Claire Ernst, JD As an Associate Director of Government Affairs, Claire represents MGMA in Washington DC on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues important to medical groups, such as Medicare reimbursement, telehealth, and federal financial assistance programs available to physician practices. In this role, she informs policy makers in Congress and the Administration of the important role group medical practices play in the healthcare system and organizes grassroots campaigns on issues critical to physician practices. Before joining MGMA, Claire was the Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs at HIDA, the national trade association for medical-surgical distributors. In her role there, Claire developed and maintained the association's regulatory portfolio and represented medical-surgical distributors in front of a variety of federal regulatory agencies on traceability, tariff, and emergency preparedness issues. Claire earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School and a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Franklin & Marshall College.