Janet L. Shikles is a health policy consultant primarily working for integrated health care systems including Geisinger Health System and Denver Health. She serves as co-chair of NASI’s 25th annual policy conference, “Medicare and Social Security in a Time of Budget Austerity.”

She has also worked for the March of Dimes, the National Committee on Quality Assurance, the Commonwealth Fund, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. Previously, she was involved in a project for the World Bank, the Department for International Development (the U.K.’s foreign aid office) and the Chinese government to help design and pilot-test a health care system for the urban poor (which was  tested in four provinces) and the rural poor (which was tested in 71 rural counties).

“Janet has an unusual ability to combine her knowledge of health care with an understanding of how health-related programs, rules and organizations work in the real world,” said Jane Ross, Treasurer of NASI’s Board of Directors.

Shikles has also served as Vice President, Health Care Research and Consulting, at Abt Associates and as Executive Director of the Commonwealth Fund’s Task Force on the Future of Health Insurance. Prior to this she was the Assistant Comptroller General at the U.S. General Accounting Office in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for GAO’s work relating to health, education, labor, social security, veterans affairs and welfare. She was also an Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton and a senior analyst at the Department of Health and Human Services.

A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1992, Shikles has served on its Board of Directors and as its Secretary. She was a member of the Academy’s Steering Committee for the project Restructuring Medicare for the Long Term, and also chaired its study panel on Fee-for-Service Medicare. She holds an M.S.W. from Howard University and an M.A. from George Washington University.

Shikles lives in Boulder, Colorado. In her spare time she likes to read, hike, do adventuresome travel with her husband, and spend time with her daughter, who is a public defender and last fall received the award as the top public defender in the state of Colorado.

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