Dan Farmer

Dan works with BGR’s Health and Life Sciences Practice and is Co-Lead of the Access and Reimbursement Working Group.

Washington, D.C.
Federal Payment Policy, Federal Government Affairs
Cleveland Clinic Government Relations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. House of Representatives

Dan Farmer, Principal and Co-Lead of the Access and Reimbursement Working Group, joined BGR in January 2020. Dan helps clients navigate the world of federal reimbursement policy, with a focus on the work of the Centers & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dan comes to the firm from Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s premier healthcare systems, where he led federal advocacy efforts in Congress and in the Administration.

Prior to his time at Cleveland Clinic, Dan worked in several roles at CMS, focusing on Medicare payment policy.  Dan was one of the early hires of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, where he was closely involved in the development and launch of some of CMS’ first innovative payment models, including the Pioneer ACO Model.  Dan was later a Division Director in the Medicare Plan Payment Group, focusing on Medicare Advantage and Part D payment issues.

Dan’s career in health policy began on Capitol Hill, where he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives. He advised Rep. Zack Space (D-OH), a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, through the drafting and passage of the Affordable Care Act. Previously, he worked in the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

Dan received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Minnesota. He and his wife have three young daughters.

Areas of Focus

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Legislative and Regulatory Policy Development


  • Carleton College