Washington, DC – The nation’s largest association representing long term and post-acute care providers today sent a statement for the record to the Senate Committee on Finance on the nomination hearing of Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Marilyn Tavenner. The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) have been vocal supporters of Ms. Tavenner’s confirmation as Administrator of CMS and reiterated that support in today’s statement.
Below is the full text of AHCA/NCAL’s statement for the record:
“The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living enthusiastically endorse the confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In her current role as Acting Administrator, Ms. Tavenner has effectively fulfilled the duties of the office, and rightly deserves elevation to the full post. On behalf of our more than 11,000 member providers and over 3.1 million employees, our strong, collaborative partnership with CMS will only enhance and grow under her tenure.
“Our members are especially appreciative of Ms. Tavenner’s open-door policy on any Medicare or Medicaid issue. She not only welcomes feedback on how the agency is performing, but often goes in search of it.
“This commitment to improving lives was undoubtedly formed during her career as a health care provider in private sector roles that began as a nurse and culminated as chief executive officer of major hospital corporations. Coupled with her exemplary public service as a Cabinet-level head of Virginia’s health care system, Ms. Tavenner possesses the perfect combination of skill sets to serve as CMS Administrator.
“Finally, at a time when so many changes are occurring in our nation’s health care delivery system, the country needs a stable, informed health advocate at the helm of this important agency. Our provider community has waited too long to have a confirmed Administrator to help continue the tremendous strides we have made in quality and health outcomes. Marilyn Tavenner is uniquely suited to fulfill this important calling. We urge the Senate to act swiftly on her confirmation.”
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.