#MasterLab 2016 – What Are You Going To Do About It?


Jay Keese is the founding Principal of Capitol Advocates, a Washington, DC based government relations firm. With over two decades of experience as a public policy professional, Jay has focused much of his career on healthcare issues. He works with providers, employers, payers, healthcare technology firms and states on critical delivery systems reforms such as advanced primary care, accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes and multi-payer arrangements and played a role in shaping many of these innovative reforms in the Affordable Care Act.

Currently Jay helps manage several advocacy coalitions, including the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a broad coalition of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to policy solutions to improve health outcomes and control costs by slowing the spread of preventable chronic disease.

Jay has worked extensively on health information technology, FDA and pharmaceutical issues, patient safety and quality issues and reforms to the Medicare Medicaid programs. In the effort to create the Medicare Part D drug program, Jay worked with pharmaceutical and health plan clients to help shape Title II provisions on Medicare Advantage and played a role in the development of the first disease management program in fee-for-service Medicare.

Prior to founding Capitol Advocates, Jay was a Vice President at Columbus Public Affairs, where he managed the firm’s healthcare lobbying practice. Previously, he held government relations positions at both the American Medical Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Jay began his career as an aide to the late Senator John Heinz (R-PA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee. He has worked on numerous House and Senate campaigns with the National Republican Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees. Jay lives in Alexandria Virginia with his wife Sara, and their three children Katie, Caroline and William.
MasterLab 2016 took place on July 6th in Orlando, Florida. We had a packed house. There were over 115 advocates from more than 28 states and 8 countries.

Find out more about this event, and download the activity workbook at: DiabetesAdvocates.org/MasterLab2016

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