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Robert Berenson, is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington DC. He is an expert in health care policy, particularly Medicare, with experience practicing medicine, serving in senior positions in two Administrations, and helping organize and manage a successful preferred provider organization. His primary research and policy interests currently are in the areas of payment and delivery system reform, market concentration, and performance measurement.
Dr. Berenson serves on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. In 2012, he completed service on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, including two years as Vice-Chair. From 1998-2000, he was in charge of Medicare payment policy and private health plan contracting in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Previously, he served on the Carter White House Domestic Policy Staff. Dr. Berenson is a board-certified internist who practiced for twenty years, the last twelve in a Washington, D.C. group practice, and while practicing helped organize and manage a successful PPO serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
He was co-author, with Walter Zelman, of The Managed Care Blues & How to Cure Them, and, with Rick Mayes, Medicare Prospective Payment and the Shaping of U.S. Health Care. He publishes frequently in journals that include the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. Dr. Berenson received his B.S. from Brandeis University and his M.D. degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is on the adjunct faculty of the George Washington University School of Public Health.
Neil Shah is a board-certified internal medicine physician at CareMore Health and Clinical Assistant Professor at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. He relocated to Texas after twelve years in Boston, MA where he completed his medical training and then served as an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School. He served on the board of directors for Physicians Insurance Agency of Massachusetts and was appointed to serve on the special commission for graduate medical education by the Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Shah attended medical school at Boston University through the accelerated seven-year medical education program and completed internal medicine residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. He has received training in value-based health care delivery at Dell Medical School and Harvard Business School.