DeCarlo follows his heart, departs HME

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002

WASHINGTON - Mike DeCarlo, a onetime director of regulatory affairs at the National Association of Medical Equipment Supplies (NAMES), is leaving work in the HME industry become director and counsel for policy development at the Health Insurance Association of America.

Since leaving NAMES (precursor of AAHomecare) in October 1996, DeCarlo has worked in private legal practice with Corrine Parver, most recently at Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky.

"I tried private practice for five-to-six years," said DeCarlo. "There were parts of it that were enjoyable, parts of it that were frustrating. I'm really an association guy at heart." HME

DeCarlo started at NAMES in 1991. As he bids farewell to the HME industry today, he noted that the issues at the forefront of his agenda then continue to hover at the forefront of his work at Dickstein Shapiro.

"The industry is still battling the same issues with the government -  CMNs, competitive bidding and payment issues, coverage issues. They just don't change," he said. HME

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