Durable Medical Equipment Community Emergency Response Committee Established. Please Complete Survey!

Published in Member Communities on November 02, 2021

HME Emergency PreparednessEarlier this year, southern states like Texas and Oklahoma were hit with an unexpected winter storm that left many, including patients reliant on oxygen and other powered DME, without power for days.  That’s when HME state associations, VGM, and industry leaders stepped in to begin establishing processes are needed to assist beneficiaries in their time of need. Emergency Preparedness for Home Medical Equipment Suppliers Committee was established to address these issues. The goal of the newly established group is to bring awareness to federal and state emergency management groups of the need for breathing and mobility devices during a natural disaster. The committee also aims to put together a roadmap or toolkit for DME suppliers to follow in these emergency situations.

Emergency Preparedness Committee Members Include:

  • Dawn Seek - MNCHA​
  • Larry Dalton - OMEPA​
  • Beth Bowen - ACMESA/ATHOMES/NEMEP/FAHCS​
  • Bob Achermann - CAMPS​
  • Rose Schafhauser - MAMES/SWMESA​
  • Victoria Peterson - TexMEP​
  • Mike Calcaterra - Big Sky AMES/PAMES
  • Chris Townsend- FAHCS
  • John Gallagher and Emily Harken of VGM

The group has already met with Tangita Daramola, the Competitive Acquisition Ombudsman for CMS, as well as other CMS officials in an effort to connect with larger audiences at the federal level, bringing awareness of DMEPOS communities’ importance and needs during an emergency.

In order for effective changes to be made, we need to hear from you! Please take a minute to answer the 10 question survey below regarding your experiences during a disaster. The information will be collected and sent to appropriate officials who may be able to assist in improved processes and programs.

Take the Survey

The survey closes November 11.


TAGS

  1. advocacy
  2. vgm government

From Our Experts

Tyler's Thoughts: April 2024 thumbnail Tyler's Thoughts: April 2024 President of U.S. Rehab, Tyler Mahncke, shares an overview of U.S. Rehab's current initiatives. OPGA, VGM Education Expand Educational Offering to Members thumbnail OPGA, VGM Education Expand Educational Offering to Members OPGA is excited to announce that members can now access 20 complimentary CE courses through their educational offering with VGM Education. VGM & Associates Releases Latest Playbook on Next Generation in Post-Acute Homecare thumbnail VGM & Associates Releases Latest Playbook on Next Generation in Post-Acute Homecare VGM & Associates has released the second playbook of the year, “Perspectives on the Next Generation in Post-Acute Homecare.” This publication provides a succinct view on the next generation of the industry. NAAOP Selects Taylor Haines as the 2024 Breece Fellow thumbnail NAAOP Selects Taylor Haines as the 2024 Breece Fellow NAAOP is proud to announce that Taylor Haines has been competitively selected as the 2024 George and Dena Breece Fellow. Connections, Community, and Innovation: The Heartland Conference's Networking Experience thumbnail Connections, Community, and Innovation: The Heartland Conference's Networking Experience The VGM Heartland Conference stands out as a premier event, celebrated for its exceptional networking opportunities and memorable social events. Understanding Compression Therapy: A Vital Approach for Wound Management for Venous Insufficiency and Lymphedema thumbnail Understanding Compression Therapy: A Vital Approach for Wound Management for Venous Insufficiency and Lymphedema There are various kinds of compression that can be used to treat wounds in the wound care field. VGM & Associates Announces Updates to Member Success Team thumbnail VGM & Associates Announces Updates to Member Success Team VGM & Associates is excited to announce that Chris Rose has been promoted to Director of Member Key Accounts effective April 8, and Matthew Flaherty has moved the VGM & Associates member success team as a Regional Account Manager effective April 1. Connections, Community, and Innovation: The Heartland Conference's Networking Experience thumbnail Connections, Community, and Innovation: The Heartland Conference's Networking Experience The VGM Heartland Conference stands out as a premier event, celebrated for its exceptional networking opportunities and memorable social events.