8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
IRiSS Conference Room

CERC Lecture Series Presents:

Jonathan Blum

Former CMS Medicare Deputy Administrator &  EVP of Medical Affairs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

"Understand the limiting the voltage drop from the evidence based Medicare policy recommendations to legislative politics to program implementation"

Speaker Bio

Jonathan (Jon) Blum has more than 20 years of senior-level experience working in public and private health care financing organizations, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) during the Obama Administration. At CMS, Jon had direct responsibility for the administration of the Medicare program, leading the development and implementation of many of the cost-cutting and delivery system improvements that remain in place today and have been adopted by many other public and private health care organizations. These reforms include fundamental changes to the Medicare Advantage program that accelerated its rapid growth, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program, bundled-payment initiatives, value-based purchasing, new competitive bid pricing systems, and improvements to the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. Under Jon’s tenure, the Medicare program experienced its lowest sustained period of overall spending and premium growth. He also directed the release of unprecedented levels of Medicare data to make the program more transparent and accountable to the public.

Most recently, Jon was the Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, overseeing its medical policies, pharmacy benefit, provider network, and care coordination programs. Earlier in his career, he was a Congressional health care staffer to the Senate Finance Committee, a Medicare budget analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget, and an executive at Avalere Health.

Today, Jon works as a consultant to a variety of health care companies and organizations and is active on many non-profit boards and health policy advisory councils. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.


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