Obama Names CMS Administrator

For the first time since October 2006, the position of administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is filled with a permanent employee. On July 7, President Barack Obama used a controversial “recess appointment” to name Donald Berwick, MD, the new administrator. Berwick was previously the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (www.IHI.org), clinical professor of pediatrics and health-care policy at Harvard Medical School and professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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