Making healthcare better, cheaper and more coordinated for everyone is an attainable goal right now, but it won't stay that way forever, former CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick told a keynote audience Monday at the annual meeting of the American Health Lawyers Association.
"It is not possible, if you know what I know, to say in America we can't do it. We can do it," Berwick said Monday in Chicago. "The issue is political will, managerial will."
Berwick served a tumultuous year-and-a-half as CMS administrator—a period he called "the whirlwind"— before resigning in December 2011 amid pressure from Republican lawmakers who were deeply skeptical of his plans to reform healthcare and implement aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.