HOMES Announces Loss of Schleipfer
Association VP and ‘stalwart advocate’ for patients, industry unexpectedly passes away.
- By David Kopf
- Feb 13, 2014
The Home Medical Equipment and Services Association of New England (HOMES; New Bedford, Mass.) announced the passing of Michael Schleipfer, ATP, vice president and co-founder of Alternative Care Providers (ACP; Chelmsford, Mass.) and HOMES vice president.
Schleipfer unexpectedly passed away Sunday, Feb. 9. He would have been nominated for HOMES president at the association’s annual meeting in May after considerable services with the organization.
Serviving on the HOMES board of directors since May 2010, Schleipfer was elected vice president in May 2013. He has served on many HOMES committees and was very active on the HOMES Legislative Committee, having met with many representatives and senators in the district and on Capitol Hill.
Michael Schleipfer (left) at a meeting with Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) in March 2013 with other HOMES members.
"There are no words to describe the sadness we are all feeling upon hearing of Michael's sudden passing," HOMES executive director Karyn Estrella said. "Michael was a stalwart advocate for his clients and the HME industry. He was very active with our Legislative Committee, attending numerous meetings in local districts and several trips to Capitol Hill. Michael has served on our board since 2010 and was in line to become HOMES President in May. I was looking forward to working with him in that capacity.”
Most recently in the news, Schleipfer appeared in a segment on CBS affiliate WBZ Channel 4 Boston reporting on the post-implementation fallout from CMS’s competitive bidding on local patients and HME businesses.
“Like many in the industry, I am devastated to hear of his passing. I've lost a dear friend,” Estrella added. "Michael had the ability to see the ‘big picture,’ and how reimbursement cuts and competitive bidding not only impacted beneficiaries and companies, but how it trickled down into the personal lives of staff and ultimately society at large.”
David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.