AAHomecare Launches Diabetes Council

Aimed at addressing growing diabetes needs among HME providers, the council is already beginning to outline its goals for the rest of 2022 and 2023.

The American Association for Homecare has formed a Diabetes Council to help address the needs of providers serving diabetes patients.

The council will hold its first meeting for leaders in the diabetic market in Arlington, Va., in October.

The association noted the growing need for these services and products. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes diagnoses will increase by 54 percent to more than 54.9 million Americans between 2015 and 2030, according to the CDC.

“As the need for diabetes devices grows, so does the need to establish a cohesive group of diabetes supplies providers to strategize, advocate, and communicate the challenges of the market,” a statement from the association read.

Linda Langiotti of CCS Medical will Chair the council, and John Pryor of AdaptHealth will serve as Vice Chair. Together with council input, Langiotti and Pryor will lead the discussion to develop council goals for 2022-2023.

Already that agenda includes:

  • Demonstrating the benefits of the DME channel for access and compliance to diabetes device therapy.
  • Ensuring distributors have a voice in policy-making for DME coding & coverage criteria.
  • Developing a strategy for continuing to treat patients on CGM therapy when the PHE comes to an end.
  • Addressing taxability of CGM devices on a state-by-state basis.

The Diabetes Council will be a closed Council comprised of AAHomecare Corporate Partners in the diabetic space “to ensure a nimble and effective group,” the association reported. AAHomecare staff will assist with policy and commercial payer opportunities and provide guidance during council meetings.

“The AAHomecare team has established a successful model to deliver measurable results through our councils, and we are already familiar with the issues surrounding continuous glucose monitors and the diabetic market,” noted Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare. “Diabetes companies joining this council will find passionate support, devoted assets, clear goals, and tangible results. We’re confident that there is a natural fit for this coalition within our framework.”

 

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