COO Charlene Frizzera to head CMS in short term

The news out of Washington is that current Chief Operating Officer Charlene Frizzera will serve as interim head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services after acting CMS boss Kerry Weems steps down one week from today. This news comes to us from The Pink Sheet Daily, via the ISPE Blog, and reportedly based on an internal e-mail sent Friday by HHS Chief of Staff Rich McKeown.

The thing is, I know nothing at all about Frizzera, and could not find a bio online. She did win an intragovernmental award in 2006, though. Anyone care to help fill in some details?

The report also has Assistant HHS Secretary Charlie Johnson becoming acting HHS secretary “between January 20 at noon and the time when Secretary-designate Daschle is sworn in.” That might not be for long. In past transitions, the Senate generally went to work on confirming Cabinet secretaries almost as soon as the new president’s inaugural address ended, and swearings-in happened in short order following confirmation.

We still do not know who will be the permanent CMS boss.