Dinner honors Mixon, raises money for patients

Sunday, September 24, 2006

ATLANTA - Acknowledging all he's done for the HME industry over the past 30 years, AAHomecare named Invacare CEO Mal Mixon its humanitarian of the year at a gala event last week at Medtrade.

"He never stops--he's a bull dog," AAHomecare Chairman Tom Ryan told the crowed of about 300 attendees. "This is a guy you want in your corner. This is a homecare champion."

In addition to being a very visible HME supporter on Capitol Hill, Mixon played an instrumental role last year in making sure lawmakers didn't cap Medicare oxygen reimbursement at 18 months.

In accepting the award, Mixon told the crowd that eventually Medicare policy and reimbursement issues will be resolved. He also made a pitch to hold Medtrade in Washington, D.C.

"That way all of you could lobby your representatives and they could come and see the equipment," he said.

In addition to honoring Mixon, AAHomecare's Second Annual Humanitarian Dinner raised about $70,000 for homecare patient organizations, including the American Association of People with Disabilities and the National Home Oxygen Patients Association.

"This is one way the industry can give back," said AAHomecare's new CEO Tyler Wilson. "This shows that it is not just inward looking and is looking out for patients."