Obama nominates former nurse to head CMS

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    November 23, 2011 Donald Berwick, MD, a long-time advocate of patient safety, is resigning as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), effective December 2, after a short tumultuous term as President Barack Obama's point person for healthcare reform.

    Dr. Berwick will have served only 17 months in the post. He was denied Senate confirmation by Republicans, who branded the pediatrician an advocate of healthcare rationing. Dr. Berwick denied that charge, countering that the best way to cut costs is to improve the quality of care.

    President Obama has nominated Marilyn Tavenner, RN, MHA, Dr. Berwick's principal deputy, to replace him. Ms. Tavenner, a former nurse and hospital executive, was secretary of the Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources under former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/...c=nl_newsalert
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    probably so he can get a more quality worker for less pay.....
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    Typical....

    A nurse has finally been recognized and all some can think of is deragatory.

    Shame...
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    Quote from ohiostudent'RN
    Typical....

    A nurse has finally been recognized and all some can think of is deragatory.

    Shame...
    oh please, get off your high horse. I was obviously speaking of Obama....
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    So now she will be harassed by the Republicans instead of her former boss. To her I say congratulations, and good luck.
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    What's a former nurse I wonder? She has rn in her name so she must hold an active license. Lol
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    Quote from madpeys
    oh please, get off your high horse. I was obviously speaking of Obama....
    I don't understand. Why are you critical of Obama in this situation?
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    Quote from Anxious Patient
    I don't understand. Why are you critical of Obama in this situation?
    I was merely insinuating, in light of our wonderful economy, that most businesses including and up to our fabulous government trying to get the most of their money. Doctors are clearly paid more than nurses... (and Seeming how she is a female that will probably have an impact as well I am sure-my two cents), and since Obama appointed her, well, he was the one I was refering to....Geez Louise!
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    Quote from madpeys
    I was merely insinuating, in light of our wonderful economy, that most businesses including and up to our fabulous government trying to get the most of their money.
    The payscale for department heads are set by congress. And they are part of the public record for all to see. Obama can't change or alter what people are paid to "save" money.

    Doctors are clearly paid more than nurses...
    She's not being hired as a nurse, that's just part of her history. She's being hired as an administrator.

    and Seeming how she is a female that will probably have an impact as well I am sure
    With all the transparency in the vetting of high government officials, do you really think anyone would make a public hiring decision that even hinted at gender discrimination? It would make headlines the next day.

    and since Obama appointed her, well...
    Oh, OK, I get it. What this all boils down to is that you're not going to give Obama credit for anything, even when he does something right.
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    I don't know what country you live in but our gov't's transparency is nothing to brag about....
    you would be suprised at what you think should make headlines and doesn't.

    "Oh, OK, I get it. What this all boils down to is that you're not going to give Obama credit for anything, even when he does something right"

    looks like you got me all figured out. moving on....


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