CMS Technology Leader Trenkle Steps Down

Tony Trenkle, the laconic federal official who was both the CMS' point man on the $16.6 billion electronic health-record incentive payment program and its technology leader during the launch of the troubled HealthCare.gov, will be stepping down as the agency's chief information officer and its director of information services to work in the private sector.

Tony Trenkle, the laconic federal official who was both the CMS' point man on the $16.6 billion electronic health-record incentive payment program and its technology leader during the launch of the troubled HealthCare.gov, will be stepping down as the agency's chief information officer and its director of information services to work in the private sector.

Congressional Republicans have called for heads to roll, including that of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, over the botched Oct. 1 rollout of the federal online insurance marketplace. But it's not clear whether Trenkle's departure is related to that debacle.

The announcement of his exit came Wednesday in an e-mail to staff from CMS Chief Operating Officer Michelle Snyder. It named Dave Nelson, currently director of the office of enterprise management, as acting CIO. Trenkle's last day at the CMS will be Nov. 15.

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Source: Modern Healthcare