Friday, March 21, 2014


“Be it ever so humble, there is no place like home.”

Yes, Thelma and I had a very enthusiastic few days at Medtrade Spring in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  It was a long walk from our room to the exhibits. We had to pass all the temptations the hotel can offer: fine restaurants, intriguing inviting games, and shopping. But we were in Las Vegas for a purpose.

We came to Medtrade Spring along with so many DME/HME dealers, providers, and exhibitors for a reason. What made me so proud was that they all came with the same motive. This was not a holiday, it was a business meeting!

The speakers, the vendors, and the associated organizations were all in attendance for the same reason. The time has come to let CMS and Congress be aware of what DME/HME means to senior citizens, ailing and bedridden patients. But extremely important for our industry, we must rally to be even more effective.
Congress and CMS are doing everything they can to reduce reimbursement, but not the right things! What they are doing to “save” money will prove to be of little value. Every effort they can gather must be to eliminate fraud and abuse; I am convinced this may be half of what they pay as reimbursement.

As an industry, we have to give our leaders all the support possible. Every effort of AAHomecare and your state association is for the entire industry, not just their members. If every DME/HME provider or dealer belongs to each, we will have a much better chance of getting this onerous legislation changed. When you are at home, please become dues paying members of both. Then, I will see you all at Medtrade again.

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