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White House Using Recess to Appoint Berwick as CMS Head
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With Congress away from Washington, DC, this week for the July 4th break, the White House indicated Tuesday that it will use a recess appointment to put nominee Donald Berwick, MD, in as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The action is expected to bypass the political storm clouds that have been gathering in anticipation of the Senate confirmation hearings for Berwick, a pediatrician, Harvard University professor, and head of the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, MA.

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