Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) David Saÿen (pronounced “SIGN”) is the Regional Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) San Francisco office. CMS Region IX includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Territories. David and his immediate staff are focused on external and intergovernmental affairs, while operations units in the office provide technical assistance and conduct a variety of reviews, evaluations, and inspections of activities in CMS’s programs. The San Francisco Regional Office spans a vast geographic area, has one of the most culturally diverse populations in the nation, and serves more than 14 million Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries. David brings more than 30 years of Federal service and experience in health and human services programs to the position of Regional Administrator. Between 2002 and 2007, as Associate Regional Administrator for Medicare Health Plans Operations, he led all Medicare private health plan contract operations for Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit in the San Francisco region. Before that he led the Medicare Contractor Financial Management and Program Integrity functions. Before coming to California he held posts in the CMS headquarters Office of Information Services and the Philadelphia region.
David is deeply committed to CMS’s mission, which is to ensure effective, up-to-date health care coverage and to promote quality care for all beneficiaries. He is particularly interested in advancing programs that improve care for those living with chronic diseases and in addressing disparities in health status that affect priority populations.
David is a Senior Fellow of the Council on Excellence in Government. He received the HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award on two occasions. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and an MBA in Health Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia. He lives in Alameda, California with his family.