Donald M. Berwick, MD, named CMS administrator

By Jamie A. Gregorian, Esq.

Recess appointment receives mixed reviews

On July 7, in a move that delighted Democrats and infuriated Republicans, President Obama used his recess appointment power to install Donald M. Berwick, MD, as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The White House statement announcing the appointment accused Senate Republicans of stalling Dr. Berwick’s nomination “solely to score political points” and said that “there’s no question that Don Berwick is the right choice to be our next CMS administrator.”

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