CMS Leadership

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

Elizabeth Fowler

Deputy Administrator & Director

Elizabeth “Liz” Fowler, Ph.D., J.D., is the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Fowler previously served as Executive Vice President of programs at The Commonwealth Fund and Vice President for Global Health Policy at Johnson & Johnson. At Johnson & Johnson, she focused on delivery system models and reforms in the U.S. and in developed and emerging markets. From 2008 to 2010, she was Chief Health Counsel to Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where she played a critical role developing the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Fowler has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Amy Bassano

Deputy Director
Phone
410-786-3028
Baltimore

Amy Bassano is the Deputy Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Bassano was the Director of the Patient Care Models Group at CMMI leading CMS’s efforts on bundled payments including the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative and the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model and the development of physician specialty models such as the Oncology Care Model. In addition, she was responsible for the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Model and the Medicare Care Choices Model. Ms. Bassano also held senior management positions in the Center for Medicare at CMS overseeing Medicare payment policy for a variety of areas including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, physicians, ambulatory surgical centers, clinical laboratories, and Part B drugs. Prior to her tenure at CMS, Ms. Bassano was a Program Examiner at the Office of Management and Budget where she was the lead Medicare analyst on Medicare Part B and D issues. Ms. Bassano has an M.A. in Policy Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in history from Tufts University.

Arrah Tabe-Bedward

Deputy Director
Phone
410-786-7129
Baltimore

Arrah Tabe-Bedward is the Deputy Director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. Ms.Tabe-Bedward comes to the Innovation Center with a strong background in Medicare. She previously served as the Director of the Medicare Enrollment and Appeals Group (MEAG) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As MEAG’s Director, Ms.Tabe-Bedward was responsible for all enrollment and appeals policy under the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS), Medicare Advantage (MA), and Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) programs, and had shared responsibility with the Social Security Administration on Medicare eligibility, enrollment and low-income subsidy issues. She also had oversight responsibility for all Medicare appeals operations for the FFS, MA and Part D Qualified Independent Contractors, the appeals units of the Medicare administrative contractors, and CMS’ Beneficiary Notice Initiative, which includes provider-issued notices such as the Important Message from Medicare and the Advance Beneficiary Notices of Noncoverage. Ms.Tabe-Bedward has a JD from the University Of Maryland School Of Law and an MS in Public Service Management from DePaul University. She initially joined the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow. In addition to MEAG, she worked in CMS’ Program Integrity Group and Office of Legislation.

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