Berwick Pledges Unprecedented National Patient Safety EffortCQ HealthBeat: Berwick Pledges Biggest Ever Effort To Improve Patient Safety
To those accustomed to hearing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrators rattle off the dry details of policy initiatives when they deliver speeches, Donald M. Berwick's remarks Monday may have seemed startling. Berwick did talk policy, announcing that his agency will soon unveil "the largest national effort on patient safety that we've ever seen." He wasn't prepared to discuss the details; in fact, he used the issue as just one example of his efforts to create a culture at CMS that is committed to more than just processing claims and pushing paper (Reichard, 2/7). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.