Cara C. Bachenheimer
Cara C. Bachenheimer is Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Invacare where she is responsible for the company’s federal lobbying activities with Congress, the Administration and the federal regulatory agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Ms. Bachenheimer has been closely involved with the home medical equipment industry for over 25 years, working in Washington, D.C. as well as on a grassroots basis across the country. In 2014, Cara was named Homecare Champion by the American Association for Homecare.
Prior to joining Invacare in October 2003, Cara was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the National Health Law Practice of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. She specialized in legislative and regulatory matters arising under the Medicare, Medicaid, and other third party payment programs. Ms. Bachenheimer also practiced n the firm’s Health Care Fraud Practice Group and counseled clients on Medicare and other health care compliance issues, and lobbied Congress and regulatory agencies on her clients’ behalf. Ms. Bachenheimer focused her practice on regulatory, federal legislative, government relations and HIPAA matters for ancillary service providers such as home medical equipment suppliers, retail pharmacies, home health care providers as well as medical device manufacturers, distributors and other companies involved in the health care industry. She also assisted drug and device manufacturers in navigating complex coding, coverage and reimbursement challenges faced by their new technologies.
Ms. Bachenheimer has over 10 years experience in national coalition and association management covering all functions, including government relations. Ms. Bachenheimer held the position of Vice President, Member Services for the American Association for Homecare (the national trade association for home health care providers). Prior to that position, Ms. Bachenheimer spent 10 years with the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) where she held the positions Vice President, Membership Services; Executive Director, Home Care and Long Term Care; and Director, Government Relations. During her tenure with HIDA, Ms. Bachenheimer represented HIDA members’ interests before Congress, the Health Care Financing Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Food and Drug Administration. In 1999, Home Medical Equipment News cited Ms. Bachenheimer as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential People in the HME Industry.”
Ms. Bachenheimer received her law degree from Georgetown University and her undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Connecticut. She is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association and Women in Government Relations. Ms. Bachenheimer is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.