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On this sixth episode of Health Care by the Numbers, our host Todd Searls is joined by co-host Louise Yinug for a discussion with Mara McDermott, Vice President at McDermott+ Consulting. Mara is a longtime friend to Caravan Health who has spoken about rural health and Medicare policy issues at our annual Accountable Care Symposium and webinars. She helps us understand what federal officials are thinking and what’s coming next on Capitol Hill and at CMS for delivery system reform, physician reimbursement, and value-based payment.
Only a few months into the new Congress and the new Administration, the podcast digs into understanding the new landscape in Washington, including the new leaders, new policies, and new approach to value-based payment. The discussion covers the future of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and other alternative payment models and how Washington will employ delivery system reform to lead the country out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

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Mara McDermott
Vice President, McDermott+ Consulting
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.
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Todd Searls
Vice President of Business Development, Sales, & Marketing

Todd Searls has 20 years’ experience serving healthcare communities of all sizes. He has led both his own and other Healthcare IT consulting companies, including leading a 250-client network of providers. He brings success in operations, marketing and sales, C-Suite and payor relationships. Todd has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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