August 2018

Wow, where does the time go? It seems like just a couple of months ago we were gathered in Fort Lauderdale for the 2017 Conference, and here we are in the final preparation stages for the 2018 Conference in Baltimore! This year’s conference promises to be one of the best ones yet, with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the CMS Affinity Group and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) all providing timely information for success in our states’ programs. This year’s conference will also feature townhall meetings focused on the attendee’s job, rather than which region they are from. The social event this year is one of my personal favorites, an after-hours exploration of the National Aquarium.

On a personal note, I want to thank all of the wonderful folks involved with NAME for making my year as president so enjoyable. I am continually honored and humbled to be part of such an amazing organization. Based on my own experience, I would encourage everyone of you to take an assessment of your own skills and consider pursuing a leadership opportunity within NAME. I believe it offers the perfect opportunity for both professional and personal growth. I cannot wait to see the ways in which NAME will continue to progress under Dario Avilla’s leadership when he takes over as president.   I know he will make an amazing leader. Once again, thank you all for a truly wonderful year!

With warmest regards,


Kevin T Bauer, PhD

NAME President