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Nov 23 2011

President Obama Announces Marilyn Tavenner as Berwick’s Replacement

President Obama announced today his intent to nominate Marilyn Tavenner to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Tavenner currently serves as Principal Deputy Administrator of CMS. If confirmed, Tavenner will succeed Donald Berwick as Administrator.

Prior to working at CMS, Tavenner, a nurse, served as secretary of Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to her government positions, Tavenner worked as a staff nurse for 20 years and served as president of outpatient services for the Hospital Corporation of America. Tavenner has also served as a board member of the American Hospital Association and president of the Virginia Hospital Association.

Berwick was appointed to the position of CMS Administrator in July 2010 as a recess appointment but was not confirmed by the Senate. Berwick’s appointment expires December 31, 2011, and he will step down as Administrator on December 2. Tavenner will serve on an acting basis through her confirmation.

The Health Law team at von Briesen will monitor the progress of Tavenner’s confirmation.