Government Affairs, Policy and Advocacy
Jeff plans to highlight the critical public policy issues HIMSS is working on, including: the shift to value-based care, meaningful use, and interoperability. He will also describe how HIMSS Government Affairs works with Congress, Executive branch agencies, and other stakeholder groups. In addition, he will provide an overview of opportunities and potential barriers to improving health through state and federal health IT policy initiatives and will discuss how individuals and organizations can participate in the HIMSS public policy program.
Speaker: Jeff Coughlin is the Senior Director of Federal & State Affairs at HIMSS. In this position, he leads HIMSS’ efforts to build stronger relationships with federal agencies and facilitates the building of a nationwide network of advocates for state-based initiatives that impact all aspects of health IT.
Before joining HIMSS, Jeff was the team leader for corporate accounts at the Marwood Group, where he worked with non-profit health systems, health IT vendors, professional societies, and trade associations, analyzing where they could most effectively influence legislative and regulatory processes and focuses their advocacy efforts.
His career also included several years in the health care non-profit advocacy world, where he led efforts in policy development, directed outreach to Congress and Executive Branch agencies, built advocacy coalitions with like-minded organizations, and created robust grassroots networks. He also worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was part of the team responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the Government Performance and Results Act within the Department.
His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the College of William & Mary and a BA in Political Science from Providence College.