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AAFP Backs Tavenner as New CMS Administrator
By News Staff
The Obama administration nominated Tavenner to replace former CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D., who resigned on Dec. 2. The administration has named Tavenner acting administrator of CMS pending her confirmation by the Senate.
Tavenner has been the principal deputy administrator at CMS since February 2010. In this role, she served as the second-in-command to Berwick, who was appointed CMS administrator in July 2010 through a recess appointment.
Before joining CMS, Tavenner was an executive with the Hospital Corp. of America, a former secretary of health and human resources for the governor of Virginia and the former president of the Virginia Hospital Association. She also served as a board member of the American Hospital Association. Tavenner has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master of Arts degree in health administration, both from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.
Stream cited Tavenner's experience "in both the private and public health care sectors, in direct patient care and administration of that care, and in health care policymaking that undergirds patient care," as reasons behind the AAFP's support.
"During this time of change, America's health care system needs a steady, respected and pragmatic leader at the helm of CMS, and Marilyn Tavenner's nomination as CMS director fits the bill," said Stream.
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