An old Greek philosopher, Heraclitus (500 BC), said: “Nothing endures but change.” Shelly says: “Ain’t that the truth?” Still, every New Year we all make resolutions to do, or not to do, things we have always done. "Stop smoking! Lose weight!", and a myriad of other changes that are soon forgotten.
Since you are a DME/HME provider, you must prepare and build new markets and remain as a major dealer.
1.) HR 1717. Every one is cognizant of the fact that living under the restraints of the Competitive Bid and the pending changes, it will be all that more difficult to achieve your goals.
There are two investments that you must make. Like many of your peers, your company must become an active, dues paying member of AAHomecare and your state DME Association. They are the ONLY support you have in the battle. I am certain that if 90% of the DME/HME providers belonged, the pending legislation would have been passed.
2.) By belonging and working together, we would have been able to guide CMS, Medicare, and Medicaid in the correct direction. In that fashion we would have protected all our customers and all the beneficiaries.
It is important to belong to your state associations and AAHomecare. You must recognize the cost of membership will allow you to remain solvent and active. Let us not have a bleak future.
Since I took the liberty of opening with a very old quote, here is a newer one to help you make a decision: