Our Team

Brad Smith

Deputy  Administrator & Director

Deputy Administrator & CMMI Director

Brad Smith is a successful healthcare entrepreneur with a proven history of improving care for some of our nation’s most vulnerable patients. Brad was the Co-Founder and CEO of Aspire Health, which he grew from an idea into the nation’s largest home-based palliative care provider operating in 25 states and over 70 cities. Aspire’s interdisciplinary care team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers has provided in-home visits and 24/7 support to over 100,000 patients facing a serious illness. Aspire was sold to Anthem in June 2018.

Most recently, Brad served as Chief Operating Officer of Anthem’s Diversified Business Group (DBG), which included companies specializing in primary care, specialty benefit management, healthcare research, program integrity, and behavioral health.

Prior to entering the private sector, Brad served as Chief of Staff at the Tennessee Department of Economic Development and as the founding Executive Director of the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a non-profit focused on bringing diverse stakeholders together to improve K-12 education in Tennessee.

Brad was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University and received a M.Phil from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Brad, his wife Lauren and their daughter Harper now split time between Washington DC and their home in Nashville, Tennessee.


Amy Bassano

Deputy Director


Amy Bassano is the Deputy Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prior to assuming this position in April 2016, Ms. Bassano was the Director of the Patient Care Models Group at CMMI leading CMS’s efforts on bundled payments including the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative and the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model and the development of physician specialty models such as the Oncology Care Model. In addition, she was responsible for the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Model and the Medicare Care Choices Model. Ms. Bassano also held senior management positions in the Center for Medicare at CMS overseeing Medicare payment policy for a variety of areas including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, physicians, ambulatory surgical centers, clinical laboratories, and Part B drugs. Prior to her tenure at CMS, Ms. Bassano was a Program Examiner at the Office of Management and Budget where she was the lead Medicare analyst on Medicare Part B and D issues. Ms. Bassano has an M.A. in Policy Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in history from Tufts University.


Arrah Tabe-Bedward

Deputy Director

CMS Innovation Center Deputy Director, Arrah Tabe-Bedward

Arrah Tabe-Bedward is the Deputy Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Ms. Tabe-Bedward has a strong background in Medicare and previously served as the Director of the Medicare Enrollment and Appeals Group (MEAG) at CMS. As MEAG’s Director, she was responsible for all eligibility, enrollment and appeals policy under the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS), Medicare Advantage (MA), and Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) programs, and had shared responsibility with the Social Security Administration for Medicare eligibility, enrollment and low-income subsidy operations. She also had oversight responsibility for all Medicare appeals operations for the FFS, MA and Part D Qualified Independent Contractors, the appeals units of the Medicare administrative contractors, and CMS’ Beneficiary Notice Initiative, which includes provider-issued notices such as the Important Message from Medicare and the Advance Beneficiary Notices of Noncoverage. In addition to MEAG, Ms. Tabe-Bedward worked in CMS’ Program Integrity Group and Office of Legislation. She has a J.D. from the University Of Maryland School Of Law and an M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul University, and initially joined the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow.


The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation organization structure is outlined below:

Office of the Director

Executive Operations Staff

Business Services Group

  • Division of Applications Design and Development
  • Division of Budget and Administrative Services
  • Division of Central Contracts Services
  • Division of IT Operations and Security
  • Division of Program and Project Management

Learning and Diffusion Group

  • Division of Cross-Model Learning and Improvement
  • Division of Improvement Networks and Regional Engagement
  • Division of Model Learning Systems

Patient Care Models Group

  • Division of Ambulatory Payment Models
  • Division of Health Care Payment Models
  • Division of Payment Models
  • Division of Specialty Payment Models
  • Division of Technical Model Support

Policy and Programs Group

  • Division of Alternative Payment Model Infrastructure
  • Division of Data Analytics
  • Division of Portfolio Management and Strategy
  • Division of Stakeholder Engagement and Policy

Preventive and Population Health Care Models Group

  • Division of Health Care Delivery
  • Division of Health Innovation and Integration
  • Division of Population Health Incentives and Infrastructure

Research and Rapid Cycle Evaluation Group

  • Division of Data, Research and Analytic Methods
  • Division of Health Systems Research
  • Division of Payment and Accountability Research
  • Division of Special Populations Research

Seamless Care Models Group

  • Division of Advanced Primary Care
  • Division of Delivery System Demonstrations
  • Division of Financial Risk
  • Division of Seamless Infrastructure
  • Division of Special Populations and Projects

State Innovations Group

  • Division of All-Payer Models
  • Division of State Innovations Models


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