Seema Verma, left, with Vice President Mike Pence
Modern Healthcare has released its 2019 list of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” which honors female executives from different sectors of the health care industry, and Seema Verma, the Administrator of US Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is among the honorees.
The biennial program recognizes women in a variety of leadership roles, spotlighting their administrative and professional accomplishments.
These high achievers, noted the publication, are “developing policy, leading change and guiding healthcare delivery improvement” across the country.
To create the list, Modern Healthcare said it accepted hundreds of nominations for women who are in health care leadership roles across the country. The publication added that a panel of judges and “top editors” at the publication selected who to include on the list.
Verma has led the powerful federal agency since March 2017. Since then, the publication stated, the CMS has pursued a number of new policy initiatives, adding, “Perhaps most controversial has been the agency’s work on Medicaid work requirements.”
Under Verma’s watch, it said, the CMS issued guidance to states on what it would take to get a waiver approved, which has happened for seven states so far.
She has also been at the forefront of the agency’s push for “hospital price transparency” and modifications to “alternative pay models,” the publication added.