"LeadingAge looks forward to ongoing collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services - including a new secretary - as we work, on behalf of our 6000+ members and partners, to ensure the overall health and wellbeing of older adults across the country", she said in an emailed statement to Home Health Care News.
President Trump aims to fill the role of Health and Human Services Secretary, vacant since Tom Price resigned in lieu of reports about his questionable travel records. His earlier stint was general counsel and deputy secretary at the department in the George W Bush administration.
Azar, 50, a lawyer by training, has spent most of the last 10 years with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, rising to president of its key USA affiliate before leaving in January to start his own consulting firm.
Trump made the announcement on Twitter, saying Azar "will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices".
And he'll be returning to HHS a second time.
But committee chairman Sen.
Trump has been a sharp critic of the industry.
If confirmed, Azar would be tasked with attempting to roll back drug prices and overseeing Medicare and Medicaid programs, and implementing the controversial Affordable Care Act- legislation that Trump has promised to repeal while on the campaign trail but has been unsuccessful since he took office after Congress repeatedly failed to pass a series of repeal-and-replace bills.
Professionally, Azar has another set of skills that may be valuable to the president.
Azar previously worked at the department as deputy secretary under President George W. Bush before joining the pharmaceutical industry.
Azar needs 51 votes for confirmation. Ross was chairman of a private equity firm he founded and later sold.
Where Azar stands on drug prices is less clear. Once in office, Gottlieb pushed efforts to lower drug prices by reworking FDA drug reviews to increase competition.
Trump's first HHS secretary, Tom Price, resigned in September after his extensive use of private and military jets at taxpayer expense was revealed.