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  •  On to the next fight over appointees (7+ / 0-)

    From the NYT

    WASHINGTON — President Obama will soon name Dr. Donald M. Berwick, an iconoclastic scholar of health policy, to run Medicare and Medicaid, the programs that serve nearly one-third of all Americans, administration officials said Saturday.

    Dr. Berwick, a pediatrician, is president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass. He has repeatedly challenged doctors and hospitals to provide better care at a lower cost. He says the government and insurers can increase the quality and efficiency of care by basing payments on the value of services, not the volume.

    Mr. Obama plans to nominate Dr. Berwick to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services that has been without a permanent chief since October 2006, when Dr. Mark B. McClellan stepped down.

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    Dr. Berwick’s nomination would be subject to Senate confirmation. Senators would almost surely use a confirmation hearing as a forum to debate the merits of the new health care law and to investigate how the administration plans to carry it out.

    when you ask Americans why the poor are poor, they always say it's because they don't work hard enough... They act like poverty is a character issue."

    by smartdemmg on Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 01:17:23 PM PDT

    •  Berwick is a real hero (7+ / 0-)

      I'm a physician who has a keen interest in the quality and safety of medical care.

      Berwick, and the Institute of Medicine have lit a candle under the medical establishment by revealing that up to 88,000 Americans are killed each year by medication errors alone.

      "Crossing the Quality Chasm" in medicine has been his goal throughout his career.

      I can't tell you how pleased I am to get someone that capable in the position of administrator of CMS.

      Oh, and thank God Obama isn't willing to trade these experts for corporate-loving GOP candidates.  Doing the right thing feels a lot better than bipartisanship ever could.

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