by Rachad Davis
July 28, 2016
Consultant and Former Director, Federal Coordinated Health Care Office,
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Melanie Bella has spent her career focused on transforming care for complex and costly populations in the Medicaid and Medicare programs with experience at all levels of government and in the private sector. Ms. Bella established and served as the first Director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As Director, Ms. Bella led the work to more effectively integrate benefits for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and improve the coordination and financing between the federal government and states for such individuals. Under her leadership, the Office designed and launched demonstrations across the country to test new delivery system and payment models for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees in both community and institutional settings.
Prior to joining CMS, Ms. Bella was the senior vice president for policy and operations at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). She led the organization’s efforts to integrate care for complex populations and directed a unique leadership training institute to help Medicaid directors.
Prior to CHCS, Ms. Bella served as Medicaid director for the state of Indiana from 2001 through 2005. She earned a master’s in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.