What is CAMPS?
Founded in 1985 the California Association of Medical Product Suppliers (CAMPS) is a non-profit statewide association providing advocacy, leadership, resources and support to companies that provide in-home equipment and supplies to patients. Our association is comprised of medical equipment companies including oxygen delivery services and supplies, medical supplies, orthotics and prosthetics, wheelchairs, hospital beds, rehabilitation equipment, and many other specialty medical items.
The CAMPS Board of Directors is comprised of industry leaders including CEOs and owner/operators of national, as well as, independent HME providers.
The Association is a powerful voice for HME companies and manufacturers.
What Does CAMPS Do?
CAMPS Protects Your Interests at the State Capital with your support our lobbyist and staff are your advocates before the California Legislature, the Governor's office and administrative agencies. Our efforts save members money every year by defeating adverse proposals as well as securing legislation beneficial to the HME industry.
Our endeavors have included and will continue to embrace issues affecting: licensure, sales tax, budget cuts, reimbursement, and much more.
How does CAMPS assist HME providers?
CAMPS offers immediate help with industry problems and concerns. Our experienced staff can answer questions about many of your day-to-day business operations. For example:
• Licensure/Regulatory Requirements;
• Obtaining/Changing a Medi-Cal Provider Number;
• Billing Issues, and much more.
What are the different categories of memberships?
We have two different types of members: Regular and Associate, defined as follows:
Regular: A sole proprietorship, partnership, firm, or corporation currently engaged in the retail/wholesale, rental or distribution of any type of medical equipment, products, services, or supplies for home use in the care and treatment of patients. A regular member shall have full voting rights.
Associate: A person, partnership, firm, or corporation otherwise qualified for regular membership that engages, through manufacturing, wholesale, or otherwise, in a business that supports or enhances regular member’s health care business.
Are CAMPS membership fees tax deductible?
Payments to CAMPS are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, such payments may be deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, a portion of your dues is not deductible as a business expense due to the association’s lobbying activity. The nondeductible portion is 24 percent.
Does your policy staff help with business management questions?
CAMPS focuses on legislative and regulatory issues that affect your business and the constituents you serve. For business management questions, we recommend that you confer with a homecare consultant who can assist you in areas such as financial management, public relations or the legalities of business ventures.
How does CAMPS let me know about issues that affect my business?
It can be difficult for active business people to keep abreast of industry news...CAMPS helps with a quick concise e-newsletter, the "California HME Update." The California HME Update brings you comprehensive information that affects you and your business including the latest industry news, trends and legislative activities focusing primarily on California.