Jennifer Podulka is an experienced project manager with extensive research and data analysis expertise. Much of her work has focused on physician payment policy, traditional Medicare, and Medicare Advantage including work with special needs plans and encounter data, the Medicare Part D exceptions and appeals process, and the federal budget and broader healthcare system context for Medicare policy.
Blending skills in research project management and technology, Jennifer has drawn on her Medicare experience to address the unique needs of different types of clinicians in a variety of work environments. She excels in managing research staff, as well as concurrent projects, resulting in organized and tailored final reports, analysis, and other deliverables.
Before joining HMA, she was responsible for designing, conducting, and publishing studies in Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) reports to Congress on Medicare payment policy, as well as analyzing and presenting data on specific Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and broader healthcare system issues as they intersect Medicare policy.
Well versed in presenting findings to leaders within MedPAC, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), and other organizations, Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas, Austin.
Jennifer devotes her free time to her circus aerials and acrobatics hobby and hanging out with her husband, Chris and cats, Ben and Jerry.