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A Brave New World – What to Expect from the New Administration

Closing Plenary - May 3
Seema Verma, MPH - has been invited to speak, currently awaiting confirmation.

A Brave New World – What to Expect from the New Administration

Regardless of the 2016 election outcome (or any other year, for that matter), the hospice and palliative care community must proactively educate, advocate and engage the new administration and leaders at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The day after Election Day, NHPCO began working with the presidential transition team to secure the incoming CMS Administrator – or other senior administration officials - to share their vision for health policy over the next four years. This session will provide highlights for the hospice and palliative care community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the federal health policy landscape and its potential impact on hospice and palliative care
  • Glean insights from policymakers that will inform their organization’s compliance, quality measurement and care delivery activities and services
  • Educate policymakers about key end-of-life issues

CE/CME Credits: Counselor, Nurse, Physician, Social Worker

Seema Verma, MPH

President Trump has chosen Indiana health policy consultant Seema Verma as his pick for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Currently, Seema Verma is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company.  For over 20 years, Ms. Verma has worked extensively on a variety of policy and strategic projects involving Medicaid, insurance, and public health, working with Governor's offices, State Medicaid agencies, State Health Departments, State Departments of Insurance, as well as the federal government, private companies and foundations.

Ms. Verma has extensive experience redesigning Medicaid programs in several states.  Ms. Verma is the architect the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), the nation's first consumer directed Medicaid program under Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 waiver proposal.  Ms. Verma has supported Indiana through development of the historic program since its inception in 2007, from development of the enabling legislation, negotiating the financing plan with the state’s hospital association, developing the federal waiver, supporting federal negotiations and leading the implementation of the program, including the operational design.

SVC and Ms. Verma have developed many of the recent Medicaid reform programs including waivers for Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky and helped design Tennessee’s coverage expansion proposal and also provided technical assistance to Michigan as they implemented their 1115 Medicaid waiver. Ms. Verma and SVC also supported Iowa’s Medicaid transition to managed care, as well as supporting efforts Medicaid strategy efforts in Maine.

Ms. Verma served as the State of Indiana’s health reform lead following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and has worked with multiple public health agencies and state insurance agencies as they prepared for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including interpreting and implementing regulatory changes and understanding the impact of the health exchanges on state insurance markets.

Ms. Verma participated on the Republican Governor's Public Policy Committee on Medicaid reform and contributed to the development of the report “A New Medicaid: A Flexible, Innovation and Accountable Future.” She provided testimony to the Congressional House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and presented to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Medicaid Task Force. Ms. Verma is a graduate of the Lugar Series Excellence in Public Service and in 2016, Governor Mike Pence awarded Ms. Verma the Sagamore of the Wabash. Additionally, Ms. Verma was recently selected to participate in the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network.

Prior to consulting, Ms. Verma served as Vice President of Planning for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County and as a Director with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Washington D.C. Seema Verma received her Master’s degree in Public Health with concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University and her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maryland.