CMS Quality Conference Keynote Speaker Profile: Dr. Donald Berwick

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Dr. Donald Berwick, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Dr. Donald Berwick, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP -- President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) -- is returning to the CMS Quality Conference as a keynote speaker this year to share reflections on his time at CMS and speak about the future of health care quality improvement.

I had the great privilege of being administrator for 17 months,” Dr. Berwick said. It was the best job I’ve ever had. Supporting the millions of individuals served by Medicare and Medicaid was an amazing opportunity, and I’m honored to participate in this year’s Quality Conference. ”

Following his departure from CMS in 2011, Dr. Berwick returned to IHI, where he has been heavily involved in global health initiatives, regularly traveling to countries such as Ethiopia and Brazil to promote patient-centered care. Dr. Berwick’s mission remains to help increase patient safety on a global scale and at home.

I recently was inspired by a visit to Orlando Health, one of Florida’s most comprehensive not-for-profit health care networks,” Dr. Berwick said. Orlando Health was struggling several years ago but has made outstanding improvements over the last three years by reorienting its strategy to focus heavily on quality of care, including by providing significant training for employees.”

According to Dr. Berwick, health care quality improvement is a continuous process. Over the last several years, he has seen great strides in patients using their voices to play an active role in their own care. He’s also seen health care providers around the world improve the patient experience of care and reduce costs while improving overall population health through IHI’s Triple Aim initiative. 

I’m looking forward to elaborating on the current and future impact of the Triple Aim at the CMS Quality Conference,” Dr. Berwick said. The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program represents a tremendous resource in our country, with strong leadership and a real vision. They have all the tools needed to be a major source of improvement and change.”

Dr. Berwick will be delivering closing remarks during the CMS Quality Conference on December 3, 2015. His presentation will take place at 10:45 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. To keep up with Dr. Berwick and mention him in conference Tweets, follow him on Twitter at @DonBerwick.