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

Friday, May 17, 2013

Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224

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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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited 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.

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