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Brad Smith

by Jasmine Batchelor

August 23, 2020

Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation,
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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.

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