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American Association for Homecare Conference, June 8-10, Will Stress Advantages of Homecare in Medicare, Medicaid


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Homecare providers from across the U.S. will gather in Washington June 8-10 to remind Congress that homecare is one of the key answers to the nation’s crisis in Medicare and Medicaid. Providers will gather for the American Association for Homecare annual Washington Leadership Conference at the JW Marriott (14th and Pennsylvania Ave, Washington).

Highlights (all in Salons D/E unless noted):

Wednesday, June 8

9:45 to 10:30 a.m. -- Political climate for homecare issues, Hon. Tom Scully, Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird, and former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Appointments with Congressional offices

5:30 to 7 p.m. -- Capitol Hill reception, Legislator of Year Awards (Dirksen Senate Office Building)

Thursday, June 9:

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. -- Keynote address on homecare policy and Congress, Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR)

9:15 to 10 a.m. -- Regulatory issues for homecare, Howard Young, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal

10:15 to 11:15 a.m. -- Governors’ view on Medicaid, Krista Carman, Dutko Worldwide

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Choosing to Be Extraordinary, Bonnie St. John, paralympian, Rhodes Scholar (Salon I)

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. -- “Competitive bidding” provisions of Medicare Modernization Act: Cara Bachenheimer, Invacare; Asela Cuervo, AAHomecare; Seth Johnson, Pride Mobility; Rita Hostak, Sunrise Medical; Kimberlie Rogers-Bowers, Apria; Tim Trysla, Alston & Bird (moderator); Dr. Don Vliegenthart, Hoveround.

2:45 to 3:30 p.m. -- Telehealth: Dr. Dena Puskin, Office for Advancement for Telehealth, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Longworth).

Mobility: Cara Bachenheimer, Invacare; Calvin Cole, Hoveround; Asela Cuervo, AAHomecare; Rita Hostak, Sunrise Medical; Seth Johnson, Pride Mobility (Salon I).

Respiratory care standards: Joe Lewarski, Inogen; Vernon Pertelle, Apria; Phil Porte, NHOPA; Tom Ryan, Homecare Concepts (moderator); Dr. Steven Zimmet, Pulmonary and Medical Associates of Northern Virginia (Salon II).

Friday, June 10:

8 to 9:30 a.m. -- Leaders Panel: Dexter Braff, Braff Group (moderator); Todd Brason, WILLCARE; Bob Cucuel, Air Products Healthcare; Lisa Getson, Apria Healthcare Group; Barbara McCann, Interim Healthcare; Joel Mills, Advanced Home Care.

AAHomecare is the only national association that represents every line of service in homecare, including home health and home medical equipment providers, respiratory and infusion therapy, telehealth and telemedicine, rehab and assistive technology, and hospice. Web:


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