All types of medical supplies, also referred to as home medical equipment (HME), such as wheelchairs, diabetic test strips, and oxygen, are being negatively impacted by changing Medicare policies.
“The HME industry can no longer afford to be the only voice in this debate,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare. “People need to start shouting from the rooftops that Medicare reform mistakes are impacting their health and preventing them from getting the right home health supplies and equipment. The Save My Medical Supplies campaign is aimed directly at consumers to build public awareness, and a public outcry, from the millions of people who are receiving care from the HME industry.”
The campaign revolves around www.SaveMyMedicalSupplies.org. The new website, as well as the Save My Medical Supplies Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/
Specifically, the site explains how Medicare reform mistakes are hurting access to medical supplies or equipment, like wheelchairs, for people who have:
Spinal Cord Injury
Other Medical Conditions
Mostly importantly, the site is designed to empower people, giving them tools to speak out as advocates on their own behalf or for someone they love. Site visitors can email their congressional representatives (http://savemymedicalsupplies.org/
“Millions of people nationwide are being hurt by Medicare reform mistakes. SaveMyMedicalSupplies.org explains the issues in a personal way that everyone can understand, and take action on. Please take five minutes to stand up for someone you love – and send an email to Congress using the site’s simple tool,” said Lisa Wells, president of Get Social Consulting. Wells is managing the Save My Medical Supplies outreach effort on behalf of AAHomecare.
“It’s important for people to understand how decisions made in Washington directly impact quality and access to care,” said Anna McDevitt, president of Laboratory Marketing. “That is the main focus of SaveMyMedicalSupplies.org – creating a place for people and their care providers to speak out together for the right kind of Medicare reform.” McDevitt is providing brand design support to the Save My Medical Supplies campaign.
Now that Save My Medical Supplies resources are available online, medical equipment manufacturers and healthcare providers can do three things to help spread the word to their customers, referral sources and local community:
Follow SaveMyMedicalSupplies on Facebook and Twitter.
Share or retweet SMMS posts on to your organization’
Share links to condition-specific pages from the SMMS website and social media within your organization’
To receive updates from Save My Medical Supplies and learn more about how you can help spread the word within your community, email Beth Ludwick at AAHomecare, email@example.com.
The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and others in the homecare community that serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen systems, wheelchairs, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. Members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. Visit www.aahomecare.org.
Beth Ludwick, 202-372-0748, firstname.lastname@example.org