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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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Baucus on Berwick: “Republicans Won”

March 9, 2011

Speaking yesterday on the renomination of Don Berwick, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus tells reporters: “Republicans won.” The Senate will never vote to confirm Dr. Donald Berwick as CMS administrator, according to the Senate Democrat leading his nomination. Berwick is currently serving through a temporary recess appointment. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate [...]

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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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Republican Senators: Withdraw Berwick Nomination

March 3, 2011

In a letter today to President Obama, 42 Republican Senators requested the withdrawal of Don Berwick’s renomination to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Withdrawing Dr. Berwick’s nomination would be a positive first step in rebuilding the trust of the American people. The occupant of this important position, which affects the health care [...]

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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 Recess Appointment Sparks Capitol Hill Backlash

October 10, 2010

Angry at President Barack Obama’s recess appointment of Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), senators on Capitol Hill continue to demand Berwick appear before a congressional committee for hearings on his nomination. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), one of two medical doctors serving in the Senate, said Berwick should complete [...]

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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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