Taven­ner con­firmed

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE -

Dur­ing a week oth­er­wise con­sumed by par­ti­san knife fights over White House scan­dals and yet an­other House vote to re­peal the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act, 91 se­na­tors agreed that Mar­i­lyn Taven­ner is equipped to run the CMS. Taven­ner, 61, a for­mer nurse and hos­pi­tal ex­ec­u­tive for hos­pi­tal chain HCA, has earned a rep­u­ta­tion among law­mak­ers in both par­ties as a skilled and apo­lit­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tor, even though she is charged with im­ple­ment­ing the po­lit­i­cally di­vi­sive health­care law. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion hired Taven­ner as a deputy ad­min­is­tra­tor in 2010, and she took over as act­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor when Dr. Don­ald Ber­wick re­signed in late 2011. “We need a con­firmed ad­min­is­tra­tor with all of the work that she has to do, es­pe­cially im­ple­ment­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act,” Sen. Max Bau­cus (D-Mont.) said on the Se­nate floor be­fore the 91-7 vote.

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Taven­ner has been act­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor since late 2011.

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