Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers
NEWS & NOTES


September 7 | 2017

In this issue:

  1. Killough tapped by Congressman!
  2. Don't forget what you learned!
  3. Window closing on important survey!
  4. Healthcare in the News
  5. Get more of Richard Davis at Medtrade!
  6. 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
Kimberly Williamson



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

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 Board Member Tapped for Healthcare Committee

GAMES Executive Committee Member, Jeremy Killough, president of Southeastern Home Oxygen of Columbus, GA has been appointed to the Healthcare Advisory Council for US Representative Drew Ferguson (R, GA-3). This committee is comprised of 17 members representing physicians, hospitals, therapists, mental health, emergency services, homecare, and more across the state. The goal of the committee is to keep Congressman Ferguson and his team informed of the ongoing issues and concerns about reforming our nation’s healthcare system and federal healthcare programs.

Killough says "I am honored to be asked to serve on Congressman Furguson's council. The council is comprised of very informed individuals who are experts in their field of healthcare. I am looking forward to learning about other healthcare segments and discussing the issues that the DME industry faces. I was impressed by Congressman Furguson's initiative to start this council and his genuine concern for our healthcare system. "

Southeastern Home Oxygen has been serving homecare patients for 42 years in Columbus, GA.


Make good use of your investment to attend the GAMES Annual Meeting!

Good Day GAMES Members-

Thank you all for affording me the opportunity to spend time with you and cone alongside of you through my presentations regarding Organizational Health and Sales Coaching.

I want to follow up on one key takeaway from each of these presentations that I believe you need to give some attention to.

For Business Optimization, the biggest takeaway is: Are you planning for 2018”?

What are you doing today to make 2018 better than 2017. You need to finish this year strong, so what are you doing to make that a reality and then how are you planning to implement change in your business for 2018. What are the products and services that provide the best ROI and are you focused on those enough. What is your plan for growing your business? You will not increase your business in 2018 without a plan. Like we said, "Today is the best day to plant a Tree”

For Sale Coaching and Sales in general, the biggest takeaway is: "Are you spending enough time on the front of the Sales Funnel then on Cash Flow”

We all know that Cash Flow is KING. But that king will be a prince if you do not feed it. The beginning of our businesses is referral based and we need to spend more time on the Sales Funnel to achieve our Plan. I contend that we have our Eclipse Glasses on and cannot see the Sales potential before us because we do not have a Sales Business Optimization Plan and we do not Coach our team. Time to take off the glasses and get a good look at our business.

As an added takeaway, have you taken the time to reflect on the things you heard at the meeting and are you doing something (anything) with that information. Make time to reflect and implement.

Blessings

Ty


Survey Remains Open through Sept. 13; Need more input from Georgia

From AAHomecare

The terrific support from AAHomecare members and other stakeholders throughout the HME community in publicizing the survey to patients and case managers has played a major role in the success of this campaign. We have had more than 300 case managers/discharge planners from 37 states take part in the survey, and have responses from more than 200 beneficiaries in 38 states.

We still need your help though!  The window for participation in the Patient Access Survey ends in 7 days, and we’re calling on GAMES members to invite case managers, Medicare beneficiaries, and suppliers to take the survey before it closes on Wednesday, 9/13..


Additional case manage
rs/discharge planner input sought in Georgia:


Additional Medicare beneficiary input sought in Georgia:



Healthcare in the News

These news clips were shared with GAMES by our state lobbyists, Southern Strategy Group:

Senate to meet on barriers to health care in Georgia
On Monday the Georgia Senate plans to hold its first study committee meeting on barriers to health care access in the state.

Health care, business groups want Congress to pay insurers
A coalition of powerful health industry and business groups asked Congress on Tuesday to finance federal subsidies to insurers for at least two years, a stance that defies President Donald Trump's threats to halt the payments.

Health care on Georgians' front burner as Congress returns
Carol Lander's family premiums went up by $500 a month this year alone.

Piedmont system to keep growing with acquisition of Conyers hospital
Piedmont Healthcare is expanding its footprint east of Atlanta with an agreement to purchase Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers.

Millions who buy health insurance brace for sharp increases
Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are bracing for another year of double-digit premium increases, and their frustration is boiling over.

Didn’t Get Enough of Richard Davis at the GAMES Annual Meeting?

Focus on Hiring is on Day One at Medtrade!

Richard Davis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, founder, HirePowerHR, Charleston, SC, has heard the pleas from HME providers. Some say they don’t have the time to properly screen and interview potential employees. Davis believes providers must make the time, and for those who do, Davis has sage advice to share on day one of Medtrade.

What Would You Do? Best Practice Scenario Game takes place on Monday, Oct 23, from 3:15 – 4:15, in Room C209 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. With Medtrade less than 50 days away, show officials sat down with Davis to get an idea of the presentation and the philosophy behind long-term success in human resources. CLICK HERE to read their Q&A.

Medtrade is Oct 23-25, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. For more information about Medtrade, go to www.medtrade.com


Save These Dates!
 
Medtrade
October 23-25, 2017
Atlanta, GA

GAMES Day at the Dome
January 29, 2018