About ATHOMESThe Association for Tennessee Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment Services (ATHOMES) is an active, member-driven trade association exclusively focused on serving the needs of all types of home medical equipment suppliers in Tennessee, the customers and family caregivers they serve, and homecare vendors who provide quality products and resources.
H I S T O R Y
Originally founded in 2011, a volunteer group of suppliers joined together to create an association that focused on the issues of HME companies in Tennessee, addressing everything from the anti-"Competitive Bidding" program to audits to state sales tax to licensure and everything in-between. An Interim Board of Directors was created where the foundations of the organization were built, and ATHOMES elected its first Board of Directors at its first annual convention in August of 2012. Now entering into its third year, ATHOMES has developed into a strong, vibrant leader within the HME Industry as it "walks the walk" of advocacy on behalf of its growing membership base.
A D V O C A C Y & O U T R E A C H
ATHOMES has close working relationships with national trade and patient advocacy organizations, Medicare, TennCare and their contractors, and our state and federal legislators who affect the success and direction of the HME Industry. By participating in the State Leaders' Council, ATHOMES consistently communicates with other sister organizations throughout the country, keeping up on trending events and helping shape the direction of the American Association for Homecare's activities at a national scale. ATHOMES also works with local Offices on Aging and patient advocacy groups such as Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee to promote safe, independent living at home.
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S
Stay up to date on the latest developments at a local and national level through ATHOMES frequent e-mail communications. Members can share information with each other via the ATHOMES listserv on trending stories, business questions, new opportunities, and more. ATHOMES also sends out updates on upcoming events, current events, legislative calls-to-action, Committee reports, press releases, and more.
E D U C A T I O N
The ATHOMES Education Committee
offers members a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year. In addition to the annual convention in August, members can take advantage of inexpensive webinars, teleconferences, and quarterly 1-day meetings that address a gamut of issues relevant to operating a HME business. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our events page
L E G I S L A T I V E
ATHOMES is highly involved in state and national legislative initiatives via grassroots lobbying on behalf of members. ATHOMES strong rapport with elected officials and the Health Legislative Aides proves invaluable as the Association tackles some of the most challenging issues to date. The Legislative Committee
works diligently on behalf of members to do research, organize meetings, participate in national strategic planning sessions, meet with Members of Congress, and educate policy makers and shapers about the impact that specific legislation will have on suppliers and the homecare community at large. ATHOMES members attend the Washington Legislative Conference annually, host Roundtable Discussions in Tennessee, and meet with state and federal representatives in their districts. All ATHOMES members are encouraged to participate in the annual Day on the Hill in Nashville where suppliers come together to meet with state leadership.
R E G U L A T O R Y
The Regulatory Committee
updates and engages membership on issues ranging from newly drafted policies to enforcement of long-established policy. A representative from the Regulatory Committee attends the quarterly Jurisdiction C Council meetings (with members of CGS and other Jurisdiction C suppliers) to give a voice to ATHOMES' concerns and to seek resolution. Members may submit questions to this committee to be taken to the Medicare DMAC (CGS) so that written clarification may be provided to the supplier community.
M E M B E R S H I P
HME companies across Tennessee are joining ATHOMES. Why? Because when we stand united, we are a positive force of change in our industry. We take the reigns and navigate into the future. As a member of ATHOMES, individuals are able to come together to make a difference for their company, their employees, and the patients they serve. The Membership Committee focuses on membership recruitment, retention, and developing membership benefits. Interested in joining ATHOMES? Contact our Executive Director
for more information, or join online
All types of home medical equipment companies will be welcomed, including free-standing and hospital-based, local, regional and national, specialist and broad spectrum, pharmacies and others. If you serve home medical equipment and supply users in Tennessee, you are cordially invited to join and contribute your energy and resources to improving the industry as a part of this group.
The organization intends to apply for 501 (c) 6 tax exempt status, making all but a small portion of the dues, (which may be used for lobbying), tax deductible as an ordinary business expense.