Press Release March 11, 2019

Alston & Bird Adds Former CMS Senior Advisor as Health Care Partner in Washington, D.C.

Alston & Bird has expanded its health care policy and regulatory capabilities with the addition of Elinor Hiller, who rejoins the firm as partner in its Washington, D.C., office.

Hiller returns to Alston & Bird after serving at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), most recently as a senior advisor to CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

“We are delighted to welcome Elinor back to the firm,” said Mark Ray, Alston & Bird partner and chair of the firm’s Health Care Group. “The uncertain regulatory landscape is a significant concern for CEOs and other leaders in the health care space, and Elinor will play a key role counseling clients on forward-thinking policy and compliance and helping them foresee and prepare for regulatory change.”

Hiller joined the CMS Office of Legislation in 2014 and served as director of the office’s Medicare Parts C and D Analysis Group starting in 2015.

Elevated in 2018 to her role as senior advisor, Hiller worked with the CMS administrator and other agency officials on the full spectrum of Medicare policy matters and led initiatives related to Medicare strategy and price transparency.

Before joining CMS, Hiller was an Alston & Bird attorney for seven years. She focused her practice on regulatory and legislative issues for health care providers and payers. She represented clients including hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, clinical laboratories, and health insurers on federal health care policy matters.

“Elinor’s time at CMS gave her the opportunity to work on issues at the highest level of the agency and with the relevant congressional health care committees and staff,” said Dennis Garris, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., office. “Her experience at the agency and in dealing with Congress strengthens our health care capabilities, both firmwide and in Washington, and bolsters our health policy practice overall while expanding our work counseling clients on the primary agency regulating the industry.”

Hiller is the most recent Washington hire to join Alston & Bird’s health care practice. She joins the firm’s deep bench of former executive branch and congressional members and staffers, including the Hon. Earl Pomeroy, former North Dakota congressman, and Bob Siggins, his chief of staff; Tim Trysla, a former CMS senior policy advisor; Michael Park, a former health policy counsel to Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance; Marilyn Yager, former deputy assistant to the president in the Clinton White House; and Mark Rayder, legislative staff to three former members of the House Committee on Appropriations.
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