Since 2001, Deborah Outlaw has served as a health care consultant providing federal legislative and regulatory services to numerous organizations with health care interests, including physician specialty groups, allied health providers, medical device manufacturers, safety net facility prescription drug providers, hospitals, and trade associations.
Ms. Outlaw also consults on health policy and reimbursement issues to a large multi-national organization representing global financial and investment institutions, and she has consistently ranked in the top tier of leading health policy experts among the group’s client satisfaction surveys. She has presented seminars on health reimbursement and policy issues for her own clients and other organizations across the country.
Ms. Outlaw’s practice has focused on congressional and federal agency interest in health reform access, affordability, and payment issues, including recent efforts to revise the Affordable Care Act (ACA); health issues of special interest to military and veteran populations; Medicare coverage, coding, reimbursement, and quality measurements; and medical research.
Utilizing a combination of direct lobbying, coalition building, and targeted grassroots campaigns, she helps clients develop and implement the right strategies to achieve their Washington objectives, such as obtaining federal funding for specific programs; developing and advancing legislation and stopping potentially harmful proposals; and responding to federal agency initiatives.
Ms. Outlaw has spent over 35 years in health and public policy arenas, serving in two Presidential Administrations and on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Senator. She was Director of Congressional Affairs in the Office of Legislation and Policy at the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS). She also served as an attorney at both the National Drug Policy Board at the Department of Justice, and the Executive Office of the President, focusing on drug abuse issues in schools.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Ms. Outlaw holds both a JD and a BA from the University of Mississippi, and resides in Alexandria, Virginia.