South Dakota and U.S. capitolsThe mission of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) is to “advance healthy communities through a unified voice across the health care continuum.” An important aspect of meeting the mission is through advocating for our members in Pierre and Washington, D.C.

During the annual South Dakota state legislative session, which runs January through March, SDAHO’s Public Policy Council meets weekly to review and discuss legislation that has the potential to impact our members and recommends a positon, to support, oppose, monitor or remain neutral. SDAHO shares regular updates through a variety of communication channels, including our website, our Unified Voice newsletter, conference calls, emails, weekly Capitol Insight emaios and other publications.

In addition, SDAHO actively monitors and coordinates with our national partners – the American Hospital Association (AHA), LeadingAge and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) – on public policy and advocacy efforts related to significant Federal legislative and regulatory issues. Regular updates are provided through similar communication mediums.

SDAHO conducts a biennial engagement survey with our members to solicit feedback and seek improvement opportunities related to this key service area.


South Dakota Department of Health 
South Dakota Department of Social Services
South Dakota State Legislature (LRC)
South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care
State of South Dakota


U.S. Senator Mike Rounds 
U.S. Senator John Thune
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem
Noridian Administrative Services LLC
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Library of Congress
US Department of Health and Human Services
HealthDataInsights (HDI) – South Dakota Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC)
Celerian Group Company (CGS) – Current MAC for Home Care And Hospice Claims

Health care organizations

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
American Hospital Association (AHA)
The American Organizations of Nurse Executives (AONE)
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) – Helping Health Care Organizations Help Patients
LeadingAge (formerly AAHSA)
National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)
National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
South Dakota Organization of Nurse Executives (SDONE)