Washington (CNN) – President Obama plans to nominate Donald Berwick to the top post at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, according to a senior administration official.
The “nomination has not been made yet,” the official stressed.
Berwick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which is described on the organization’s Web site as “one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care quality and improvement.” According to the site, Berwick is also a clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy at Harvard Medical School.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is the federal agency that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs; the agency is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Obama’s decision to appoint Berwick to head the health care-focused agency comes just days after passage of Democrats’ health care legislation.
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