Advocacy and Influence

Education

In the ever changing industry of homecare, it is crucial to stay knowledgeable and informed. The OAHC education offerrings provide timely and local education to help you stay up on changes and best practices for your agencies continued success.

Statewide Annual Convention and Exposition: The OAHC Annual Conference is held each year. This event includes pre-conference committee and board meetings, a host of management and clinical workshops, exhibitors, and awards program.

Administrative Education Meetings: OAHC holds General Membership Meetings regularly in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Excellent educational programming and “hot topics” are offered to address immediate issues. Also, OAHC works with the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana, for an excellent spring conference. Registration fees are greatly discounted for members.

Surveys & Information Gathering: OAHC members participate in and benefit from data collection in a variety of arenas including benchmarking information. Surveys have also been conducted to determine legislative priorities, educational needs and ethical opinions.

Advocacy

The Oklahoma Association for Home Care works hard to represent you to the U.S. Congress with our ties to both the National Association for Home Care and the American Home Care Association. OAHC has worked with the Oklahoma Legislature through our paid lobbyist and frequent trips to Legislator’s offices to increase Medicaid and Advantage Program rates as well as reduce burdensome regulations. Also, to address issues that have arisen between providers and PGBA, through our 12 State coalition members, CMS through the Nationals, and the Oklahoma State Health Department through OAHC members on the Home Health Advisory Board and Hospice Advisory Board.

Legislative Alert: OAHC members are regularly informed of legislative and regulatory issues on state and national levels and are argued to provide input to the OAHC Legislative Committee and to their elected leaders. As urgent issues arise, OAHC members are immediately contacted for input and action. OAHC retention of an active Legislative Lobbyist helps membership address current state issues and keeps our policy makers informed about the benfits of homecare as well as the need for protecting these services.

Networking

Committees: The Association has standing committees, which include Awards and Recognition, Education, Legislative, Membership and our Annual Conference. Additional task forces and sub committees are formed as needed to accomplish the goals of the Association. The success of the home health industry, its agencies, and Association are heavily dependent upon talents and ideas of its members. We urge your staff members to commit tone or two committees.

Home Care Representation: OAHC members are nominated to represent the association membership in a variety of elected, appointed, and volunteer committees, task forces, boards, and study groups to shape policy-making and recommendations for health care and other applicable organizations, state agencies and national committees. The Home Health Advisory Board is composed of OAHC nominated providers and consumers, which review home health license regulations, and advises the Oklahoma State Department of Health on survey issues. Also, OAHC nominates a representative to the Hospice Advisory Board, which performs similar tasks for Hospice Providers.

State Regulatory Representation: OAHC representatives meet regularly with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, State Board of Nursing, Oklahoma Alliance on Aging, State Council on Aging, and other groups to impact policy issues and to address membership concerns.

 
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