MGMA Government Affairs Staff

 


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Allison Brennan, MPP
Senior Advocacy Advisor

Allison works on federal legislative and regulatory issues such as the Affordable Care Act, Medicare enrollment, Medicare Advantage and Physician Compare. Additionally, Allison coordinates advocacy activities with the MGMA assemblies and societies and state MGMAs. She joined the association in 2009 and served as a government affairs representative for two years before moving into her current position.

Prior to joining MGMA, Allison worked as a program manager at the Brookings Institution from 2005 to 2009. In this position, she designed and managed educational seminars focused on the policy process and federal leadership development.  From 2003 to 2005 Allison worked at the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF). At NPAF she lobbied state governments on behalf of patients, managed grassroots efforts and researched health policy.  

Allison has a bachelor’s degree in government and economics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, with a focus on health policy. 
 

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Anders M. Gilberg, MGA
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Anders Gilberg is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). In leading MGMA’s advocacy efforts, he works tirelessly to create positive change for physician practices and assist MGMA’s members in meeting the challenges posed by today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment. Anders serves on MGMA’s executive leadership team and manages the Association’s office in Washington DC. With over twenty years of government and health policy experience, Anders is well known for his detailed understanding of federal health policy and its impact on physician group practices. Key to his success is his ability to translate complex legal and regulatory issues into a practical real world framework to find solutions to healthcare’s most challenging problems. 
 
Before rejoining MGMA in 2007, Anders served five years as Assistant Director of Federal Affairs for the American Medical Association (AMA). At the AMA he was responsible for representing the nation’s largest physician organization before the Administration and Congress on a wide range of policy issues. Prior to the AMA, Anders held several positions with MGMA Government Affairs and served on the professional staff of the Pennsylvania General Assembly as an analyst on its House Aging and Youth Committee.
 
Anders holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, and a master's degree in government administration from the Fels Center for Government at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
 

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Jennifer McLaughlin, JD
Government Affairs Representative

Jennifer answers member questions about technical details of federal legislative and regulatory issues, coordinates grassroots efforts by MGMA members, and speaks before MGMA state and national meetings.

Prior to joining MGMA, Jennifer interned with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board, where she analyzed appeals for Medicare coverage. She also gained experience drafting health care agreements and researching relevant legislation and regulations as a legal intern at Inova Health System in northern Virginia.

Jennifer earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English writing from the University of Pittsburgh.  Jennifer started at MGMA in June 2013.

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Senior Government Affairs Representative
      


Jeb answers member questions about technical details of federal legislative and regulatory issues, coordinates grassroots efforts by MGMA members, and speaks before MGMA state and national meetings.

Prior to joining MGMA, Jeb worked as a Legislative Associate at a leading state and local government affairs firm where he tracked and analyzed healthcare, immigration and labor legislation for corporate, trade association and non-profit clients in thirteen states. From 2007-2009, Jeb was a Legislative Assistant to a Representative in the Washington State House of Representatives, where he worked on a wide array of policy issues.

Jeb holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle. Jeb started at MGMA in late 2011.

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Natalie Jamieson
Government Affairs Policy Analyst

Natalie analyzes the impact of federal legislative and regulatory issues on physician group practices, and develops educational materials, tools, and resources to assist MGMA members with implementation in their practices. Natalie joined MGMA in March 2011.

Prior to joining the association, Natalie worked for a Pennsylvania Senior U.S. Senator in both their district and Capitol Hill offices, where she worked on a wide array of policy issues. She holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.

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Rob Tennant

Robert M. Tennant, MA
Senior Policy Advisor, Government Affairs


Robert focuses on federal legislative and regulatory health information technology issues, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), electronic health records, electronic prescribing and ICD-10. He participates in numerous industry efforts, including:

  • Board of Directors of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)
  • WEDI's Strategic National Implementation Process
  • Certification Commission for Health Information Technology EHR Expert Panel
  • American Health Information Community Consumer Empowerment Workgroup
  • National Uniform Claim Committee
  • e-Health Initiative's Policy Steering Committee
  • Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare CORE initiative
  • Healthcare Administrative Simplification Coalition (HASC)


Robert began his work with MGMA in June 1997.  He received his undergraduate degree from Carleton University and his master's degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Robert also attended the University of Maryland, College Park for Doctoral studies. Robert has also received the WEDI Distinguished Service Award and Leadership in Technology award 

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 mgma headshotSuzanne Falk

Government Affairs Specialist

Suzanne is responsible for compiling and distributing the weekly Washington Connection e-newsletter, developing interactive online member tools and maintaining website content for the Government Affairs department. She additionally provides research and editing support for departmental materials.

Prior to joining MGMA, Suzanne interned for a senior U.S. Congressman from Maryland in both his district and Capitol Hill offices. Suzanne graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with a degree in Government and Politics and is currently working towards her Masters in Public Policy at Georgetown University. She has been with MGMA since 2012. 

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