CMS Leadership

Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services

Deidre Gifford

Deputy Director

Dr. Deidre S. Gifford has served as the Deputy Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) at CMS since 2016. She has held leadership positions in Medicaid and healthcare reform in both the public and private sectors, focusing on quality improvement and payment and delivery system reform.

Dr. Gifford served as Medicaid Director in the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, having previously served as the agency’s medical director. During her tenure there from 2012 and 2015, she advanced changes in the payment and delivery system to improve the quality of care and enhance the value of Medicaid services, including the development of numerous initiatives in care coordination, information technology, and provider payment innovations. From 2005 until 2011, Dr. Gifford was co-founder and Project Director of Rhode Island’s multi-payer Medical Home demonstration, one of the nation’s first and most enduring multi-payer payment reform initiatives. Prior to joining CMS, she served as the Director of State Policy and Programs at the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), where she led that organization’s efforts with states to support and advance value based purchasing in Medicaid. Dr. Gifford was also the Director of Healthcare Policy and Programs for Rhode Island’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization from 1998 - 2008.