Todd Tuten has extensive congressional and private-sector experience including the development and implementation of substantive policies and strategies on a broad range of legislative and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on health care. Mr. Tuten is actively engaged in the debate on proposals to strengthen Medicare, Medicaid and the nation’s health care system. He works closely with congressional leaders, senior agency officials and key advocates to advance clients’ objectives in the context of related legislation and regulations.

Practice & Background

Mr. Tuten plays an active role in the firm’s representation of major health care clients.  He has worked successfully with diverse coalitions of health care providers, medical professionals, patient advocates and other stakeholders to ensure Medicare and Medicaid payment equity, to promote coverage of essential services, and to preserve access to pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other innovative treatments.

Mr. Tuten previously served as director of public policy for the American Academy of Actuaries in Washington D.C., where he led efforts to develop options for policy makers seeking to implement a federal terrorism risk reinsurance program.  He also served as chief of staff to Rep. Michael Bilirakis (R-FL), former chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee. In that capacity, he developed and advanced legislative proposals to protect children’s health, to promote quality health care and to expand prescription drug coverage for seniors.

Mr. Tuten also led successful efforts to implement the subcommittee’s agenda on Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, public health and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiatives. He was instrumental in drafting and securing passage of Medicaid legislation to prevent the eviction of low-income nursing home patients, and he worked to advance health insurance reforms that were ultimately enacted in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Representative Matters

  • Engaging CMS Innovation Center to advance successful model for enhanced care coordination
  • Obtaining favorable Medicare coverage decisions for colorectal cancer and prescription heart medications
  • Advancing health information technology solutions to strengthen program integrity and improve health care quality
  • Expanding care coordination options for chronically ill Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries
  • Strengthening veterans’ access to quality health care services and promoting innovations in care delivery and technology
  • Increasing federal support for efforts to improve care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers
  • Promoting industry best practices as the standard of care for pharmacy services in long-term care
  • Securing federal funding for client projects and policy priorities

Community Involvement

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • AcademyHealth
  • Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society
  • Q Street Professional Association
  • Citizens for Fauquier County

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “The Affordable Care Act: Outlook for Health Reform and Implications for Hedge Funds,” 12th Annual Goldman Sachs Prime Services Hedge Fund Human Capital Management Seminar, New York, NY (October 17, 2017)
  • Speaker, “The Affordable Care Act: Outlook for Action,” Goldman Sachs Human Resources Roundtable, New York, NY (July 19, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Advocacy on Capitol Hill: Raising Our Voices for Quality Spiritual Care,” HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (March 13, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Political and Policy Outlook for 2017,” CHRISTUS Health Corporate Board Meeting, Irving, TX (January 23, 2017)
  • Speaker, “The Road Ahead: Outlook for Health Policy,” CHRISTUS Health Southeast Texas Region Board Meeting, Beaumont, TX (October 26, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Advocacy for Spiritual Care in a Changing Political Environment,” HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Webcast (October 25, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Outlook for Legislative Action on Medicare and Health Care Policy in the 114th Congress,” Healthcare Quality Coalition Briefing, Minneapolis, MN (December 16, 2014)
  • Speaker, “The Affordable Care Act: Is This Train on Track?” Princeton Club of New York, New York, NY (November 7, 2013)
  • Speaker, Goldman Sachs Roundtable on the Uncertainty Surrounding the Affordable Care Act (November 7, 2013)
  • Co-presenter, District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Program Briefings on Small Employer Requirements under the Affordable Care Act (June/August 2013)
  • Speaker, Critical Issues in Nonprofit Leadership Speaker Series, “Inside the Beltway: Federal Policy and the Nonprofit Sector,” Hosted by the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas, Austin, TX (October 21, 2013)