AAHomecare: CEO Wilson Is Leaving in September

Tyler Wilson, CEO/president of the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare), will be leaving his post in September, the organization has announced.

AAHomecare said itself and Wilson, who began as president in 2006, “mutually agreed” that when Wilson’s contract expires in September, the association would go forward with a new president/CEO.

A.J. Filippis, president of Wright & Filippis and a past board chairman for AAHomecare, is leading the search committee that is seeking candidates for the position.

AAHomecare Volunteer Board Chairman Joel Marx lauded Wilson’s work on behalf of the association: “I want to thank Tyler for his leadership and numerous contributions to the association over the past six years.

“He arrived at AAHomecare in late 2006 at a time when the association was confronting complex issues with respect to staff leadership, membership, a trying environment on Capitol Hill and a less-than-desirable relationship with CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] and other regulators. Tyler led the association through one of the most challenging periods in the history of the industry by steadying it, reaching out to organizations with similar interests, strengthening the association’s financial position and increasing its focus on the numerous challenges in Washington.”

Robert Steedley, AAHomecare’s volunteer board vice chairman, added that the executive committee’s top priority “remains advancing an alternative to stop the Medicare bidding program from going into effect on July 1. The association is strong and will remain focused intently on leveraging its resources to advance this goal.”

In saying the association appreciated Wilson’s efforts, Steedley noted the outgoing CEO had “led efforts to enhance consumer awareness of the value of homecare, educate the often-jaded media about the homecare perspective, fix broken Medicare audit processes in collaboration with key CMS officials and promote a much-needed alternative to the flawed Medicare competitive bidding program.”

Noting that efforts to fill Wilson’s position were underway, Steedley added AAHomecare “fully expects the new CEO to be in place, fully engaged and up to speed, prior to Tyler’s departure.”

Steedley said AAHomecare’s board would also see changes.

“We are currently solidifying the 2013-2014 board, and look forward to adding new members who will bring their experience and leadership to bear on the association,” he said. “The board has responsibility to ensure the organization stays on target with its mission.”

Wilson said of his tenure, “It has been a privilege to serve the association for six years as president and CEO. As I’ve traveled the country attending state meetings and visiting with prospective and current members, I’ve seen the tremendous commitment to quality patient care and service that our members provide to hundreds of thousands of patients every day. The true value of homecare has never been stronger, and I thank the hundreds of members, state leaders, volunteers and staff who comprise the leading homecare association in the country.”

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