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Berwick: I Don’t Know How to Use an iPod

March 3, 2011

“You mentioned an iPad. I don’t even use an iPod. I just don’t know how to use them.” There was a rather humorous incident the other day at a National Journal event with Don Berwick, the man who President Obama hailed as being at the forefront of introducing “innovative technologies” into health care reform. Of [...]

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Baucus Won’t Release Plans Yet on Berwick Hearing Schedule

February 23, 2011

When Don Berwick was appointed to head CMS during a recess, bypassing the Senate nomination process, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) openly criticized the White House for not allowing for hearings on the nomination to occur. Yet now that the White House has renominated Berwick for the position, Baucus is reluctant to say [...]

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Berwick Defends Temporary Doc Fix as States Criticize

February 16, 2011

As head of CMS, Don Berwick has routinely chosen to stand by the White House on cost-shifting to the states — a method he upheld this week in defending a temporary “doc fix” which further strains Medicaid and Critics quickly pounced on President Barack Obama’s proposal to head off scheduled cuts in Medicare payments to [...]

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Tom Price on Don Berwick and Rationing

February 10, 2011

Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) took the time to chat with us today regarding his impressions of Don Berwick’s fractious testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee. A physician himself, Price pressed Berwick on questions regarding the rationing of care and other key matters. This line of questioning led to a side-by-side moment that is [...]

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Don Berwick Before Ways and Means

February 10, 2011

Updated throughout the morning. Statements paraphrased, obviously. -This appearance had several fascinating moments, mostly because — unlike Berwick’s prior abbreviated hearing before the Senate — several Representatives seemed well versed on his views and called his equivocations as they happened. As we go over Berwick’s answers, his responses to Reps. Gerlach, Reichert, and Price all [...]

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Berwick to Testify Before House for the First Time

February 9, 2011

Don Berwick will appear before the House Ways and Means committee for the first time on Thursday morning at 10 AM. Given that the appearance will be his first testimony before the House of Representatives — and that unlike the Senate, where Democrat Sen. Max Baucus enforced strict time limits, Republican Chairman Dave Camp will [...]

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White House Caves on Berwick’s End of Life Counseling

January 10, 2011

How long will Donald Berwick last as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services if the White House continually silences and overrules him? That’s the question I’m asking after the White House did exactly that, it appears, on Berwick’s pet end-of-life counseling project. Writing for Time magazine, reporter Kate Pickert outlines what happened: [...]

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