President Obama has picked Marilyn Tavenner, a nurse who got her start in hospital administration, to be the next administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Obama has been trying for more than a year to get the Senate to confirm Dr. Donald Berwick, the CMS administrator and a professor of pediatrics and health care policy at the Harvard Medical School.

Berwick has been serving as the CMS administrator under a recess appointment that is set to expire at the end of the year.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.