Advocate says farewell
Supporters see big things in Berwick’s future
Dr. Donald Berwick is keeping quiet about his next move after his upcoming resignation from the CMS, but some experts in the patient-safety arena say it’s a safe bet he’ll return to their ranks in another qualityrelated leadership role.
“We all expect that he’ll come back to the private sector,” said Diane Pinakiewicz, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation. “I’m expecting that he’ll find a way in whatever venue he chooses to be an incredible force and provide the leadership we need to transform the system. I can’t speculate about where that will be, but I have a wish list.”
Berwick announced Nov. 23 that he planned to leave his post as CMS administrator, effective Dec. 2. His July 2010 recess appointment, which was set to expire at the end of this year, sparked angry protests from Republicans, who pledged to block his full-term confirmation.
A longtime advocate of healthcare quality improvement and patient safety, Berwick cofounded and led the Cambridge, Mass.-based