Trade / Professional Associations

One of the most valuable resources in any healthcare marketplace is the respective trade or professional association. With the rapid innovation in most areas of healthcare and human services trade associations often have the most contemporary information including changes in regulatory and financing practices. Many of these associations also have state affiliates, which can help healthcare executives even further localize their search for applicable information.
The following list includes the leading associations in each of healthcare markets served by Vertess, including a few major trade shows/conferences that are not directly affiliated with a trade association.

Home Care/Hospice

National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC)
NAHC is the nation’s largest trade association representing home care agencies, hospices, home care, and organizations and medical equipment suppliers.

Home Care Association of America (HCAOA)
HCAOA, formerly the National Private Duty Association, is the association for providers of private duty home care, which includes non-medical home care services.  The HCAOA enhances the strength and professionalism of private duty home care providers through education and best practices.

Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA)
Established by NAHC, this group is focused on emerging homecare technology including telehealth.

Private Duty Home Care Association (PCHCA)
Like HCAOA, PDHCA is dedicated to private duty home care services, advocacy, and ensuring quality among its members.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
NHPCO is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing only hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States.

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
ANCOR is the major organization for providers of services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, including mental retardation and autism, with a strong commitment to direct care professionals.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
The oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professional and advocates concerned about intellectual and developmental disabilities, AAIDD also supports research.

National Association of State Direction of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)
While not a provider association, this professional group offers excellent resources and information on regulatory and financing boards in this marketplace.

National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD)
NADD is the leading international association representing professional and providers of services to individuals with co-occurring I/DD and mental health issues.

Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse Treatment

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH)
The largest national organization for providers of mental health, psychiatric, and substance abuse treatment services.

National Association for Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS)
Represents providers and systems working to coordinate a full spectrum of treatment services including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient services.

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
The largest American provider association in the substance abuse treatment area.

Mental Health Corporation of America (MHCA)
A national provider association focused on providers of behavioral health services seeking to strengthen their competitive position through strategic networking.

Long-Term Care

National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (NASL)
Leading national organization advocating for providers of long-term care and post-acute care services including nursing homes, assisted living, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, as well as therapies, medical products, diagnostic testing, and information systems.

American Health Care Association (AHCA)
A national association of more than 11,000 nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and sub-acute care providers, with a large network of state affiliates serving elderly and disabled individuals.

Urgent Care/Surgical Centers/Clinics/Hospitals

Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA)
With over 6000 members, UCAOA represents urgent care providers and centers around the world, as well as professionals interested in improving service quality, marketing, and internal operations.

The National Association for Ambulatory Care (NAFAC)
NAAUC represents urgent care centers from around the country and offers a certification program for members.

Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA)
The major trade association and advocacy organization for surgical centers, with an emphasis on providing high quality, cost-effective services by its members.

American Hospital Association (AHA)
A national association of over 5000 hospitals, health care networks, and systems, as well as over 40,000 individual members.

Durable/Home Medical Equipment (DME/HME)/Orthotics & Prosthetics

American Association for Home Care (AAHomecare)
AAHC is a major national association that represents the homecare community, including home health and home medical equipment providers, respiratory and infusion therapy, telemedicine, and rehabilitative and assistive technology.

The largest conference/tradeshow in the US focused exclusively on the home medical equipment marketplace.

VGM Group (VGM)
VGM is the major advocacy group created to support independent DME companies.

American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA)
The national trade association for orthotic and prosthetic patient care facilities, device manufactures, and distributors.

National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP)
A professional association that targets professional issues and advocacy.

National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC)
NAHC is the nation’s largest trade association representing home care agencies, hospices, home care, and organizations and medical equipment suppliers.

Medical Devices

Medical Device Manufactures Association (MDMA)
The premier trade association that provides education an advocacy assistance to medical technology companies.

FIME Medical Trade Fair & Congress (FIME)
While not a trade association, each August in Miami this conference/show draws over 50,000 international attendees representing diverse medical devices and technology for over 40 countries, making it the largest healthcare trade show in the US.

Pharmacy/Home Infusion

National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA)
Major national association representing the professional and proprietary interests of managers and owners of independent community pharmacies.

National Home Infusion Association (NHIA)
NHIA represents organizations that provide infusion and specialized pharmacy products to home-bases patients.

Acquired/Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)
The largest nationwide advocacy, education and research organization devoted to the study of brain injury and promoting effective clinical practices and treatment programs.

Medical Staffing

National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS)
NAMSS is the most significant trade association devoted exclusively to enhancing professional development and recognition for the medical staffing area.

American Staffing Association (ASA)
ASA is the largest staffing trade association in the US, with a significant healthcare staffing section representing a very diverse clientele.

Medical Billing

Healthcare Billing and Management Association (HBMA)
The major trade association in the medical billing marketplace with a commitment to high quality standards, innovation, and developing technology.

Medical Laboratories

American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA)
The medical laboratory industry’s leading advocates of independent laboratories, especially in the area of governmental regulation and quality standards.

Therapies – Physical, Speech, Occupational

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
A professional organization with more than 77,000 members including physical therapist, physical therapist assistants, and owners of physical therapy-related businesses.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The premier speech therapy association for over 145.000 members and affiliates, including practice owners

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
National professional association for occupational therapist, students, and related services.