Former Palliative-Care Firm CEO Brad Smith Appointed Head Of CMS Innovation Center
Brad Smith, the former CEO of Aspire Health, a home-based palliative-care company, was appointed director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at the US Medicare agency CMS.
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