Kristen O’Brien - McDermott+Consulting


Kristen O’Brien is an accomplished healthcare executive with a deep understanding of regulatory advocacy and healthcare policy efforts.

Kristen offers a strong background and a keen eye for solutions to barriers and challenges impacting healthcare clients. With more than 10 years of experience, her work focuses on implementing new laws through the rulemaking process, as well as working with relevant agency officials to develop and improve agency guidance.

Kristen recently served as Principal of the Health Industry Policy and Regulatory Practice Group at a law and lobbying firm where she provided representation for hospital systems, physician practices, medical device companies, digital health companies and trade associations. She has extensive experience in providing analysis and counsel related to government healthcare payment programs under Medicare and Medicaid. She also has extensive knowledge of navigating the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and others.

Previously, Kristen provided legislative and regulatory legal analysis as a senior attorney for the American Medical Association. Additionally, Kristen served on the staff of former Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), focusing on health and environmental issues, as well as financial reform.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • Cornell University, BA

Representative Experience

  • Advised on several healthcare laws, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), and 21st Century Cures Act.
  • Advised and developed strategies related to government health payment programs under Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Worked with various agency officials to develop regulations and new requirements focusing on Medicare coverage, coding and reimbursement.
  • Assisted with the passage and reform of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)