“As CMS director she will be the point person leading the definition of emerging healthcare revenue models in the United States,” said Tatikonda. “The rules, programs and incentives CMS puts in place are those our physicians work with every day. CMS’ reach is truly broad because their rules and programs often become de facto standards for healthcare revenue and delivery systems outside of government as well.”
Verma recognized and encouraged the Kelley Physician MBA students’ efforts in the program, saying during her 2014 talk, “My hat's off to you” for taking the program, and “I’m excited to be a part of your education.”
She explained to the students, “I feel very strongly that more physicians need to get involved in health policy.”
Pil (Peter) Kang, MD, MBA’16, was one of the physician MBAs who heard Verma speak.
“I feel she brings a consumer-based perspective and paradigm in approaching the administration of a very large and very important entitlement program in the United States,” explained Kang, who is a radiologist and partner at Davis Radiology, PC, in Burlington, Iowa. “The current way of administering Medicare and Medicaid is not sustainable. Ms. Verma’s experience in dealing with a large federal law at the state level gives her some perspective acting now at the federal level.”