Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rumor mill says Geisinger chief may lead Medicare agency - News - The Times-Tribune


Rumors are circulating widely through Washington, D.C., that President Barack Obama will nominate Geisinger Health System's top official to head the agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid.

Spokesmen for the agency and the health system denied that Dr. Glenn D. Steele Jr., Geisinger's president and chief executive officer, is Mr. Obama's confirmed choice for the post.

But circumstances make the rumor at least plausible. Mr. Obama has repeatedly praised Geisinger in speeches as a model for health reform, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been without a permanent administrator since October 2006.

Similar rumors that Dr. Steele would move into the post circulated last year. The New York Times reported in August that the Obama administration had considered Dr. Steele for the post.

The recent rumors are fueled by several Web sites that reported Dr. Steele's nomination as fact as early as Friday, without naming the source of the information.

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