Karen Milgate

Senior Advisor

Karen Milgate, a senior advisor with Leavitt Partners, is a seasoned health care policy executive with a deep knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid policies, programs, operations, and data. Most recently, she was the deputy director of the Center for Strategic Planning within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and has directed agency analysis and strategic planning efforts to improve these programs.

In both Republican and Democrat administrations, Karen has led strategic planning efforts, helped build analytical tools, coordinated inter-agency initiatives, directed and written numerous analyses, and helped build the data infrastructure to help CMS manage and direct the future of its programs.

Her specialties include a deep understanding of the quality and utilization patterns in the Medicare program and of Medicare and Medicaid data sources. Karen was a key player in 2010 health reform legislation and has provided policymakers with counsel regarding ACOs, medical homes, Innovation Center models, dual eligibles, quality efficiency measurement, and electronic health records, among others.

Karen is the former research director for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and Senior Associate Director for Policy Development for the American Hospital Association. She has bachelor’s degrees in economics and international studies from American University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland.