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After January Renomination, A Hearing For Tavenner Appears Likely

The Washington Post inteviewed the Obama administration's pick to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Washington Post: Exclusive: An Interview With Marilyn Tavenner, Obama's Pick To Head Medicare
For over a year now, Marilyn Tavenner has run the federal government's largest agency: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. With a budget of nearly $1 trillion, Tavenner oversees everything from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to programs that already administer health benefits to more than 80 million Americans (Kliff, 2/21).

Meanwhile, the American College of Physicians identifies challenges ahead and additional reforms that need to be made in order to build upon the federal health law --

Medpage Today: ACP Wants More Reforms
Congress and the U.S. healthcare system need to build upon reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enact changes to improve the work of physicians, according to a prominent internal medicine organization. Aside from echoing the oft-repeated calls to repeal the sustainable growth rate formula for physician payment under Medicare and to enact medical liability reforms, the American College of Physicians (ACP) also called Wednesday for harmonizing quality reporting measures across the variety of programs now being used to track physician performance (Pittman, 2/21).

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