(Story updated with additional comment at 4:20 p.m. ET Wednesday.)
The news that Marilyn Tavenner will assume the top spot at the CMS following Dr. Donald's Berwick's departure prompted reactions from across the healthcare industry.
The American Hospital Association issued a statement lauding Berwick's efforts to improve healthcare quality and develop new models of payment delivery. The AHA also said it looks forward to working with Tavenner.
"Her varied and rich background as a former nurse, healthcare executive, and government official at the state level gives her a very unique perspective in understanding both the implications of public policy and their implementation," AHA President and CEO Richard Umbdenstock said in the statement. "We have no doubt that she will provide strong leadership in these challenging times."
The Association of American Medical Colleges also released a statement calling Tavenner “an excellent choice for CMS administrator.”