Head of Medicare and Medicaid steps down after just 18 months

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 28 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7714
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Donald Berwick will step down from his post as administrator of the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on 2 December. His departure was expected, and the announcement was made on the afternoon of 23 November as Washington, DC, was emptying for the Thanksgiving holiday, a traditional timing gambit used to minimise news coverage.

The embattled head of the federal government’s medical insurance programmes for people aged 65 years or older and people on low incomes was nominated for the position in April 2010. He immediately ran into opposition from Republicans, who called Dr Berwick a socialist for his endorsement of the NHS in Britain. …

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