Leading Edge Policy & Strategy
Thinking About the Future of Health Care and Health Information Technology Policy
Nandan Kenkeremath
Jack Potter, MD
Mary Kay Owens
Josh Rubin
Nandan Kenkeremath
NANDAN KENKEREMATH is the principle at Leading Edge.  He was previously Senior Counsel on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce where he served for 17 years.  He was also an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency.  For the last 11 years he has focused on health care policy including health information technology,  comparative effectiveness, health insurance regulation and reform, payment policies, drug regulation and safety, health care reform, privacy and a variety of cutting edge health care policy issues.   He has extensive expertise in Hill and Executive Branch Agency processes and dynamics.  With over 25 years in Federal policy he has extensive contacts and working relationships.  Nandan has a law degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelors of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Since leaving the Hill Nandan has provided counsel, led workgroups, led policy retreats, provided comments in regulatory proceedings, panalyzed legislation, repared amendments, prepared assessments and papers for publication, assisted in business development and planning, provided legislative strategy and other policy and government affairs functions for a wide variety of clients.


Leading Edge

As principle at Leading Edge, Nandan has worked with the eHealth Initiative, NextGen Health Information Systems, United Health Group, Premier Research Services, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Business Group on Health, Association of Clinical Research Organizations, the Joint Commission, Blue Cross and Blue Sheild Associaion, the Alliance of Specialty Medicine, the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, Guidepoint Global, and Ridgetop Research, as clients. 

Initial work for clients includes consulting on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, health care reform, health information technology legislation,  privacy, comparative effectiveness, the Sentinel Initiative and drug safety, formation of public-private partnerships, clinical research issues, employer health benefits, certain healthcare-related tax policy, drug pricing issues, risk assessment, and chemical management policy.

He has been:

  • Co-chair of the Quality Subgroup of the Healthcare Transformation through HIT Initiative of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
  • Member of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Task Force.
  • Member of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

Capitol Hill

Nandan's major responsibilities
as Senior Counsel on the Committee on Energy and Commerce Committees included drafting, advocating, negotiating, working with other committees on, and building coalitions for health care, regulatory reform, and environmental initiatives.

Management, Process, and Advocacy

  • As lead counsel, managed work assignments and led up to 5 professional staff.
  • Performed as lead staff for House manager in several House-Senate Conferences.
  • Maintain a thorough, inside understanding of the legislative process and players at every level.
  • Worked with the Congressional Budget Office and Office of Management and Budget.
  • Organized policy agenda through oversight activities, hearings, and legislative efforts.
  • Wrote speeches, articles, briefs, and press statements for Chairman of Committee.   Participate in debates and panels in numerous public forums.
  • Studied, prepared, and utilized communication plans.


Policy Leadership

  • Led or covered provisions in a variety of proposed health care bills including “Patient’s Bill of Rights, various health insurance laws, Health Information Technology Promotion Act, Health Certificates Act, Mental Health Parity Act, food and drug import safety legislation, follow-on biologics bills, vaccine and vaccine compensation bills, medical technologies bills, insurance regulation bills, and bills addressing the uninsured.   
  • Lead staff on health information policy and advances in health information technology, Internet pharmacies, telemedicine, and privacy in numerous legislative efforts.
  • Led or covered provisions in a variety of enacted health care laws including: Medicare appeals and regulatory reform and other provisions in the Medicare Modernization Act; Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act; Drug Safety and other provisions of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act; and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; and Biomedical Advance Research and Development Authority.
  • Developed, drafted, and managed the political support for the House-passed Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Act of 1995 (a centerpiece of Contract with America).  
  • Appeared on “CNN Presents: The Republican Revolution” as lead staff for regulatory reform in “Contract with America.” 
  • Lead environmental staff for Superfund, global agreements, chemical plant security, hazardous waste, energy and toxic substances, Safe Drinking Water Act, global drinking water strategies, radon, indoor air, lead paint, environmental risk assessments, oil and gas wastes, and shipments of interstate waste.

Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Counseled policymakers, drafted preambles and rules, and litigated under a variety of Federal environmental laws including the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation Recovery Act, and Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Maintained extensive knowledge of administrative law and process. Participated in regulatory negotiations. 
  • Worked on successful briefs in district and appellate courts.  Presented successful oral argument before the D.C. Circuit. 

Environmental Engineer,  International Research & Technology



  • Performed risk and cost analyses for fuel technologies.  Reviewed regulatory programs on energy technologies.


University of Virginia School of Law                                                               1984

  Juris Doctor.  National Moot Court and Mock Trial Teams.


Massachusetts Institute of
Technology                                                          1980

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with Biology Minor.

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