Why no Ber­wick?

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

I read with some sad­ness that Dr. Don­ald Ber­wick fell com­pletely off your 2012 list of the 50 Most In­flu­en­tial Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives (April 23, p. 26).

At the start of the nom­i­nat­ing process in Novem­ber-de­cem­ber 2011, Ber­wick was still CMS ad­min­is­tra­tor, though it was widely ex­pected he would be forced to leave by year end. Nev­er­the­less, he did make the final cut of 100 can­di­dates on the Jan­uary-fe­bru­ary 2012 bal­lot, dur­ing which time his fu­ture po­si­tion was un­known. It was an­nounced in March that he had ac­cepted a po­si­tion as a se­nior fel­low at the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress.

Now, I have no way of know­ing where Ber­wick fin­ished among the final 100 nor do I in­tend any crit­i­cism of the 17,000 vot­ers, your se­nior ed­i­tors or of this year’s top 50 se­lectees. But I would sug­gest that one would be hard put to find a sin­gle one among eight years’ worth of top 50 who has been more in­flu­en­tial on health re­form than Ber­wick nor one who is likely to be so dur­ing this elec­tion year.

Dr. Marvin S. Wool

Bos­ton

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