Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D., used his Thursday keynote at HIMSS11 to laud the myriad provisions of the Affordable Care Act, saying the reform bill ushers in the end of the “hunter-gatherer search for information” days we currently live in.

Berwick said health reform at its heart addresses three pillars of the new care model—making a plan, acting as a team, and putting the patient in charge. The tectonic plates of health care are shifting, he said, and while that’s creating a great deal of anxiety and confusion in the health industry and general population, don’t blame the legislation.

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