For Immediate Release - December 09, 2015

AG Healey Appoints Don Berwick to Health Policy Commission

Long a Leader in Healthcare, Berwick Brings Vast Expertise to Board Charged With Controlling Costs in Massachusetts

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey today announced the appointment of Dr. Donald M. Berwick to serve on the board of the Health Policy Commission (HPC).

A co-founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization he led for nearly 20 years, Dr. Berwick is a respected authority on improving health care quality nationwide. He is currently the President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at IHI.

“Don has a long and deep career in health policy and management. His expertise will be invaluable to the Commission as it works to improve patient care and affordability in Massachusetts,” AG Healey said. “Don will be an influential member of the board and an advisor to me as we work to create a more transparent and innovative health care system across this state.”

A former pediatrician, Dr. Berwick has served as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the staffs of Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital.  

In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He has also served as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first “Independent Member” of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Berwick served two terms on its governing Council and was a member of the IOM’s Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry.  Dr. Berwick is also a recipient of numerous awards for his extensive work in the healthcare field, and is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and five books. He currently serves as Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Berwick will serve as the AG’s appointee with demonstrated expertise in health care consumer advocacy, an appointment held by Dr. Paul Hattis since 2012.  Dr. Hattis will serve on the board for the remainder of the year, which includes a full Commission meeting on December 16.  Dr. Berwick’s appointment will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2016. 

“I thank Dr. Hattis for his commitment and dedication to improving the health care system here in Massachusetts and know that he will continue to do great work on behalf of the people here,” said AG Healey.

Dr. Berwick joins Martin Cohen and Dr. David Cutler, whom the AG reappointed, as the AG’s appointments to the HPC Board.

The HPC board governs the activities of the HPC, which is an independent state agency that develops policy to reduce health care cost growth and improve the quality of patient care. Among other initiatives, the HPC is responsible for monitoring the performance of the health care system, analyzing the impact of health care market transactions on cost, quality and access, setting the health care cost growth benchmark, and investing in community care delivery.