Join PWH and HIDA for this important and informative update of all the pertinent legislative issues impacting healthcare manufacturers, distributors and clinicians.
Linda Rouse O’Neil will provide a comprehensive update on:
You’ll also learn about the most important issues of 2018.
- Reimbursement Policy Trends
- Emergency/Pandemic Preparedness
- Mid-term election and expectations in the new Congress
About the Speaker:
Linda Rouse O’Neill is HIDA’s Vice President of Government Affairs. Linda brings 18 years of healthcare-based lobbying, Capitol Hill and member services experience to HIDA.
At HIDA, Linda oversees the government affairs team. HIDA government affairs had been meeting with key federal agencies and Capitol Hill staff on healthcare issues important to its members such as medical device tax, pedigree and competitive bidding. Additionally, HIDA government affairs tracks key reimbursement trends to keep its distributor members and manufacturing partners current on issues facing their customers.
Prior to coming to HIDA, Linda spent six years as the Director of Federal Affairs for one of the nation’s largest group purchasing organizations, Premier, Inc. in their Washington DC office. She played a key role in representing the organization before Congress and regulatory agencies. She specialized in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, health IT, unique device identification (UDI) and healthcare acquired infections (HAI) among other issues.
In addition to her direct advocacy duties, she created and managed the Advancing Patient Safety Coalition comprised of 45 prominent organizations like AARP, AMA, AHA and the Joint Commission. The coalition promotes patient safety through the adoption of Unique Device Identification. She also managed Premier’s HIT Collaborative with 200 hospital CIOs to ensure hospitals become meaningful users of EHRs to qualify for government incentives.
Previously, Linda spent 4 ½ years as U.S. Senator Craig Thomas’ (R-WY) Health Legislative Assistant. She advised on, analyzed and wrote healthcare legislative proposals before the Senate Finance Committee and was a co-staff director for the 80-member Senate Rural Health Caucus. Prior to her Hill experience, Linda worked in government affairs roles for the National Rural Health Association, a lobbying firm and in the Indiana Governor’s DC office.
She holds a Masters from George Washington University in Legislative Affairs and an undergraduate degree in American History from the State University of New York at Albany.