Washington Update

The American Association for Homecare (AAHC; Alexandria, VA), the home care association newly formed from the merger of the Health Industry Distributors Association, the Home Health Services & Staffing Association, and the National Association for Medical Equipment Services, last week submitted testimony to the House Small Business Committee on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed ergonomics standard. In its testimony, the association recommended that home care services be exempted from the requirements due to the inability of employers to control the work environment within the home health setting. AAHC said that if the proposed standard is implemented, the cost estimates indicate that home care providers would spend $51.5 million, or .19% of the average agency’s annual revenue.