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Medicaid block grants: Make HME part of conversation, says Laura Williard


WASHINGTON – CMS in late January took a formal step toward so-called Medicaid block grants with Healthy Adult Opportunity, a pathway for states to receive capped federal funds to deliver and pay for healthcare services for able-bodied adult recipients un

States continue to grapple with Cures Act


WASHINGTON – HME providers in California and Indiana have recently received reprieves from steep Medicaid cuts, but the discussion is going to be ongoing in those states and others as Medicaid programs still try to comply with the 21st Century Cures Act.

Williard named to OAMES board


WORTHINGTON, Ohio – The Ohio Association of Medical Equipment Services has appointed Laura Williard, vice president of payer relations for AAHomecare, to its board of directors as AAHomecare liaison.

Pro tips: How to work with state Medicaid programs

Request 30-minute meetings and get to the point

Medicaid directors have a huge undertaking, ensuring their programs meet budgets, adhere to federal and state guidelines, and provide excellent patient outcomes.

Payer relations: Cures Act, state toolkit on agenda for 2019


WASHINGTON – The past year has been a busy one for AAHomecare’s Laura Williard: She met with 28 states about Medicaid rates. 2019 is shaping up to be just as busy, she says.

Tenacity pays off in 10 states, and counting

Monday, March 19, 2018
Laura Williard
vice president of payer relations, AAHomecare

In December 2016, Congress passed wide-ranging healthcare legislation popularly known as the Cures bill that expedited the implementation of a requirement that the federal portion of Medicaid reimbursement to states for HME cannot exceed what Medicare would have allowed for these items, in aggreg

People news: Laura Williard


Laura Williard has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Home Medical Equipment & Services Association of New England. Williard is vice president for payer relations at AAHomecare.

Stakeholders wage protracted battle with other payers


YARMOUTH, Maine – A recent decision by the Washington, D.C., Medicaid program to raise reimbursement for competitive bid items was a win, but stakeholders say it’s a constant battle to keep payers from lowering payments in the first place.

People in the news: Laura Williard, Lauren Barranti


AAHomecare has promoted Laura Williard to vice president of payer relations.