AAFP Statement: Donald Berwick Brings Expertise in Best Medical Practices to Appointment as CMS Administrator

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Statement Attributable to:
Lori Heim, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes the appointment of Donald Berwick, MD, as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“Dr. Berwick’s medical expertise and commitment to ensuring high quality care for all while managing costs will serve America well as CMS implements the reforms in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As a research professional, a clinician and a policy analyst, he brings an extensive background that’s crucial to ensuring that health care policy improves patient care and the practice of medicine. His leadership has helped ensure that best practices in medical care and groundbreaking medical research are brought to the physicians’ offices, and his support for strengthening primary care in the Medicare and Medicaid systems will help set the path for building up the foundation of all high quality health care.

“The AAFP looks forward to working with Dr. Berwick as the nation moves forward in ensuring that Americans have access to high quality, affordable health care.”

Editor’s Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Heim, contact Leslie Champlin, 800-274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.

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