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Office of Policy

Karen Milgate, Director

Jane Thorpe, Deputy Director 


Functional Statement

  • Assists the Policy Council with immediate/rapid response on timely issues and transform concepts into institutionalized processes.
  • Assists the Medicare, Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) Council as requested to develop, implement, and coordination a policy process for the agency for key major cross-cutting and policy issues resulting from MMA legislation and subsequent issues.
  • Advises the Administrator on medical technical innovation and health information technology matters.
  • Plans and develops future CMS program policy. Assists OL in the development of legislative strategies by providing analytic support for legislative options and proposals. Conducts legislative, economic, and policy analyses related to the overall structure of health care financing. Translates research findings into policy applications.
  • Performs environmental scanning, identifying, evaluating, and reporting emerging trends to health care delivery and financing. Works with Agency components and outside organizations to obtain relevant information on emerging trends. Analyzes trends for their interactions with Agency programs and implications for future policy development and planning. Identifies emerging trends and policy issues that would benefit ORDI's research, evaluation, and survey enterprises.
  • Conducts management and development of the long-term strategic plan for the Agency. Provides analytic support and information to the Administrator and Senior Leadership needed to establish the Agency's goals and directions. Conducts special studies and analyses concerning Agency-wide planning issues.
  • Provides data analyses, graphics presentations, briefing materials, and analyses on short notice to support the immediate needs of the Administrator and Senior Leadership.
  • Manages strategic, cross-cutting initiatives as assigned by the Office of the Administrator.
  • Facilitates policy development by providing analytic liaison with other components in HHS and elsewhere in the Administration.
  • Serves as CMS' contact for international visitors. Responds to requests from intergovernmental agencies and the international community for information related to the United States health care system.

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