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Policy Development/Government Relations Committee

The Policy Development/Government Relations Committee monitors and responds to regulatory issues that affect Patient Access professionals. This includes, but is not limited to, HHS and CMS regulations (e.g. IMM, MOON, ABN, HIPAA, EMTALA, MSP, 501r, patient identity, and advanced directives). The Committee also maintains and regularly updates the NAHAM Member Toolkits including the CMS and Joint Commission Survey Toolkits and Patient Identity Integrity Toolkit.


Committee members can expect to participate in these types of activities:

  • Identifying breaking regulatory changes and helping NAHAM support members through these changes
  • Regularly reviewing CMS websites for the issues noted above to ensure NAHAM can appropriately respond
  • Writing blog posts and Journal articles
  • Recommending hot topics related to Policy and Government Relations for NAHAM's content strategy
  • Monitoring the NAHAM Access Forum to respond to member questions in areas of the committee's expertise 

Committee Members

Yvonne Focke, CHAM (Committee Chair), Term concludes June 2020

Willie Brown, III, Term concludes August 2021

Pam Carlisle, Term concludes August 2021

Terese Davis, Term concludes August 2020

Nancy Farrington,Term concludes August 2020

Veronica Hughes, Term concludes August 2021

Toiya Jones, Term concludes August 2020

Martin Muratore, Term concludes August 2020

Brenda Sauer,  Term concludes August 2020

Mark Shuman, Term concludes August 2021

Carmen Voelz, Term concludes August 2020 

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