ADMEA Wraps Fall meeting

Sept. 8 marked the Alabama DME association’s first in-person meeting in more than a year, which included a mix of on-site and Zoom-enabled educational sessions.

The Alabama Durable Medical Equipment Association (ADMEA) wrapped its first in-person Fall Meeting in 21 months last week, on Sept. 8 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

The event’s program featured VGM Vice President of Government Relations John Gallagher, who talked about the opportunities the industry has for Medicare rate improvements over the next few weeks, and VGM Vice President of Payer and Member Relations Craig Douglas, who supplied a comprehensive blueprint for keeping the CARES Act funds members have received.

Then Michael Hanna, Director of Compliance and Education at Home Medical Products, discussed the similarities and differences between the confusing number of audit contractors, even including BCBSAL, and outlined the proper response to each entity.

After lunch, Medicaid, Medicare, and Blue Cross provided updates via zoom.

ADMEA reported it had a “much better than average” number of exhibitors and member attendance, including new provider members Teresa Glass Owens and Susan Mason from Freedom in Mobility LLC, Michael Hanna and Whitney Baker from Home Medical Products, which recently purchased Schofield Home Healthcare, and Ken Glover Drug brought several newcomers as well.

The association also welcomed brand new associate member Jim White from Lifestyle Mobility Aids and first-time attendees Jodi Fisher and Brett Townsend from Breas Medical, James Brown from Iron Mountain Insurance, Michael Bednarski from McKesson, and William Hunt from Abbott Diabetes Care.

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