Moody-Williams, Jean

Jean Moody-Williams, RN, MPP

Core Faculty, DNP Executive Leadership Track


Ms. Moody-Williams is the Deputy Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As a member of the leadership team, she is responsible for more than 850 employees and a 3-billion-dollar budget. She helps to lead one of CMS’ Centers responsible for working to develop and implement policy activities for Quality Improvement Programs, End Stage Renal Disease Networks, Survey and Certification, Quality Measurement and Health Assessment, Clinical Standards, Coverage and Analysis, Innovations Models, Health Equity and many of the agency’s Value Based Purchasing and public reporting programs including the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP). Ms. Moody-Williams is one of the agency leaders in engagement activities for both beneficiaries and families as well as clinicians, having served as the chief strategist and marketing officer for the QPP and working with Care Coordination activities. She was responsible for leading her team during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide guidance to more than 35,000 healthcare facilities and agencies across the country. Prior to joining CMS, Ms. Moody-Williams served as an executive at several state and private entities working to improve care for patients and families including, the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC), the National Resource Center for Health Policy and Strategies, Quality Improvement Organizations and as the Director of Quality Improvement, Infection Prevention and Social Services for a health care system in Dallas. She is also a clinician. She is a recent recipient of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal awarded by the Partnership for Public Service and was recognized as the Federal Employee of the Year. Ms. Moody-Williams is also the recipient of the 2016 President of the United States Meritorious Rank Award and the 2018 President of the United States Distinguished Service Rank Award. The Presidential awards are one of the highest given to Senior Executives that have demonstrated unparalleled leadership skills and a strong dedication to achieving tangible results. Most recently, she was noted as the CMS 2020 Executive of the Year. She is the author of the book, Transitions, Trust and Triumph: A Daily Devotion for Caregivers and has authored a number of technical papers. She recently published a nursing textbook: A Journey Towards Patient Centered Care: Patients, Family and Caregivers Voices of Transformation.