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SBA Roundtable brings together concerned DME providers in Wisconsin, Illinois and South Carolina

SBA in Wisconsin

(Neidi Mack of the Alden Group, Susan Cesek of Prism Healthcare Services, John Gallagher of VGM, Cindy Ciardo of Knueppels Healthcare Services, Collin Brecher of VGM and Rick Adamich of Oxygen One, Inc and President of WAMES)

The impending July reimbursement cuts pushed many DME suppliers in Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and South Carolina to speak at the Small Business Administration Roundtables in Kenosha, WI today and Spartanburg, SC yesterday. The message was clear; the July reimbursement cuts to DMEPOS must be stopped!

In Wisconsin, attendees from the DME community included: Rick Adamich of Oxygen One, Inc and President of WAMES., Neidi Mack of the Alden Group and of Great Lakes State Association, Susan Cesek of Prism Healthcare Services, Adam Smerecki of Aurora at Home, Cindy Ciardo of Knueppel Healthcare Services. VGM’s own John Gallagher and Collin Brecher attended and help facilitate the meeting.

Congressional staff from Sen. Baldwin’s office, Congressman Ribble’s and Congressman Grothman’s office were in attendance and heard the concerns of the DME providers.  Great conversations were brought forward about the regulatory impacts on small businesses, including reimbursement cuts, audit and appeals process and problem with the competitive bidding program. Representatives from the DME community spoke about the devastation that the July reimbursement cuts will bring to DME providers and beneficiaries.

Deputy Ombudsman Yolanda Swift announced at the Kenosha roundtable that CMS will be creating a working group that will specifically focus on audits and prior authorizations. Ms. Swift gave credit to the many DME providers who have spoken at SBA events.

In South Carolina, attendees from the DME community included members from SCMESA, Chip Fuller and Steve Fuller of Quality Home Medical and Gil McCall of VGM. Also in attendance was staff from Sen. Tim Scott’s office. The National Ombudsman Admiral Earl Gay and others on the panel heard about issues such as the July reimbursement cuts, audits and many problems with the competitive bidding program in general.

Many thanks to all who took the time out of their day to participate in these events! And thank you also to the state associations who helped promote these events, SCMESA, WAMES and Great Lakes.

SBA roundtable in Las Vegas. Many more to come!

Yolanda Swift and Maxine Paul, SBA event in Las VegasThe Small Business Administration held a roundtable event in Las Vegas on Friday, January 15th. Despite short notice, a few local DME suppliers were able to attend this event to speak to the group about issues affecting DME suppliers. Pictured below is Maxine Paul of Academy Medical Equipment.

We are currently working with the Deputy Ombudsman at the SBA on coordinating more of these roundtable/hearing events in other cities across the country. They would like to hear from DME suppliers! We will keep you updated as we know more about these events.

National Small Business Week – VGM spotlights Best Home Medical

VGM spotlights members during National Small Business Week

Did you know that more than half of Americans either work or own a small business? Or that small businesses employ two out of three net new jobs? Small businesses are vital to the economy and their local communities. This week is National Small Business Week and we are proud to show our support by spotlighting a few of the many small businesses and VGM members who are doing BIG things!

VGM small business snapshot No. 2: Best Home Medical

Best Home Medical

Location: Best Home Medical is an independent home medical equipment company located in Barboursville and Hurricane, West Virginia.

Established in: Barboursville (2005) and Hurricane (2011)

Employs: 11 employees

Community Involvement: Best Home Medical partners with their local TV station each year during Thanksgiving and collects food to go towards the Fight Against Hunger Campaign. During the Christmas season, staff collect toys for children in need. To add, Best Home Medical is a consistent sponsor of scholarships for high school students to go to college and employees enjoy volunteering at assisted living and senior facilities.

Currently, Best Home Medical is donating $1 to the American Lung Association for every CPAP and oxygen set up from April – December 31, 2015.

What are the benefits of small businesses?

“Small businesses are important for the economy and the consumers they serve. They provide consumers with more options for where they will buy retail items and employees typically work closely with customers to learn firsthand about their individual needs, “says Regina Gillispie, CEO of Best Home Medical.

Gillispie adds, “Due to being very customer-oriented, small businesses can respond and adapt quickly to changing economic climates. This means that small businesses are often able to stay afloat during hard times, which helps strengthen the local economy.”

Why should people support small businesses?

“When consumers frequent local small businesses, they are giving money back to their community. When a local business thrives, it will pay higher local taxes. This money is then used for schools, police stations, and fire departments in the area,” Gillispie concludes.

 

National Small Business Week – VGM spotlights MRS Homecare, Inc.

Did you know that more than half of Americans either work or own a small business? Or that small businesses employ two out of three net new jobs? Small businesses are vital to the economy and their local communities. This week is National Small Business Week and we are proud to show our support by spotlighting a few of the many small businesses and VGM members who are doing BIG things!

VGM small business snapshot No. 1: MRS Homecare

Location: MRS Homecare, Inc. is an independent MRS Homecare Inchome medical equipment company headquartered in Albany, Ga., and has 12 branch locations.

Employs: 110 full-time employees

Community involvement: MRS is active in the community of every branch location. Last year, MRS provided $25,000 in sponsorships to community organizations and charity events such as the Relay for Life, Alzheimer’s Association, The ALS Association of Georgia and local student groups. In addition to monetary donations, MRS coordinates a large Toys for Tots drive each year at their company Christmas party. In 2014, MRS employees donated 400 items to the local Toys for Tots program.

What’s the best part about being a small business owner? “The best part of being a small business owner is the interaction with our staff, which we consider to be our family.  Another perk is seeing how much of an impact each of our branches has on their respective local communities and getting personal thank-you notes from our customers,” comments Tyler Riddle, vice president of MRS Homecare.

Why should people support small businesses?

“People should support small businesses because they are the backbone of their local communities. Whether you live in Fitzgerald, Ga., or Metro Atlanta, small businesses contribute so much to the local economy through jobs, goods, taxes and community involvement. Supporting a local business keeps your money local and improves the quality of life for everyone,” concludes Tyler Riddle.

Thank you MRS Homecare for your commitment to bettering your local community! More info on MRS Homecare: http://www.mrshomecare.com/

Learn more about National Small Business Week: https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw