By Mike Lillis
Alston & Bird, the prominent Washington-based lobby shop, has plucked two high-profile health policy experts from the government, the firm announced Monday.
Kimberly Brandt, former director of the Medicare Program Integrity Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Michael Park, a top health policy advisor to the Senate Finance Committee, have both joined Alston & Bird's healthcare team.
An expert on Medicare fraud, Brandt advised Congress on fraud and abuse provisions as lawmakers drafted their healthcare reform bill. She also serves as a guest lecturer on health policy at George Washington University.
Park, who served a stint at the Health and Human Services Department before moving to Capitol Hill, is an expert on Medicare hospital payments. He spent the last four years with the Finance Committee, where he helped to write the new reform law.
Tom Scully, former head of Medicare and now special counsel to Alston & Bird, called Brandt and Park "two of the smartest and best liked policy people in healthcare today."
"Both are known for being excellent lawyers that work closely on a bipartisan basis with everyone in the healthcare community," Scully said. "These are the biggest Washington signings since Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper," referring to the two young baseball prodigies recently signed by the Washington Nationals.