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American Public Health Association Applauds Appointment of Berwick as Head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., July 7, 2010 –The American Public Health Association commends the Obama administration today for appointing Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a position that had been vacant since 2006. Dr. Berwick, a pediatrician, has a long, established history of working to improve access to quality, affordable health care for our nation’s children.

“Berwick will build an environment to make real, immediate improvements in the way health care is delivered in this country. This is a critical moment for CMS, as the agency assumes the role of helping to implement several of the new health reform laws that will expand access to health care and critical preventive services. He is the right person to fill this important position.

“Dr. Berwick is a proven performer who is well-equipped to bring change to our nation’s health system to both reduce cost and improve quality. The public health community applauds the administration for appointing Dr. Berwick to this critical position.”

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