Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers
NEWS & NOTES


November 2 | 2017

In this issue:

  1. GAMES submits written comments!
  2. 49 on Rural relief legislation!
  3. Winter Meeting!
  4. Healthcare in the News
  5. Protect Manual CRT Accessories!
  6. Time to renew!
  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
Joe Gessner
Steve Wakser




Philips Respironics
Susan Yenney



VGM Group
Gil McCall
Pat Aydelott


Gold

BREAS
Todd Tyson

Brightree
Melinda Mahoney

CAIRE

Lanier Hogan

Fisher & Paykel
Gregg Stahl

Cryogenic Inventory Solutions
Anne Holcombe
Travis Caulk

Invacare
Mark Gram

Mediware
Michelle Caldwell

ResMed
Jamie Griffis

The Compliance Team, Inc.
Jack Haire
Sandra Canally

The MED Group
Ted Metcalf

Silver

ACHC
Randy Hughes

ACU-Serve
John Stalnaker

Allegiance Group

Bruce Gehring

ABC Plus
Marcus Kruk

Barbara's Billing & Consulting
Barbara Penzien

Compass Health
Joe Toth

GCE Healthcare
John Lewis

IMS
Bo Lanier

Linde Healthcare
Clay Stalnaker

McKesson Medical Surgical
Chip Wooten

Medical Specialties Distributors
Pat Burke

Medline

Brian Topchik

Medtronic
Chris Arapoff

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance
Hutton Madden

Quality Medical Inc.
Jim Worrell

TestSmarter
 Brad Womble

Verus Healthcare
Rachel Dobyns


Bronze

Medtrade

Keving Gaffney

Pride Mobility Products
Steve Joyce

GAMES Submits Comments on DME Licensure Draft Rules 

GA Senate Bill 41 gave the Georgia Board of Pharmacy authority to license DME providers who serve patients in Georgia.

CLICK HERE to review SB41, which is GA statute.

The Pharmacy Board was tasked with writing rules & regulations outlining the processes necessary to implement this new law. A draft of these rules was released Friday, October 13.

CLICK HERE to review the draft rules.

GAMES Board Members met to discuss these rules and to draft written comments. CLICK HERE to read the comments submitted on behalf of GAMES.

All interested parties are invited to attend the Public Hearing at 9:00 am on November 8, 2017 at the Georgia Board of Pharmacy, Department of Community Health, 2 Peachtree Street, 36th Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Rural Relief Legislation Garners 49 Original Co-Sponsors: Four from Georgia join the list!

From AAhomecare

Thanks to strong outreach efforts by the HME community, legislation providing relief for rural/non-bid area suppliers spearheaded by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) has garnered 49 original co-sponsors. This is a very strong number of original co-sponsors, eclipsing the 40 original co-sponsors for last year’s legislation on the rural relief issue, H.R. 5210.

The bill is expected to be formally introduced Thursday, and we will be looking for a strong push from the HME community to help generate additional co-sponsors and build momentum for the legislation, which will essentially roll back the second round of 2016’s bidding derived reimbursement cuts and also remedy rate cuts for stationary oxygen in rural areas caused by the application of an outdated 2006 budget neutrality offset.
 
While Members who joined June’s Congressional sign-on letter would appear to be some of the best prospects for co-sponsorship, we hope to broaden the co-sponsor list as much as possible. Additional Democratic support, as well as support from members of the influential Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees, would be particularly welcome.
 
Georgia’s representatives who are original cosponsors include Rep. Sanford Bishop, Rep. Doug Collins, Rep. Drew Ferguson, and Rep. Tom Graves! Be sure to tell them thank you.

Save the Date: GAMES / GRTC Day at the Dome, Community Outreach, and Winter Meeting!

Monday, January 29, 2018

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

GAMES / GRTC Day at the Dome
Georgia State Capitol Building, South Wing

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Community Outreach Day
GAMES Members Partner with FODAC in Stone Mountain, GA!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

8:00am – 3:30 pm

GAMES / GRTC 2018 Winter Meeting and CEU Opportunity

Education and Networking for DME Owner / Operators, Respiratory Therapists, and Rehab professionals!

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130 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

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CLICK HEREor call 404-371-0204 to reserve your sleeping room today! Be sure to say you are with the Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (GAMES) and ask for the GAMES discounted rate of $154.00. But hurry! This rate expires on January 8, 2018!


Healthcare in the News

These news clips were shared with GAMES from Southern Strategy Group:

ACA waivers back on the table
A healthcare reform task force is expected to recommend that the Georgia General Assembly seek waivers next year to change some of the federal mandates under the Affordable Care Act.


White House opioid commission calls for wide-ranging changes to anti-drug policies
President Trump's commission on the opioid crisis called Wednesday for a nationwide system of drug courts and easier access to alternatives to opioids for people in pain, part of a wide-ranging menu of improvements it said are needed to curb the opioid epidemic
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As some states make gains, Georgia stuck in 40th on hospital safety
Georgia stayed in the 40th place among states in percentages of hospitals with top safety ratings, in the latest report from the Leapfrog Group.

Unterman, Cagle planning to support Trump in opioid fight during 2018 legislative session
On Friday, State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle pledged to support President Donald Trump's declaration that the opioid epidemic is a nationwide public health emergency.


ER visits for diabetes on the rise in Georgia
Roughly twice a month, a charitable clinic in rural South Georgia gets a referral from a local hospital regarding a patient with diabetes.


Action Alert for H.R. 3730 – Help protect CRT Manual Wheelchair accessories

From NCART

Your action is needed this week to get your Congressional Representative to protect access to CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories by cosponsoring H.R. 3730.

This year is quickly coming to a close and Congress is busier than ever. We need thousands of CRT stakeholders to write and call their Representatives to ask them to cosponsor and pass H.R. 3730, which would prevent CMS from applying Competitive Bid pricing to accessories used with CRT Manual Wheelchairs.

It will take you less than 5 minutes to take the first step! Go to the H.R. 3730 section at www.protectmymobility.org.Use the prepared emails and talking points to quickly communicate with your Representative and get them to sign on as a cosponsor.

CRT Power Wheelchair accessories have been protected. Let's finish the job and ensure that CRT Manual Wheelchair accessories are protected too!


Time to Renew your Membership!

GAMES Regular Members on the calendar year (Jan - Dec) and all Associate members should be receiving an email notification that it is time to renew for 2018. This email notification will only go to one contact per company. If you receive the notification, and you are not the correct person to process payment, please forward the email to the correct person or CLICK HERE to notify the GAMES office.


Save These Dates!
 
Georgia Medicaid Fair
November 8, 2017
Athens, GA

GAMES / GRTC Day at the Dome
January 29, 2018

GAMES Community Outreach at FODAC
January 29, 2018

GAMES / GRTC Winter Meeting
January 30, 2018