Clancy has been exemplary in her role, managing to advance the Agency and its agenda to promote high-quality evidence-no mean feat in this administration.