The Medical Group Management Association's senior vice president for government affairs, Patrick Smith, will retire in July, the association announced Wednesday. Anders Gilberg, currently the MGMA's vice president for public and private economic affairs, will replace him.
MGMA's top lobbyist to retire, successor named
Smith, who works out of the Englewood, Colo.-based MGMA's Washington office, joined the association 14 years ago after previously working as assistant director of the American Medical Association's Congressional affairs division and as a legislative representative for the American Dental Association. As an attorney, he also has served as assistant general counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union and worked for the Washington law firm Howrey & Simon.
Gilberg has been at the MGMA for almost 10 years. He joined the association first as a Congressional lobbyist and then left to work for the AMA as assistant director of federal affairs before returning to the MGMA in his current position in December 2007.
"Anders will take the helm at our government affairs office during an exciting yet challenging intersection of healthcare payment issues, transforming delivery models and history-making budgetary constraints," said Dr. William Jessee, MGMA president and CEO, in an e-mailed news release. "His pragmatic insight into regulatory challenges, coupled with his visionary perspective on healthcare policy, will help our members navigate the rough legislative waters in the coming years."
Jessee also praised Smith, saying that "we have Pat and his staff to thank" for a decade of advocacy successes.
"Through his leadership, MGMA members and leaders are able to have a seat at the table for crucial discussions regarding policy that deeply impacts physician practices," said Jessee, who previously announced that he will retire Sept. 30.
The MGMA has 22,500 members who work at 13,600 healthcare organizations at which some 280,000 doctors practice.
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