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Tavenner to replace Berwick as Medicare Administrator?

Donald Berwick spent his last day as administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Dec. 2, 2011. His term was set to expire Dec. 31, but he chose to resign a  month early.

Berwick, known for implementing controversial rules regarding the implementation of last year’s health reform law, was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010, despite Republican opposition. Now Republicans on the Finance committee are examining the views and record of Obama’s new appointee, Marilyn Tavenner, who was previously Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources.

Tavenner, according to the White House, spent “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.”

While it appears that there is much support for the nomination of Tavenner, The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) believes that the “new CMS pick [is] no better than Berwick.”

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