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Nursing Home Groups Support Marilyn Tavenner as Administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The appointment of Marilyn Tavenner to replace Donald Berwick, M.D. as administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is getting strong support from nursing home groups, according to an article on McKnights.com.

In the article, Alan G. Rosenbloom, president of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, said that Tavenner “developed invaluable experience” while working with skilled nursing providers as Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

He added, “Marilyn Tavenner is a strong choice to lead CMS because of her reputaion as a smart, competent administrator, and because she has a strong working knowledge of how Medicare and Medicaid funding adequacy are both integral to the ongoing ability of SNFs to provide high quality long-term and post-acute care to U.S. seniors.”

Officials with the Obama administration confirmed last week that Tavenner, who served as Berwick’s principal deputy at CMS, has been appointed to replace him.