Mara is an accomplished health care executive with a deep understanding of federal health care law and policy, including delivery system reform, physician payment and Medicare payment models.

Most recently Mara served as the senior vice president of federal affairs 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. As head of the Washington, DC, office, Mara worked on behalf of the association’s member organizations to advance policies that promoted coordinated care, including working with members of Congress and their staffs, the administration, health policy stakeholders and coalitions to advance alternative payment models. Mara’s work covered a wide variety of issue areas, including implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and Medicare Advantage policy, as well as issues related to the Medicare physician fee schedule and Medicare accountable care organizations.

Previously, Mara was counsel in the health industry practice at a law firm in Washington, DC. In that role, she focused on a variety of issues affecting health industry clients, with a particular emphasis on health policy and regulatory issues facing physician organizations, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and academic medical institutions.


  • 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


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

McDermottPlus Check-Up: August 20, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: August 6, 2021

CMS Releases FY 2022 IPPS Final Rule

McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 30, 2021

430 Organizations Urge Congress to Address ‘Telehealth Cliff’

McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 23, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 16, 2021

CMS Releases CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

McDermottPlus Check-Up: July 1, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 25, 2021

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

McDermottPlus Check-Up: June 4, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 28, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 21, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 14, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: May 7, 2021

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

McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 30, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 23, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 16, 2021

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

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

McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 9, 2021

Opinion: Internet Access Is a Critical Telehealth, Equity Issue

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

McDermottPlus Check-Up: April 2, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 26, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 19, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Key Healthcare Provisions

McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 5, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 26, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: February 12, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 29, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 22, 2021

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

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 15, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 8, 2021

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

McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 18, 2020

McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 11, 2020

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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