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Robert Berenson
Robert Berenson

Robert Berenson, M.D., is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute. He is an expert in health care policy, particularly Medicare, with experience practicing medicine, serving in senior positions in two Administrations, and helping organize and manage a successful preferred provider organization. Dr. Berenson recently completed a three year term on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the last two as Vice-Chair. From 1998-2000, he was in charge of Medicare payment policy and private health plan contracting in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Previously, he served as an Assistant Director of the Carter White House Domestic Policy Staff.  His primary research and policy interests currently are in the areas of payment reform, provider and plan pricing power, quality improvement, performance measurement, and delivery system reform.

Dr. Berenson is a board-certified internist who practiced for twenty years, the last twelve in a Washington, D.C. group practice, and while practicing helped organize and manage a successful preferred provider organization serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He was co-author, with Walter Zelman, of The Managed Care Blues & How to Cure Them, and, with Rick Mayes, Medicare Payment Policy and the Shaping of U.S. Health Care. He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and on the adjunct faculty of the George Washington University School of Public Health.


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