Dec. 5, 2018 – If you advise stakeholders in the health care arena, such as providers, insurers, organizations, or consumers, administrative advocacy should be in the toolkit of strategies that lawyers pursue to ensure the client’s voice is heard, according to attorney David Cade, CEO of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).
“The voice of the provider, the voice of the consumer, is best heard through administrative advocacy, that is, engaging with the executive branch offices to share what’s happening in the environment, what issues are coming up, and to use that as an opportunity to make sure your voice is heard,” said Cade, based in Washington, D.C.
Cade said many organizations have a legislative strategy, where they work with members of Congress or members of state legislatures. “There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just, in this uncertain environment, where there’s a lot of gridlock in many communities,” that strategy is not going to move the need, Cade said.
Before joining AHLA, Cade served for 14 years as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He presented a “Health Law Update” to the State Bar of Wisconsin’s 2018 Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute (HLE).
“I know from a federal viewpoint, that [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid] is very interested in hearing the voice of the provider and the voice of the consumer,” he said.
For instance, Cade said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has reached out to seek changes in federal Stark and Anti-kickback, and executive agencies listen to comments and feedback from those stakeholders who see the realities on the ground.
“Everybody ought to have, as part of their arsenal, a strategy to engage at that level. We call that administrative advocacy,” said Cade. While his advice relates to health care advocacy, it likely transfers to other industry areas affected by the rulemaking process.
Catch a replay of the “Health Law Update” presented by David Cade, CEO of the American Health Lawyers Association, and Thomas Shorter, chair of the Health Care Team at Godfrey Kahn S.C., Madison, on Jan. 9, 2018 (8:30-9:45a.m.). Register now.
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#MeToo: Investigating and Addressing Claims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Jan. 9, 2018 (12-12:50 p.m.). Register now.
Top Five Issues Facing Health Care Employers – Jan. 9, 2018 (10:30-11:20 a.m.). Register now.
The Opioid Crisis: Wisconsin on the Front Lines – Jan. 10, 2018 (8:30-9:45 a.m.). Register now.
The Times, They Are A-Changing: The Evolving Status of Cannabis in Wisconsin – Jan. 10, 2018 (8:30-9:45 a.m.). Register now.
Detangling Wisconsin Law’s White-Collar Exemptions from Those of the FSLA – Jan. 10, 2018 (12-12:50 p.m.). Register now.