If Berwick Exits, Is Quality Care ‘In Jeopardy?’National Journal: VIDEO: 'Quality Care' Mission In Jeopardy If Obama's Medicare Chief Exits
As Medicare is put under the microscope in the debt-ceiling talks, the clock is running out for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick to be confirmed by Congress. Berwick took the job of director of CMS in July of last year, getting a recess appointment from President Obama while the Senate was out on break. Republicans have been blocking the confirmation of Berwick, whose controversial academic writings about rationing health care sparked the "death-panel" debate in 2009. If he isn't confirmed, his term will end in December. So what does that mean for health care policy? (McCarthy, 7/11). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.