Director of Health Care Policy, Coding and Payment

Posting Date: 6/16/2023

Location: Rockville, MD

Cluster/Team: Government Affairs and Public Policy / Health Care and Education Policy Team

Coach: Director of Health Care and Education Policy

Salary Range (Non-Negotiable): $119,547 – $132,830

FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt

Here’s your chance to play a part in helping the millions of Americans with communication disorders! Ready to put your coding and health care policy knowledge to the test? We’re looking for an expert who can effectively advocate for audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs)―the providers who help people overcome communication disorders―to have access to the codes they need and the payment they deserve!  

Your daily tasks will include  

  • Working with a committed and knowledgeable group of audiologists and SLPs to advance ASHA’s coding initiatives, including code development and valuation.
  • Providing expert-level consultation, analysis, and advocacy on coding and payment policies and regulations that impact audiologists, SLPs, and the people they serve.
  • Finding new and creative ways to teach ASHA members about the most exciting topic in the world….billing and coding!

To thrive in this role, you must be 

  • A coding nerd, first and foremost!
  • A good communicator. We want you to be in the spotlight as ASHA’s coding expert!
  • A strong and fair facilitator and a true team player. 


This position is responsible for the identification, development, and management of health care policies and policy initiatives, as related to health care payment and coding by public and private payers, for the purposes of advancing ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda on behalf of the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.


  1. Collaborates on identifying, developing, executing, and evaluating coordinated advocacy strategies designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda.
  2. Serves as the official ASHA staff liaison to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology Editorial Committee (CPT), Resource-Based Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), and related Health Care Professional Advisory Committees, which includes: a) representing the Association at all CPT and RUC meetings; b) leading Association meetings, calls, and relevant workgroups related to the CPT and RUC meetings; c) managing Association Advisor and other staff participation; d) providing strategic and tactical guidance on advocacy strategies and process, and; e) managing all planning for AMA-related activities. 
  3. Conducts high-quality analyses and develops relevant health care coding policy recommendations with implications for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology
  4. Prepares analyses, issue briefs, letters, testimony, regulatory comments, model legislative language, and other policy-related resources as needed that are designed to advance the relevant health care priorities within ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda.
  5. Identifies, develops, maintains, and leverages strategic relationships with key staff of executive branch agencies responsible for relevant policymaking; engages federal and state officials as a “Subject Matter Expert” as needed.
  6. Identifies, develops, maintains, and leverages strategic relationships with relevant staff of external organizations, including coalitions, in accordance with relevant ASHA policies.
  7. Collaborates on strategic communications, messaging, and grassroots materials that are designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda. Develops articles and other products for online and print communications.
  8. Provides technical assistance to ASHA’s membership, consumers, and other interested parties as needed.


Knowledge Typically Acquired Through

  • Undergraduate in public policy, economics, political science, or a related field; advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • 6 years of experience in health care payment coding policy in an association, corporation or government; experience with AMA RUC and CPT Editorial Panel is strongly preferred; experience at a nonprofit association is also preferred.

Scope and Depth of Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Demonstrated ability in strategic policy analysis and development activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality and impactful analyses, issue briefs, letters, testimony, regulatory comments, model legislative language, and related products.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships with health care policymakers and allied stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated understanding of legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Working knowledge of relevant health care policies that impact ASHA.
  • Experience with the American Medical Association code development and valuation process is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of communications sciences and disorders is desirable.

Scope and Depth of Non-Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Strong collaborative and facilitative leadership skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize, and execute multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and a creative approach to work.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure with tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve consensus when opposing viewpoints are presented.

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