Tavenner’s The One…

Good morning, ProviderNation.

It appears as if Marilyn Tavenner is inching closer to becoming the for-real head of CMS. The Hill says the Senate Finance Committee will likely approve her nomination, which would send the matter before the full Senate.

Helping her cause was a little note from the Great, Gray Lady, which endorsed Tavenner fulsomely, saying her confirmation was “long overdue.”

Meanwhile, President Obama has announced that he’ll head to West, Texas, on Thursday to tour the scene of that awful explosion. (The hat is still being passed for those folks in the nursing home, by the by…)

Also: Florida’s legislators are again weighing a bill that would require plaintiffs to show “clear and convincing” evidence of nursing home neglect before their lawsuits could move forward; Maine Democrats are pushing back against proposed cuts to state health care; and New York officials seem to have a Medicaid scandal on their hands.

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