Karla López de Nava, PhD

Vice President


Dr. Karla López de Nava has over 15 years of experience conducting quantitative analysis and policy research with a focus on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) payments, policy and program evaluation. She leads a team of researchers in analyzing and monitoring Maryland’s Total Cost of Care Model and Care Redesign Program. She is responsible for leading the development and validation of multi-payer payment methodologies. 

In support of the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, López de Nava directed a team investigating the factors that explain variation in Medicare savings across BPCI providers. She also led the team in the complex task of creating the comparison group for the physician group practice (PGP participants). 

López de Nava has served as the analytic lead and project manager of several ventures that aim to support CMS in the maintenance and development of outpatient quality measures. She has also performed extensive analysis on the Medicare Hospital Wage Index and on the design of new methodologies to estimate geographic variation in acute care hospital labor costs. López de Nava received a doctorate of philosophy in political science from Stanford University.