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Don Berwick Steps Down

November 23, 2011

As expected, Don Berwick will step down as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services next month according to the Associated Press. Berwick’s controversial year on the job following a recess appointment achieved little compared to his initial ambitions. The administrator, in a final interview with the Washington Post‘s Sarah Kliff, showed that [...]

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Berwick Asserts Federal Oversight of State Medicaid Negotiations

September 5, 2011

The Hill reports today on a recent push by Don Berwick and CMS to expand their oversight of state Medicaid rate negotiations, prompting significant pushback from state level health secretaries. As The Hill notes, CMS wants the states to “document the potential impact of proposed cuts to payment rates for doctors and hospitals”, based on [...]

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Maggie Mahar on the Fall of Berwick

March 9, 2011

Maggie Mahar — the smartest left-of-center writer on health policy today, in our view — outlines the fall of Don Berwick as charted over the past few weeks in a very thorough post today. Mahar is a health policy expert and a Berwick supporter — not a political insider — and assesses Berwick’s prognosis at [...]

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Live Blog: Berwick’s First Senate Hearing

November 17, 2010

11:25 a.m. EST: And we’re done. Berwick had little challenge with this. An hour of dodging with no major breakdowns and no commitment for return. Major questions remain unanswered regarding his views and conflicts of interest. [Ed -- Very disappointing to read that last update by Ben Domenech.] 11:23 a.m. EST: Cantwell runs through talking [...]

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SmartGirlPolitics on Donald Berwick

July 23, 2010

On this week’s Health Care News podcast, Ben Domenech talks with the SmartGirlPolitics podcasters about the recess appointment of Donald Berwick — what his renomination means, whether he’ll get a hearing, and what kind of CMS director he’ll be through 2011.

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Berwick Appointed Head of CMS Without Hearing

July 7, 2010

The White House’s announcement that President Barack Obama will bypass the nomination process of the United States Senate to recess appoint Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is an act of unconscionable hubris. The White House claims this move is in response to “Washington game-playing,” accusing Republicans of [...]

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CMS Nominee Favors Government-Run Rationing of Health Care

July 7, 2010

President Barack Obama has nominated Donald Berwick, the founder of a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based think-tank, to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), America’s primary health care agency. A leading Ivy League academic and technocrat, Berwick will have the opportunity to apply his sometimes-controversial ideas regarding rationing and the role of government in health [...]

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