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Senate confirms Tavenner as CMS administrator

June 14, 2013

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The Senate Wednesday voted 91-7 to confirm the president’s nomination of Marilyn Tavenner as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator. She has served as acting administrator since December 2011 and previously was principal deputy administrator.

Tavenner briefly served as an AHA board member when she was Nashville, TN-based HCA’s group president of outpatient services. She left the board in 2005 to become Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources. Her confirmation is the first for a CMS administrator since Mark McClellan, M.D., stepped down in 2006.

The AHA welcomed Tavenner’s confirmation. AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said Tavenner “has worked to reduce red tape and regulatory burden to ensure that more providers’ time and resources are spent on caring for patients.” He added that her “varied and rich background as a nurse, health care executive and government official at both the state and national levels gives her a unique perspective and demonstrates that she is a very capable leader of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.”