Robin Duddy-Tenbrunsel

Robin Duddy-Tenbrunsel analyzes the implications of health reform and applies her background with the health insurance exchanges, evidenced-based policy, and the federal budget process to providing strategic advice to clients on their policy and advocacy priorities.

Prior to joining Avalere, Robin worked in the Pay for Success field, where she researched cost-saving, evidenced-based health interventions. She also interned at the Office of Management and Budget’s Health Division, analyzing Health and Human Services data as part of the budget approval process and assisting with the preparation of OMB recommendations. Additionally, she has internship experience with the Kaiser Family Foundation, where as a member of the Healthcare Marketplace Team, she co-authored a paper on 2015 premium changes on the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare Marketplace.

Robin has an MPP from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and a BA from Tufts University.

Authored Content

Following its recent announcement to grant Medicare Advantage (MA) plans the flexibility to use step therapy techniques for Part B drugs beginning in January 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an FAQ with additional guidance on its implementation.

Earlier this year, the administration granted Medicare Advantage plans greater flexibility to target benefit designs for individuals with certain high-risk health conditions. These changes are expected to position the program for continued growth.

In late August, CMS released its proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for the 2018 plan year.

New Avalere report identifies opportunities to refine the risk-adjustment model that could improve the way Affordable Care Act plans are paid

Percentage of Medicare Advantage enrollees in plans with at least four stars continues to grow.

A new analysis from Avalere Health finds that hospitals and health systems are increasingly taking risk for the cost of Medicare patients and the quality of the care they receive.