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Berwick Calls on Insurers to Work With CMS

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2010

In that article, Dr. Berwick proposed a three part strategy to improve the experience of patient care, while addressing the population wide causes of disease and reducing per capita costs of healthcare.

To address population health, Berwick called for expanded prevention and treatment of diseases such as obesity and depression, along with more attention to underlying causes such as violence. Patients should no longer have to resubmit their personal information every time they go to a physician, and providers must better coordinate their care, he said.

On how to lower costs, he suggested "eliminating waste and needless hassles" though did not go into the specifics. Berwick did caution them against maintaining a system under which physicians were paid more if they did more.

As providers "find and adopt their own goals, CMS can help--and we will help--by adjusting payment methods to support that" and by making it "easier and easier for people to find best practices in neighborhoods and across the country," he said.

Karen Ignagni, AHIP's president and CEO, after Berwick's prepared comments said: "We intend to work with you to get it right."


Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at jsimmons@healthleadersmedia.com.

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1 comments on "Berwick Calls on Insurers to Work With CMS"


Lawrence Voesack, MD (9/17/2010 at 9:51 AM)
When is the "System" going to relize that reducing physicians reimbursement is going to lead physicians to pull back from how care is delivered.