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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Reid H. Cherlin
When the White House announced Dr. Donald Berwick as President Obama's choice to lead the $800 billion Medicare and Medicaid agency in April, officials hailed his long list of credentials. But Dr. Berwick hasn't seen a patient in years.
"IHI (the Institute for Healthcare Improvement) is clearly the focus of his work, and his leadership there is the reason he was nominated," White House spokesman Reid H. Cherlin said.
"We've always been upfront about that, and we have no reason not to be," he said. "But of course, he is, in fact, a pediatrician. And it's not uncommon for folks of this stature to have adjunct-type affiliations - and, of course, we disclose them."