Dr. Don Berwick joins Massachusetts Health Policy Commission: 8 things to know

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has appointed Don Berwick, MD, former CMS administrator, to serve on the board of the state's Health Policy Commission.

Here are eight things to know about Dr. Berwick.

1. He is currently the president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an organization he co-founded and led for nearly two decades.

2. He is also currently a lecturer in the department of healthcare policy at Boston-based Harvard Medical School.

3. Previously, Dr. Berwick was vice chairman of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first independent member of the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association and chairman of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

4. He also served two terms on its governing council and was a member of the IOM's Global Health Board. Additionally, he was on Former President Bill Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. 

5. Dr. Berwick was appointed CMS administrator in 2010.

6. At the local level, Dr. Berwick, a former pediatrician, was clinical professor of pediatrics and healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School, professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and a member of the staffs of Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, all in Boston.  

7. He will begin his newest role Jan. 1, 2016, replacing Health Policy Commission board member Paul Hattis, MD, who has held the appointment since 2012. He joins Martin Cohen and David Cutler, PhD, whom Attorney General Healey reappointed as the attorney general's appointments to the Health Policy Commission board.

8. Attorney General Healey said of Dr. Berwick's appointment, "Don has a long and deep career in health policy and management. His expertise will be invaluable to the Commission as it works to improve patient care and affordability in Massachusetts."


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