AAHomecare hires VP of government affairs

Sunday, November 19, 2006

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- AAHomecare lured another O&P veteran to its staff last week, hiring Walter Gorski as its vice president of government affairs.

Gorski has served as director of legislative and regulatory affairs for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) since 2001. He has 15 years of lobbying experience and served on the staff of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.

"(Home care) is an area with many talented individuals who provide extremely valuable services," said Gorski.

He worked with AAHomecare's President and CEO Tyler Wilson at AOPA and for the past six years, he has worked primarily on Part B and other DMEPOS-related issues.

"What he brings is a good, solid understanding of Medicare Part B," said Wilson. "He's got a long history of working with folks on the Hill."

Wilson said the decision to bring Gorski on board is an effort by AAHomcare to strengthen in-house government relations rather than rely on outside lobbying firms, as it has done in the past.

"I feel strongly that an association, if it is going to do a lot in government relations, needs a strong team of its own," said Wilson. "An outside firm is never going to develop the understanding and the intricacies of the issues as well as an inside staff can."

With a slew of new congressmen headed for Washington, Gorski said he looks forward to building a bipartisan approach to advocacy.

"Historically, I think a new Congress presents new opportunity," said Gorski. "I look forward to working with members of the association and in the field in getting the homecare message out to policy-makers inside and outside the beltway."

Gorski will start Nov. 27.