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Apr. 23, 2014: Tavenner Names New Center for Medicare Director

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced that Sean Cavanaugh will be the agency’s new deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicare within CMS. Cavanaugh currently serves as the deputy director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.  He will replace Jon Blum who joined CMS in 2009. 

As director, Cavanaugh will oversee the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for-service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans and the Medicare prescription drug program.

He previously served as director of health care finance at the United Hospital Fund in New York City and also served in senior positions at Lutheran Healthcare in Brooklyn, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Health Insurance Access and the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. He began his career on Capitol Hill working for a member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.