Margaret Edder Johnson, M.B.A., is a director at L&M. She has over 25 years of experience in federal and state 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, evaluating technical assistance and training, conducting environmental scans, and strategic planning.
Many of her skills are demonstrated in the work she has conducted recently for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), including conducting qualitative research to identify approaches to address health disparities experienced by racial and ethnic minorities, writing case studies covering innovative practices and processes for value-based initiatives, and providing evaluation and monitoring support to CMS for section 1115 Medicaid waiver programs. Ms. Johnson is the L&M project manager for the Supportive Services Demonstration (SSD), which is a demonstration sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to test the impact of housing-based supportive services on the healthcare utilization and housing stability of low-income older adults.
Ms. Johnson has also served as the project manager and key staff for the evaluation of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) 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 (IAP). She also led site visits to model demonstration sites to assess the impact of the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) on cost, quality, and care provided to patients who receive curative treatment and hospice services concurrently. She has also recently completed work for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as the project manager for the Pediatric Quality Measures Program Learning Collaborative (PQMP-LC), supporting AHRQ-funded grantees implementing pediatric quality measures. 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).