Brian W. Kelly is recognized as one of Harrisburg’s premier lobbyists on health care issues having more than 12 years of experience interfacing with the General Assembly and executive agencies.
A member of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s State Government Relations Group, Brian is known for his commitment to understanding clients’ specific needs and providing highly customized services and solutions that address the challenges of today’s dynamic health care environment. Brian has a wide variety of expertise in areas such as health reform, public health policy, health care finance and reimbursement, long-term care, Medicaid, managed care, behavioral health, pharmacy and health information systems.
Brian provides a variety of services and deliverables to clients depending on their needs including health policy development and analysis, system development and restructuring, program development and evaluation, regulatory compliance, strategic planning technical assistance, finance and reimbursement strategies, procurement proposals and applications, and data analysis. His depth and breadth of experience give him a unique perspective, and he leverages that knowledge to create substantive and practical solutions that meet clients’ needs.
Some of his recent accomplishments have included:
- Attained passage of legislation that modernizes the important fee-for-service hospital payment system, establishes enhanced hospital payments through Medicaid MCOs and secures additional federal matching Medicaid funds through the establishment of the Quality Care Assessment.
- Achieved state funding increases for nursing homes and management care organizations (MCOs).
- Collaborated with the pharmaceutical and managed care communities in preventing the Department of Public Welfare from "carving out" pharmaceutical services as a covered benefit from the HealthChoices program or the voluntary managed care program.
- Restored funding for regional cancer institutes through the Department of Health.
- Convinced legislative leaders to increase the debt ceiling for the capital budget to allow for more funding of hospital capital projects.
- Received funding commitments for hospital-related capital improvement projects.
- Attained increases in state funding for clients in the areas of human services (e.g. mental health and mental retardation).
- Assisted clients through the regulatory process with regard to the recently enacted assisted living regulations.
As former director of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Brian represented the chamber's interests on Capitol Hill to members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and administration. While doing so, he played a key role in passage of numerous pro-business initiatives including comprehensive revisions to Pennsylvania’s unemployment and workers’ compensation laws, reauthorization of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, introduction of Health Savings Accounts in the Commonwealth and reform of the state’s civil justice system. Additionally, he was an active participant in the stakeholder process on issues such as medical liability reform, creation of the Cover All Kids health insurance program, autism benefit coverage and the reduction of hospital acquired infections.
Brian also previously served as a research analyst for the Pennsylvania Senate and as a legislative assistant to former Senator Robert C. Jubelirer, its president pro tempore.