Moving the HME Industry Forward

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AAHomecare Highlights at Medtrade Plus Stand Up for Homecare

October 26, 2015

ATLANTA – The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) will have a large presence at Medtrade, set to begin today, Oct 26, and run through Oct 29. Check out the following AAHomecare events at Medtrade:
• AAHomecare Washington Update: 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Room: C-101
Stand Up for Homecare Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce – This year’s Homecare Champion award winners will be honored (see announcement below).

While at Medtrade, visit Booth #2210 to speak with the AAHomecare staff. Also, make sure to visit AAHomecare member companies (listed below with booth numbers), and support the vendors who support homecare.

A/R Allegiance Group – 1749
Accreditation Commission for Health Care – 816
ACU-Serve Corp. – 644
Afflovest by Intl. Biophysics Corp. – 1661
ARI – 2219
ARKRAY USA – 930
Battery Power Solutions – 1614
Board of Certification/Accreditation – 1314
Brightree – 1345
CAIRE – 1419
Chattanooga, a DJO Global Brand – 1445
CMB Solutions, Inc. – 1752
The Compliance Team – 1930
Computers Unlimited/TIMS Software – 2019
Contour Products Inc. – 637
Cure Medical – 653
DeRoyal Industries – 2061
DMEevalumate.com – 1602
Drive Medical – 911
First Quality Products Inc. – 1217
Fisher and Paykel Healthcare – 1645
Golden Technologies Inc. – 1305
Healthcare Quality Assn. on Accreditation – 1030
Hollister – 1932
HOMed Insurance/McNeil & Company – 1656
Independence Medical – 1619
Invacare Corp. – 1711
It’s You Babe, LLC – 1768
The Joint Commission – 1612
McKesson Medical-Surgical – 1245
The MED Group – 2319
Medical Specialties Distributors – 1533
Medtronic – 1613
MK Battery – 1719
Nestle Nutrition – 1849
Philips Respironics Inc. – 2233
Point-of-Rental System – 1056
PPM Fulfillment – 1955
Pride Mobility Products – 1911
QS-1 – 1537
ResMed – 2011
Roscoe Medical – 1110
Stratice Healtcare – 2250
Verus Healthcare, Inc. – 2205
The VGM Group – 1327

Joey Tart and Billy Tart to be Honored at Stand Up for Homecare Event at Medtrade
ATLANTA – This year’s annual Homecare Champion Award will go to brothers Joey Tart and Billy Tart, co-founders of Family Medical Supply, Inc., a home oxygen and home medical equipment company with 17 locations throughout central and eastern North Carolina.

The Homecare Champion Award recognizes AAHomecare members who have made exceptional contributions to the homecare community throughout their careers. A Homecare Champion embodies the spirit of service and caring that are hallmarks of successful leaders in the industry.

Joey, who serves as president at Family Medical, along with Billy, the COO and vice president, have had many Capitol Hill visits, including fruitful meetings with staff members who work with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), a well-known advocate for the HME industry. “They understand our industry,” says Joey Tart. “Overall, the perception of the industry, among legislators, has improved.”

Beth Bowen, executive director of the North Carolina Association for Medical Equipment Services, nominated the Tart brothers for the award.  Bowen points out that while the brothers operate numerous locations in the Tar Heel state, they still manage to regularly engage their legislators.

“Their advocacy is helped by their community involvement,” she says. “Anyone who is an elected official in their district pays attention, because they are well respected and work hard. Joey and Billy are professionals when it comes to presenting their case, and presenting the industry’s issues, to people who may or may not understand those issues.”

Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare, believes this year’s honorees are able to communicate effectively because they tell their story with passion and conviction. “Their story becomes the reason that the legislator decides it’s time to take action,” says Ryan. “The Homecare Champions in our industry lead with the belief that the patients we serve are the reasons we serve. The homecare champions lead by example, and never sit on the sidelines waiting for someone else to get the job done…The Tart brothers exemplify what this award is all about.”

Jay Witter, senior vice president of Public Policy for AAHomecare, agrees that the Tart brothers richly deserve the award, and says he hopes other providers will be inspired to follow their example. “Billy and Joey Tart have long recognized the value of developing strong relationships with their elected officials,” enthuses Witter. “They have incorporated these efforts into their business model, and because of their efforts, the whole industry is now benefiting.”

AAHomecare Chairman John J. Letizia, ATP, CAPS, who also serves as president of Laurel Medical Solutions, adds that the Joey and Billy are “all in” and helping the industry by developing strong relationships with Rep. Ellmers and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). “They continue to lead an advocacy effort for our industry on a daily basis, as well as attend the AAHomecare legislative conference on a yearly basis,” says Letizia. “I am thankful to the Tart brothers for the commitment that they have made to furthering our industry.”

AAHomecare will present the awards to Joey and Billy Tart at the Stand Up for Homecare reception at Medtrade on Tuesday, Oct 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.  See a list of past Homecare Champion honorees here.

The Stand Up for Homecare reception is the premiere networking event for the HME community, and raises funds that help build mutually supportive relationships with HME consumer/patient groups, as well as enabling outreach and educational efforts aimed at policymakers and the media.

Groups supported by Stand Up for Homecare funds include the National Council on Independent Living, Paralyzed Veterans of America, United Spinal Association, and the American Association of People with Disabilities.  These funds have also supported the development of the Save My Medical Supplies program, which has recruited thousands of individuals to help promote HME advocacy priorities.