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Senate Confirms Marilyn Tavenner as CMS Administrator

Thursday, May 16, 2013

On May 15, 2013, the Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by a vote of 91-7.  Ms. Tavenner has been serving as the acting administrator since late 2011 and is the first confirmed CMS administrator since 2006.

Ms. Tavenner, a nurse by training, spent 25 years working for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).  She began her career as a staff nurse and steadily rose through the ranks; becoming CEO of Richmond, VA based Johnston-Willis Hospital in April of 1993, and finishing out her service to HCA as president of outpatient services. Before being appointed to her current position with CMS, Ms. Tavenner served as secretary of Health and Human Resources for Virginia, a position she was appointed to by then Governor Tim Kaine.  She received her diploma in nursing from Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She later earned both her degree in nursing and a masters in health administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University.

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