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Economist picked for top HCFA post.

Economist picked for top HCFA post

HHS Secretary Louis Sullivan has named economist Gail R. Wilensky as his latest choice to become HCFA administrator.

Wilensky holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and a 15-page curriculum vitae covering 20 years of experience in analyzing issues concerning Medicare and Medicaid.

Since 1983, she has served as a vice president and director of health affairs at Project HOPE, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that studies government and private-sector roles in the financing of health care delivery.

Before joining that organization, she was senior manager at the HHS National Center for Health Services Research, where she directed a $22 million study on U.S. medical care expenditures. Wilensky was also director of the Technical Assistance Project for the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission from 1985 to 1987.

Colleagues describe Wilensky as a skilled administrator with a strong handle on the operation of state and Federal health programs. A registered Republican, she is considered a moderate who favors market-oriented solutions to health care problems.

Her party affiliation may help win approval from White House officials who balked at the choice of former New Jersey health commissioner Drew Altman, reportedly due to political considerations. Assuming she gains that approval and passes routine security checks, her nomination will be submitted for Senate confirmation--possibly to come by the end of this month.
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Title Annotation:Gail R. Wilensky, Health Care Financing Administration
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Date:Oct 1, 1989
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