Alliance of Community Health Plans Retains Linda Fishman to Oversee Federal Government Affairs

Former chief aide to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley was instrumental in development and adoption of Medicare reform legislation 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) today announced that it has retained Linda Fishman, senior health policy advisor at Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P., to oversee its advocacy for public policies that promote better health care.

“Linda’s intimate knowledge of Medicare and the policymaking process make her eminently qualified to promote our quality-centric agenda,” said Jack Ebeler, president and CEO of ACHP. “We look forward to her leadership and contributions to health care improvement.”

Fishman’s primary focus is to advocate for policies that encourage health care improvement by paying plans and providers in Medicare based on their performance.  Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced one approach, the Medicare Quality Improvement Act of 2004, last week.  In 2003, Representative Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) introduced similar legislation, the Medicare Equity and Access Act.
Before joining Hogan & Hartson, Fishman was chief aide to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance’s chairman and was instrumental in the development and adoption of prescription drug and Medicare reform legislation signed by President Bush in December 2003.

Previously, Fishman was a senior policy advisor with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, where she managed policy development for the agency and coordinated initiatives with the White House, Office of Management and Budget and multiple segments of the healthcare industry.  She also spent two years working with the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means, Health Subcommittee drafting Medicare bills and developing the Medicare Rx 2000 Act.

Fishman also spent many years with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) formulating and communicating advocacy positions on various teaching hospital and medical school issues to the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, various constituents, and other organizations.

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The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) brings together a select group of innovative, not-for-profit or provider-sponsored health plans and provider organizations focused on improving health care quality in the United States.  ACHP offers member plans a forum for learning, innovation and advocacy that allows them to promote the highest standards of health care quality and health improvement in their communities and nationally.  ACHP member plans serve more than 12 million people across the United States.  Additional information about ACHP is available at www.achp.org.

 

ACHP Members:

Capital Health Plan (Tallahassee, Florida); Fallon Community Health Plan (Worcester, Massachusetts); Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin); Group Health Cooperative (Seattle, Washington); Health Alliance Plan (Detroit, Michigan); HIP Health Plan of New York (New York, New York); HealthPartners (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and The Permanente Federation (Oakland, California and multi-state); M·Plan (Indianapolis, Indiana); UCare Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Excellus-Univera Healthcare (Buffalo, New York); UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)