Lauren Testa M.P.H.
Senior Vice President
Lauren Testa has experience working with a diverse range of clients – including, investors and lenders, federal and local government, not-for-profits, health systems, and research institutions – to implement, assess, and advance federal policy and local health care programs.
Most recently, Lauren was an Assistant Vice President at Farragut Square Group, providing strategic health care policy research, advisory diligence, and long-term outlook on federal and state health care matters to investors and financial institutions. In this role, she regularly analyzed reimbursement, regulatory, and legislative risk for a wide variety of Medicare and Medicaid providers, including physicians, laboratories, ambulatory surgical centers, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice providers. Lauren was also responsible for harnessing new data analytics capabilities to create data-driven diligence products for Farragut’s clients.
Lauren also has federal health care policy consulting experience with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), primarily working with the agency’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). On behalf of CMMI, Lauren worked to implement and monitor innovative health care delivery and payment systems including those supported by the Health Care Innovation Awards and the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative. Through her work she developed a deep understanding of the implementation challenges providers face, and identified opportunities for shared learning among CMMI demonstration projects.
Earlier in her career, Lauren independently consulted for the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Medical Center, and Health Resources in Action, where she focused on local public health issues. Lauren was also a Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the NIH, she used fMRI imaging, genetics, and behavioral data to better understand the neurological underpinnings of schizophrenia and help identify potential drug targets.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Boston University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Luke and their cat Scarlett.
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Health Care Highlights of the FY 2021 White House Budget Request
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