- November 28th 2011
Washington -- President Obama on Nov. 23 nominated Marilyn B. Tavenner to be the next administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Donald M. Berwick, MD, the current CMS chief, will serve his last day on Dec. 2, according to a letter he sent to agency staff. He has been administrator since July 2010.
"Our work has been challenging, and the journey is not complete, but we are now well on our way to achieving a whole new level of security and quality for health care in America," Dr. Berwick wrote.
Dr. Berwick made a central goal at CMS his three-part aim of improving health care for individuals, improving population health and lowering health care costs. "He infused a deep commitment to patient-centered care into all the [CMS] innovations and was a tireless advocate for reforms that improve patient outcomes and patient experiences of care," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, a health care advocacy organization.