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Denise Osborn-Harrison, JD, MPH

Department of Health Administration and Policy

Denise Osborn Harrison

Denise G. Osborn-Harrison JD, MPH recently served as a public servant for several years working for various divisions within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) including the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), Center for Medicare (CM), and Center for Program Integrity (CPI) and, the Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs (OSORA).

While at CMS, Ms. Osborn-Harrison engaged with state policy makers, federal agencies and technology vendors helping to create statewide information technology infrastructures for eligibility and enrollment systems. These systems directly enabled Medicaid expansion and health insurance Exchanges as defined within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She also conducted internal investigations in response to federal subpoenas and represented CMS in appellate hearings for Medicare Advantage application denials. She attributes her commitment to and interest in health policy to the time that she spent working as a staffer on The Hill for a member of the U.S. Congress.

Over the past thirty years, Ms. Osborn-Harrison has taught at various colleges located in Virginia, California, Colorado and Maryland. She currently serves as an adjunct professor for George Mason University in the undergraduate healthcare administration program. She has also served as an assistant and adjunct professor for a variety of Universities located in Virginia, Colorado, Maryland, New Hampshire and California, for undergraduate and graduate healthcare administration and nursing programs.

Ms. Osborn-Harrison has provided consulting services to state agencies, federal agencies, non-profits and healthcare providers both nationwide and abroad. As a continuing education provider for nurses, she has trained providers on how to conduct root cause analysis to support enterprise wide patient safety and quality initiatives. Ms. Osborn-Harrison in collaboration with various non-profit organizations and healthcare providers has authored successful grant applications to obtain federal and private funding. In 2017 she co-edited a text book for health care managers addressing how to support the patient experience.

Ms. Osborn-Harrison is a California licensed attorney with ten years of experience litigating civil and criminal cases.