Tavenner was nominated in November 2011 to succeed Donald Berwick, M.D., and has served as acting administrator as the Senate never even held a confirmation hearing. The initial nomination expired at the end of 2012 and she now has been re-selected, but political newspapers The Hill and Politico caution that a Senate still deeply divided over health care issues isn’t a lock to confirm this time around. In that case, she would continue as an acting administrator. The Senate has not confirmed a CMS administrator since 2006.
The American Medical Association and American Hospital Association both issued statements supporting the renomination.