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Farzad Mostashari Confirms Plans to Resign as HHS National Coordinator for HIT

During the August 7 HIT Policy Committee meeting, the National Coordinator for HIT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, publicly confirmed his plans to resign in the coming months. Dr. Mostashari officially took over for Dr. David Blumenthal in April 2011 after serving briefly in an acting capacity.

Following Dr. Mostashari’s planned departure, the Principal Deputy National Coordinator, Dr. David Muntz, will likely serve as acting National Coordinator until the Secretary of HHS formally appoints the successor. If the Secretary selects someone from within, Dr. Muntz would be the most likely candidate given his position and responsibilities. Just as likely, the Secretary could choose someone from the private sector, as she did with Dr. Blumenthal in 2009.

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  1. August 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Seems like it would be most likely the administration would select someone from inside. Will be interesting to see who they pick though as so provisions of the ACA are falling behind schedule.

  2. August 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I would expect the administration to pick someone from the inside. Whoever it is will have their hands full though. So many provisions of the ACA are falling behind schedule.

    • mpetersacr
      August 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      The Affordable Care Act’s few HIT-specific provisions that would directly involve ONC administration/implementation were relatively light, so I’m not sure that would impact the Secretary’s decision-making process here.

      I recall there being much more competition for the job internally when Dr. Blumenthal resigned between Farzad (who was groomed for the role) and the very capable Dr. Chuck Friedman, who subsequently left for academia after not getting the nod.

      Now, there are Drs. Munz, Reider, and Fridsma, and of course Judy Murphy (just going by memory now, but I believe the establishing statute does not specify the National Coordinator must be a physician). I am not sure Drs. Reider and Fridsma would be politically inclined for the post, which leaves Dr. Munz and the energetic and charismatic Judy Murphy in my mind.

      Outside of ONC, there are additional options that might be better suited for the political battles to come. I suspect the next National Coordinator will spend a lot of time on the Hill’s hot seat as the penalties start kicking in, so they’ll need to have Dr. Blumenthal’s skill set more so than Dr. Mostashari’s.

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