Provider groups lauded the appointment of Donald Berwick, M.D., to the top post at the CMS despite a White House decision to sidestep a more traditional confirmation process.
Provider groups hail Berwick appointment
“(Berwick) has dedicated his career to engaging hospitals, doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to improve patient care,” American Hospital Association President and CEO Richard Umbdenstock said. “A physician and innovator in healthcare quality, his knowledge of the healthcare system makes him the right choice.”
President Barack Obama used a recess appointment to name Berwick as the administrator over the agency that harbors Medicare and Medicaid. The CMS will play a crucial role in the implementation of the 4-month-old health reform law.
A longtime darling of the provider community, the physician and quality-improvement advocate nevertheless faced stiff opposition from Republicans who said he would ration medical care as a means to drive down costs.
“(Berwick) is widely known and well-respected for his leadership efforts focused on optimizing the quality and safety of patient care,” said J. James Rohack, immediate past president of the American Medical Association, in a written statement.
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