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Senate Finance Committee OKs CMS Nominee

The next step for former nurse and hospital executive Marilyn Tavenner, who already has been serving as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services acting administrator, is consideration by the full Senate. 

The Wall Street Journal: Senate Panel Clears Medicare Nominee
The Senate Finance Committee voted Tuesday to advance the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to formally head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, bringing the former hospital executive one step closer to becoming the programs' first confirmed administrator in seven years (Dooren, 4/23).

Medpage Today: Tavenner Gets OK From Senate Committee
With a Senate committee vote in her favor Tuesday morning, Marilyn Tavenner moved a step closer to becoming the first confirmed administrator that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has had in 7 years. The Senate Finance Committee voted by a simple vote of yeas and nays with no recorded individual vote. Tavenner must next be confirmed by the full Senate, but a time frame on that vote is unclear. The American Medical Association urged a swift confirmation from the full body, calling Tavenner the right candidate for the job (Pittman, 4/23).

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