Yesterday, by a vote of 91-7, the U.S. Senate approved President Obama’s nominee to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Ms. Tavenner became Acting Director in 2011, upon the resignation of then Principal Deputy Director, Dr. Donald Berwick. She started her career and an intensive care registered nurse and worked her way up to become CEO of a Richmond, VA hospital.
She received strong bi-partisan support in the Senate confirmation hearings in April. Interestingly, in these confirmation hearings, she made a commitment to Senator Baucus (D-MO) to improve the Medicare Secondary Payer program backlog and the situation in Libby, Montana.
Medicare and Medicaid combined is the world’s largest health insurer. They provide health care benefits to about 100 million Americans and spend approximately $1 trillion, which is more than the Department of Defense. In addition, CMS has a primary role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.”
Congratulations to Mrs. Tavenner. She has a difficult task ahead of her, but she certainly seems to have the qualifications and experience to be an outstanding leader of the CMS.
To view yesterday’s HHS press release, click here
To view a clip of the confirmation hearings where she addresses the MSP program and Libby Montana, click here.
To view our previous post on Libby Montana, click here.