Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)
Senate Finance Committee
"Dr. Berwick is an experienced health policy expert and researcher whose career has focused on innovative and effective ways to improve healthcare quality. Implementing innovative ideas that work and boosting healthcare quality will be critical goals for the next administrator of CMS, particularly in our fight to deliver better healthcare outcomes and lower costs for patients across the country.
"Improving healthcare quality was a major part of the landmark health reform bill passed this year and the CMS administrator will play a crucial role implementing that law. I look forward to an expeditious review of Dr. Berwick's nomination in the Finance Committee."
"I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Berwick in his new role, and I urge the Senate to act quickly to confirm him. His leadership and expertise are needed now as the agency implements critical Medicare reforms and other health reform initiatives at CMS."
"With this background, we are confident Dr. Berwick understands first hand how difficult it will be to implement reforms of such significant scale and magnitude. More importantly, we believe he has the vision and experience to overcome the challenges ahead to drive improvements in pragmatic, effective ways.
"We look forward to working with Dr. Berwick in his new role, and in continuing our efforts to simultaneously improve healthcare quality, eliminate costs, reduce harm, and increase satisfaction. We also look forward to working with Dr. Berwick and CMS to drive toward greater accountability in healthcare so that we reward the quality of patient outcomes rather than the quantity of services provided."