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Dena Pushkin

ORG US Department of Health and Human Services Title Director of the Federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth BIO Dr. Puskin is the Director of the Federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. She also chairs the Joint Working Group on Telemedicine, a staff-level interagency committee focused on advancing the development of cost-effective telemedicine initiatives across the Federal government. Prior to her current position, Dr. Puskin served as the Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP). She has assumed many leadership positions within and outside of government. Prior to joining ORHP in 1988, Dr. Puskin was a senior analyst at Congress''s Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (predecessor to MedPAC), where she developed the model for annual updates of Medicare payment rates to hospitals and worked on numerous economic issues related to rural hospitals and specialty hospitals in the U.S. (psychiatric, rehabilitation, and chronic disease hospitals). From 1982-1984, she was employed by the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association as a senior legislative analyst in Washington D.C. Dr. Puskin served as the Research Director at the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and as Assistant Professor of Community Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry from 1977-1981. Dr. Puskin received her Sc.D. degree in Health Policy and Research from Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. degree in Community Medicine from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, and B.A. and M.A. degrees in Biology from Boston University.