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HHS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH: JAMES MONGAN, MD,

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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HHS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH: JAMES MONGAN, MD, has been offered the post. He has served as a White House domestic policy staffer and an official at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Mongan has been executive director of the Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri since 1981. In addition, he has been dean of the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine since 1987. Mongan will bring a cornucopia of past health care experience to the job -- not only from the personal and policy perspective but also from Capitol Hill. From 1977 to 1979, Mongan was HEW deputy assistant secretary for health policy and special assistant to the secretary for national health insurance. In that position, he helped to develop policies for the six Public Health Services agencies and for the Administration's national health plan. Mongan was a member of the White House domestic policy staff from 1979 to 1981, where he served as assistant surgeon general and associate director for health and human resources. His responsibilities included translating White House policy into a legislative, regulatory and budgetary program and working with Congress and interest groups to pass the program. The Kansas City physician sat on the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission from 1983 to 1989. In December 1988, he was named to the Prescription Drug Payment Review Commission, which never convened due to the repeal of the Catastrophic Care Act. Current Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Alice Rivlin had been named to chair that commission. Mongan also sat on the board of the American Hospital Association from 1988 to 1991 and of the Council of Teaching Hospitals from 1984 to 1990. He is a member of the General Accounting Office's health advisory committee, the Pew Health Professions Committee and the Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid, on which interagency task force member Judith Feder sits. Mongan has Capitol Hill experience as well, having served as a staffer on the Senate Finance Committee from 1970 to 1977, where he worked on Medicare, Medicaid and national health care proposals. He worked in the Denver regional office of HEW from 1968 to 1970. Mongan received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley and his MD from Stanford. Audrey Manley is filling the assistant secretary role on an active basis. Former HHS Assistant Secretary for Health James Mason is now VP-policy development at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences.
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