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Kathleen Sebelius resigns from HHS

April 11, 2014
Healthcare Consulting By LW Consulting Inc.

After a year of trouble, revisions, and attention from the government, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, will be resigning, as CNN reports.

Recently, Sebelius has had a rocky tenure to say the least, and the move may have some repercussions for the future of healthcare in the country, particularly in regards to Healthcare.gov. According to the source, she comes out of her role after five years of service.

It's no surprise that Sebelius was the target of much anger and blame, especially from the Republicans. Last year, more than 30 members of this party serving in the House of Representatives signed a petition calling for Sebelius to leave. That petition cited the botched performance of the website as an example of what it called "uncertainty, confusion and incompetence."

But the New York Times quoted White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who said that Sebelius had simply chosen the time to leave.

"What was clear is that she thought that it was time to transition the leadership to somebody else," he said. "She's made clear in other comments publicly that she recognizes that she takes a lot of the incoming."

To replace Sebelius, Obama has already selected a new candidate: Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the White House's budget director. 

Coping with whatever new policies and programs emerge in the coming years will be important for practices, especially if this changeover signals a new approach to online health and the website problems that have received such attention. Healthcare coding and consulting services can be chosen to try and anticipate system changes and meet all of the latest code developments.