Effort to Designate HME Contacts for Lawmakers Picks up Momentum

The effort has established contacts for 57 percent of Congress with 27 states completely covered, but many more contacts are still needed.

An effort by the American Association for Homecare’s State Leaders Council to establish designated industry contacts for each member of Congress is making good headway, the association reports.

Last month, the AAHomecare council began working with state and regional HME associations, The MED Group, VGM, and the AAHomecare membership to identify a primary and secondary assigned contact for every lawmaker in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

To that end, the effort has designated contacts for 57 percent of Congress with 27 states totally covered. That said, 19 states are less that 50 percent covered and eight states have no contacts identified.

AAHomecare has created an “accountability scorecard,” available as a PDF at bit.ly/2AuQ2wT, that shows where the industry stands for each state. Providers in any of the states not completely covered that are interested in participating in the project should contact Ashley Plauche at ashleyp@aahomecare.org to learn more.

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

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