Ad­vo­cate says farewell

Sup­port­ers see big things in Berwick’s fu­ture

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE - Mau­reen Mck­in­ney

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

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