Bridging the gap between researchers and policymakers is a lot easier when everyone sits around the same table. After delivering a keynote at the recent Wharton Health Care Business conference, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma sat down with a group of LDI Senior Fellows to discuss current federal initiatives, understand relevant research and research gaps, and exchange ideas.

Meeting with CMS Administrator Seema Verma are Scott Harrington, PhD, Wharton Professor of Health Care Management; Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Medicine; Mark Pauly, PhD, Professor of Health Care Management; and Lawton R. Burns, PhD. Professor of Health Care Management. Not shown: Ralph Muller, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Mark Pauly, Seema Verma, and Lawton R. Burns

Organized by Lawton R. Burns of Wharton, the meeting covered a lot of ground, touching on 10,000-foot level topics such as:

We are grateful for the time to discuss these issues during Administrator Verma’s visit. LDI looks forward to further interaction with the Administrator and her staff and to sharing the expertise of a broader range of LDI fellows.