'It's been a great ride'

Friday, August 31, 2007

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. - May 17 was All-Med Services Day here, honoring the provider as it celebrated its 20th anniversary.
"It's been a great ride," said Raul Rodriguez, president and CEO. "The great thing about health care is, it's always changing."
All-Med is a full-service provider of DME, oxygen, respiratory and home infusion, with 138 employees and $15 million in annual sales.
"(When I started) the only thing considered an emergency was oxygen," said Rodriguez. "I was one of the first to say, 'I think a walker and a commode are just as important.' If you're bedridden, are you going to wait until Monday to get a commode? When you put it in that perspective, health care is not a luxury. It's a necessity."
The company has had its ups and downs, said Linda Barbanell, senior vice president.
"In the past, we've lost (contracts), but we stood by our motto: You get what you pay for," said Barbanell. "We're bigger and better than ever."
All-Med keeps up with the latest in business practices, technology and government policy.
"We're always looking and learning," said Barbanell. "We align ourselves with different organizations, go to seminars, do the Medtrade shows. We try to stay ahead in technology. We invest in the business and in our people."
About 95% of the company's business is in managed care contracts, a model Roriguez thinks would have worked better than national competitive bidding (NCB).
"NCB is a nightmare," said Rodriguez. "But, at the end of the day, it's our tax dollars that are paying for this. I'm concerned about how my children are going to pay for my needs when I'm an elder."