AAFP Statement: AAFP Lauds Donald Berwick Nomination as CMS Administrator

Friday, April 23, 2010

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

“The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the nomination of Donald Berwick, M.D., to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“With its commitment to quality improvement and its longstanding relationship with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the AAFP is pleased to see a nominee who has such a strong background in quality improvement named to this vital position.

“Dr. Berwick’s health policy expertise has helped ensure that best practices in medical care and groundbreaking medical research are brought to the physician’s office. As a result, he has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to building a patient-centered, quality-focused and efficient health care system. We appreciate his support for strengthening primary care in the Medicare and Medicaid systems.

“The AAFP looks forward to working with Dr. Berwick on implementing the new health care reform law, continuing to improve the quality of care provided to our patients and ensuring a stable source of health care for Medicare beneficiaries.”

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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