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I hate to give you a checklist, and on a Friday.

But here's where my brain is at, at the end of this short, but very long, workweek.

Have you filled out and submitted an application for this year's HME Excellence Awards? The deadline is quickly approaching, and there's nothing that warms my heart like a plethora of HME Excellence Awards applications to choose from. Look at last year's smiling winners—you want to be like them!

Have you filled out and submitted this year's HME Financial Benchmarking Survey? This one's a little more time-intensive than the HME Excellence Awards application, but the ROI is huge. All the providers who fill out this survey get the results for free. Added bonus: Attend the HME News Business Summit, Sept. 18-20 in Charleston, S.C., and hear industry analyst Rick Glass give color to the numbers.

Speaking of the Business Summit, have you registered yet? Just this week I had a conversation with our keynote speaker, Dr. Patrick Cawley of the Medical University of South Carolina Health. You guys, this is a smart guy. You definitely want to hear what he has to say about this health system's more aggressive approach to how it works with post-acute care providers.

Let's see, what else?

Oh, of course, the No. 1 thing on your checklist should be contacting your members of Congress to co-sponsor bills in the House of Representatives and the Senate to delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts slated for July 1. As AAHomecare's weekly bulletin screamed this week: “Fight to get rural relief legislation passed enters final month.”

If you're anything like me, you like a list, and you like to check things off. Now get to work (Monday is fine by me)!


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