Highlands director elected president of the Advisory Council for Medical Assistance

August 7, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — Highlands Home Health Director, Sharon Branham, was recently re-elected to the Advisory Council for Medical Assistance. The Advisory Council for Medical Assistance is an advisory committee comprised of health professionals, providers, advocates and Medicaid recipients. The council advises the Cabinet for Health and Family Services about health and medical care services. The council also determines how to further the participation of recipient members in the policy development and program administration of the Medical Assistance Program, as well as providing direction to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Brahnam was chosen for a second two year appointment by Governor Steve Beshear, and was one of three representatives nominated by the Kentucky Home Care Association for this position. She is the voice of home care agencies for the state, as well as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for state home health agencies, which provides assistance to technical issues between home health agencies and the Department for Medicaid Services.

In May, Branham was elected as President of the Kentucky Home Care Association for her second term as President. She has served as a member of the Executive Committee since being elected to the KHCA Board in 1995. “I enjoy having a leadership role in the state’s home care agencies, assuring financial solvency and furthering home care’s mission throughout Kentucky”, states Branham.

Branham started her career in health care over 30 years ago, joining Highlands 23 years ago to provide home health services initially to Floyd and Johnson counties. Branham gained Medicare certification for Highlands Home Health in 1999 and has been striving to meet the home health needs of the region.