*Pictured Tom Clark (Avera Queen of Peace Hospital), Paulette Davidson (Regional Health Rapid City Hospital), Curt Hohman (Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center), Kim Gillan (SDAHO), Scott Duke (SDAHO).

A delegation of South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization (SDAHO) members attended the American Hospital Association conference is Washington, D.C. this week. The conference provided an opportunity to network with health care colleagues and discuss important legislative issues.

The delegation also met with Sen. Rounds, Sen. Thune and Rep. Noem and their staffs to review the recently completed Federal Issues Brief, which outlines the regulatory and legislative priorities for the association. Some of the issues discussed included; sharing real-life examples of the financial hardships created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules and changes to the 340B program, as well as the challenges of dealing with the regulatory burdens and proposed reductions to the Federal Communications Commission’s rural broadband grants, certified nurse assistant (CNA) lockout provision and civil monetary policies.

Group members also attended several educational sessions and SDAHO was recognized for 25 years of consecutively meeting contribution goals to AHAPAC.