Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Elizabeth Fowler, Deputy Administrator and Director

Amy Bassano, Deputy Director

Arrah Tabe-Bedward, Deputy Director

Dr. Michael Lipp, Chief Medical Officer

Executive Operations Staff

Eric Smallwood, Director; Erin Willford-Skipworth, Deputy Director

Patient Care Models Group

Christina Ritter, Director
Sarah Fogler, Deputy Director
Division of Technical Model Support - Alexandre Laberge, Acting Director; Alexandre Laberge, Deputy Director
Division of Payment Models - Amy Giardina, Director
Division of Health Care Payment Models - Claire Schreiber, Director
Division of Specialty Payment Models - Bobbie Knickman, Acting Director
Division of Ambulatory Payment Models - Lara Strawbridge, Director

Seamless Care Models Group

Pauline Lapin, Director
Laura McWright, Deputy Director
Division of Advanced Primary Care - Nicholas Minter, Director; Leah Hendrick, Deputy Director
Division of Financial Risk - Meghan Erlington-Clayton, Director
Division of Special Populations and Projects - Tom Duvall, Director
Division of Seamless Infrastructure - John Lumpkin, Director
Division of Delivery System Demonstrations - Jason Petroski, Director

Prevention and Population Health Group

Rivka Friedman, Director
Vacant, Deputy Director
Division of Health Care Delivery - Juliana Tiongson, Acting Director
Division of Health Innovation and Integration - Janelle Gingold, Director; J. Alice Thompson-Nixon, Deputy Director
Division of Population Health Incentives and Infrastructure - Katherine Verlander, Acting Director; Katherine Johnson, Acting Deputy Director

Research and Rapid Cycle Evaluation Group

Renee Mentnech, Director
Noemi Rudolph, Deputy Director
Division of Health Systems Research - Suzanne Wensky, Director
Division of Payment and Accountability Research - Shannon Flood, Director
Division of Special Populations Research - Susannah Cafardi, Acting Director
Division of Data, Research and Analytic Methods - David Bott, Director

Learning and Diffusion Group

Kathryn Davidson, Director
Kimberly Spalding Bush, Deputy Director
Division of Model Learning Systems - Rebecca Zuccarelli, Director
Division of Cross-Model Learning and Improvement - Vacant, Director
Division of Improvement Networks and Regional Engagement - Rehana Gubin, Director

Business Services Group

Ashley Corbin, Director
Todd Couts, Deputy Director
Division of Budget and Administrative Services - Ronald Topper, Jr., Director
Division of Central Contracts Services - Barbara Rufo, Director
Division of Applications Design and Development - Todd Couts, Director; Vacant, Deputy Director
Division of Information Technology Operations and Security - Donna Schmidt, Director
Division of Program and Project Management - Tina Darden, Director

Policy and Programs Group

Ellen Lukens, Director
Kathleen Dziak, Deputy Director
Division of Alternative Payment Model Infrastructure - Ann Vrabel, Director
Division of Stakeholder Engagement and Policy - Megan Cardin, Director
Division of Portfolio Management and Strategy - James Gerber, Director
Division of Data Analytics - Daniel Muldoon, Director

State Innovations Group

Rivka Friedman, Acting Director
Vacant, Deputy Director
Division of State Innovations Models - Allison Pompey, Director
Division of All-Payer Models - Katherine Sapra, Acting Director; Christina Crider, Acting Deputy Director

Functional Statement

  • Identifies, validates and disseminates information about new care models and payment approaches to serve Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries seeking to enhance the quality of health and health care and reducing cost through improvement.
  • Consults with representatives of relevant Federal agencies, and clinical and analytical experts with expertise in medicine and health care management, including providers, payers, states, businesses, and community agencies, to develop new and effective models of care.
  • Creates and tests new models in clinical care, integrated care and community health, and disseminates information on these models through CMS, HHS, states, local organizations, and industry channels.
  • Performs rapid cycle evaluation of innovation and demonstration activities to determine effectiveness and feasibility for broader dissemination, scale, and sustainability.
  • Works closely with other CMS components and regional offices to study health care industry trends and data for the purposes of designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative payment and service delivery models, and to disseminate information about effective models. 
  • Creates and tests innovative payment and service delivery models, building collaborative learning networks to facilitate the collection and analysis of innovation, as well as the implementation of effective practices, and developing necessary technology to support this activity. 
  • Creates and tests innovative payment and service delivery models, developing fellows with expertise in innovation, demonstration and diffusion to help support the introduction of effective practices across the nation.
  • Carries out core business functions (e.g., budget, facilities, HR, communications). 
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