CMS Administrator-Nominee Tavenner Would Bring Leadership Continuity As ACA Implementation Continues
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
With the selection of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Principal Deputy Administrator Marilyn Tavenner as Don Berwick’s successor, the Obama administration appears to be seeking leadership continuity with a candidate that has a good chance of gaining Senate confirmation.
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Senate Finance Committee greets Tavenner with multiple statements of support in her bid to become the first Senate-confirmed CMS administrator since 2006. She emphasizes “need to operate CMS as a business and act like business partners” with stakeholders.
If Berwick moves ahead and is successful in a campaign to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick, he could have an influential platform for his ideas on reducing health care system costs while improving quality.
Marilyn Tavenner is re-nominated for CMS administrator Feb.7. Her previous nomination languished in the Senate because of the fear that her nomination couldn’t muster the votes for approval, but a statement from the top Finance Committee Republican suggests more openness this time around.