President Barack Obama asked the Senate to confirm Marilyn Tavenner as CMS administrator. Tavenner has been acting administrator of the agency since 2011. The Senate has not confirmed a CMS chief since 2006.
U.S. senators on Wednesday voted 91-7 to install Marilyn Tavenner as the first confirmed CMS administrator since 2006. Tavenner is a former health system leader and nurse and was secretary of health and human resources in Virginia. She has been the federal agency's acting administrator since December 2011.
An AAFP letter to top members of the Senate Finance Committee urged confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as CMS administrator. Tavenner, who has been acting administrator since 2011, "continues to demonstrate strong leadership in shaping policy that will build and sustain the primary care physician workforce," said AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D.
CMS has made Marilyn Tavenner, a former Health and Human Resources secretary in Virginia, its principal deputy administrator. The Obama administration, however, still has to nominate a candidate for the position of CMS administrator. CMS also is looking to reorganize its component centers, which could be effective in 60 days, said Charlene Frizzera, the agency's chief operating officer.