Margaret Reagan became corporate vice president of advocacy for Premier, replacing Herb Kuhn, who joined the CMS last month as director of the Center for Medicare Management.
Her new position became effective April 1. Reagan, who joined Premier in 1991, had been senior director of federal affairs. Prior to Premier, she worked for the House Energy and Commerce Committee's health subcommittee. Her experience as a longtime Washington insider will serve her well in her new post, says Dan Boston, senior public policy adviser for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, a Washington law firm.
"She's someone who knows the process and hospitals and the group purchasing organization business very well," he says.
In her new post, Reagan will direct legislative and regulatory strategies in pushing policy goals of the 1,500 allied hospital and health systems that belong to Premier, based in San Diego. She will also direct the lobbying efforts of Premier's members.
"With the passage of the Medicare law, Premier advocacy will focus on reimbursement and quality issues," Reagan says, though she declined to name any particular piece of legislation.
"Her familiarity with Premier and its allied not-for-profit hospitals and health systems is important to our ongoing success in impacting healthcare policy on behalf of our owners," says Rick Norling, president and CEO of Premier.