A Big Task

President Barack Obama is to name Donald Berwick, a professor of pediatrics and health-policy at Harvard Medical School, to lead Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service, reports the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog. The paper adds that Berwick — if confirmed — would be taking on big challenges.

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