Homecare Loses a Prominent Patient Advocate

Barbara Rogers, president and CEO of the National Emphysema/COPD Association (NECA), and a dedicated advocate for better healthcare policy, has passed away. With a background in marketing and marketing research, Barbara focused on developing programs to bring patients’ perspectives to educating healthcare providers.

“Barbara was a sweet, passionate, intelligent, energetic lady,” said Joe Lewarski, vice president of clinical affairs at Invacare. “As a patient, she had a perspective on homecare that most of us who work in the field don’t have. She was a tireless advocate and will be missed.”

As part of her efforts, she attended a number of AAHomecare’s Washington Legislative Conferences, asking probing questions during the speaker sessions and making impassioned pleas to her members of Congress during Capitol Hill visits. She also was:

  • a vocal member of the first Professional Advisory Oversight Committee (PAOC) for Medicare’s bidding program.
  • an early supporter of portable oxygen technology and actively involved in the design and modification of early POCs.
  • a frequent speaker at global respiratory meetings, including the European Respiratory Society just this past fall.
  • a donor for a number of healthcare initiatives.
  • a leader in helping get COPD patients involved in advocacy efforts, as well as enlisting their participation in the Legislative Conference.
  • a member of the Oxygen Reform Task Force sponsored by AAHomecare and other organizations a few years ago when the Deficit Reduction Act’s 36-month cap was taking effect.

“We have lost a great industry advocate who fought for freedom of choice for oxygen patients,” said Tom Ryan, AAHomecare president and CEO. “I have been on Capitol Hill many times with Barbara. She was a great lady, and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends.”

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