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AdvaMed Announces Carol Blackford to Lead Association’s Payment Policy Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, AdvaMed, the Medtech Association, announced that Carol Blackford has joined the organization as Executive Vice President of Payment and Health Care Delivery Policy. She will lead the AdvaMed team responsible for developing and advocating for policies that expand patient access to medical technologies by improving coverage, coding, and payment processes used by Medicare. The department also oversees research projects on the role and contributions of the medtech industry to the health of patients.

“Carol brings to AdvaMed years of experience and a deep understanding of the reimbursement landscape that will be invaluable in shaping our efforts to ensure medical technology innovations are available to the patients who need them,” said Scott Whitaker, AdvaMed President and CEO. “I am excited to have her join the AdvaMed team, and I look forward to working with her to expand the great work our payment department is doing to advance these life-saving policies.”

Previously, Carol served for 28 years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including her most recent role as the Director of the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She has also served as Acting Deputy Director of the Center for Medicare and as Deputy Directory of the Chronic Care Policy Group.

Carol is a graduate of McDaniel College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and William & Mary, where she earned a Master of Public Policy.

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