AAFP Statement: American Academy of Family Physicians Welcomes Tavenner Nomination as CMS Administrator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Friday, February 08, 2013

Statement attributable to:
JeffreyCain, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“President Obama has made an excellent choice in re-nominating Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“As acting director of CMS, Tavenner has demonstrated strong leadership in shaping policy that will build and sustain the primary care physician workforce and that promises to improve the quality of care through models such as the patient-centered medical home.

“Tavenner brings a wealth of experience in public and private health care sectors, direct patient care and the administration of that care. Her expertise in both state and national health issues and her strong working relationship with the medical community promise continued progress in establishing a health care system that serves patients’ needs, improves access to care and addresses costs without threatening quality.

“CMS has not had a confirmed administrator for seven years, and Tavenner has provided excellent leadership during her tenure as acting administrator. America’s health care system needs a steady, respected and pragmatic leader at the helm of the CMS, and Marilyn Tavenner fits the bill. The American Academy of Family Physicians supports her nomination and calls for her quick confirmation.”


Editor's Note
: To arrange an interview with Dr. Cain, contact Leslie Champlin, 800-274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.

# # #


Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.


To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).