Linda Rouse O’Neill is HIDA’s vice president of government affairs. Linda brings over 18 years of healthcare-based lobbying, Capitol Hill and member services experience to HIDA. At HIDA, Linda oversees the government affairs team and business intelligence team. HIDA government affairs had been meeting with key federal agencies and Capitol Hill staff on healthcare issues important to its members such as medical device tax, pedigree and competitive bidding.
Additionally, HIDA government affairs tracks key reimbursement trends to keep its distributor members and manufacturing partners current on issues facing their customers. HIDA business intelligence produces a trilogy of annual market reports on acute care, physician and extended care. Additionally, business intelligence has created a series of executive level dashboards on commodities, utilization and sales for members. Prior to coming to HIDA, Linda spent six years as the director of federal affairs for one of the nation’s largest group purchasing organizations, Premier, Inc. in their Washington DC office. She played a key role in representing the organization before Congress and regulatory agencies. She specialized in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, health IT, unique device identification (UDI) and healthcare acquired infections (HAI) among other issues. Previously, Linda spent 4 ½ years as U.S. Senator Craig Thomas’ (R-WY) health legislative assistant. She advised on, analyzed and wrote healthcare legislative proposals before the Senate Finance Committee and was a co-staff director for the 80-member Senate Rural Health Caucus. She holds a Masters from George Washington University in Legislative Affairs and an undergraduate degree in American History from the State University of New York at Albany.