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Bolstering the Ranks

September 22, 2017 By: Carmela Coyle

As MHA gears up for the 2018 legislative session in Annapolis, amid uncertainty regarding federal health care policy and final negotiations on the next phase of the All-Payer model, your association has several new faces coming on board. They will make sure not only that the voice of hospitals is heard, but that legislators and policymakers understand the critical role hospitals play their communities and throughout Maryland.

Joining our team are:

Shamonda Braithwaite – previously a senior health care analyst with the Government Accountability Office, Shamonda will be working on our Policy & Data Analytics team, led by Nora Hoban. While at GAO, she specialized in Medicaid oversight, including managed care costs and enrollment, long-term care services, and demonstration waiver spending. The Policy & Data Analytics team develops the critical facts and data that MHA relies on to advocate before legislators and regulators and Shamonda will be working on behavioral health, including discharge protocols for those treated for opioid abuse.

Erin Dorrien – chief of Government and Public Affairs for the Maryland Health Care Commission, also joins our Policy & Data Analytics team. At MHCC, Erin was responsible for issues like physician self-referral, rural health care delivery, and palliative care pilot programs. She is an Annapolis veteran, having worked closely with House of Delegates leadership on many policy and budgetary issues.

Neal Karkhanis – formerly a government relations manager with the Health Facilities Association of Maryland, Neal joins Jennifer Witten and Brian Frazee to round out our government relations team. Neal recently earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and is well-versed in the policies around the implementation of the All-Payer Model, the Affordable Care Act, and the interaction of hospitals and long-term care facilities to improve patient care. He’ll focus on issues like prescription drug costs and medical liability, among others.

The addition of these three people means that your MHA team is ready to help Maryland’s hospitals navigate another year in which the only constant will be change: change in laws, in regulations, in expectations from patients, in care delivery, and more. MHA’s work reflects the priorities that you, our members, have set for MHA, and it is with the help of talented individuals like Shamonda, Erin, and Neal, and our entire team, that we will continue to meet your needs.