AMEPA will merge with AAHomecare on Aug. 1, adding 150 members to the association’s rolls for a total of about 850.
Rob Brant, president of AMEPA, will become director of industry relations at AAHomcare. He will focus on growing membership, fostering relationships with state associations, and developing grassroots advocates across the country.
“I am excited to welcome AMEPA’s members and Rob Brant to AAHomecare,” stated Robert Steedley, president of Barnes Healthcare Services in Valdosta, Ga., and chairman of AAHomecare’s board of directors, in a press release. “Rob’s energy, devotion and passion for this industry will be a wonderful addition to our team.”
Brant helped to form AMEPA in 2008, after widespread reports by providers in Round 1 competitive bidding areas that they were wrongly disqualified.
Since then, AMEPA has worked on a host of industry issues, often in conjunction with AAHomecare.
“We had a single goal of stopping Medicare’s flawed bidding program, and we are more committed than ever to achieving that goal with AAHomecare,” stated Brant in the release. “But as a durable medical equipment company owner, I know that there were more threats to homecare businesses than just the bidding program, and that is why AMEPA is joining forces with AAHomecare.”
NAIMES merged with AAHomecare* in May, adding about 140 members to the association’s rolls.