TRICARE Operations Manual Changes and Your ABA Organization

Recent changes to the TRICARE Operations Manual (TOM) will impact how ABA services are delivered to children with autism and their military families. BHCOE welcomed Ms. Ellen Bonner, Esq. for a webinar to discuss the new TOM changes and strategies to ensure that ABA organizations stays compliant. She provided a detailed review of what’s changed, discussed what this could mean for the benefit of Applied Behavior Analysis through TRICARE, and offered a participant Q&A.

As mentioned during the webinar, we also recommend you view and bookmark the TRICARE Manuals – Display Chap 18 Sect 4 (Change 85, Mar 23, 2021) web page.

Ms. Bonner has more than 25 years of healthcare experience with a significant focus on TRICARE, and previously served as an Assistant General Counsel with the TRICARE Management Activity for over 13 years.

About the Presenters

Ellen Bonner, Esq.

Ellen Bonner, Esq., Callaway Bonner Law, LLC

Ellen Bonner is a healthcare attorney in private practice. She has more than 25 years of healthcare experience with a significant focus on TRICARE – the healthcare benefit for military members, the retirees, and their family members. She represents TRICARE providers including TRICARE Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) providers in Defense Health Agency administrative hearings, as well as civil and criminal matters. Ms. Bonner provides strategic advice to companies seeking to acquire ABA practices. Previously, Ms. Bonner served as an Assistant General Counsel with the TRICARE Management Activity for over 13 years, providing representation in healthcare fraud and government contracts. As a federal government lawyer successfully litigating and advising on multibillion-dollar healthcare contracts, and as a former executive with healthcare insurance companies, Ms. Bonner brings a comprehensive and invaluable perspective to the demands of a healthcare business.

Anna Bullard

Anna Bullard, Vice President of Government Affairs, BHCOE

Anna Bullard is Vice President of Government Affairs at BHCOE. Anna successfully passed legislation named after her daughter, Ava, who had been diagnosed with autism. “Ava’s Law” creates access to therapy for autism in Georgia.

Recognized consistently for performance excellence and contributions to the autism field, Anna has 10+ years of experience in developing policy and advocating at the state and federal level. Additionally, she has developed relationships, removed barriers, and developed strategy to increase access to care across many states. Her knowledge as a parent who has experienced the struggles of getting services her child needed has allowed her to develop a streamlined approach for families accessing care. She managed multi-site teams for contracting, credentialing, and authorizations. Her perseverance and knowledge in government relations and business development has lead to thousands of lives accessing care around the nation.

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