The letter in part stated,” On behalf of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), we are writing to congratulate you on your recent confirmation to serve as the next Administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). IHPC is a broad-based coalition of organizations whose mission is to eliminate barriers to health. IHPC includes 26 organizations representing more than 650,000 state licensed, certified and/or nationally certified healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, registered nurses, doctors of chiropractic, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, licensed acupuncturists, licensed massage therapists, and academic, research, clinical, and public education organizations.
In recent years, the consortium has worked closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and promote recommendations issued by the non-partisan Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Report of 2019. This report, which was led by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), highlighted pain as a leading health challenge to the nation and its direct impact on the opioid crisis. In addition, the report documented considerable evidence regarding health disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations in the prevalence and treatment of pain-related conditions that are attributed to factors of our current health systems. We look forward to working with HHS officials, including the CMS, to resume efforts regarding implementation of the report’s recommendations.”
To read the full letter, go to: IHPC Letter Welcoming New CMS Administrator
About Administrator Brooks-LaSure: Administrator Brooks-LaSure earned an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University in 1996 and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University in 1999. She began her career at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a program examiner and lead Medicaid analyst. She then moved to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means’ Democratic staff, where she worked on the ACA and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008. Brooks-LaSure then joined the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) within CMS, which oversees federal health insurance-related laws and the ACA. There, she led ACA implementation with respect to coverage and insurance reform during the Obama-Biden administration.
Prior to her confirmation, Administator Brooks-LaSure was Managing Director of Manatt Health at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she consults on health care financing issues. She served on the Board of FAIRHealth, a nonprofit working to increase health care cost transparency. She has been a consultant for The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that aims to improve access, quality and efficiency in health care, especially for vulnerable populations (including low-income individuals, the uninsured and people of color). In September 2020, Governor Northam of Virginia appointed her to the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Council. She also led the HHS agency review team for the Biden-Harris Transition Team.