For Immediate Release

Dan Farmer joins BGR Government Affairs

Former CMS Policy Adviser to Bolster Firm’s Market Access and Reimbursement Expertise

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 3, 2019 – Dan Farmer, most recently the Senior Director of Government Relations at Cleveland Clinic, will be joining BGR Government Affairs as a Vice President in January 2020.

As part of BGR’s Access and Reimbursement Working Group, Dan will focus on the regulatory and payment issues that drive core decisions facing health care providers, medical product manufacturers, practitioners, and patients. In addition to helping clients navigate existing issues, Dan’s unique insight into CMS policy and operational development gathered from his work alongside both political and career staff within the agency in DC and Baltimore will aid clients in developing proactive strategies to navigate and impact the increasingly complex health care regulatory landscape.

Dan joined Cleveland Clinic in July 2017 and directed federal advocacy for the health system, which includes over 5,800 beds and 66,000 employees in multiple states and countries.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Dan held several roles at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is responsible for all Medicare payment policy, including Medicare fee-for-service, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D. In his most recent role as a Division Director in the Medicare Plan Payment Group at the Center for Medicare, Dan was responsible for guiding federal policy that directed $230 billion in payments to private health plans participating in Medicare Advantage and $95 billion in payments through Part D. His tenure at CMS began in 2011 as an early hire of the newly created Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which is responsible for developing and testing innovative payment reforms for Medicare and Medicaid. He also held positions in the front office of the Center for Medicare and the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office.

Bob Wood, BGR Group’s CEO, stated, “Clients look to BGR for policy expertise. It is no longer enough to just open doors and talk politics. It is what you know that makes the difference in Washington DC, not who you know.”

Dr. Remy Brim, co-head of BGR Health & Life Sciences practice, commented “We are excited for Dan Farmer to join our growing health care practice. His expertise and insights into health care payment and reimbursement policy, fostered from work on Capitol Hill, within CMS, and with one of our nation’s top medical centers, will be a tremendous asset to our clients navigating this country’s payment systems.”

Prior to CMS, Dan worked for members of the House of Representatives including Rep. Zack Space (D-OH), a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). While on the Hill, Dan was responsible for advising Rep. Space through the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. Dan graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 from Carleton College.

Dan Farmer explained, “The last decade has been an exciting time to work in healthcare, and there are certainly more changes to come. I look forward to putting my experience to work with the talented staff at BGR.”

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For more information/interviews contact:

Loren L. Monroe, Principal, State & Local Practice Head, BGR Government Relations
202-333-4936; lmonroe@bgrdc.com


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