The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal body responsible for administering Medicare and Medicaid programs. CMS also runs the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which is jointly financed by the Federal and State governments and administered by individual States.
(by Michael E. Gluck, Ph.D., and Richard Sorian, AARP Public Policy Institute) (PDF)
President Barack Obama has turned to a former health care executive to serve as the next Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the federal body responsible for administering the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The previous director, Donald Berwick, had to resign because of stiff opposition from Senate Republicans, who never allowed his nomination to come to a vote. The new Director, Marilyn Tavenner, is a nurse who worked her way through the health care ranks.
After four years of not having a permanent replacement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is getting Donald M. Berwick, a renowned health expert who has championed improvements and safety in medical care as its administrator. When it comes to shaping the future of the American healthcare system, the post is considered the second most powerful in Washington, next to the secretary of health and human services.