This is your opportunity to get involved with the NEW ACRM Health Policy Networking Group (HPNG) at the ground-floor. Help identify the critical issues this group will address, recruit colleagues in the field, or step into a leadership role as chair of a task force.
“How does ACRM Influence Public Policy?”
Gary Ulicny, PhD FACRM
One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.
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CHAIR POSITION OPEN
The Health Policy Networking Group Chair position is now open. If you are interested in assuming this leadership role, please contact Terri Compos, Community Relations Manager.
CALL TO ACTION – ALL ACRM MEMBERS
At the 2013 Mid-Year Meeting, the ACRM Health Policy Networking Group sponsored a “Rehabilitation Summit” designed to bring together the interdisciplinary rehabilitation community to develop consensus positions on health policy issues that affect our field. We are pleased to say that as a result of the Summit we have produced our first document entitled, Determining an Essential Benefits Plan for Rehabilitation and Habitation Services and Devices: A Value – Based Approach.
As you may know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that by 30 September 2014 each state must identify a “benchmark” health plan that they will use as a template to design a plan that meets the essential benefits provisions outlined in the ACA. We know that many of these small plans provide limited coverage or time-limited benefits (e.g., 15 inpatient rehab days).
For this reason, 18 rehabilitation organizations have banded together to advocate for a benefits package that meets the diverse needs of the people we serve. The guidelines set forth in our position paper represent the principles that should be used by each state and the Federal Health Exchanges.
A call to action was issued to every ACRM member asking them to contact their state officials to advocate adoption of these guidelines. An electronic version of the guidelines and a sample letter or email message were provided along with contact information for the Governor and Insurance Commissioner for each state.
This is only the first document and we hope to share others with you.
HEALTH POLICY RESOURCES
The Member Guide to Product Development describes ACRM products, e.g., fact sheets, journal articles, manuals, and the procedure used by ACRM groups and committees to develop them. Includes a product development worksheet and a form to request a product review.