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Kenneth Fassel

Research Economist


MPH, Public Health Policy and Practice, University of Virginia


Kenneth Fassel helps lead the Medicare Shared Savings Program implementation project, which involves tracking and interpreting federal regulations, drafting, and presenting communications to CMS and Program stakeholders, and leading internal quality assurance and control efforts.

Mr. Fassel also works on evaluating Medicaid Sec. 1115 Substance Use Disorder demonstration waivers. He is skilled at designing and leading interviews with key stakeholders in behavioral health payment and delivery, such as Medicaid agencies, managed care organizations, and provider organizations. His other responsibilities include monitoring the documentation of several waiver states while helping develop research questions and a sampling strategy, as well as performing thematic analysis of qualitative research and reporting findings.

Before joining RTI, he served as a Research Assistant for the Congressional Research Service, Domestic Social Policy Division, working primarily with the Health Insurance Financing and Health Services Research sections. He worked extensively with CMS datasets, which required designing and conducting QA/QC analysis for large data reports and designing data visualizations in base Excel, SAS, R, and VBA. 

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