Great Lakes Inaugural Conference A Great Success!

Thank you to all participants for making the 2nd Annual HME Regional Conference & Exhibition, and inaugural meeting of the Great Lakes Home Medical Services Association, a tremendous success! The event was held on May 20-21 at Tinley Park Convention Center in the Chicago area.

AAHomecare CEO Tom Ryan was the keynote speaker at the conference and is pictured above with member Mark Hatch from Integrated Homecare Services and Nic Lauer and Tom Pontzius from Philips Respironics. Thank you to Mark for the conference and merger shout-out in the 5/26/14 issue of Medtrade Monday in “I Am the HME Industry”. The conference was a collaboration of MIPA, IAMES and AIHMES which are in the final legal steps of forming the new regional Great Lakes association.

Special thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors who were a valuable partner in this event! Those in bold are also associate members supporting the association all year-long:

Anesco2 Pharmacists Mutual Companies
A/R Allegiance Philips Respironics**
Breathe Precision Medical
Coloplast Pride Mobility
Devilbiss Heathcare Principle Business Enterprises, Inc.
Domtar Personal Care - Attends Professional Medical, Inc.
Invacare** Strategic AR
Lake Court Medical The MED Group
National Government Services VGM**
Nestle Health Science **Gold Sponsors

Once we have the final word from our legal team that the merger filings are complete, we’ll make a formal announcement and move forward under the new Great Lakes association brand including a migration of this website to a new platform. If you have any questions about your membership status, please contact our office today!


More Bidding News...

  • Breaking News…..MPP Bill Introduced and PECOS Delayed! For full details on how YOU can take action, click here.
  • CME Announces Suppliers for Medicare Bidding Program. Click here to view the list of contract suppliers by competitive bid area. You can also search for contract suppliers in your zip code by clicking here. 
  • CMS Announces Shocking but Predictable Round 2 Bid Rates See the full story here.


Share Your Bidding Story!

IAMES wants to you hear how Competitive Bidding is affecting YOU.  This battle is far from over, in fact, with the increase in CBAs in Round 2, ripples of discontent are becoming waves. The biggest way to bring about change is to show the negative effects of this terribly flawed program!  Please take a moment to share with IAMES and your Congressman how this progam is challenging and changing your business .  Not sure who your Represenstative is?  Use the link below to do you a quick search by zip code.  We will be compiling member feedback, and posting annonymous results in the member section of website, so PLEASE get engaged.  Your words CAN make a difference!

Need more help preparing?  Review this article that includes links to talking poitns, issue papers and tips for successful meetings with your Representative!

Don't know who your Congressman is?  Search by zip code...


2013 Membership
Letter from the President of IAMES: Neidi Mack

Dear IAMES Member:

Let your voice be heard by renewing your IAMES membership today!
The HME industry is more challenged than ever. As an industry we comprise 1.2% of the national expenditure. While many of us are left scratching our heads wondering how we continue to be cut when we represent such a small percentage, the reality is that we are in desperate need to unify and raise our voices.

The most cost effective way to collaborate and raise YOUR voice is through support of your State Association.

Throughout 2012, IAMES was more involved than ever in collaborating at both the State and Federal level in raising our voices in key issues. We experienced a great deal of success in 2012. Below are just a few of the things in which IAMES collaborated and achieved unprecedented success. 

  • We prevented elimination of the HME Medicaid benefit for the state’s most vulnerable patients. 30 HME providers across the state of Illinois organized recommendations that were presented to the Legislative Medicaid Committee. 

  • IAMES was the only state association invited back by the LMAC (Legislative Medicaid Committee) to meet with the Deputy Director of Medicaid to discuss recommendations

  • Organization of in district days to discuss the flaws of the Competitive Bidding program with our Federal Congressional representatives

  • Roundtable at our Spring Conference of the nation’s top experts on Competitive Bidding, to include Dr. Katzman who introduced MPP to Congress 

We have a lot more work to do in 2013 and cannot do it without your monetary support and involvement... <READ LETTER>  




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