S. Lawrence Kocot - Board Member

Larry Kocot is a Principal of the Firm, working within the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, DC, office. Mr. Kocot is also the NationalLeader of the Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight.

Portrait of PHA Board Member S. Lawrence Kocot. Mr. Kocot provides strategic advice and counsel to companies on regulatory matters relating to public health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. He has served as counsel to a wide range of corporations and associations on a variety of different matters, including investigations by the FTC, DOJ, SEC, and state attorneys general, as well as on qui tam and other litigation. Additionally, Mr. Kocot has represented companies in audits and other disputes with the federal government, advised companies on the development of business arrangements to assure compliance with federal and state fraud & abuse laws, and counseled organizations on the development and formation of accountable care organizations.

Mr. Kocot is a former Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Centers for and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, he was involved in a wide range of health care policy issues and operations related to Medicare and Medicaid. Notably, Mr. Kocot was a key member of the management and operations team responsible for pharmaceutical, pharmacy, and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) issues, including the launch and operation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D). More specifically, he led the development of pharmacy and long-term care pharmacy policy under the Part D program; guided CMS efforts to design and develop new systems functionality for providing beneficiary information to providers in real time at the point of sale; designed and launched CMS initiatives on pharmacy quality and pharmacy quality alliances; developed outreach, communications, and partnership programs with the pharmacy and pharmaceutical communities, including the creation and launch of the Web-based publication Medicare RxUpdate; and supervised pharmaceutical delivery and data management during and after Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. Kocot practiced law at Epstein Becker Green, PC, and Dentons, US LLP. Kocot is currently a visiting fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where he was also Deputy Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings from 2007-2013. Mr. Kocot was a fellow in International Security Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and an adjunct fellow at CSIS for several years thereafter. Before his government service, Mr. Kocot was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, where he was responsible for all legal matters and represented the industry before Congress, state legislatures, and state and federal regulatory agencies.