Kara Cardinale

“CMS and health care policy matters are some of the most complex and challenging issues facing pharmaceutical and device companies today. My goal is to provide clients with specialized expertise to navigate and engage with these agencies so they can tell a clear, credible, and convincing story.”

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Kara brings more than 15 years of experience in CMS and health care policy, providing strategic analysis and advice to 3D clients on coverage, reimbursement, and public policy issues across Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health programs.

Kara takes a rigorous approach to every project — reviewing precedent, analyzing policy, and assessing the current environment. She then provides practical, actionable guidance to clients so they can effectively communicate across a complicated health policy environment.


Before founding Kasper Cardinale Consulting, LLC, Kara served as a senior Medicare analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget as the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 were enacted. She has a deep expertise in Medicare Fee-For-Service and Medicare Advantage coverage and reimbursement policy and has provided strategic detailed guidance to policy officials on legislation, regulations, and sub-regulatory guidance impacting Medicare. Early in her career, Ms. Cardinale was a reporter for the trade publication, The Pink Sheet, where she covered the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) regulatory policy. Kara earned her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Haverford College and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Special Interests

In her spare time, Kara enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, reading, watching sports, and spending time in the Pisgah mountains.

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