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Biden Administration Takes Office; Key Healthcare Positions Not Yet Nominated

This afternoon, Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. With him will come an entirely new administration, including key healthcare positions. President Biden has nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services and has put in place an extensive team focused on ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden has not yet, however, nominated individuals for the CMS Administrator and FDA Commissioner roles.

While the Biden Administration is expected to seek expansion of coverage from the Affordable Care Act, policies related to physician payment are not expected to diverge significantly from the Trump or Obama administrations. There is still strong bipartisan support for implementing value-based care models and improving payment for primary care, which will likely be key goals of the new administration. Details on the future of certain programs—most notably the Most Favored Nation model—have not yet been announced.

As the new administration begins to take shape, ASRS will be working with the Alliance of Specialty Medicine to educate key policymakers on our priorities.

(Published 1.20.21)

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