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Margaret Edder Johnson, M.B.A.


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Margaret Edder Johnson, M.B.A., is a director at L&M. She has over 20 years of experience in health care policy, research, and management. She brings skills in primary research data collection, including leading key informant interviews with providers, payers, consumers, and employers; conducting in-depth formative and cognitive interviews with consumers; and moderating focus group discussions with consumers and providers.

Ms. Johnson is also experienced in analyzing and reporting findings using qualitative methods, leading demonstration and evaluation site visits, providing rapid cycle evaluation feedback, designing web-based health care cost tools, evaluating technical assistance and training, conducting environmental scans, strategic planning, and process and flow mapping/diagraming.

Many of her skills are demonstrated in the work she is currently conducting for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), including building and end-user testing a web-based calculator tool to help health care organizations demonstrate the financial value of addressing health disparities, interviewing home health agencies and referral sources as well as analyzing the information collected for key themes and findings to support the assessment of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing model, and leading site visits to model demonstration sites to assess the impact of the Medicare Care Choices Model on cost, quality, and care provided to patients who receive curative treatment and some hospice services concurrently.

Most recently Ms. Johnson was engaged with the National PACE Association to develop its growth strategy to better serve aging individuals in the community who would otherwise be in nursing homes. Additionally she completed work as the project manager and key staff for the evaluation of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation accountable care organization initiatives, and on a separate project, as an evaluator where she provided rapid cycle feedback on technical support provided by CMS to states focusing on payment and delivery reform for beneficiaries with complex needs as part of the Innovator Accelerator Program. She has also recently completed work for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop a library of standardized outcome measures for use in patient registries for five distinct clinical areas. Before joining L&M, she held senior management positions in a national home care and infusion/specialty pharmacy company where she worked extensively in health care operations and management; prior to that, Ms. Johnson spent several years working in health policy research, focused primarily on federal health programs.

Ms. Johnson holds an M.B.A. in health administration from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in economics from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington).