Ferhat Q. Kassamali, M.Sc., M.P.H., is a senior researcher at L&M. He joined L&M in 2009 and has over 20 years of experience in financial analysis and modeling, strategic planning, business processes, data analytics, prospective payment systems, program evaluation, and general health care policy and research. Mr. Kassamali has extensive project management experience having successfully managed numerous multi-year projects, as well as project teams involving multiple subcontractors.
Recent work includes leading a multi-year effort to assist state Medicaid Program Integrity Units improve and build upon current operations, leveraging the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to assist the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in managing public comment periods, supporting overall education and outreach activities for Medicare value-based purchasing programs, and ongoing measure maintenance for quality reporting and performance. Mr. Kassamali has also lead L&M’s multi-year project prototyping and implementing the Outcome Measures Framework in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Registry of Patient Registries, leading an evaluation of CMS’s Medicare Part D opioid policy, contributing to an evaluation of Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Accountable Care Organization initiatives, and various other projects involving program evaluation, operations improvement, physician payment, and methods to combat fraud, waste, and abuse.
Before joining L&M, Mr. Kassamali worked as a management consultant, advising hospitals on various financial, strategic, and operational matters, including strategic planning, ambulatory network development, cost-effectiveness, organizational alignment, and operational improvement. Prior to that, his consulting work focused primarily on health care finance, working with a range of clients on issues related to Medicaid financing, Medicare’s prospective payment systems (inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory surgery center, and long-term acute care hospital), hospital service-line development, and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Mr. Kassamali holds an M.P.H. in health management from the Yale School of Public Health in conjunction with the Yale School of Management, and an M.Sc. in human genetics and a B.Sc. in biology from McGill University.