S. Lawrence Kocot

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Larry Kocot is a visiting fellow in Economic Studies. He is examining the challenges of access, quality, and financing that face the U.S. health care system. Mr. Kocot previously served as a senior advisor to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In this capacity, he was involved in a wide range of health care policy issues and operations related to Medicare and Medicaid. Notably, he was a key member of the management and operations team responsible for the national launch and operation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D). Mr. Kocot is currently a principal with KPMG and national leader of the Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight. Prior to joining KPMG, Kocot practiced law with Epstein, Becker, Green, P.C. and earlier with Dentons, US LLP. Mr. Kocot served on the board of directors of ICF International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICFI) from 2012 to 2015. Mr. Kocot has served as a member of Virginia's Commonwealth Health Research Board (CHRB) from 2002–2012 and was chairman from 2005–2008.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Kocot was senior vice president and general counsel of a national pharmacy trade association. He has also served as a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where he participated in a wide range of policy studies. Mr. Kocot has been active in the start up and management of a number of small businesses, including a management and legal consulting company, a pharmacy data and technology company, and a pharmacy benefits management company. Mr. Kocot was interim CEO and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Partnership for a Healthier America. Mr. Kocot received his BA and MPA degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He earned his JD and LLM degrees at the Georgetown University Law Center.