Senate confirms Leavitt as HHS Secretary
The Senate yesterday confirmed Michael Leavitt as the new HHS secretary, replacing Tommy Thompson.
   
Leavitt is the former administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency and former governor of Utah.
   
Healthcare IT is one of Leavitt's priorities, as well as Medicaid reform and medical liability reform, he said during his Senate confirmation hearing. Leavitt called IT an "essential economic competitiveness issue, as well as an important healthcare issue."