The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Quiet Coziness with Wall Street

Roy M. Poses, MD

Posted 12/09/11 on Health Care Renewal

[DSCN0083.JPG]An article from the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) reveals a new aspect of the growing coziness between the US government and big corporations with obvious relevance to health care.

CMS’ Coziness with Leaders of the “Capital Markets”

Here is the introduction and the example most relevant to health care:

Nearly a dozen senior staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the giant agency that administers hundreds of billions in federal health care dollars, had been called to a meeting. After a discussion with five Wall Street professionals that lasted nearly two hours, one senior CMS analyst filed an ethics complaint that later went to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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