During this exclusive on-the-record briefing for reporters, Dr. Meena Seshamani, M.D., Ph.D. director of the Center for Medicare and deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide some opening remarks and respond to audience questions. Sarah J. Dash, president and CEO of Alliance for Health Policy, will moderate the question-and-answer period.
- Meena Seshamani, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Medicare, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Sarah J. Dash, MPH, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy (moderator)
Meena Seshamani, MD, Ph.D., is an accomplished, strategic leader with a deep understanding of health economics and a heart-felt commitment to outstanding patient care. Her diverse background as a health care executive, health economist, physician and health policy expert has given her a unique perspective on how health policy impacts the real lives of patients. She most recently served as Vice President of Clinical Care Transformation at MedStar Health, where she conceptualized, designed, and implemented population health and value-based care initiatives and served on the senior leadership of the 10 hospital, 300+ outpatient care site health system. The care models and service lines under her leadership, including community health, geriatrics, and palliative care, have been nationally recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others. She also cared for patients as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Seshamani also brings decades of policy experience to her role, including recently serving on the leadership of the Biden-Harris Transition HHS Agency Review Team. Prior to MedStar Health, she was Director of the Office of Health Reform at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she drove strategy and led implementation of the Affordable Care Act across the Department, including coverage policy, delivery system reform, and public health policy. She received her B.A. with Honors in Business Economics from Brown University, her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and her Ph.D. in Health Economics from the University of Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She completed her residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and practiced as a head and neck surgeon at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco.