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Trump’s Medicare chief Seema Verma on innovation, reform and single-payer
San Francisco Business Times

Seema Verma, the Trump Administration’s Medicare and Medicaid chief, is charged with trying to steer a massive $1 trillion ship toward a value-based system that rewards outcomes and away from existing fee-for-service models that reward volume of care. It’s a heavy lift, especially as rising costs continue to push the programs perilously closer to a fiscal cliff.

While on a visit to the Bay Area, Veema spoke to the Business Times about how she hopes to promote the wave of consumerization in health care, give patients more control over their health data and detailed her thoughts on some of the large-scale reforms being pitched to transform the country’s health care system.

“Every year we’re seeing costs of health care go up and up. So we’ve passed major pieces of legislation, tried all kinds of things, we’ve regulated people, and yet we’re in the same place where the rate of growth is growing and growing and by 2026, one in five dollars will be spent on health care,” Verma said in an interview.