by Stephani Simmons
July 21, 2017
Strategic Counsel to Epstein Becker Green; Former Acting Administrator,
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Leslie Norwalk is Strategic Counsel to Epstein Becker Green, P.C., EBG Advisors and National Health Advisors. She serves as an advisor to three private equity ﬁrms: Warburg Pincus, Peloton Equity, and Enhanced Equity Fund; and currently sits on the boards of directors of NuVasive, Endologix, Providence Service Corp., Cedar Gate, Abode Healthcare, HPOne, Linkwell Health and MedCircle. She is also a member of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council.
Ms. Norwalk served the Bush Administration as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She managed the day-to-day operations of Medicare, Medicaid, State Child Health Insurance Programs, Survey and Certiﬁcation of health care facilities and other federal health care initiatives. For four years prior to that, she was the agency’s Deputy Administrator, responsible for the implementation of the hundreds of changes made under the Medicare Modernization Act, including the Medicare Prescription Drug Beneﬁt.
CMS has the second-largest budget outlay of the Federal Government, directly responsible for $1 out of every $3 spent on healthcare in the United States. The organization insures approximately a third of the population of the United States (more than 100 million beneﬁciaries) including the elderly, disabled, and some of the lowest income individuals in the country. CMS processes over one billion claims each year and contracts with approximately one million providers.
Prior to serving the Bush Administration, she practiced law in the Washington, D.C. ofﬁce of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. where she advised clients on a variety of health policy matters. She also served in the ﬁrst Bush administration in the White House Ofﬁce of Presidential Personnel, and the Ofﬁce of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Ms. Norwalk, a native of Dayton, OH, earned a juris doctor degree from the George Mason University School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Scholar and an editor of the George Mason Law Review. She earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics and international relations from Wellesley College.