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Health Insurance Specialist
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service
Amanda Burd is a health insurance specialist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service. She received her BA in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public & Mass Media and minors in Political Science, Management, Law, Politics, and Philosophy from The College of New Jersey in 2009. In 2010 she earned her MPA from the Maxwell School. She is from Lambertville, New Jersey, but currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) covers over 100 million people through the program that it oversees, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Health Insurance Marketplace. CMS aims to improve quality of care and lower cost. Amanda works specifically on Provider Compliance issue. The group she works for oversees the fee-for-service Medicare pre-payment and post payment medical reviews.
On a typical day, Amanda’s responsibilities include supporting the implementation of the Prior Authorization of Power Mobility Device Demonstration, including coordinating clearance of demonstration package, conducting briefings, as well as creating outreach and education materials; participating in regulation development; providing contractor oversight as a business function lead for Medical Review to ensure compliance with Medicare policy; and performing program support functions including contract negotiations, budget formulation and execution as well as process improvement.
“Maxwell really shaped my career by providing broad marketable skills that allowed me flexibility. When I was at Maxwell I thought I wanted to do State and Local Finance yet I ended up in Federal Service--more specifically, health policy,” she says. “The skills I learned at Maxwell prepared me for this. Maxwell allows students to gain a variety of soft and hard skills that can easily be applied to any job. I loved my time at Maxwell not only did I develop the skills needed to excel at my job, I made lifelong friends.”
Her advice to students? “Learn all you can. Even if you think you know exactly what you want to do after graduation make sure you take advantage of getting all the skills that Maxwell offers. You never know where you are going to end up. Also make sure to take time to enjoy and learn from your fellow classmates.”