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Legislative/Advocacy

The Case for State Associations

May 19, 2014

ATLANTA – Powered by Medtrade Radio and sponsored by Emerge Sales, season two (episode two) of HME Voice kicks off with wisdom from four state associations chiefs. If all (or most) politics is local, the state associations provide a crucial link to state-wide and national issues.

Kevin Gaffney, Medtrade group show director, and Mike Sperduti, founder of Emerge Sales and co-host of HME Voice (pictured here with Liz Beaulieu, editor of HME News), will speak with the following association heads:

• Robert J. Achermann, JD, executive director of the California Association of Medical Product Suppliers (CAMPS), Sacramento, Calif;
Carol Napierski, executive director of the New York Medical Equipment Providers Association, Albany, NY, and the Jersey Association of Medical Equipment Services, Marlton, NJ;
Rose Schafhauser, executive director, Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Services, Stillwater, MN, and the Arizona Medical Equipment Suppliers Association; and
Teresa Tatum, executive director, Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (GAMES), Marietta, Ga.

Upping the ante from last season, Sperduti and Gaffney are determined this year to ask tough questions that are on the minds of providers nationwide. “When it comes to state associations, there are a lot of folks out there who don’t see the value of state associations,” says Sperduti. “What value do they provide? What do the state associations do for their members?”

In a slight change from the normal schedule, episode two of HME Voice will air on Thursday, May 22, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Click Here to listen to the show at the appointed time. You can click on the same link for listening any time after at your convenience.

“I strongly encourage Medtrade Monday readers to tune in this Thursday,” adds Gaffney. “It truly was a lively discussion, and it shows just how vital the state associations are to the continued health of the industry. Medtrade attendees will be able to visit with many of the state association leaders at the Medtrade State Association Pavilion.”