Commonwealth National Podcast

Modernizing Medicare and Medicaid: How to Upgrade America's Health Care


Donald Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Sarah Varney, KQED Health Reporter, “The California Report” and “Health Dialogues” - Moderator

Berwick leads a department with a larger budget than the Pentagon and oversees the programs that provide health care to nearly one in three Americans, yet he has made few public appearances since President Obama made him CMS administrator in a recess appointment last summer. A recipient of numerous medical awards and honors, Berwick has a long history of involvement with public policy on health care and was given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth in 2005 for his work. Come hear him share his thoughts about how the recent reform bill passed by Congress will affect the longevity and viability of our nation’s medical system and his goals of improving patient care while reducing waste.