AAFP Statement: AAFP Welcomes Marilyn Tavenner Nomination as CMS Administrator

Friday, December 02, 2011

Statement attributable to:
Glen Stream, MD, MBI
American Academy of Family Physicians

"During this time of change, America’s health care system needs a steady, respected and pragmatic leader at the helm of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Marilyn Tavenner’s nomination as CMS director fits the bill.

"Tavenner brings experience in both the private and public health care sectors, in direct patient care and administration of that care, and in health care policy-making that undergirds patient care. Throughout her career, she has worked to ensure that patients have access to high quality care and that health professionals are paid appropriately. She understands the flaws in our current health care system and has helped frame meaningful solutions.

"Moreover, her experience on both the state and national levels brings a perspective that will help ensure federal health policies meet patients’ needs without adversely affecting state programs.

"The American Academy of Family Physicians looks forward to working with Marilyn Tavenner as the nation moves forward in reforming health care delivery, improving the quality of and access to medical care, and restraining the cost of health services."

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

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