AAHomecare Urges Providers to Attend Upcoming Legislative Conference
May 24-25 Washington Legislative Conference will leverage prime opportunity to work with receptive Congress and HHS.
- By David Kopf
- Mar 16, 2017
The American Association for Homecare has opened registration for its Washington Legislative Conference, which is slated for May 24-25, and is calling on providers to attend and meet in-person with members of Congress and their legislative staff to advocated on behalf of the industry.
AAHomecare President and CEO Tom Ryan underscored the fact that attending the conference is critical. While industry ally Tom Price, MD now serves as Secretary of Health and Human Services, there remain pressing needs that the industry must address both on a legislative front, as well as regulatory front. Moreover, the industry needs to make the most of the momentum it has built on Capitol Hill in recent years.
“I’ve been asked by a few people whether attending this year’s conference is really necessary, given the better chances for regulatory action rather than new legislation in 2017,” he said. “Let me be crystal clear in this point: I believe it’s as relevant as ever, given the opportunities we have to secure better public policy for HME in 2017 — even if that occurs primarily through regulation, Congressional support will play an important role. In addition, I’ve learned over the years that building relationships and generating support on Capitol Hill takes a persistent effort; we can’t afford to ease up on that process now.”
Ryan added that in addition to addressing competitive bidding, the Capitol Hill appointments will also provide opportunities to make the case for reforming Medicare audits and streamlining the appeals process, as well as issues related to reimbursement for mobility and oxygen.
At the event, industry and lobbying experts will help attendees understand the details of key issues facing the industry during Wednesday’s education sessions, as well as provide instruction on how to have an effective meeting with lawmakers and staff. Then, on Thursday, attendees will go on their Capitol Hill meetings, which are scheduled for attendees.
The event will be held at the Washington Court Hotel. Conference registration costs $49 AAHomecare members and $99 for non-members. Early bird room registration costs $329 for a single and $349 for a double.
David Kopf is the Editor of HME Business.