CMS Chief Medical Officer announces abrupt departure

Leaving CMS to cope with family’s struggle with substance use disorder, Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, Medium

“I am sad to tell you that today, Friday Dec 1, is my last day at CMS. My family has recently been impacted by the growing substance use disorder crisis and I have to focus on helping my family heal during this difficult time. While I am sad to leave, I am incredibly grateful for getting the chance to work with you all.

I recently learned that my uncle, who passed away 2 years ago for unclear reasons, actually passed away from a drug overdose. This news was unexpected, troubling, and has …” Read the full post here

G2X TAKE: We will let his rather public and sensitive announcement do the talking, but the energy and fresh perspective this fast-rising CMS executive who “helped Medicaid develop it’s opioid strategy, plant the foundation for becoming a learning organization, and move toward data-driven policy making” brought to the agency will be missed by many.

Using a variety of social media and publishing platforms, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, publicly announced his departure on Friday, while sharing sensitive details about the reasons with his departure, with the stated hopes of eliminating the stigma associated with this major challenge he and many other families are faced with.

 

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