Andy Slavitt joins healthcare innovation network

The former head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has landed a gig with a healthcare innovation network.

Andy Slavitt, who served as acting administrator of CMS under President Obama, will join AVIA as a senior advisor, the organization announced. During his nearly two-year tenure running CMS, Slavitt oversaw the Medicare and Medicaid programs, continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace, and the rollout of reimbursement innovation models.

“Slavitt helped lead the shift to pay-for-value through the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and the widespread adoption of Accountable Care Organizations,” AVIA said. “Under his leadership, hospitals and Medicare partnered to improve patient safety, resulting in 3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions, 125,000 patient deaths avoided, and $28 billion in cost savings.”

The mission of AVIA’s network of more than 20 health systems is to accelerate progress toward better, more coordinated care through proven technology while also helping provider organizations find sustainable treatment, operating and payment models during a time of disruption in the healthcare sector.

"One of the principal areas I will focus on is what major healthcare organizations need to do differently for our country to succeed in transforming patient care,” Slavitt said in statement. “We have small-scale innovation all over, but until physicians, patients, and systems can absorb and benefit at scale, our healthcare system will remain stalled.”

“We’re thrilled to have Andy on our team,” said AVIA CEO and co-founder, Eric Langshur. “Andy brings unparalleled experience and insight at a time when leadership and innovation in healthcare have never been more important.”

Slavitt succeeded Marilyn Tavenner as acting administrator of CMS in March 2015 and served in that role until January 2017. Slavitt was replaced two months later by Seema Verma.

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