Marilyn Tavenner, tapped by the Obama administration to replace Dr. Donald Berwick as head of the CMS, is a former intensive care unit nurse who rose through hospital management ranks to become a CEO. She brings a different approach than Berwick to the CMS job, and former colleagues say she is a quick thinker, patient-oriented and a pragmatist.
A study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine showed that 9.4% of patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention were readmitted and 0.68% died within 30 days of discharge. In comparison with patients who were not readmitted, those who were readmitted within 30 days of discharge were at greater risk of dying within the year, researchers said.
The American Medical Association and The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care have expressed support for Marilyn Tavenner's nomination to lead the CMS, following the resignation of CMS Administrator Don Berwick on Dec. 2. "We have worked extensively with her in her role as deputy administrator, and she has been fair, knowledgeable and open to dialogue," said AMA President Peter Carmel.
With many Democratic legislators having given up hope that Dr. Donald Berwick's confirmation will clear Republican opposition in the Senate, some are now looking at his top deputy, Marilyn Tavenner, to run CMS.