Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers
NEWS & NOTES


February 8 | 2018

In this issue:

  1. Welcome NEW Member!
  2. Medicaid News!
  3. GAMES Hires Lobbyist
  4. Urge lawmakers to attend briefing!
  5. GAMES Community Outreach
  6. Healthcare in the News!
  7. Licensure application posted
  8. Save these dates!

GAMES Platinum Members!









GAMES Associate Members
Support the associate members who support GAMES. If your vendors aren't on the list, ask them why!


Platinum


Airgas Puritan Medical
Renewed 2018!
Christa Forrester
Mark Bradshaw



Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
Renewed 2018!
Joe Gessner
Steve Wakser




Philips Respironics Renewed 2018!
Susan Yenney


ResMed Renewed 2018!
Jamie Griffis


VGM Group
Gil McCall
Pat Aydelott


Gold

BREAS  Renewed 2018!
Todd Tyson

Brightree Renewed 2018!
Melinda Mahoney

CAIRE Renewed 2018!

Lanier Hogan

Fisher & Paykel Renewed 2018!
Gregg Stahl

Cryogenic Inventory Solutions
Anne Holcombe
Travis Caulk


Mediware
Renewed 2018!
Michelle Caldwell

The Compliance Team, Inc.
Renewed 2018!
Jack Haire
Sandra Canally

The MED Group
Ted Metcalf

Silver

ACHC Renewed 2018!
Randy Hughes

ACU-Serve
John Stalnaker

Allegiance Group Renewed 2018!

Bruce Gehring

ABC Plus
Marcus Kruk

Barbara's Billing & Consulting
Barbara Penzien

Compass Health Renewed 2018!
Jim Mahon

GCE Healthcare
John Lewis

Integrated Medical Systems (IMS)
Renewed 2018!
Bo Lanier

Linde Healthcare
Clay Stalnaker

McKesson Medical Surgical
Renewed 2018!
Chip Wooten

Medical Specialties Distributors
Pat Burke

Medical Supplies Depot
Renewed 2018!
Charles Simpson

Medline

Brian Topchik

Medtronic
Chris Arapoff

Merits Health Products
NEW 2018!
Elizabeth McKinley

Pride Mobility Products
Renewed 2018! 
John Storie

Quality Medical Inc.
Renewed 2018!
Jim Worrell

TestSmarter
 Brad Womble

Verus Healthcare
Rachel Dobyns


Bronze

Medtrade
Renewed 2018!

Keving Gaffney

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance 
Renewed 2018!
Hutton Madden



Welcome New Member!

First Source Catheters, a DME company located in Cumming, GA, offers a wide range of  urological and ostomy supplies.


CLICK HERE
to contact Chris Malcom and say welcome to GAMES!

BIG News from Medicaid!

As previously shared,
 citing a more than $10 million shortfall in federal dollars due to implementation of the 21st Century CURES Act, Georgia Medicaid announced plans to adopt Medicare Bid rates for DME effective January 1, 2018.

The GAMES Board of Directors, with support from AAHomecare, went to work immediately questioning the methods used to arrive at this shortfall and pleading the case for patients who would certainly suffer access issues!. CLICK HERE to see the comments and supporting documentation submitted by GAMES.

The good news?

Medicaid Chief, Blake Fulenwider addressed GAMES members at the GAMES / GRTC 2018 Winter Meeting this past week in Decatur. Mr. Fulenwider shared that based on input from GAMES, and additional guidance received from CMS, the department (DCH) performed further analysis on the expected impact of CURES. He further shared (verbally) that this additional analysis indicates the shortfall to be closer to $300,000 than the previously determined 10+million.

WOW!

We have not seen any official announcement or had the opportunity to do our own analysis yet, but still - this is great news!

Your GAMES Board, along with assistance from newly hired government consultant, Jenee Burke, will continue to engage with Medicaid and keep members updated.

GAMES Hires Jenee’ Burke

Jenee’ Burke
is the founder and owner of J. Burke Strategies, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, focusing on state and local government affairs. Among Burke’s client list are Airbnb, Clean Energy Strategies, Georgia Association of Genetics Counselors and Nissan North America.  Her lobbying efforts have proven successful in securing an agreement among energy providers that led to the passage of third-party financing for residential solar panels, extensive work with tax credits, and issues regarding Cityhood creation.

Prior to starting J. Burke Strategies, Inc. in 2013, Burke has nearly a decade of communications and policy experience with the Georgia State House of Representatives.  As a Policy Analyst with the General Assembly, Burke served as the lead policy expert on Appropriations, Banks & Banking, Economic Development, Energy, Regulated Industries, and Small Business Development & Job Creation.

James Magazine named Burke among their rising star lobbyists in 2014 and 2015.

CLICK HERE to let Jenee know you are glad she is on our team!

Important Congressional Briefing on DME! Notify your Federal Representatives and Staffers!

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodger has scheduled a Congressional staff briefing to examine the results of AAHonecare’s Dobson DaVanzo survey and a similar survey spearheaded by the American Thoracic Society. Scheduled for
February 14 at 3:30 pm in room 137 in the Capitol, this is an excellent opportunity to brief Hill staff on the results and help increase Congressional support for our legislative initiatives.

Below is the official announcement distributed by Rep. McMorris Rogers. Please copy and paste this message and email to your US representative:

 

The American Association for Homecare, The America Thoracic Society, and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, in collaboration with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, invite you to attend a Congressional briefing on

"Access Barriers to Durable Medical Equipment for Medicare Beneficiaries: Documenting Widespread Problems under Competitive Bidding”

Please join us to hear the lead authors of two separate studies discuss their findings and analysis of system wide problems with Medicare beneficiaries’ access to Durable Medical Equipment (DME), including supplemental oxygen. The authors will provide national data that reveal the unintended adverse effects of the Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) on Medicare beneficiaries – from seniors to those with disabilities or chronic conditions -- who rely on DME to go about their daily lives. These systemic problems exist throughout the healthcare continuum, based on extensive surveys of patients, hospital discharge planners/case managers, and DME suppliers, underscoring the need for significant reforms to the CBP.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 14

H-137, U.S. Capitol

Presenters to include:

Susan S. Jacobs, RN, MS, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine, Stanford University – lead author for Patient Perceptions of the Adequacy of Supplemental Oxygen Therapy: Results of the American Thoracic Society Nursing Assembly Oxygen Working Group Survey

Al Dobson, PhD, President of Dobson DaVanzo & Associates – study lead on Analysis on the Impact of Competitive Bidding on Medicare Beneficiary Access to Durable Medical Equipment

Tom Ryan, President & CEO, American Association for Homecare

Mike Calcaterra, Northern Zone Vice President, Norco Inc, Spokane, Washington


GAMES / GRTC Community Outreach Day 

On Monday, January 29 GAMES Members, joined by the entire Medtrade team, headed to Stone Mountain, GA to get their hands dirty (litteraly) serving alongside Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC)
 








 
Every year, FODAC helps thousands of disabled adults and children in need who are uninsured or underinsured. With a strong network of volunteers and partners, FODAC provides refurbished equipment and services for these disabled adults and children to improve their overall quality of life.  
 
Learn more about FODAC at www.fodac.org.

 Healthcare in the News

Georgia Senate approves bill on opioid epidemic, health council
A key state senator said Wednesday that she expects Georgia's fight against the opioid epidemic to draw funding from the Legislature through the budget process.

Health care reform bills clear 1st hurdle in Ga. Senate
Bills aimed at making the state's healthcare system more responsive and efficient passed out of committee Monday and are awaiting a vote of the full Senate.


Hospitals keep up swift pace of mergers, alliances
The new year is bringing a rash of big hospital deals in Georgia, as health systems look to bulk up in size and add to their medical territory.

Georgia ranked as sickest state in U.S.
As the flu outbreak continues to grip the nation, a healthcare company has named Georgia as the sickest state in the U.S.

No major shortage of flu drugs, but pharmacies face supply gap
This flu season - the worst in several years - has stretched the supply chain of flu drugs to the limit.


DME Licensure application is posted to the Pharmacy Board website

Go to: https://gbp.georgia.gov/ and select "applications and forms”. Scroll down until you see "Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers Facility Application - Posted 1/29/18

GAMES president, Tyler Riddle, is looking closely at the application with the intent to address any inconsistencies and submit questions. If you have comments on the application, please go ahead and reach out to the Pharmacy Board. But can you also CLICK HERE to share your comments and concerns with GAMES please.


Save These Dates!
 
Medtrade Spring
March 28-29, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

GAMES 2018 Spring Meeting:
All things payor related!
May 9, 2018
Atlanta, GA

GAMES 2018 Annual Meeting
September 9-11, 2018
Savannah, GA