AAH names law firm founder Galen Powers interim president

By MATTHEW HAY

HHBR Washington Correspondent

ALEXANDRIA – The recently established American Association for Homecare (AAH; Alexandria, VA) has named Galen Powers interim president. Powers is the senior founder and president of the Washington, DC-based law firm Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville.

Powers worked as a director and president with the American Health Lawyers Association in Washington, DC. He was also instrumental in the development of the DC Hospital Association and the National Association of Medicare-Dependent Hospitals.

Powers said Cara Bachenheimer, who was heavily involved in government relations at the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA; Alexandria, VA), will be in charge of the new association’s membership. Mara Benner, former executive director at the Home Health Staffing and Services Association (HHSSA; Washington), will handle government relations for home health services, while Asela Cuervo, a former staffer of the National Association for Medical Equipment Services (NAMES: Alexandria, VA), will be responsible for government relations for home medical equipment.

The first meeting of the AAH board is set for Feb. 15. That board will be an amalgamation of all members on one of the previous three separate boards. The dues structures of the three organizations have also been merged.

"Those who have not paid, even though they were a member of one of the preceding organizations will have a new dues schedule," Powers added. He said AAH tried to amalgamate the dues structure of the three organizations. "They were not identical," he explained. "But they all graduate on the basis of the revenue of the member companies."

According to Powers, no further consolidation of national trade groups is anticipated in the short-term. "I think it is an association with a great deal of potential," he added. "It can achieve some very important objectives for patients and our members, and I am very enthusiastic about it."