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Payers in the Pandemic: Policy Updates from State and Commercial Payers

Payers in the Pandemic: Policy Updates from State and Commercial Payers

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 ~ 2:00PM - 3:15PM

More than 50 Medicaid waivers and 27 disaster state plan amendments have been announced since the public health emergency began in March. With constantly changing information from state and commercial payers, HME providers must stay on top of the information.

Join the Payer Relations experts for a discussion of efforts underway and policy updates from Medicaid and Commercial Payers during the COVID-19 pandemic specifically related to DMEPOS. Receive context on future reimbursement challenges and operational best practices to help your business shine during this PHE.

The webinar will also include information on the CMS Disaster Tool Kit, 1115 Waivers, Medicaid Disaster State Plans, compliance, and more.

This is a complimentary webinar for the HME community hosted by AAHomecare.

Free Registration Here

Presented by:


Laura Williard, vice president of payer relations for AAHomecare
In this role, she has formed relationships with national payers including Anthem, TRICARE, the Defense Health Agency, AIM Sleep Management and CareCentrix, to have a greater impact on policy and operational changes for HME providers. She has consulted with legal staff on the impact of the CURES Bill and created reference materials and resources for the industry; and at the state level she has been a driving force to secure wins in several states who were following suit with Medicare reimbursement. Williard has served in the HME community for more than 24 years, most recently at Advanced Home Care as senior director of regulatory affairs, reimbursement compliance, and contracting. She has extensive experience working with managed care, Medicare advantage, MEDICAID MCOs, and state Medicaid programs. 

 David Chandler, director of payer relations for AAHomecare
David Chandler brings considerable experience to AAHomecare through multiple roles in sales, operations, reimbursement, and payer relations.  He was previously Director of Reimbursement & Government Affairs for Liberty Medical Specialties, an HME supplier with locations in North Carolina and South Carolina.   His service to the HME community includes a term as President of the Atlantic Coast Medical Equipment Services Association as well as board positions with several HME state associations.  He also served as Chairman of the Medicare Jurisdiction C Advisory Council and a member of AAHomecare’s Regulatory Council and State Leaders Council.  Chandler was elected to the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy/DME Subcommittee in 2016. Chandler is helping AAHomecare provide more support for our state and regional HME association partners in their engagement with state legislators, Medicaid authorities, and managed care organizations to maintain broad patient access.  His presence on the team also allows the Association to continue establishing relationships and developing strategies for representing HME interests with commercial and Medicare Advantage plans. 

Jason Morin, Director of Reimbursement for Homecare Specialist, Inc.
In his current role as Director of Reimbursement for Home Care Specialists, Inc. Jason is responsible for all facets of revenue cycle from contract negotiation & management to cash application. His passion is in strategic leadership through innovation and continuous process improvement.  Jason is active with many associations including the VGM State Leaders Council, HOMES Board of Directors and is the current Chair of the AAHomecare Payer Relations Council.

Ryan Bullock, Chief Operating Officer for Aeroflow
Ryan Bullock serves as COO for Aeroflow Healthcare, a premier provider of durable medical equipment (DME) and service. His experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering community-driven business services and solutions, providing outstanding client service, and driving profitable revenue growth. Ryan is enthusiastic about continuing Aeroflow Healthcare’s commitment to outstanding service, quality for its customers and helping the community. Ryan currently serves as vice chair of the AAHomecare Payer Relations Council.

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