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CMS Administrator Don Berwick to Step Down

Nov 23, 2011

CMS Administrator Don Berwick to Step Down

On December 2, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Don Berwick will step down from his post. Berwick had been nominated by President Obama as a recess appointment which expires at the end of this year. Forty-two Senators had stated they would block confirmation of Berwick to serve beyond his current tenure.


Marilyn Tavenner, Deputy Administrator at CMS, will be nominated as his replacement.  Tavenner is a former hospital administrator and Virginia Secretary of Health.  She is also a former nurse.