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Digging our graves?

Digging our graves?

When we received a press release announcing that a handful of independent HME providers had formed a new group to get their specific interests heard on Capitol Hill, I wondered how our readers would repond. It seems representation abounds for the industry these days, whether it's AAHomecare, NAIMES, AMEPA, The VGM Group or The MED Group. Now add the Committee to Save Independent HME Suppliers (CSI: HME) to that list. One reader e-mailed me this morning, saying: "I think this is one of the most irresponsible things members of our industry could do." Bruce Brothis, president of Allegient Billing & Consulting, went on:

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Our representation is already fragmented from the introduction of NAIMES and AMEPA.  We need one, consolidated loud voice in Washington, not three or four little peeps.  AAHomecare has been, and should be, our main Washington voice especially in light of their recent agreement with Nielsen / Medtrade.  I'm afraid that our elected officials will begin hearing three or four versions of ways to protect our valuable industry and these voices will fall on deaf ears.  It appears to me that we are giving Washington the shovels to dig our graves just a little deeper.  No whining when our government and CMS regulates your company out of business!

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