CMS Names First Chief Data Officer

CMS has named Niall Brennan as its first chief data officer to head the new Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics. Brennan is “tasked with overseeing improvements in data collection and dissemination as the agency strives to be more transparent.” Brennan has previously served as the acting director of CMS’ Office of Enterprise Management and has been appointed to the newly created position after leading numerous CMS data programs and initiatives at OEM. CMS is focusing on data transparency by continuing its payment reforms, including changing from volume-based, fee-for-service reimbursements to those focused on outcomes and coordination of care.

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