WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) today applauded the re-nomination of Marilyn Tavenner as administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), saying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will benefit from her strong leadership and hands-on health care experience.
ACEP issued a statement by its president, Andy Sama, MD, FACEP:
"On behalf of the nation's emergency physicians, we support Marilyn Tavenner's nomination as administrator of CMS. We urge the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to schedule confirmation hearings and to confirm her appointment as soon as possible.
"Ms. Tavenner has demonstrated a steady hand and a cool head in her tenure as acting administrator at CMS. Her strength and leadership will help guide the U.S. health care system through the challenging days ahead as health care reform is implemented.
"We are particularly heartened by Ms. Tavenner commitment to the prudent layperson standard, which is part of the Affordable Care Act. No patient should be self-diagnosing their own medical conditions, which Ms. Tavenner — as a former nurse and hospital administrator — recognizes better than anyone.
"The nation's emergency physicians are dedicated to working to achieve the long-term benefits of true health care reform. We look forward to collaborating with Ms. Tavenner and with the agency to address the many challenges in our emergency medical care system."
ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.
SOURCE American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)