The American Association for Homecare and the Accredited Medical Equipment Providers of America (AMEPA) announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement to merge their organizations.
The merger will maintain the AAHomecare name and continue to do business at 1701 L Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, D.C.
As part of the merger, AMEPA President Rob Brant will become director of industry relations at the Association. Brant will focus on growing membership, fostering relationships with state associations and developing grassroots advocates across the country.
“I am excited to welcome AMEPA’s members and Rob Brant to AAHomecare,” said Robert Steedley, president of Barnes Healthcare Services and chair of the AAHomecare board of directors. “Rob’s energy, devotion, and passion for this industry will be a wonderful addition to our team.”
AMEPA was formed in 2008 following announcements of the Medicare bidding program Round One rates and disqualifications.
Using its nationwide membership, the organization worked on developing congressional support to address issues with the competitive bidding program.
As an owner of a durable medical equipment company, Brant understood there were more threats to homecare businesses than just the bidding program. This made joining forces with AAHomecare a necessity.
“[AAHomecare] are the industry’s voice in Washington not only for bidding, but also for audits, accreditation, appeals, compliance, and so much more,” he said.
The merger between the two organizations makes perfect sense, according to Tyler J. Wilson, president of AAHomecare.
“Growing AAHomecare’s membership raises the Association’s visibility and effectiveness on Capitol Hill,” said Wilson. “At the same time, AAHomecare gets the benefit of Rob Brant’s talents. He has been an energetic organizer and voice for providers facing demise at the hands of CMS. His skills will be quickly applied in the merged organization.”
Written by Jason Oliva