ENA Applauds Confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

DES PLAINES, Ill, May 28, 2013 -- The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) applauds the Senate’s recent confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, as the permanent head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Tavenner, who formerly served as Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, will be the first nurse to lead CMS. Tavenner began her career as an Intensive Care Unit nurse in Virginia and later served as the chief executive officer of the Hospital Corporation of America.

“Ms. Tavenner is an excellent choice for the critical job of leading CMS. Not only is she an accomplished public servant and hospital executive, but her background as a nurse gives her a unique perspective on how best to provide high-quality care to patients while increasing the number of Americans who have access to health insurance,” said ENA President JoAnn Lazarus.

Ms. Tavenner became Acting Administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services in December 2011. Her confirmation marks the first time in nearly seven years that CMS, which provides health care coverage to approximately one-third of Americans, has had a permanent head.

About the Emergency Nurses Association

ENA, which has more than 40,000 members worldwide, is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA develops and disseminates education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and public entities regarding emergency nurses and their practice. Additional information is available at ENA’s website, www.ena.org.