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Stakeholders bring discharge planners into the loop


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are counting on the support of healthcare professionals from outside the DME arena to bolster their arguments against competitive bidding.

Lobbying: Roll up your sleeves

Q. If I’m a member of my HME trade association, why do I have to get involved with lobbying?

A. First, if you are a member of your state/regional and national HME association—thank you. We all know there is strength in numbers. When you join your trade association, you are helping support their activities, which include lobbying.

Lobbying: Prepare for marathon, not sprint

Q. I have lobbied my legislator for years, yet no legislation has been passed. Why should I bother?

A. While I understand the sentiment, I have a different perspective. When you step back and look at the whole picture, we’re doing better than you might think. 

Association membership: Expense or investment


When it comes to deciding whether or not to join or renew membership with an HME association, the decision maker needs to ask this question: Is this an investment for my business or an expense? At first blush, it would appear to be an expense.

Goodbye NEMED

As association's name must be as relevant as the work it does

The New England Medical Equipment Dealers Association (NEMED) celebrated a milestone birthday recently: 25 years of service to our members in New England. It’s quite an accomplishment.

Rhode Island: Medicaid tries to go retro on rates


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State officials have delayed a rate cut to the Medicaid program in response to concerns from HME providers.