Say it ainâ€™t so
While making calls for the December issue, an industry source asked me whether I had noticed participation in state association events dwindling. The attendance was â€œabysmal,â€ he said, at each of the state association events he has spoken at this year. When the source sought answers from executive directors, they told him: â€œAccreditation is over. National competitive bidding is the law of the land. People donâ€™t feel the need to learn anything anymore.â€ Say it ainâ€™t so.
Itâ€™s long been an industry gripe that not enough providers participate in AAHomecare and state associations. Call me naÃ¯ve, but I thought national competitive bidding had changed all that once and for all, especially for state associations. Providers will claim that, now more than ever, theyâ€™re strapped for cash and time, and I believe them. But being involved in state associations takes so little effort. The membership and meeting fees are reasonable, especially when providers consider what they get out of them, and itâ€™s a lot easier to drive or fly a short distance to a state association event than it is for other events.
The state associations arenâ€™t giving up on providersâ€”â€œJust as providers should adapt to the new reimbursement environment, so should associations,â€ said one executive directorâ€”nor should providers give up on them.