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STAR and SMAC - What are these and how can they help?

09 Jan 2013 2:02 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

SMAC stands for ASHA’s State Medicare Administrative Contractor Network.  It was developed to enhance advocacy, leadership and communication of ASHA members at the State level to influence administrative and public policy decisions impacting Medicare coverage and reimbursement.  SMAC can work directly with the MAC’s (Medicare Administrative Contractors), Medicare regional office officials, state health agencies and consumer groups.


If you or your agency has questions or concerns regarding compliance with local and national Medicare coverage and/or payment policies, you can contact our Indiana SMAC.  With continual implementation and changes with the Therapy Cap or with the new Functional Reporting Implementation in 2013 this network can provide guidance and assistance.


STAR stands for ASHA’s State Advocates for Reimbursement Network.  STARS advocate in their states for improved health care coverage and reasonable reimbursement.  They target decision-makers in private and public agencies and the state legislature.


Both networks meet monthly with other STAR and SMAC members from all around the country to effect positive changes in private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.


For any reimbursement, policy or advocacy concerns and/ or to volunteer to assist in these areas, please contact our ISHA STAR and SMAC representative Susan Rockafellow @ or @ 317-468-4664.

To support and empower members to provide the highest quality, life changing communication, swallowing and hearing services to the people of the State of Indiana.

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