Stephanie A. Kennan

Sr. VP, Federal Public Affairs
McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

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  • The George Washington University, MBA, health care track
  • Johns Hopkins University, MA, Creative Writing
  • University of Virginia, BA, American Government and Foreign Affairs
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Member, National Press Club

Stephanie Kennan helps clients navigate the legislative and executive branches of federal government to solve problems involving a variety of healthcare policy issues. Her work focuses on providers, medical device manufacturers, drug manufacturers and associations concerned about Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

Stephanie has been part of virtually every major piece of Medicare and Medicaid legislation passed in the last 25 years, either as a congressional staffer or while representing clients before Congress and the administration. She also regularly represents clients on matters before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Stephanie’s experience includes serving as senior health policy advisor to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) for more than 10 years. During her tenure with Senator Wyden, she managed his extensive healthcare portfolio, including his Budget Committee and Finance Committee healthcare-related work, and drafted the first bipartisan Medicare drug benefit proposal and the senator’s signature healthcare reform legislation, the Healthy Americans Act. She also served as director of federal relations for Maryland’s Department of Health, as assistant director of government affairs for the American College of Emergency Physicians, and as a legislative representative for AARP.

Some of Stephanie’s victories for clients include ensuring the prosthetics industry was exempt from the medical device tax, achieving increased reimbursement for wound care products – after the final regulation had been published – and assisting a state in obtaining a Medicaid 1115 waiver in record time. She also has experience organizing and representing coalitions, and working with state health insurance exchanges.

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Stephanie Kennan
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Co-author, "Focus on Health Policy Update," Physician Executive Magazine, Bi-Monthly column with George Benjamin, M.D.
Contributing Author, Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-Based Management,: Chapter on budget and health issues to both the first and second editions, Jones and Bartlet, Boston, 2008
Speaker, "Formulary Strategy for 2017 and Beyond: What PBMS and Payers are Thinking," DKBIO2017: Danish Science & the City, April 6, 2017
Speaker, "The Presidential Race: Views from Both Sides of the Aisle," 11th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference; Healthcare Finance and Growth, October 11, 2016
Speaker, "ESRD Seamless Care Organizations and Alternative Payment Models," 14th Annual Business and Legal Issues in Dialysis and Nephrology Symposium, May 19, 2016
Speaker, 2016 Danish Biotech Conference, April 12-13, 2016
Speaker, "Executive Roundtable - Medical Device Industry Update," 7th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference, November 19, 2015
Speaker, "Federal and State Legislative Update," 10th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference, September 17, 2015
Speaker, "Election Update," 6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference, November 18, 2014
Speaker, "Legislative Update Breakfast," 9th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference, September 18, 2014
Moderator, "Healthcare Spending and Reimbursement Issues — What Is the Current Thinking in Washington and What Can Lenders and Investors Expect?," 11th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 25-26, 2014
Speaker, "Impact of Healthcare Reform on the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industry," 5th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference: Innovation, Investing and Regulatory Issues, November 7, 2013
Speaker, "Technology Enabled Healthcare: Meaningful Use, Using EHRs, Mobile Device Technology," 11th Annual Business and Legal Issues in Dialysis and Nephrology Symposium, May 16, 2013
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Speaker, Impact of the 2012 Elections on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Bloomberg BNA Webinar, November 13, 2012
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