The AHA last week expressed its strong support for the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said in a letter to Senate leaders.
President Obama earlier this month renominated Tavenner to head the agency. She has served as acting administrator since December 2011 and previously was principal deputy administrator.
In endorsing Tavenner as CMS administrator, Umbdenstock told senators that she has been “willing to listen to, learn from and work in partnership with the nation’s health care providers,” and has “worked to reduce red tape and regulatory burden to ensure that more providers’ time and resources are spent on caring for patients.”
Umbdenstock added that Tavenner’s “varied and rich background as a nurse, health care executive and government official at the state and national levels gives her a unique perspective on health care and the challenges facing health care providers at this critical time.” For more on the AHA’s Feb. 15 letter, click on:http://tinyurl.com/anucecm.
Tavenner served on the AHA board, leaving in 2005 to become Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources. She previously spent 25 years working for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). In 2001, she had assumed responsibility for 20 hospitals as president of the company’s Central Atlantic Division. She was HCA’s group president of outpatient services when she stepped down to become Virginia’stop health care official.