It is always easy to sit back and watch how things seem to work themselves out. But when they do not work out in your favor, you have a tendency to become upset. Lethargy is when you wait for someone else to do things (that you should do). This may be a lack of energy or just plain apathy and you should never allow that to happen. You have a business to protect.
Every HME company is very important. Each has a loyal following of customers and family caregivers, many of whom have become friends, and it is for these that you must participate in all the efforts to change the many new regulations that CMS has or will try to make the law.
When I read the local newspapers, the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, one thing becomes crystal clear. Too many senior citizens and others do not understand the new health plan. To be sure, I, too, after studying it as much as possible am not aware what it will really accomplish. I am fully cognizant that the competitive bid is neither fair nor even ethical.
As an industry we have to support all efforts to get the proposed legislation (HR 3790) passed. To bring that about you have to rally all your customers, staff and friends to write and call our senators and representatives.
Get everyone involved and shake off the lethargy and start working together. If we do, we can accomplish many things. Share with me any successes you have had.