Slavitt to Succeed Tavenner at CMS

CMS Chief Tavenner's Out; Politics Complicate Replacing Her
– Modern Healthcare

Modern Healthcare interviewed Manatt's Joel Ario, a managing director with Manatt Health, for an article on the challenges of replacing Marilyn Tavenner as CMS Administrator.

As reported by Modern Healthcare, Tavenner recently announced that she will be leaving the CMS at the end of February. Her replacement, at least temporarily, will be Andy Slavitt, formerly a UnitedHealth Group executive who is now principal deputy administrator. Speculation now turns to whom President Obama might nominate to replace Tavenner and if any nominee can gain approval from the Republican-controlled Senate. Industry insiders praised Tavenner's talents in policy and politics.

Ario echoed the praises of Tavenner. Slavitt, he said, "should be confirmable as well if Congress is interested in competence."

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