Gallagher, Straub win MAMES award
STILLWATER, Minn. – At its 2013 Spring Convention & Exhibition earlier this month, the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) presented its “Above and Beyond Award” to John Gallagher, vice president of government relations for Waterloo, Iowa-based The VGM Group; and Lehn Straub, formerly of Lincoln, Neb.-based Jim’s Home Health, according to a press release. The awards are given to MAMES members who do exemplary work on behalf of the industry, at state, regional and national levels. Gallagher was recognized for initiating business roundtables in Kansas City, Mo., and Omaha, Neb., that put providers, suppliers and Medicare beneficiaries in the same room as legislators to discuss the impact of competitive bidding. Straub, a former board member, served this past year as chairman of the Legislative Committee, taking an active role in understanding the impact of Medicare audits on providers.