CMS announces leadership changes to staff innovation center

Two weeks after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched an innovation center to improve care and cut costs, the agency announced new roles for key staffers last night, according to an internal memo obtained by The Hill.

Julie Boughn, who had been serving as the chief information officer and director of the Office of Information Services (OIS), will join the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation as the acting deputy director, serving under acting director Richard Gilfillan.

Tony Trenkle, who had been the director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS), becomes acting director of OIS. Karen Trudel, who was the OESS deputy director, becomes the office’s acting director.

The innovation center, which was created by healthcare reform, was launched Nov. 16. At the time, CMS Administrator Donald Berwick said the center will address the fragmentation of the health care system.