AAFP Statement: Marilyn Tavenner Brings Needed Expertise, Leadership to CMS

Friday, May 17, 2013


Statement attributable to:
Jeff Cain, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“As the agency that oversees the most important public health care coverage programs in the nation, CMS requires a strong leader who brings expertise in both state and national health issues and in policies that will build and sustain the primary care physician workforce. With her background working in the private sector and her experience in the public sector, Marilyn Tavenner is just such a leader.

“We look forward to working with Ms. Tavenner in moving our health care system toward a model that focuses on improving the quality of care through the physician-led, patient-centered medical home, that rebalances health services on primary care, and that meets patients’ needs for comprehensive, coordinated and accessible services.”

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


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