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December Lunch N Learn

December 19, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Martin's West
6817 Dogwood Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
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NCMA Woodlawn,

Please join us at Martin's West for our Final Lunch N Learn of 2018! This month's program will feature a CMS program overview, followed by an expert panel discussing innovative procurement trends.

CMS Program Overview

Jeff Grant, Acting Deputy Director for Operations, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

Mr. Grant will provide an overview of CCIO and its mission and focus for FY’19.

 Panel Discussion


  • Polly Hall, Strategy and Planning Lead for the DHS Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL)
  • Don Knode, Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Acquisition & Grants Mgmt (OAGM), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Topic:    Procurement Innovation Trends in FY 2019 and beyond: The DHS Procurement Innovation Lab and Innovation Technique

Polly Hall, the Strategy & Planning lead will be our guest speaker to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL). The PIL was created in 2015 to promote a learning culture by offering a framework for the DHS acquisition community to test new preaward acquisition ideas and share lessons learned. This initiative is being rolled out to other federal agencies, including CMS.  Don Knode, Senior Technical Advisor of OAGM will discuss how the innovative techniques may be used at CMS and the broader HHS community.  Attendees will also receive a hard copy of the “PIL Boot Camp” information guide provided to federal agencies.     


Jeff Grant

Jeff Grant serves as Director of the Payment Policy and Financial Management Group (PPFMG) in CCIIO where he leads the implementation of health insurance marketplaces and associated financial provisions, advising staff and management on payment methodology, policy, and operations.

As one of the original Marketplace financial team members commencing in July 2010, Jeff has provided strategic and technical direction for all financial programs that impact the individual and small group private insurance markets, including premium tax credits, cost sharing reductions, user fees, reinsurance, risk adjustment, and risk corridors. Jeff has over 22 years of experience in federal health insurance programs, previously having led the development of the policy, systems and operations to implement Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D payments.

Jeff previously served as Senior Vice President for Client Services at Health Risk Partners, LLC, where he supported clients on risk adjustment and enrollment and payment reconciliation. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University. Jeff is a retired Naval reservist with 22 years of service.

Polly Hall

Polly Hall is the Strategy and Planning Lead for the DHS PIL. She entered Government after working in academia as well as running her own small business, and supported CBP, DNDO and TSA as a contract specialist prior to joining the PIL. She loves bringing teams together and making procurement approachable, mission focused, and yes, even fun.  

Procurement Innovation Trends in FY 2019 and beyond: The DHS Procurement Innovation Lab and

 Donald H. Knode, Jr.,

Don Knode is the Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Acquisition & Grants Mgmt (OAGM), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Previously served as the Director for the Medicare and Medicaid IT Support Contracts division.  He has over 30 years of experience in federal government procurement, and has worked at CMS for the past 10+ years.  Prior to joining CMS, Mr. Knode served as the Operations Group Director for the Defense Contract Management Agency - Maryland.

Mr. Knode holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Baltimore and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Towson State University.  In addition, Mr. Knode completed the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society Program


Suzanne Charleston

President, NCMA Woodlawn


$24.00 Member Ticket

$40.00 Non-Member Ticket