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Healthcare Marketing Association
This membership-based community is dedicated to providing tips, tools, and tutorials for promoting a healthcare business online.

Health Industry Distributors Association
"The Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) is the trade association representing medical products distributors. Since 1902, HIDA has provided leadership in the healthcare distribution industry. Membership in HIDA provides a wide range of resources and relationships that help companies perform profitably within today's complex healthcare supply chain."

Medical Marketing Association
"The Medical Marketing Association provides members with access to information specifically catered to the issues and challenges facing healthcare and marketing professionals within the medical industry."

National Association of Medical Sales Representatives
"Through our numerous members, the NAMSR™ provides accredited training, continuing education, information about the industry, up-to-date news, programs to assist medical sales reps in their work, training programs to assist candidates who want to break into the industry and initiatives to improve communication with the medical sales field."

National Association of Sales Professionals
"NASP is the largest online community of assessed, certified and non-certified sales professionals in the world, offering a limitless network for career exposure, value exchange and expertise. We are THE premier organization for sales professionals."

National Sales Network
"National Sales Network (NSN) is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit membership organization whose objective is to meet the professional and developmental needs of sales and sales management professionals and individuals who want to improve their professional sales skills." (also state chapters)

Professional Society for Sales & Marketing Training (SMT)
"For over 70 years, the Professional Society for Sales and Marketing Training (SMT) has been the premiere network for sales and marketing training professionals, and remains fully dedicated to improving sales performance through training."

Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI)
"SMEI is the worldwide organization dedicated to ethical standards, continuing professional development, knowledge sharing, mentoring students and advancing free enterprise."

Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA)
SLMA offers industry news, book and software reviews, and access to expert resources in areas ranging from CRM to sales strategy.

The Sales Association
"The Sales Association provides professional development and networking opportunities for progressive business leaders. The Sales Association's purpose is to enhance professional development for business development leaders by: Providing high-quality educational programs targeted to meet the diverse needs of sales and business development professionals and the companies they serve; Providing opportunities for sales professionals to connect with colleagues in the sales community; Honoring member excellence through recognition programs."

The Sales Management Association
"The Sales Management Association is a global, cross-industry association serving sales leadership and sales force support professionals. The Sales Management Association provides on-line resources, tools, training, career development, and professional networking opportunities for our membership. We manage events that provide high-quality training and networking opportunities."

Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business (SOCAP)
"SOCAP is a member-driven organization committed to promoting customer care and customer engagement as a competitive advantage in business. The Association's members include vice presidents, directors, managers and supervisors of customer care and consumer affairs from top Fortune/Forbes 1000 companies as well as hundreds of business partner organizations. SOCAP provides the educational tools and professional resources to help its members drive business transformation within their companies."



Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)
"AdvaMed promotes policies that foster the highest ethical standards, rapid product approvals, appropriate reimbursement, and access to international markets."

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
"AHIMA leads the health informatics and information management community to advance professional practice and standards."

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
"AMIA is the professional home for biomedical and health informatics. AMIA is dedicated to promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in health care in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy. AMIA's 4,000 members advance the use of health information and communications technology in clinical care and clinical research, personal health management, public health/population, and translational science with the ultimate objective of improving health."

American Telemedicine Association (ATA)
"The American Telemedicine Association is the leading resource and advocate promoting access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology. ATA seeks to bring together diverse groups from traditional medicine, academic medical centers, technology and telecommunications companies, e-health, medical societies, government and others to overcome barriers to the advancement of telemedicine through the professional, ethical and equitable improvement in health care delivery."

eHealth Initiative (eHI)
"For over a decade, eHealth Initiative (eHI) members have worked to drive improvement in the quality of healthcare by promoting the use of technology and information. eHealth Initiative's research, education and advocacy efforts all serve to demonstrate the effective use of technology and data in healthcare."

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
"HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare."

Home Care Technology Association of America
"The Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) was established by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) to provide a voice within Congress and health care for the growing home care technology industry and to increase the use of technology and telehealth in home health care."

Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)
"WEDI is the leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency and to reduce costs of the American healthcare system."



American Association for Home Care (AAHomecare)
"AAHomecare represents healthcare providers, equipment manufacturers, and other organizations in the homecare community. AAHomecare members serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, home infusion, and other home medical equipment, therapies, services, and supplies in the home."

National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
"The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is the nation's largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations."

Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA)
"PDHCA is a trade association of home care providers dedicated to helping the ill and disabled remain in their own homes. PDHCA services will focus on providing valuable information to its members, including help in understanding federal guidelines, financial management assistance, networking, business strategy meetings, certification and accreditation, and new product offerings."



American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
"American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. Membership is also open to nurses and other health care providers who are committed to improving the quality of life of patients and families facing life-threatening or serious conditions. For more than 25 years, the Academy has dedicated itself to advancing hospice and palliative medicine and improving the care of patients with life- threatening or serious conditions."

National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
"The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is the nation's largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations."

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
"NHPCO is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones."



Big Sky Association for Medical Equipment Services
"Big Sky Association of Home Medical Equipment Suppliers is dedicated to promoting ethical and professional home medical services to the patients of Idaho and Montana. Our members adhere to strict professional practices to provide the highest quality services available."

"IMDA is an association of entrepreneurial sales, marketing and distribution organizations that specialize in bringing innovative medical technologies to market. The association helps its members improve their businesses through education and networking opportunities and raises the awareness of others in the health care community as to the value its members bring them."

International Association of Medical Equipment Remarketers and Servicers (IAMERS)
IAMERS represents companies that sell, service and finance pre-owned medical imaging devices.

Medical Equipment Suppliers Association (MESA)
"MESA is a non-profit organization, providing news, information, education and training, and legislative support and updates to member companies and their employees in the DME industry in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas."

National Association of Independent Medical Equipment Suppliers (NAIMES)
The National Association of Independent Medical Equipment Suppliers is a grassroots advocacy organization whose goal is to influence policy through legislative education and by offering assistance to suppliers at the state level which will affect change at the national level.

Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES)
"MAMES is dedicated to providing our membership the best communication and networking opportunities available to succeed in this ever changing home medical equipment and services industry. MAMES is proud to present our members the best educational experiences available in the industry. MAMES leads the way with the involvement of our members in state and federal legislative and regulatory issues."

New England Medical Equipment Dealers Association (NEMED)
"The New England Medical Equipment Dealers Association (NEMED) is a regional association consisting of the six New England states. Founded in 1988, NEMED's broad membership works together supporting the common goals and interests of the Home Medical Equipment, Respiratory, and Assistive Technology industry."

Pacific Association for Medical Equipment Services (PAMES)
"PAMES represents Home Medical Equipment (HME) and Respiratory Equipment providers in the states of Oregon and Washington.  In 1996 we joined together for the purpose of strengthening our industry as professionals by promoting ethical behavior and sharing the benefits of education, information dissemination and problem solving regulatory issues on a local level.  We provide that visible entry point to our industry and its leaders for Medicare,  Medicaid and other agencies and insurers wishing to interact with us."

State Home Medical Equipment Associations
Associations are listed by state or region along with phone numbers and web addresses.



American Association of Pharmaceutical Sales Professionals (AAPSP)
"AAPSP offers comprehensive industry and career resources for pharmaceutical sales professionals and career hopefuls."

American Pharmaceutical Sales Association (APSA)
"APSA is a dynamic professional organization that certifies and places Pharmaceutical Sales and Medical Sales professionals, administers corporate training for Pharmaceutical companies and governs standardized medical training curriculum. The APSA is the industry's longest running and most respected Pharm/Med training association in North America."

Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA)
"GPhA is the nation's leading trade association for manufacturers and distributors of generic prescription drugs, manufacturers of bulk active pharmaceutical chemicals, and suppliers of other goods and services to the generic industry."

National Association of Pharmaceutical Representatives (NAPRX)
"The National Association of Pharmaceutical Representatives (NAPRx®) is a trade association for pharmaceutical sales reps, sales managers and sales trainers who work in the pharmaceutical industry."

The Society for Life Science Professionals (ISPE)
"ISPE is an individual membership Society for professionals involved in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and related products. ISPE is committed to the advancement of the educational and technical efficiency of its members through forums for the exchange of ideas and practical experience."

The Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers (SBHT)
"SPBT is a worldwide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the professional goals of trainers in the life sciences."

National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP)
"NCPDP is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited*, Standards Development Organization with over 1600 members representing virtually every sector of the pharmacy services industry. Our diverse membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards, created using the consensus building process."



This list represents primarily regional, national, and global organizations, and is not all-inclusive.
Check state and local listings for other professional resources.




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