Donald Berwick is Obama’s Likely Pick to Head CMS
Word on the street is that President Barack Obama will probably nominate Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, to relieve acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Charlene Frizzera. Dr. Berwick is a nationally known researcher on health care quality and patient safety and president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
If nominated and confirmed, Berwick will manage an agency that will be primary in the implementation of health care reform.
In addition to his work at IHI, Dr. Berwick is clinical professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and an associate in pediatrics at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.
A prolific writer and researcher, publishing more then 130 scientific articles in professional journals, Dr. Berwick is perhaps best known for his work on how to improve the quality of health care and, in particular, his work linking physician/hospital payments to quality. He has also been a strong proponent of eliminating wasteful spending from our health care system, arguing that making the system more efficient is of paramount importance.
A strong proponent of a more organized delivery models, Dr. Berwick would be expected to move health care delivery into these directions and away from individual or small-group practices. The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model of care would be expected to gain tremendous steam under his leadership at CMS.
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