Marco Villagrana has conducted policy analysis in the public and private sector for over 20 years. He is currently the expert in Medicare hospital payment policy at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), providing consultation, technical assistance, and analysis for Congress. Prior to CRS, Marco advised clients about Medicare policy developments affecting health sector investments at the Marwood Group, LLC. He led The Joint Commission’s partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on patient safety and quality. While with the Senate Special Committee on Aging, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and at the Senate Committee on Finance, Marco analyzed a wide range of programs, including Medicare managed care, ambulance services, Medicare beneficiary education, and the Quality Improvement Organizations.

Marco holds a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in management and policy and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in sociology and psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Marco also has a certificate in Legislative Studies from The Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University.