Industry diary

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07/31/2008
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AAHomecare recently put together a report for its board of directors that documents its activities from February 2008 through June 2008. AAHomecare's Michael Reinemer joked that the report "is not likely to be made into a major motion picture anytime soon," but it's worth reading for a few reasons.

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First of all, it's a great synopsis of all the issues the industry has had to deal with, in the first six months of the year alone (What's the second half of the year going to look like?). You'll see a lot of entries concerning national competitive bidding, of course. But you'll also see entries on improving coding for capped-rental items, lobbying against a surety bond proposal, fighting an OIG investigation into power wheelchair pricing, revising the quality standards. It goes on and on. It makes it hard to believe home medical equipment is such a small part of the healthcare industry.

Secondly, it's a who's who of industry players (Pride Mobility's Seth Johnson, Invacare's Cara Bachenheimer) and legislative allies (Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio; Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif.). It's also a good record of articles in various newspapers and other media outlets.

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Thirdly, it's pretty good proof of the return on investment (ROI) of an AAHomecare membership.

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Click here to read part of the report. Enjoy.

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