Two major home care advocacy organizations AAHomecare and the National Association of Independent Medical Equipment Suppliers (NAIMES) have agreed to join forces and become a single organization under the AAHomecare name.
The home care group and medical equipment supplier organization will be aptly timed given the rising focus on issues impacting providers among both business segments.
“The addition of the NAIMES members to AAHomecare will benefit the entire home care sector and, ultimately, our patients,” said Joel Marx, chairman of Medical Service Company in Cleveland, Ohio, and of the AAHomecare board of directors. “This merger truly displays the inclusivity of our association and the desire of all parties to move us forward.”
The two groups currently share 60 members, but the merger is expected to bring 140 new companies to its membership, further strengthening the advocacy for those in the businesses of home care as well as medical equipment.
“Our union brings with it a firm resolve to work toward our mutual goals, and makes us a stronger representative group, revitalized for the challenges, and threats, that lie ahead,” said Wayne Sale, founder and president of Health First Home Medical in Richmond, Va., and chairman of the NAIMES board of directors.
The merger will be effective upon the close of the Washington, D.C.-based AAHomecare annual meeting on May 22.
NAIMES recently acquired the Committee to Save Independent HME suppliers and has merged it into the trade organization touting work toward replacing the national DME bidding process as one of its main initiatives.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker