Press Release

Alliance of Community Health Plans Supports Don Berwick’s Appointment as CMS Chief

The Alliance of Community Health Plans applauds the appointment of Don Berwick, MD, to serve in the critical role as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Dr. Berwick has shown a sustained commitment to improving our nation’s health care system by focusing on the “Triple Aim” goals – better health, better care, at a lower cost.

Dr. Berwick’s experience as founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a Harvard professor and practicing physician make him well suited for the CMS Administrator’s role in implementing the Affordable Care Act. He has a long history of leading health care delivery system transformations and a commitment to putting the patient at the center of health care decisions.

“Dr. Berwick has inspired the health care community to work toward improving the health of all Americans, as well as their health care.  He has helped communities and health care systems shape and implement goals of higher performance, higher quality, and greater affordability,” says ACHP President and CEO Patricia Smith. “His hands-on experience will be a great asset to the monumental work of implementing health care reform that accomplishes these goals.”


ACHP is a national leadership organization that brings together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care in their communities. The non-profit, community-based and regional health plans and provider organizations from across the country that make up ACHP’s membership provide coverage and care for approximately 18 million Americans. These 21 organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and actively leading the transformation of health care so that it is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely efficient and equitable. To learn more about ACHP, go