Wednesday, April 10, 2013

AHCA/NCAL Submit Statement of Support for Tavenner Confirmation

On Tuesday, AHCA/NCAL submitted a statement for the record to the Senate Committee on Finance on the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Tavenner has been serving as Acting Administrator of CMS since November 2011. AHCA/NCAL have been vocal supporters of Ms. Tavenner's confimation and reiterated that support in the statement issued on Tuesday.

The full content of the statement follows: 

“The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living enthusiastically endorse the confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In her current role as Acting Administrator, Ms. Tavenner has effectively fulfilled the duties of the office, and rightly deserves elevation to the full post. On behalf of our more than 11,000 member providers and over 3.1 million employees, our strong, collaborative partnership with CMS will only enhance and grow under her tenure.

“Our members are especially appreciative of Ms. Tavenner’s open-door policy on any Medicare or Medicaid issue. She not only welcomes feedback on how the agency is performing, but often goes in search of it.

“This commitment to improving lives was undoubtedly formed during her career as a health care provider in private sector roles that began as a nurse and culminated as chief executive officer of major hospital corporations. Coupled with her exemplary public service as a Cabinet-level head of Virginia’s health care system, Ms. Tavenner possesses the perfect combination of skill sets to serve as CMS Administrator.

“Finally, at a time when so many changes are occurring in our nation’s health care delivery system, the country needs a stable, informed health advocate at the helm of this important agency. Our provider community has waited too long to have a confirmed Administrator to help continue the tremendous strides we have made in quality and health outcomes. Marilyn Tavenner is uniquely suited to fulfill this important calling. We urge the Senate to act swiftly on her confirmation.”

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