Federal and State Policy Updates

Hear how policy changes and new legislation will shape—or disrupt—care delivery on a local and national level.

Presented by: Blake Oshiro Executive Vice President, Public Policy Capitol Consultants of Hawaii
Teri Bedard, RT(R)(T), CPC Executive Director, Client & Corporate Resources Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies
Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA Executive Director Association of Community Cancer Centers

This webinar is part of a six-part education series hosted by the Hawaii Society of Clinical Oncology—a Chapter Member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. 


State and Federal Policy Updates
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Teri Bedard, BA, RT(R)(T), CPC

Director, Client Services, Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies

Teri Bedard is the Executive Director, Client & Corporate Resources with Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies, LLC.  Her expertise includes over 20 years of medical experience.  Teri has served as a senior and Staff Radiation Therapist at renowned oncology practices across the Midwest and during her tenure with RCCS, has served as a Senior Consultant, Remote Solutions Manager, and Director, Client Services.   As a member of the RCCS team Teri advises and leads clients in the areas of billing and reimbursement for technology, monitoring government regulatory information and seeking new business opportunities.    

Teri completed her Bachelors of Arts degree at the University of Northern Iowa.  She completed her Radiologic Technology certificate at Mayo School for Health Related Sciences in Rochester, MN and her certificate for Radiation Therapy at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.  She also earned her certification as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). 

Teri is active in the ARRT, ASRT, and AAPC.  She lectures and participates at national seminars in conjunction with the AAPC, ACCC, ACRO, and ASRT.  

Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA

Executive Director, Association of Community Cancer Centers

Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA, is Executive Director of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Mr. Downs brings more than 15 years of association management expertise, guiding associations in their work on national policy and educational programming. He has been instrumental in working with healthcare providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Congress on association–specific issues.

Mr. Downs led the Association of Community Cancer Centers' efforts on such critical issues as easing implementation of new regulations, ensuring patient access to new cancer therapies, and refining physician office payments for delivery of services.

Mr. Downs worked in the public policy department of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) on physician office and billing and coding issues. Previously he administered a large tertiary care hospital, managed a physician multispecialty practice, and worked for the Education and Health Committee of the Virginia State Senate.

Mr. Downs received his master's degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia and his law degree from George Mason University with a special focus on regulatory and administrative law. He is a board member of the Patient Advocate Foundation and C–Change, a large coordinating organization for cancer groups.

Blake Oshiro

Executive Vice President, Capital Consultants of Hawaii

Blake Oshiro served in the House of Representatives for eleven years where he was Majority Floor Leader for four years and Majority Leader for another four, serving in a leadership capacity almost from the beginning of his tenure. He also chaired or otherwise led committees relating to the environment, land use, labor, and criminal and constitutional law.

He understands the Hawaii legislative process as well, or better, than any person alive. From 2011 until 2014, he served as the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff with a specific oversight brief of all matters pertaining to policy and the state executive budget. He was the Governors’s lead person in dealing with the state legislature, the county governments and the Hawaii Congressional delegation.

A graduate of the William S. Richardson, School of Law, University of Hawaii, and the Kennedy School of Executive Education at Harvard University, he is an accomplished attorney of note, and the recipient of many professional awards for excellence, brilliance, and leadership on such issues as public interest, environmental, administrative, and constitutional law.

Michael Carney, MD (Moderator)

Obstetrician/Gynecologist, University of Hawaii Cancer Center

Michael Carney, MD, is an obstetrician/gynecologist in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is affiliated with Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, The Queen’s Medical Center, and Maui Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Carney has extensive experience treating women for ovarian, cervical, and gynecological cancers. Prior to joining the Women’s Cancer Center and the John A. Burns School of Medicine, he worked at the prestigious Huntsman Cancer Institute. Dr. Carney completed both his obstetrics and gynecology residency and fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Duke University Medical Center. He has developed clinical trials and is currently studying the molecular genetics of gynecological cancer to better understand and treat the disease.


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