The National Council on Medicaid Home Care Welcomes Policy Director and Director of the Medicaid Resource Center
April 5, 2013 03:37 PM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is pleased to announce the arrival of two new staff members working with its affiliate, The National Council on Medicaid Home Care. Steve Postal, JD takes on the responsibilities of developing and managing the Medicaid Home Care Resource Center. Michelle Martin, JD is the Policy Director of the Council.
NAHC President, Val J. Halamandaris welcomed the new members of the home care team stating that, “Medicaid home care is a vital service to our nations most vulnerable citizens of all ages. The addition of two new staff on the National Council on Medicaid Home Care will allow us to accelerate or advocacy in this crucial part of home care.” The Council’s Executive Director, Bill Dombi, added, “Michelle and Steve bring skill, passion, and dedication to home care advocacy. We are very fortunate to have them aboard.”
As Policy Director, Michelle Martin will be responsible for the development of model program policy standards through the engagement with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medicaid Access and Payment Advisory Commission (MACPAC), Congress, and Medicaid stakeholders. She will be working on several key priorities in home care standards including transitions to managed care, dual eligible integration, provider qualifications, rate setting, and quality of care.
Michelle comes to NAHC and the Medicaid Council by way of the Medicaid Health Plans of America where she was the Director of its Center for Best Practices. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Michelle also worked as a consultant with the Raben Group and served with several law firms as a health care litigation attorney.
Steve Postal will have primary responsibility for constructing the Resource Center as a comprehensive library of everything involving Medicaid home care including studies, research reports, utilization data, laws and regulation, court decisions and much more. The Resource Center will be fully searchable in all the subject matter contained therein. Steve will also shepherd the news of the day in Medicaid and handle subject matter for the Council web site.
Steve is also an attorney having worked in the health care industry since graduating college, including in consulting, law, and research administration. While serving as an associate at the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, he worked on vulnerable adult cases, and was also a long-term care ombudsman (LTCO) while in law school. Steve went to Bowdoin College, where he majored in history and minored in government, and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he graduated with a health law concentration.
The National Council on Medicaid Home Care was created last year to foster improvements in the delivery of home care and community-based services through the exchange and implementation of creative ideas among federal and state legislative and regulatory leaders, Medicaid beneficiaries, and providers of care.
The Council strives to be the leading authority on effective Medicaid public policy regarding the use of home-based services and to play a key role in reforming the Medicaid system to ensure a viable and sustainable platform for public health in the United States.