CMS Official to Address Payment and Care Issues

Shari M. Ling


A federal government leader will discuss the “Brave New World in Payment and Care Delivery” in the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Lectureship in Renal Disease and Public Policy on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The speaker, Shari M. Ling, MD, is the deputy chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and a medical officer in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ).

Dr. Ling’s focus is on the achievement of meaningful health outcomes through delivery of high-quality, person-centered care, with special interests in reducing health disparities and in the care of persons with dementia, multiple chronic conditions, and functional limitations.

Dr. Ling served as the lead coordinator and facilitator of the CCSQ National Quality Measures Forum. She represents CMS on the multiple chronic conditions workgroup of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She also serves as the clinical subgroup lead for the DHHS National Alzheimer’s Project Act.

Dr. Ling serves as a part-time faculty member in the division of geriatric medicine and gerontology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and as a volunteer faculty member in the division of rheumatology, allergy, and clinical immunology at the University of Maryland. She continues to see patients at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Baltimore.

She worked for eight years at the National Institute on Aging as a clinician studying human aging and age-associated chronic diseases with attention to musculoskeletal conditions and morbidity function.

She served as associate editor of the Journal of Gerontology and has published more than 71 articles and book chapters.

Dr. Ling received her medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received her clinical training in internal medicine and rheumatology at Georgetown University Medical Center. She completed geriatric medicine training at Johns Hopkins University, where she served on the faculty. She also received training in direct service from the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California, where she served as the clinical services co-director of the Andrus Older Adult Counseling Center.

ASN gratefully acknowledges the Northwest Kidney Centers and its contributors for support of the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Lectureship in Renal Disease and Public Policy. ASN thanks its Public Policy Board and the Renal Physicians Association for assistance with this session.