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

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

Provider-Relief Grant-Spending Reports Due in February 2021

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

UPDATED: CMS Finalizes 10% Payment Cut, Expands Telehealth Services in 2021 Physician Fee Schedule

McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 4, 2020

McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 11, 2020

McDermottPlus Check-Up: December 18, 2020

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

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 8, 2021

McDermottPlus Check-Up: January 15, 2021

The First 100 Days: Biden's Healthcare Outlook

PRF Update: HHS Increased and Distributed Phase 3 COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds

CMS Updates Coding and Billing Guidance for the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Activities and Actions Update

CHART Model Community Transformation Application Due Feb 16, 2021

CMS Solicits Comments on IRF Claims Demonstration Project

CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Prior Authorization Standards and Processes

US Healthcare Spending Grew by 4.6% in 2019

President-Elect Biden Announced Healthcare Personnel

Physician and Hospital Review of Open Payments Deadline is December 31

COVID-19 Activities and Actions Update

CHART Model Community Transformation Application Deadline Extended

CEC Model Results in Approximately $19 Billion in Savings in Performance Year 4

CPC+ 2019 Year in Review Outlines Participation and Medicare Payments

CMMI Creates New DCE Type for Medicaid MCOs

CMS Releases New Resources for ACOs and ESCOs to Improve Care and ...

Hospital Price Transparency Requirements Effective as of January 1, Despite Delay Attempts

CMS Releases Pandemic Plan

PHE Extended

COVID-19 Activities and Actions Update

CMS Announces Intent to Expand Home Health VBP Model

CMS Posts Results for Next Generation ACO Model

CMS Hosts APP Webinar on Jan 21

CMS Outlines Accomplishments During the Trump Administration

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