People in the news: Laura Williard, Lauren Barranti

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Friday, July 7, 2017

AAHomecare has promoted Laura Williard to vice president of payer relations. In a bulletin to members, the association credited Williard for “stemming the tide and in some cases reversing further cuts with the help of state associations, utilizing a multi-pronged approach.” AAHomecare says Williard will continue to push and reach out to the Defense Health Agency and contractors to get a CURES fix implemented for Tricare, and will continue to work with state leaders to educate payers like BCBS in a number of states on the impact of using Medicare’s competitive bid rates…CHME, a Foster City, Calif.-based HME provider, has named Lauren Barranti executive vice president. Barranti was most recently vice president of managed care at Apria Healthcare. She has more than 20 years of experience working with medical providers, insurers and government agencies to support the healthcare needs of patients across the country. “Lauren very much appreciates the business model that CHME has created and understands our market approach and is excited to help our company continue to expand our business and service even more patients in need,” said Bernie Zimmer, CHME’s founder and CEO.