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

February 14, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

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 under Medicaid.Laura Williard, vice president of payer relations for AAHomecare, spoke with HME News about how this latest twist on Medicaid funding represents both challenges and opportunities. HME News: What's your take on block grants?Laura Williard:...

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States continue to grapple with Cures Act

October 11, 2019HME News Staff

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.Per the Cures Act, passed in late 2016, the federal portion of Medicaid reimbursement for HME cannot exceed what Medicare allows. States can either base their Medicaid rates on Medicare's lowest fee schedule; or they can gather aggregated data using...

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Williard named to OAMES board

August 8, 2019HME News Staff

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. She will provide guidance to association leaders on payer issues on the state and national level with managed care plans, Medicare Advantage, commercial payers and state Medicaid programs. “Laura is a very influential addition to our advocacy team on payer policy,” said Kam Yuricich, executive...

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Pro tips: How to work with state Medicaid programs

December 21, 2018Guest Commentary

Medicaid directors have a huge undertaking, ensuring their programs meet budgets, adhere to federal and state guidelines, and provide excellent patient outcomes. One of the rewarding aspects of my role at AAHomecare is that I have the opportunity to work with HME providers and industry stakeholders to educate them on how our services can help meet their overarching goal of providing excellent care to 73 million Medicaid beneficiaries nationwide.Access to care is an ongoing concern for all state Medicaid...

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

December 14, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

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.Per the 21st Century Cures Act, passed in late 2016, the federal portion of Medicaid reimbursement for HME cannot exceed what Medicare allows. States can either base their Medicaid rates on Medicare's lowest fee schedule; or they can gather aggregated data using their Medicaid rates and utilization rates by area for 2018.“We...

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Short takes from AAH: Ventec, Williard, supplier numbers

December 13, 2018HME News Staff

AAHomecare has a new corporate partner: Ventec Life Systems. The company, which makes the multi-function ventilator VOCSN, has joined the association to help advocate for respiratory suppliers and patients, with a particular interest in ensuring Medicare doesn't include vents in the next round of competitive bidding. “Competitive bidding reimbursement rates limit access to innovative technology for the sickest patients in home care,” said Chris Kiple, president and COO of Ventec. “Without...

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Tenacity pays off in 10 states, and counting

March 19, 2018HME News Staff

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 aggregate, beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. CMS provided its first update to Medicaid directors via a webinar in December, but it failed to include information needed for states to understand how to implement the new...

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People news: Laura Williard

December 7, 2017HME News Staff

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.

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Stakeholders wage protracted battle with other payers

September 29, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

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.“We are continuing to see the different payers, whether that be state Medicaid programs (or others), adopt Medicare rates or a discount below Medicare rates,” said Laura Williard, vice president of payer relations for AAHomecare. “In some cases,...

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People in the news: Laura Williard, Lauren Barranti

July 7, 2017HME News Staff

AAHomecare has promoted Laura Williard to vice president of payer relations. In a bulletin to members, the association credited Williard for “stemming the tide and in some cases reversing further cuts with the help of state associations, utilizing a multi-pronged approach.” AAHomecare says Williard will continue to push and reach out to the Defense Health Agency and contractors to get a CURES fix implemented for Tricare, and will continue to work with state leaders to educate payers like...

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