MGMA Comment: Berwick Appointment to CMS Administrator


Contact: Liz Johnson, [email protected], 303.799.1111 ext. 1347 

MGMA applauds the appointment of Donald Berwick, MD, as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Berwick has long been a leading voice in the quest for improving the quality and safety of patient care for all Americans. As healthcare organizations and professionals shape a reformed healthcare delivery system, his knowledge and proven leadership will be critical to success. His knowledge of quality improvement also offers great opportunities for improving the efficiency of CMS' internal operations - a critical factor in reducing administrative costs. On several occasions, MGMA has worked with Berwick and his colleagues at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to enhance patient safety in medical offices. We look forward to continuing and broadening that partnership as he moves into this new role. 

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MGMA is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Since 1926, MGMA has delivered networking, professional education and resources, and political advocacy for medical practice management. Today, MGMA's 21,500 members lead 13,700 organizations nationwide in which some 275,000 physicians provide more than 40 percent of the health care services delivered in the United States.

MGMA's mission is to continually improve the performance of medical group practice professionals and the organizations they represent. MGMA promotes the group practice model as the optimal framework for health care delivery, assisting group practices in providing efficient, safe, patient-focused and affordable care. MGMA is headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and maintains a government affairs office in Washington, D.C. Please visit and follow our Twitter list to find out which medical practices are using social media.