IHI: Berwick on ACOs, Congress, Fraud

At the Institute for Healthcare Improvement annual forum, former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Don Berwick, MD, says his most rewarding moments were those in which he attracted the sharpest criticism.

3 comments on "IHI: Berwick on ACOs, Congress, Fraud"
tp (12/8/2011 at 8:10 PM)

After 40 years as hospital/healthcare administrator - IMHO berwick was on the right course- "seamless care", communication among providers and their patient's from pre to acute, to post care. Not withstanding improvement in a person's quality of life, cost savings would far surpass proposed reductions in medicare etc. Duplication of high cost services, hospitals and specialists all "doing their own thing" (reimbursed for tests/procedures) regrettably doesn't result in improved outcomes for the patient !
Barbara Van Patten (12/8/2011 at 6:38 PM)

The country is missing a huge opportunity here. Shame on the Senate!!
TumTum (12/7/2011 at 10:21 AM)

Seems almost Gandhian! Turning the other cheek..What a loss for the country! Imagine a group with less than 10% approval rating denying a person who has a 100% rating amongst the healthcare stakeholders. I am deeply dismayed that all of us in healthcare didn't initiate a petition drive to retain Dr. Berwick. We could have done it. But we didn't. And we'll pay - all of us - when regulators and lobbyists wrench control.


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