Who is new Medicare chief Donald Berwick?

Kaiser Health News offers a primer:

President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Donald Berwick head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Wednesday. Berwick, known as a passionate advocate for improving the health care system, was nominated earlier this year but his nomination turned out to be controversial. Some Republicans accuse him of favoring health care rationing — a charge Democrats dismiss as nonsense.  To shed light on Dr. Berwick, and the controversy surrounding him, KHN’s Allison Fero assembled this resource guide.

And White Coat Notes reports on his replacement: 

Maureen A. Bisognano will be the new president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement…Bisognano, who is also an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a research associate in the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, came to IHI in 1995. Her first job in health care was in 1973, when she was hired as a staff nurse at Quincy City Hospital. She later became the CEO of the Massachusetts Respiratory Hospital in Braintree and just before joining IHI, she was senior vice president of The Juran Institute, where she worked on quality management in health care.

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