ACLA Expands Policy, Government Affairs Teams with Joan Kegerize, Liz Thomas

January 22, 2019 Categories: ACLA News, All News, Featured News, ACLA Press Releases

Kegerize to help lead ACLA’s policy work related to reimbursement & scientific affairs; Thomas to support industry’s broader advocacy and federal affairs priorities

 Washington, D.C. – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today announced two new additions to the Association’s policy and advocacy teams. Joan Kegerize, who previously served as a principal consultant for GMBI Consulting, will serve as Vice President of Reimbursement and Scientific Affairs. Liz Thomas, previously legislative director for Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), joins ACLA’s federal affairs team as Director of Government Affairs.

“I am thrilled to welcome Joan and Liz to our team,” said Julie Khani, president of ACLA. “As ACLA’s expands its voice and reach in advancing our industry’s top policy priorities, both Joan and Liz bring unique expertise and depth in the nuances of legislative and regulatory issues facing our members.”

Kegerize brings more than three decades of experience working with healthcare stakeholders across the industry on a range of coding, auditing and reimbursement issues for new and existing healthcare services. During her time at GMBI, she worked with clients serving both the Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as commercial/private payers. She also was a consultant for the American Academy of Professional Coders and the National Society for Genetic Counselors. She began her career as a genetic counselor and laboratory manager at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. She holds a Master of Science in Human Genetics from University of Pittsburgh, and a J.D. from New York Law School.

Thomas comes to ACLA with a deep background in politics and government affairs. She served most recently as legislative director to Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), where she managed an extensive policy portfolio covering health care, taxes, trade, housing, labor, budget and appropriations. Before coming to the Hill, Thomas performed in-depth research and analysis on health care and labor issues at the American Enterprise Institute. She holds Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Virginia, where she served as a Jefferson Scholar as an undergraduate.

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ACLA is a not-for-profit association representing the nation’s leading clinical and anatomic pathology laboratories, including national, regional, specialty, hospital, ESRD and nursing home laboratories. The clinical laboratory industry employs nearly 277,000 people directly, and generates over 115,000 additional jobs in supplier industries. Clinical laboratories are at the forefront of personalized medicine, driving diagnostic innovation and contributing more than $100 billion to the nation’s economy.

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