CHS Zeroes in on GME

HEALTH CARE LOBBYISTS ON THE MOVE — And Chamber Hill Strategies is zeroing in on graduate medical education work, which partner Jennifer Bell said shows that physicians are broadening their agenda beyond the SGR. The National Partnership for Women & Families is hiring the firm to help advance family and medical leave policies, Bell said, the first time it has sought outside help since its ACA-related work in 2010.

Chamber Hill Inks Two

The American Academy of Family Physicians and the National Partnership for Women & Families have signed with Chamber Hill Strategies. The family physicians group, representing more than 115,000 physicians and medical students, is seeking work on issues related to graduate medical education. Chamber Hill partner Jennifer Bell said the new work shows that physicians are expanding their focus beyond the reforming the sustainable growth rate, though that’s still important to them. This is the group’s third active lobbying registration, according to Senate records. In the first quarter, it spent $50,000 with Polsinelli and nearly $630,000 in-house. The National Partnership of Women & Families is making its first hire since 2009, when it sought work on the Affordable Care Act. The group is now working on issues related to paid family and medical leave, hoping to advance the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, Bell said. The group hasn’t had help from an outside firm since 2010 and has posted no in-house lobbying activity since then, according to Senate records.

Chamber Hill Strategies to Work on CMMI Initiatives

Boutique lobbying firm Chamber Hill Strategies is helping nonprofit healthcare organization BJC Healthcare beef up its Washington presence. Lobbying forms note that the firm will be working on a slew of Medicare issues, including payment policies and “Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)-related initiatives.” There is a bipartisan team of lobbyists working on the account, including the former health policy advisor to Senate Finance Committee Republicans, Jennifer Bell.