The headline has been the naming of former Virginia Secretary of HHS Marilyn Tavenner as the first principal deputy administrator for CMS, a position that has been defined as the second highest position within the agency. Members of the medical community, such as the American Health Care Association have commended the selection of Ms. Tavenner, not only because of her experience within former Governor Kaine’s cabinet, but also for her 25 years working for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), as well as working her way up from staff nurse to CEO of Johnston-Willis Hospital.
In addition to the creation of this new post, the decision has been made to merge several of the CMS offices:
- The Center for Medicaid and State Operations will be renamed the Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification, and it will be led by CMS Deputy Administrator Cindy Mann.
- The Center for Strategic Planning will realign the Office of Research, Development and Information with the Office of Policy.
- The Office of External Affairs and Beneficiary Services will realign the Office of Beneficiary Information Services with the Office of External Affairs.