And the squir­rel news just keeps on com­ing

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS -

When Out­liers alerted you re­cently to the lat­est squir­rel dan­gers (and fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties) (Nov. 28, p. 36), we had no idea it was only the be­gin­ning of squir­rel-cen­tric hos­pi­tal news.

The lat­est comes from New Jersey, where a fly­ing squir­rel caused some havoc. In fact, fire­fight­ers were needed stat af­ter a fly­ing squir­rel went nuts in a hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency room. pri­vate sec­tor man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.

Now that Berwick is leav­ing, even close al­lies of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion are not ex­actly run­ning away from such char­ac­ter­i­za­tions.

“Clearly, Dr. Berwick is more of a vi­sion­ary and one of the national and in­ter­na­tional lead­ers on qual­ity health­care,” Ron Pol­lack, found­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the lib­eral Fam­i­lies USA, said when asked about his reg­u­la­tory man­age­ment skills. “Mar­i­lyn Taven­ner is a strong man­ager and ad­min­is­tra­tor, and I think all of those at­tributes are very help­ful for an agency like CMS. So there is an ob­vi­ous trade in the unique at­tributes that each of them brings.”

Those skills could re­move any lin­ger­ing doubts about Taven­ner among the provider com­mu­nity, which has gen­er­ally gushed about her.

It re­mains un­clear, how­ever, whether Taven­ner’s abil­ity to move timely reg­u­la­tions for a Demo­cratic-en­acted law will gar­ner her any sup­port among Se­nate Repub­li­cans, who hate the ACA.

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