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By MATTHEW HAY
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ALEXANDRIA The recently established American Association for Homecare (AAH; Alexandria, VA) last week named Thomas Connaughton president and CEO. He replaces interim president Galen Powers, president of the law firm Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville (Washington), who assumed that role when the new group was established earlier this year.
Connaughton is a Washington lawyer and lobbyist with Oppenheimer, Wolff Donnelly & Bayh, a large national and international law firm that specializes in legislative and regulatory issues. While there, AAH said, Connaughton worked on medical device, biotech, and pharmaceutical issues. Prior to joining Oppenheimer, he was managing partner of Bayh, Connaughton & Stewart, which later merged with Oppenheimer.
AAH was formed from the merger of three associations—the Health Industry Distributors Association’s Home Care Division (Washington), the Home Health Services & Staffing Association (Jacksonville, FL), and the National Association for Medical Equipment Services (Washington).
The group’s membership currently exceeds 1,000 providers in more than 3,000 locations. Powers recently told HHBR that no further consolidation of national trade groups is anticipated in the short-term.