The American Medical Association joined a growing number of provider advocacy groups Monday in endorsing Marilyn Tavenner's nomination as administrator of the CMS.
AMA praises nomination of Tavenner to lead CMS
Dr. Peter Carmel, president of the AMA, said in a written statement that the group supports her ascension from principal deputy administrator to the top CMS spot in part because of an approach that has demonstrated her to be "fair, knowledgeable and open to dialogue."
"With all the changes and challenges facing the Medicare and Medicaid programs, CMS needs stable leadership, and Marilyn Tavenner has the skills and experience to provide it," Carmel said.
Tavenner will replace acting administrator Dr. Donald Berwick, who plans to step aside Dec. 2. Berwick was unable to obtain Senate confirmation after Republicans objected to his past praise of the British socialized healthcare system.
The AMA adds to a lengthening list of provider advocacy organizations, including the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, backing Tavenner. The alliance praised Tavenner's nomination Monday as well, noting her previous experience working with skilled-nursing facility providers while serving as Virginia's secretary of health and human resources from 2006 to 2010.
Senate Republicans have reacted cautiously to her nomination. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member of the Senate panel with the authority to advance her nomination, said in a written statement that Tavenner's health policy views would be "carefully scrutinized."
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