Where are all the HME leaders?
In September, Washington lawmakers return from their summer recess and begin to forge a final healthcare reform package. That means HME leaders have another month or so to get their act together and compromise on a plan to reform the Medicare oxygen benefit. That’s if they want oxygen reform to be part of healthcare reform in some way, shape or form.
On the one side of this issue we have AAHomecare & Co. On the other side sits NAIMES and CSIHME.
I’m not a clinician or a provider, so I’m not going to take a side. I don’t know what’s best for patients or providers. But I do know that for the good of the industry, both sides need to come to the table and hammer out a compromise. That’s what leaders do.
No plan will please everyone, but the plan that does emerge should be one that most providers—large and small—can live with.
I know there are good people on both sides of this issue. We’re about to find out if there are also good leaders.
— Mike Moran