Upwardly Mobile

The Difference You Make

As I write this in the closing days of 2006, Mobility Management is one issue shy of completing its fifth year in publication.

Almost five years ago, I introduced myself in my first editor's column. I explained that while I was new to the industry end of mobility and rehab HME, I had become familiar with — and grateful for — such equipment years earlier, when surgery put me into the hospital and confined me to bed. I remember feeling hopeless because I had to brush my teeth in bed, and I remember how I felt days later, when I was finally able to get to the sink again.

Coincidentally, five years later I am again preparing to enter the hospital and again will become a mobility DME consumer, if only temporarily.

Since 2002 you have been unbelievably generous and open about sharing your experience, information and insight with your peers via the pages of MM. I've been lucky enough to witness groundbreaking innovations in assistive technology, and I've seen you work miracles with funding sources, switches and Velcro to bring mobility and independence to clients and customers.

One of MM's mantras has been how fortunate the world is to have you. Due in part to your tireless work, more seniors can attend their grandchildren's college graduations in person. More children roam playgrounds with their peers. More parents make lunches for their kids, bundle them into minivans and drive them to school. More professionals go to work so they can spend their hard-won paychecks on property taxes, sales taxes and other things that make our world economy go 'round.

As 2007 begins, this industry faces a staggering number of unknowns. We await the start of national competitive bidding and its fallout. We await the impact of new power mobility coverage criteria, codes and fee schedules. We wait in line to get accredited. We wonder if there will be a new legislative direction from a House and a Senate now controlled by Democrats.

Yet in a season of change, some things remain constant. Every January since 2003, MM has turned the spotlight on terrific new mobility and rehab products we expect will make a great splash. We carry on that tradition for the fifth year in a row. It's inspiring to know that even in times of great change and uncertainty, creative minds keep developing new ideas.

And it's comforting to know that people like you keep on keeping on for the good of your clients.

By the time you read this, I should be just about ready to get back to work on MM. Thanks for helping to make that possible.

This article originally appeared in the January 2007 issue of Mobility Management.

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