The CMS shook up its organizational chart, naming a former nurse and hospital administrator as its second highest-ranking deputy. Marilyn Tavenner, who rose to the rank of CEO of Johnston-Willis and Chippenham hospitals in Virginia and was named that state's secretary of Health and Human Resources in 2006, has been tapped to head the new Center for Medicare. Still, the appointment underscores that the CMS has yet to name a permanent administrator. Charlene Frizzera now serves as acting administrator. Tavenner's hiring comes after the announcement of a restructuring, creating the new Center for Medicare and streamlining other departments to create the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification; the Center for Program Integrity; the Center for Strategic Planning; and the Office of External Affairs & Beneficiary Services.
Late News: Tavenner takes No. 2 post in CMS revamp
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