Overview


Mara is an accomplished health care policy executive who provides strategic advice on a broad range of federal legislative, regulatory and policy issues, including Medicare, value-based care, digital health and other areas. Mara also assists clients in their interactions with Congress and the Administration to help advance their business and thought leadership goals.

Mara was listed on The Hill’s Top Lobbyist list for 2021. She is frequently invited to speak at premier national events and has been featured with industry leaders on discussion panels, sharing her advanced knowledge and experience on policy issues facing healthcare industry clients.

In addition to consulting and lobbying services, Mara convenes advocacy coalitions, bringing together like-minded organizations to advance shared objectives. These groups help to advance policy change by coalescing healthcare stakeholders and implementing strategic advocacy plans.

Previously, Mara served as the senior vice president of federal affairs and head of the Washington, DC office at America’s Physician Groups (formerly the California Association of Physician Groups, CAPG), a professional association representing medical groups and independent practice associations practicing in capitated, coordinated care models. Prior to that, Mara worked as an attorney in the health law practice of another large law firm, focusing on regulatory issues facing physician groups, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and academic medical institutions.

Education


  • George Washington University School of Law, J.D.
  • George Washington University, M.P.H.
  • University of California, Davis, B.A.

Representative Experience


  • Led advocacy efforts related to the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)
  • Spearheaded advocacy to improve upon Medicare Accountable Care Organizations
  • Assisted medical groups and independent practice associations in understanding federal policy, law and regulations
  • Successfully developed a physician group coalition to advance Medicare Advantage policy and payment issues
  • Advocated for the creation of an advanced alternative payment model in Medicare Advantage

Insights and In the News


ACOs unsure about health equity adjustment to REACH model

Impact of Emergency Declarations on CMS Waivers

President’s FY 2023 Budget: HHS Highlights

Omnibus Spending Package Extends Select Telehealth Flexibilities

CMS ANNOUNCES REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE ACO REACH MODEL

Turmoil over Direct Contracting model has CMS mulling changes

Trump-era Medicare program under increased scrutiny

What could Direct Contracting changes look like?

Is there real value in value-based care?

Hundreds of orgs ask Congress to extend telehealth waivers through 2024

WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY SEEKING INFORMATION ON STRENGTHENING ...

AACOM Engages McDermottPlus to Strengthen Osteopathic Voice on Capitol Hill

At last minute, CMS gives clarity on No Surprises estimates, convening terms

2022 Health Policy Outlook

Broadband internet proves a hurdle as telehealth services continue to rise in ...

Hospitals grapple with Omicron — and legal brawl over vaccinating staff

What's Next for the Value Based Care Coalition

End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System CY 2022 Rule Update

CMS Releases CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

CMS Innovation Center Strategy Refresh: Policy Update

Seeking Reimbursement for AI Tech? Five Things to Remember

CMS Releases FY 2022 IPPS Final Rule

430 Organizations Urge Congress to Address ‘Telehealth Cliff’

CMS Releases CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

President’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget: What You Need to Know

CONNECT for Health: What it Would and Wouldn’t do for Telehealth ...

Webinar Series | Telehealth 101: An Introduction to the Medicare Telehealth Landscape

To Sustain The Value Movement, Make Next Generation ACOs A Permanent Option

Opinion: Internet Access Is a Critical Telehealth, Equity Issue

There’s No Point Person in Biden’s HHS for Its $187 Billion ...

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Key Healthcare Provisions

Health Policy Breakroom Ep. 55 - Welcome to the Biden Administration

After Repeated Delays, Trump’s HHS Punts on Oversight of a Massive ...

The First 100 Days: Biden's Healthcare Outlook

Summary of Key Health Provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

Direct Contracting — a Pathway Forward for Healthcare Delivery Amidst COVID-19

Provider-Relief Grant-Spending Reports Due in February 2021

Rethink Medicare’s APM Incentives to Drive Value-Based Care

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