Moving the HME Industry Forward

Legislative/Advocacy

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

May 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – It’s true that not every DME/HME dealer gets involved with his or her state or the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare), but why? I can’t fathom a reason.

If all providers would become dues paying members of AAHomecare and and their state associations, how much more could these organizations accomplish?

Today, you must protect your company and our industry, or face some disastrous and trying times. With this reality, why are so man HME providers sitting on the sidelines instead of taking action?

It is exciting watching how AAHomecare never hesitates to fight any harmful legislation. They approve of those that are vital for the industry on a national basis. The same thing is happening in the states. I am impressed when I see the positive results that AAHomecare and the state groups accomplish.

But, and this is a big but, if they had support from every HME company, we would see even more action.

During my days in retail pharmacy, there were county associations, state associations, and the national association. Just about every pharmacy was active in all three. In those days, there was no means of communication to match the efficiency of the Internet. And yet, calling dealers on the phone proved to be very effective.

I hope that every HME provider will work with all of their friends, as well as their competitors, to pass the message to one another. This is ACTION at work.

Shelly Prial is a longtime HME advocate and Medtrade ambassador.