Berwick considers himself an "extremist" advocate for patient-centered care, partly based on his own troubling experience with the system as a patient. Some have challenged Berwick for the CMS position based on his lack of experience in running a large agency. Others highly laud Obama for his choice. Berwick was among the presenters at the February 25-27, 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM) National Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public.
Comment: This potential appointment is extraordinarily on target. Anyone who supports patient-centered care and integrative practices would be smart to do all they can to make sure the appointment is not held up. Consider, merely from the integrative practice community, that he not only showed up for the IOM Summit, he also made a significant, thoughtful contribution.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Integrative medicine community extatic about Berwick’s nomination