Last week, President Obama nominated Marilyn B. Tavenner to succeed Don Berwick, MD, who will step down as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the end of this week.
Obama nominated Berwick in April 2010, but he never received a Senate confirmation hearing. His temporary appointment was to expire at the end of the year.
Tavenner, a nurse and former secretary of Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources who served as Berwick's principal deputy, is described as "more of a manager and less of a visionary" than Berwick, says an article in the New York Times. She has worked nearly 35 years in the health care profession, including almost 20 years in nursing, 3 years as a hospital CEO, and 10 years in various senior executive-level positions for Hospital Corporation of America. She served on the boards of the American Hospital Association and the Virginia Hospital Association.