Confirmation by the U.S. Senate is all that stands between National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., and her new full-time job as Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS.  But, industry stakeholders appear to be taking her impending departure from ONC in stride.

The White House on May 6 announced President Obama’s nomination of DeSalvo for the position which generated reactions from associations and providers that have been generally positive. The one exception is the Medical Group Management Association, representing 33,000 medical practice administrators and executives in 18,000 healthcare organizations. Robert Tennant, director of HIT policy for MGMA, says DeSalvo’s leaving ONC “leaves a significant vacuum” in the health IT community at large.

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