Hospital group taps former CMS administrator as new leader
WASHINGTON – The board of directors of America’s Health Insurance Plans has elected Marilyn Tavenner, the former administrator of CMS, as its president and CEO. The appointment is raising eyebrows on Capitol Hill, with Tavenner now representing and lobbying on behalf of large health insurers that are regulated by CMS. These insurers are also looking to Medicare Advantage as a key growth area for their businesses. Tavenner replaces Karen Ignagni, who served as AHIP’s top lobbyist for 22 years. Ignani is headed to New York-based insurer EmblemHealth.