Washington, DC — The National Association of Specialty Health Organizations (NASHO), an American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations (AAPPO) subsidiary, has launched the National Hearing Industry Alliance (NHIA).

The formation of the Alliance enables NASHO to represent and advocate for hearing industry networks and plans. As it continues to expand and address the needs of specialty health organizations against a backdrop of healthcare reform, NASHO says that it anticipates forming similar specialty-specific alliances among its member ranks.

NASHO is a subsidiary association of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations (AAPPO) and was founded to advance and evolve specialty health care delivery in the United States.

The new NHIA participants include NASHO new members Michele M Fusco, senior vice president of Amplifon USA; Kyle Kennedy, managing director of ABS; Brad Volkmer, president of EPIC Hearing Healthcare; and Dr Cindy Beyer, and senior vice president professional services of HearUSA. They join existing NASHO member John Laftsidis, national strategic alliances manager of Beltone Hearing Care Corporation.

Julian Roberts, executive director of NASHO, said in the press announcement "By simultaneously growing our ranks and forming this Alliance, NASHO carries on its mission to serve the specialty-specific needs of our members while also providing a strong, collective voice for specialty health as a whole.”

Beyer, the newly elected chairman of the Alliance added, "We are excited to be part of this groundbreaking venture with NASHO, and look forward to drawing upon NASHO’s infrastructure, resources, and intellectual capital to further the interests of the hearing industry."

SOURCE: National Association of Specialty Health Organizations (NASHO)