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AAHomecare Develops Comprehensive State Advocacy Resources 

AAHomecare remains committed to supporting HME suppliers in their efforts to succeed in a changing Medicaid landscape, working with HME leaders around the county to ensure that patients have access to high quality products and services, maintain sustainable reimbursement rates, and promote strong oversight of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).

To help meet that challenge, the AAHomecare’s Payer Relations team and the Association’s State Legislative and Regulatory Workgroup have developed the State Legislative & Regulatory Resource Toolkit for leaders at state and regional HME associations to use in their advocacy with state legislators, Medicaid authorities, and other state-level regulatory agencies. 

The Toolkit is the product of a year-long collaborative effort, drawing on the perspectives of HME suppliers and association executives with a wealth of experience working with state legislators and regulators.

Resources in the kit include

  • Information and insight on legislative and regulatory avenues to address payer issues.
  • Best practices to help HME stakeholders evaluate opportunities and processes to advance HME initiatives at the state legislative and regulatory level.
  • Perspectives on the pros and cons of addressing issues through legislative vs. regulatory approaches.
  • Examples of proposed legislative language on multiple issues.
  • Examples of legislative language successfully passed into law.

“This new resource captures the best thinking in our industry on advancing better state-level HME policy for HME,” said Laura Williard, AAHomecare vice president of payer relations, who helped guide the project. “By pulling this information together, we hope to further boost the already-strong capacity of HME advocates have in influencing state policy.” 

“I appreciate the commitment and teamwork of the work group members who spearheaded the project,” added Williard.  “Carolyn Basford, John Goetz, John Reed, Kam Yuricich, Missy Cross, Regina Gillispie, Rose Schafhauser, Stephanie Legree, Tamme Dustin, and Teresa Aldridge deserve a great deal of credit for creating such a powerful advocacy resource for our industry.” 

The State Legislative & Regulatory Resource Toolkit will be shared with leaders at AAHomecare-member state and regional associations; additional details can be found in this summary.  Contact Laura Williard (LauraW@aahomecare.org), David Chandler (DavidC@aahomecare.org), or your state/regional association for more information on the Toolkit and AAHomecare/HME industry payer relations efforts. 

The Toolkit will also be featured in a panel discussion at Medtrade Spring in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 4 (How to Navigate State Advocacy with Medicaid & Managed Care – 1:00-2:30pm – South Pacific C – Conference Pass registration required).

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