AAHomecare looks beyond Medicare

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has brought on board Laura Williard to help the association identify opportunities with payers besides Medicare. Williard, most recently senior director of regulatory affairs and contracting for Advanced Home Care, will serve in the association’s newly appointed position of senior director of payer relations. “As healthcare trends have continued to shift toward a managed care environment, providers are having to focus more on these payers,” she said. “I have a large portion of my career developing relationships with these payers and working collaboratively with them to be able to provide and be paid for quality services in a cost effective manner.” Williard has also been active in state associations: She is a current board member for GAMES, vice president for NCAMES and vice president for ATHOMES. AAHomecare added the position because it understands that many providers no longer work with Medicare and value assistance with other types of payment systems, says Tom Ryan, the association’s president and CEO. “Laura Williard will develop reference materials and provide assistance to our members in navigating payer relationships and concerns, serving as the go-to person on rules and regulations for these payers from CMS,” he said. “More broadly, she will be the change-agent in response to Medicare Advantage audits to support members in developing strategies and resource materials.”