Melissa Cohen is the Staff Vice President of Payment Innovation Strategy at Anthem where she runs a team focused on program evaluation, portfolio analysis and management of cross cutting initiatives, maintaining a 360-degree view of payment innovation at the organization. Prior to joining Anthem, Melissa was the Director of the Policy and Programs Group at the Innovation Center at CMS where she was predominantly responsible for center-wide strategy and implementation of the Quality Payment Program proposed in the Medicare and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Previously, Melissa was the Director of the Division of Financial Risk, leading the Innovation Center’s ACO and Health Plan Innovation Models. Melissa started with the Center in 2011 and was involved early on in the design and implementation of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, the Comprehensive ESRD Care Initiative and the Pioneer and Next Generation ACO Models. Prior to coming to CMMI, Melissa practiced medical malpractice defense litigation for 6 years in the New York Metropolitan Area, which gave her unique insight into aspects of our fragmented delivery system and a passion for delivery system reform. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, and her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.