Grass­ley presses Ber­wick

Modern Healthcare - - The Week In Healthcare - Jen­nifer Lubell

The top Repub­li­can on the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee claims that CMS Ad­min­is­tra­tor Don­ald Ber­wick is re­fus­ing to hand over key fund­ing in­for­ma­tion about his for­mer em­ployer, the In­sti­tute for Health­care Im­prove­ment.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grass­ley, rank­ing mem­ber of the fi­nance panel, had asked Ber­wick to pro­vide the IHI’s last three In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice Form 990 tax doc­u­ments and any govern­ment waivers made over pos­si­ble fi­nan­cial con­flicts he may have. Grass­ley wanted to know whether Ber­wick and his fam­ily were con­tin­u­ing to re­ceive ben­e­fits from the in­sti­tute. IHI’s Form 990 for 2004 says he and his wife were awarded health­care ben­e­fits for life.

Ber­wick in an Aug. 26 re­sponse said he wasn’t au­tho­rized to dis­close some of the in­for­ma­tion, be­cause it in­cludes non­pub­lic doc­u­ments in the IHI’s pos­ses­sion, he wrote.

He also said he for­feited all ben­e­fits “ex­cept for my vested Sup­ple­men­tal Ex­ec­u­tive Re­tire­ment Plan. … IHI does not cur­rently and will not pro­vide any ben­e­fits to me and or my fam­ily, in­clud­ing health­care cov­er­age.”

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