Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers
NEWS & NOTES


January 25 | 2018

In this issue:

  1. This time next week will be too late!
  2. Speak up!
  3. Serve others!
  4. Be a better CRT!
  5. New HHS Secretary
  6. Healthcare in the News!
  7. 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
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

Keving Gaffney

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance 
Renewed 2018!
Hutton Madden



Get Registered Now!

The GAMES / GRTC 2018 Winter Meeting is next Tuesday! 

Your GAMES Education Committee and Board of Directors has been fast at work to bring you several new and unique education and discussion opportunities at this meeting. The format, and many of the guest speakers and panelists are not who you are accustomed to hearing from at a GAMES Meeting!

For instance, Craig McCook and Todd Tyson have put together a panel to talk about how providers, manufacturers, and hospitals can work together to better transition patients from institution to home. Does a hospital owned DME have an advantage? What does a Case Manager expect? How do they choose which provider to call? This panel is going to talk about Best Practices, Disease Management, Readmission Reduction, Data Aggregation, Risk Sharing and so much more! 

You need to be a part of the discussion!

Collaborating with Hospitals for Better Patient Outcomes

Moderated by Todd Tyson, Breas





Johnny Carroll
Alliance Home Medical
Martin Bryson, B.S.,R.R.T 
Advanced Homecare

Jackson Register
Philips Respironics

Stephanie Spencer  BSN, RN, CCM, ACM
Case Manager
Dekalb Medical Center


GAMES President-elect, Charlie Barnes IV, has really put together a unique panel discussion designed to make you think! Charlie has a vision for all components of patient care outside of the hospital setting working more closely together and collaborating across the care continuum for better patient care. Charlie will lead this panel in discussing the question, "How are we going to actively Transform Healthcare?"

Collaboration across the care continuum in Georgia
Moderated by Charlie Barnes IV, Barnes Healthcare Services






Lori Anglin 
Pharmacy Operations Manager 
Barnes Retail Pharmacy

Pam Clayton, RN-BC, LNHAVP
Quality Advancement and Regulatory Affairs 
Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA)

Paula Sanders 
Executive Director
Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Reid Wilson 
Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies


Don't leave these prestigious, invited panelists just talking to each other!! Come and participate! You will leave refreshed and with new ideas and insight!

CLICK HERE for complete agenda and registration information!
 

Medicaid / CURES / Reduced Reimbursement

Do you have anything to say about the changes made to Medicaid rates?

As announced last month,
 citing a more than $10 million shortfall in federal dollars, Georgia Medicaid plans to adopt Medicare Bid rates for DME effective January 1, 2018.

The GAMES Board recommended that the state should not implement the proposed amendment. We believe implementing this amendment would cause tremendous access to care issues for the state’s Medicaid population. CLICK HERE to see the comments and supporting documentation submitted by GAMES. 

If you agree with the GAMES Board that pegging Medicaid rates to Medicare Bid rates is a bad idea for Georgians, then you need to be at the Capitol on Monday, January 29 for the GAMES Day at the Dome!

GAMES / GRTC Day at the Dome

Monday, January 29, 2018
Georgia State Capitol Building, South Wing
8:00am - 12:00 pm
 
Be sure to reach out to your state representative and your state senator to let him/her know you will be in the South Wing of the Capitol and that you have something important to discuss with them!

CLICK HERE to find your state elected officials!

If you believe these rates are not sustainable, or may threaten the health of Medicaid patients, then tell your elected officials! Ask them to contact the Department of Community Health and voice their concerns! CLICK HERE for a sample message sent by GAMES president-elect, Charlie Barnes IV.

If you absolutely cannot attend the GAMES Day at the Dome, please reach out to your elected officials anyway. Express your concerns, ask them to contact DCH, and ask them to stop by the South Wing of the Capitol between 8:30 am and noon on Monday next week.

CLICK HERE to let the GAMES office know if you will be attending.

GAMES / GRTC Community Outreach Day 

Monday, January 29, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

GAMES Members Partner with FODAC in Stone Mountain, GA! 
 
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.  
 
On Monday, January 29, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. GAMES members will meet at FODAC to help in the following ways: 
  • Power and manual wheelchair repair: GAMES members will assist in  inspecting and repairing used equipment to help those in need.
  • Medical supply sorting: mixed AT, DME, disposables, oxygen, and Thrift Store items need sorting to go to individuals, hospitals and other nonprofits serving locally and internationally. 
CLICK HERE to RSVP.
 
Learn more about FODAC at www.fodac.org.

CRT professionals can earn up to 6 hours of continuing education!!

Taking Rehab to the next level...The future of CRT and beyond

CLICK HERE for registration information!

Alex Azar Confirmed as HHS Secretary

From VGM January 24, 2018

This afternoon the U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar to serve as the new Health and Human Services secretary by a vote of 55-43.

Azar reportedly said, "This is the most important job I will have in a lifetime, and my commitment is to the American people."

It is crucial that newly confirmed Secretary Azar fulfil his commitment to Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) that was made during the Senate Finance Committee hearing earlier this month. That was to assist in the release of the IFR RIN: 0938-AT21, which would provide relief to home medical equipment providers while a sustainable reimbursement model is finalized.

During the Jan. 9 hearing, Thune addressed Azar outlining issues that providers are having with the competitive bidding program and the impact it is having on Medicare beneficiaries.

"As you know, I have been supportive on finding solutions to address the application of Medicare competitive bidding rates, in non-bid areas, an issue South Dakota medical equipment providers report has caused supplier closures and gaps in Medicare beneficiary access,” said Thune. "HHS was supposed to have issued a report to Congress per the 21st Century Cures Act on beneficiary access by Jan. 12, 2017. I am not aware the report has been completed. So I request, once confirmed, that you would work to have the report completed quickly. Additionally, if confirmed will you commit to work with the Office of Management and Budget to quickly approve the Interim Final Rule to provide relief to rural providers that has been pending since October of 2017.”

In response, Azar said, "Yes, senator, I would be happy to work on those issues.”

Action Item: Please reach out to your senators today asking them to contact newly confirmed HHS Sec. Azar and ask him to fulfill his commitment from the Senate Finance Committee of working with the OMB to release the IFR and provide relief to non-CBA providers.

Click here to find your senators’ office contact information.

 


 Healthcare in the News

Ga. Governor Proposes $22 Million For Children's Mental Health

Children's mental health services could get a big boost in state funding next year.

Bittersweet boost: Congress funds PeachCare but not hospitals, clinics
One hundred and fourteen days after federal health insurance funding for 9 million low-income kids on PeachCare and other programs expired, Congress renewed it.

Medical marijuana dispensary bill advances in Georgia House
Georgia representatives reviewing the state's medical marijuana laws voted unanimously Wednesday to move ahead with a bill to allow cannabis oil dispensaries.

Gov. Deal asks Kool Smiles chief to quit dentistry oversight board
For years, his company has been under fire over allegations its dentists performed painful, unnecessarywork on children in a scheme to bilk Medicaid.

Georgia gets low marks in tobacco control report
Georgia once again gets a failing grade in tobacco control from the American Lung Association for everything from a very low tobacco tax to restricting what help Medicaid patients can get to quit smoking.

Transparency legislation is latest effort to end surprise billing
Surprise medical bills have longed puzzled - and angered - patients in Georgia and elsewhere.

Shortage of mental health providers harms Georgia kids, report says
The mental health needs of many Georgia children are not being addressed, primarily because of a lack of professionals to treat them, according to a report released Monday.

Deaths mount in Georgia as flu season stays severe
Seven more Georgians have died from the flu, bringing the total to 12 deaths across the state this influenza season, Public Health officials said Friday.

Child health care among top education issues in Georgia
Access to health care might not intuitively seem like one of the major issues affecting Georgia's public schools, but it is, according to the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.
 


Tatum Receives CAE Credential

ASAE has announced that Teresa Tatum, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. The CAE is the highest credential in the association industry.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.

ASAE is a membership organization of 39,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. For more information visit www. asaecenter.org.


Save These Dates!
 
GAMES / GRTC Day at the Dome
January 29, 2018

GAMES Community Outreach at FODAC
January 29, 2018

GAMES / GRTC Winter Meeting
January 30, 2018

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