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Berwick’s CMS Exit

Today is Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick's last day. News outlets offer views on the agency's work during his tenure at its helm.

Kaiser Health News: Weighing Berwick's Top Five Accomplishments At CMS
Today is Donald Berwick's last day as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. ... Under Berwick, CMS developed a large number of complex, and sometimes controversial, rules implementing last year's health reform law. While some rules have received mixed reviews, Berwick generally won praise from industry leaders and consumer advocates. But congressional Republicans criticized him as a symbol of what they see as the Obama administration's overly-aggressive intervention in the nation's health care system (Meyer, 12/2).

Politico Pro: Berwick Praised For Bringing Vision To CMS
Don Berwick's biggest achievement as CMS administrator was bringing energy and vision to an agency that has long lacked direction and is famously bureaucratic, say providers and former health care policymakers from both parties.His fans say that's how he should be remembered after his resignation takes effect Friday — despite his status as a political lightning rod on Capitol Hill and the frustrations of agency stakeholders with the pace and fine print of the health care reform initiatives rolled out on his watch (Feder, 12/2).

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