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AAHAM Government Relations Monthly Town Hall Discussions
The AAHAM Government Relations Committee would like to hold monthly calls with Chapter Presidents, Chapter Government Relations Chairs and Members who are interested in becoming active in AAHAM’s legislative healthcare reform initiatives. What happens in Washington usually starts back home in your states. These calls will generate discussions on what is happening in Washington and will enable intel to be shared on what is happening across the country at the state level. These sessions will be focused on healthcare issues that are taking place. These calls will also serve as an opportunity to use this information as a grassroots blueprint to utilize in your own chapter.

The next call is tentatively scheduled for scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 4:30 PM EST.

Subsequent calls in 2023 will be on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:30 PM EST.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Senator Marco Rubio Joins Efforts to Reform Prior Authorization Process in Healthcare System

Patient-centered care is a major goal across the healthcare industry. By empowering patients to play an active role in their care and assume a pivotal function in developing their treatment plan, this care model can increase patients’ satisfaction with services and ultimately improve treatment quality and outcomes.
 
Despite these clear advantages of adopting patient-centered care, healthcare providers and patients often face significant obstacles in putting this concept into practice. Utilization management programs, such as prior authorization, create barriers for patients by delaying the start or continuation of necessary treatment and negatively affecting patient health outcomes. The manual, time-consuming processes used in these programs burden providers and divert resources away from direct patient care. However, health plans and benefit managers contend that utilization management programs are employed to control costs and ensure appropriate treatment.
 
Last week the House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means passed H.R. 8487, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act, out of Committee by a unanimous vote. This legislation amends the Social Security Act to establish requirements concerning the use of prior authorization under Medicare Advantage plans. This was the next critical step to getting a vote before the full House of Representatives. On the Senate side, efforts to reform the prior authorization process got a major shot in the arm when Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced his support for S. 3018, Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act.
 
“AAHAM continues to advocate for our members and the healthcare industry, Senator Rubio’s support for S. 3018 provides AAHAM further impetus in our efforts to get this legislation passed” stated AAHAM President, Lori Sickelbaugh, CRCE. “AAHAM understands the importance of making sure our voices are heard in Washington, and we are excited to keep building on our successes and grassroots efforts” added Sickelbaugh.   
 
Senator Rubio is a respected member of the United States Senate and a leading Republican voice for healthcare reform. His support for S. 3018 gives AAHAM continued momentum in its efforts to get this legislation to the President’s desk before the end of the year.
 
“The key to continuing this type of headway is to cultivate this awareness of these bigger issues at the state levels,” said AAHAM Second Vice President, Erin Miskelly, CRCE, CCT. “There truly is strength in numbers” stated Miskelly. AAHAM Government Relations Chair, Karin Murchison, CRCE, shared, “This is exciting news for our industry and a huge accomplishment of AAHAM and our members, proving that our hard work and efforts do pay off!"
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