Tom Ryan Takes AAHomecare Leadership Spot

N.Y. provider and HME advocate becomes association's president, CEO.

p>National HME industry advocacy group the American Association for Homecare has named Thomas Ryan, president and CEO of Farmindale, N.Y.-based provider business Homecare Concepts Inc., as the next head of the association.

Ryan will replace Tyler Wilson as AAHomecare’s president and CEO in September. The association announced in late March that Wilson would be stepping down after serving as the association’s leader since 2006. Ryan and Wilson will collaborate over the next month to ease the handover of leadership, according to a statement from the organization.

As AAHomecare’s president and CEO, Ryan will shape the association’s strategic plan and leading its legislative, advocacy, membership development and regulatory affairs initiatives in conjunction with the associations Washington, D.C.-based staff and the Board of Directors.

Ryan, an industry veteran with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, launched Homecare Concepts 25 years ago, and became a regular industry advocate and backer of the association. From 2005 through 2007, he served as AAHomecare’s chairman of the Board, and prior to that he served in various capacities on the association’s executive committee for nine years. Past roles on the Board include treasurer, chair of the Legislative Committee and serving as a member of the Home Medical Equipment/Respiratory Therapy Council. He has also served as acting president and CEO of the Association when AAHome was previously trying to fill that position.

“My perspective as an experienced CEO in the very same industry this Association represents will provide the compassion and drive to navigate the Association through many upcoming challenges associated with numerous public policy changes that have been put into place in recent years,” Ryan said. “My goal is to be a collaborative bridge builder with all of the various stakeholders involved in this health care sector — from providers to Congress to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — and to be a passionate voice for the industry, not just in Washington, but across the country where our members and our state association leaders live and work.”

“We are very excited that after an extensive executive search involving a field of highly-qualified external candidates, as well as those with homecare industry experience, Tom Ryan emerged as the clear choice to lead our Association in the future,” said Robert Steedley, president of Barnes Healthcare Services (Valdosta, Ga.) and chairman of AAHomecare’s Board of Directors. “His real-life, practical experience as a homecare provider and entrepreneur enables him to relate to our members in a way that few association CEOs can. His past roles on the AAHomecare Board and various Association committees, combined with his experience in advocating on the industry’s behalf at both the state and federal level, give him the expertise necessary to hit the ground running in his new role.

Steedley also commended outgoing president Wilson on his service to the organization and the industry.

“On behalf of the Association’s Board of Directors and all members nationwide, I also want to thank Tyler for his significant contributions to the Association over the past seven years, and for his consummate professionalism as we worked through the transition period over the past few months,” Steedley sais. “His leadership enabled AAHomecare to remain focused on its main legislative goal, which is to address the serious shortcomings of the Medicare competitive bidding program by replacing it with a more rational, fair and truly competitive market pricing program. We wish him well in his next endeavor and hope that our paths will cross again in the future.”

As Ryan moves into his new position in Washington, D.C., where he will be based, his business partner Frank Brown will concurrently assume the role of president and CEO of Homecare Concepts. The company, which celebrated its 25-year anniversary this year, will continue serving patients in New York and implementing its own strategic plan.

About the Author

David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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