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Adi Kumar

Partner, Washington DC
Helps clients in the private and public sector design healthcare operating systems—particularly in the area of value-based payment models—and has advised clients on the operational change efforts needed to enact these models

About Adi

Adi’s expertise is mainly in the area of designing innovative healthcare models, particularly around value-based payments. He has helped private- and public-sector clients make the operational changes needed, including leading large-scale change transformation programs, to enact these models. This work has spanned strategy, operations, pricing, and technology enablement. He assesses the financial impact of various value-based payment strategies for different books of business and helps teams design value-based payment strategies across multiple business lines. Adi also coleads McKinsey’s Government Transitions Initiative. He has worked on or advised two US Presidential transition teams and a number of US governor transition teams.

Adi joined McKinsey in 2003, leaving the firm to study for an MBA at Stanford University, which he earned in 2007. He later served in the White House, where he oversaw the implementation of the $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the 2009 stimulus bill) and served as an advisor to the president, the vice president, and the White House chief of staff. He rejoined McKinsey’s Healthcare Systems & Services Practice in 2012.

Adi is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University.

Published work

Implications for value-based payment programs: Weathering COVID-19,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Crisis nerve centers: Supporting governments’ responses to coronavirus,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Defining the role of a state chief operating officer,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Risk adjustment for retrospective episode-based payment: Guiding principles and proposed methodology,” McKinsey & Company, 2014

It’s time for episode-based health care spending,” Harvard Business Review, October 2013

Past Experience

The White House, Office of the Vice President
deputy assistant to the vice president and senior advisor to the chief of staff

The White House, Office of the Chief of Staff
director of special projects

Presidential transition committee (United States)

Obama for America (2008)
CFO and director of financial strategy


Stanford University

Georgetown University
BA, economics and government