Berwick block is self-defeating …
Regarding “Tavenner hailed as an ‘excellent choice,’ ” Modernhealthcare.com, Nov. 23: I can’t recall a more self-defeating decision regarding a government appointment. Anyone looking objectively at Dr. Donald Berwick’s career would see unparalleled accomplishments and advocacy for high-quality, cost-effective care and effective use of information technology. His willingness to deal with the toxic political environment and assume a lead role further reflects his character and dedication to a cause he’s championed for decades.
If U.S. leaders are not willing to look outside our borders to assess why the U.S. has notoriously inefficient, poor quality care—twice the cost per capita, lowest quality performance across seven leading industrialized countries—how can we be successful in addressing underlying systemic problems? It’s a sad day for healthcare and the U.S. Ann Farrell
Principal Farrell Associates
San Francisco Berwick has displayed for so many years? Why won’t they rely on our very best? I assure you, Don Berwick is one of our very best!
Bob Redman Senior content specialist Kaplan Financial Education
Chicago healing the body is not enough. Patient satisfaction speaks to the concept that the system needs to attend to all dimensions of the patient’s experience. Rev. George Handzo
Vice president Healthcare Chaplaincy