HHS on Monday announced that Smith would become the new director of CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, replacing Adam Boehler, who left the role in the fall, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Maryland, and Virginia.
- Illinois: Insurer Molina Healthcare on Monday announced it will purchase NextLevel Health Partners, a Chicago-based health plan, for $50 million. According to Molina, the purchase will give the insurer "50,000 Medicaid and managed long-term services and supports members in Illinois' Cook County" (Japsen, Forbes, 1/6; Molina release, 1/6).
- Maryland: HHS on Monday announced that Brad Smith, co-founder of palliative care provider Aspire Health, will become the new director of CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Smith will replace Adam Boehler, who left the role in the fall following his nomination by the Trump administration to lead the newly formed International Development Finance Corporation. Smith most recently served as COO of Anthem's diversified business group, according to HHS (Castellucci, Modern Healthcare, 1/6; King, FierceHealthcare, 7/10/2019).
- Virginia: Chase Smith, an RN at the University of Virginia, weighed nearly 400 pounds when he accepted a weight loss challenge from a friend on Jan. 1, 2019. Now, a year later, he's lost 151 pounds, NBC29 reports. His secret? "I've done this all through just eating better and moving more. There is no magic pill. There is no magic fat-burner," Smith said. "Your body can put up with a lot. A lot of times it's your mind that you have to get over the hump to keep going" (Todd, NBC29, 1/3).