The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has named Jerry Berger, a former media relations director with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as its new communications director.
Berger, according to a press released issued by ICER Monday, brings with him “experience in journalism … and crisis communications.”
“Jerry brings a deep understanding not only of the health care system but also the cost pressures affecting clinical and research activities,” said President of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review Dr. Steven Pearson. “He combines that with experience in communicating about health care for a broad audience that ranges from patients to clinicians to administrators and the media.”
According to the release, Berger served time as the Massachusetts Statehouse Bureau Chief for United Press International, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee communications director and as a journalism teacher at Northeastern and Boston universities.
“These are challenging times in health care with the availability of new clinical treatments and prescription options,” Berger said. “Finding the right balance of cost and effectiveness is crucial, and ICER has an important role to play in that process.”
ICER, a Boston-based nonprofit, “produces reports analyzing the evidence on the effectiveness and value of drugs and other medical services.”