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GAMES / GRTC Winter Meeting, Legislative Conference, & Day at the Dome

January 30 - 31, 2013Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 

GAMES / GRTC Day at the Dome! - Room 230 at the Capitol

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join DME suppliers from around the state at the Capitol in Atlanta for the fourth annual GAMES Day at the Dome!

• Table-top displays of rehab equipment in the Capitol!
• Hear from key legislators on health and human services, state budget, and appropriations!
• Meet your (GAMES / GRTC) lobbyist! 
• Learn the legislative process at the state level and meet your representatives!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 

GAMES / GRTC Winter Meeting and Legislative Confernece


CLICK HERE for a list of Exhibitors! 

The morning is filled with updates from experts regarding important legislative issues affecting DME providers in Georgia. The afternoon continues with many important legal and management topics as well as a CEU opportunity for Rehab professionals.

8:00 am – 8:30 am              Registration

8:15 am – 8:30 am

Welcome from the President,
Phillip Stoundenmire, Georgia Home Medical, GAMES President

8:30 am – 9:15 am             

Update from the Georgia Department of Community Health / Medicaid Division
Presented by Jerry Dubberly, Medicaid Chief, Georgia Department of Community Health
Medicaid Chief, Jerry Dubberly, will speak to attendees at GAMES / GRTC Winter Meeting on January 31 in Atlanta. Dr. Dubberly will address such topics as an update on the Medicaid redesign effort, foster care children’s movement into a single CMO, and ABD strategies.

9:15 am – 10:15 am 

Washington Update: Insights, Analyses and Predictions for 2013
Presented by Cara C. Bachenheimer, Sr. Vice President, Government Relations, Invacare
This session will focus on the substance and politics of the federal policy issues affecting the HME community.  You will get the latest on 2013, Capitol Hill and our legislative agenda to address the Medicare "competitive bidding" program.  We'll also cover the details regarding CMS' continuing roll-out of Round 2 of the competitive bidding program, other health policy initiatives being implemented, including CMS' final "face-to-face" regulation, CMS' power wheelchair initiatives including the prior authorization demonstration and electronic clinical template, accountable care organizations, hospital readmission issues, the IRS' medical device excise tax, and more!

10:15 am – 10:45 am  Break - Visit Exhibits

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Owner / Operator Track

Employment Law and Best Practices – What today’s DME Provider needs to know
Presented by Richard Davis, Vice President of Human Resources and Customer Satisfaction, Barnes Healthcare Services
Learn the do’s and don’ts in Georgia regarding non-competes, non-solicitation agreements, binding employment agreements, and more!

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Rehab Track

Georgia Rehab Technology Council (GRTC) General Meeting
Led by Chip Fiske, Integrity Medical and Weesie Walker, ATP, CRTS, National Seating & Mobility

11:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Rehab Track

Clinically Speaking: A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Documentation for Mobility Assistive Equipment
Presented by Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS, Director of Rehab Industry Affairs, Pride

Attendees at this session will earn CEU’s while examining questions outlined in the National Coverage Determination for Mobility Assistive Equipment. The course will provide the clinician with practical tools to incorporate into the evaluation and documentation requirements and assist the supplier in reading and interpreting the information provided for the equipment that is recommended.

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:
• Relate 5 standard evaluation findings (Balance, Strength, Range of Motion, Tone/Reflexes and Sensation) to the clinical indication and functional limitations typical of chronic medical conditions and neurological diagnoses.
• Evaluate for timely ambulation, execute a “Timed Up and Go” test proficiently and/or relate the findings to the recommendation of a gait aid.
• List the 3 axel adjustments on an ultra-lightweight manual wheelchair and relate them to the evaluation and documentation of safe, timely and independent manual wheelchair operation.
• Name 4 considerations involved in the selection of a power mobility device.
• List 3 considerations that are essential for selecting a wheelchair seat cushion.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Networking / Visit Exhibits

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rehab Track

Clinically Speaking: A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Documentation for Mobility Assistive Equipment (continued)
Presented by Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS, Director of Rehab Industry Affairs, Pride

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Owner / Operator Track

If Disney Ran Your Business
Presented by Louis Feuer, MA, MSW, President, Dynamic Seminars
This program brings new ideas and strategies to a wide range of business owners and staff. Learn to apply the principals that made Walt Disney successful to your own DME business!

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Owner / Operator Track

CGS Update / LCD’s
Presented by Scott White, Provider Outreach and Education Community Coach, CGS Administrators

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm   Cookie Break – Visit Exhibits (Exhibits close after break)

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Owner / Manager Track

Hot Button Items for Georgia Home Medical Equipment Providers
Presented by Dan Brown, Managing Shareholder, The Health Law Partners LLC

Come get answers to some of the most current hot topics affecting DME / Rehab providers in the state of Georgia! GAMES own attorney, Dan Brown, will discuss such topics as:

• Who Can Set-up PAP in Georgia
• Changing Re-Supply Requirements and Negotiating Outsourcing Agreements
• Anatomy of a Payment Audit
• Handling Overpayment Demands

4:30 pm Adjourn


Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference Center
450 Capitol Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Setting the standard for value in downtown Atlanta, The Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference Center offers spacious, well-appointed accommodations specially designed to meet the needs of the modern traveler. Enjoy an on-site restaurant, a Fitness Center and free shuttle service within a three-mile radius.

Call  1-800-465-4329 before January 9, 2013 to reserve your room for only $109.00! 


VGM Members get HUGE discounts! CLICK HERE to register!

Friend of Medtrade discount! - CLICK HERE to register!

CLICK HERE to Register online.
CLICK HERE for a registration form to fax or mail.

GAMES members pay only $199 for the first attendee! The second person can register for $179.  Additional attendees from the same company pay only $159!

Non-members are welcome to attend for $299.

GRTC  (Rehab CEU opportunity) is $119.

Exhibitor Registration

CLICK HERE for an exhibit regsitration form.

About the Speakers 

Jerry Dubberly, Pharm. D., MBA, is the Chief of the Medicaid Division within the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH). As Division Chief, Dr. Dubberly provides leadership for the Georgia Medicaid Program and ensures compliance with state and federal laws, rules and regulations.

Previous experience includes eight years in the Medicaid pharmacy benefits management arena, where he was involved in 24 Medicaid/government-sponsored pharmacy programs throughout the country, as well as a number of commercial managed care plans. He has also practiced pharmacy in hospital, home health and retail pharmacy settings.

Dr. Dubberly, a native of Jesup, Ga., is a graduate of the University of Georgia's College of Pharmacy in Athens, Ga. He received his Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) with a concentration in health services management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark. 

Cara C. Bachenheimer is Senior Vice President Government Relations at Invacare Corporation. Cara has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Trinity College. Before joining Invacare, Cara was with the law firm of Epstein, Becker & Green where she represented health care clients in legal and regulatory matters arising under Medicare, Medicaid and other third party payment programs as well as health care fraud issues. Prior to that Cara spent over ten years with national associations.

Daniel B. Brown is an accomplished corporate and healthcare attorney who regularly advises clients on transactions and the legal and regulatory aspects associated with the operation and sale of heath care businesses. Dan is Managing Shareholder of the Atlanta, Georgia office of BROWN, DRESEVIC, GUSTAFSON, IWREY, KALMOWITZ AND PENDLETON THE HEALTH LAW PARTNERS, LLC.

Dan represents a variety of sleep medicine providers and durable medical equipment suppliers and regularly assists clients on structuring health care business operations and maintaining regulatory compliance. Dan is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation, Washington, D.C., and is on the National Advisory Board of the Sleep Center Management Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.

He is an Honors graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law and holds a B.A., cum laude, from Vanderbilt University. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Tennessee, and is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Health Lawyers Association and the Health Law Section of the Georgia Bar.

 Richard Davis, Vice President of Human Resources and Customer Satisfaction, Barnes Healthcare Services.


Louis Feuer, MA, MSW,is President and founder of Dynamic Seminars & Consulting, Inc. offering sales, marketing and customer service expertise to the healthcare industry since 1977. He is also the creator and director of MEDCOMMENTCENTER, his dynamic referral source and patient survey program being used by home care companies in more 30 states. He writes a monthly column in HomeCare Magazine, serves on the Accreditation Review Committee for HQAA, published more than 300 articles.

Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS
Director of Rehab Industry Affairs, Pride

Julie Piriano graduated with Honors from The University of Illinois in 1984 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She worked at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, IL for 10 years and began their seating clinic in 1986. She then worked for TherAdapt® Products, Inc. where she was responsible for the design, development, marketing and sales of their product line. Julie joined Apria Healthcare from 2003-2008 in their Rehab Division and was primarily responsible for managing their Medicare operations and compliance.

She is currently working for Pride Mobility Products Corporation as the Director of Rehab Industry Affairs. She is a member of RESNA and the RESNA Professional Standards Board, a Friend of NRRTS, a member of the AAHomecare Complex Rehab and Mobility Council, serves on the NCART Medicaid Committee and the User’s First Alliance Advisory Board. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association for Medical Equipment Services (IAMES), serves on the Legislative and Regulatory Committee and is the Chair of their Rehab Committee. She is also an active member of the 4 DME MAC Advisory Councils and serves on Board and Rehab Committee of the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES). Julie is a highly proactive industry resource on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the complex rehab industry and is actively involved with the coverage, coding and standards work groups as part of the Complex Rehab Separate Benefit Initiative. 

Scott White has been with CGS for 6 years and has gained experience in multiple departments within the organization including Claims and Appeals. Scott joined the Provider Outreach and Education Team in 2010 and began using his Medicare knowledge to enhance the education provided to the supplier community. Scott is also the Community Coach for the states of Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia. 


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