Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers

February 22 | 2018

In this issue:

  1. Update on CURES / Medicaid
  2. Ed Cockman Passes
  3. Payor-Provider Connections
  4. Spring Meeting Announced
  5. Healthcare in the News!
  6. Truth or Controversy?
  7. Continue Efforts!!
  8. Medicaid Fair in Tifton!
  9. Are you paying attention? DME Licensure application posted
  10. 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!


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 Renewed 2018!
Gil McCall
Pat Aydelott


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

Renewed 2018!
Michelle Caldwell

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

The MED Group Renewed 2018!
Ted Metcalf


ACHC Renewed 2018!
Randy Hughes

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
Renewed 2018!
Pat Burke

Medical Supplies Depot
Renewed 2018!
Charles Simpson


Brian Topchik

Chris Arapoff

Merits Health Products
NEW 2018!
Elizabeth McKinley

Pride Mobility Products
Renewed 2018! 
John Storie

Quality Medical Inc.
Renewed 2018!
Jim Worrell

 Brad Womble

Verus Healthcare
Rachel Dobyns


Renewed 2018!

Keving Gaffney

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance 
Renewed 2018!
Hutton Madden

Update on CURES & GA Medicaid!

If you missed this last week, Georgia Medicaid is planning a mass adjustment to reflect the newly reinstated (based on October 2017) fee schedule.

This would not have happened without the efforts of your GAMES Board of Directors, led by Tyler Riddle and Charlie Barnes IV, along with representatives from Numotion, and the support of AAHomecare's Director of Payor Relations, Laura Williard. 

At this time, we do not have a date for this mass adjustment.However, your GAMES Board, along with assistance from newly hired government consultant, Jenee Burke, will continue to engage with Medicaid and keep our members updated.

Saying Good-bye to a True Friend

Kids with special needs all over Gerogia and Georgia's DME family has lost a dearly beloved and special friend. Alex Edward (Ed) Cockman III, 67, of Valdosta passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

He was born in Middletown, OH on October 14, 1950 to the late Alex Edward Cockman, Jr. and Janet Miriam Roehll Cockman. Ed was a pharmacist and co-owner of Family Health Care. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. Earlier in life Ed was a premed student at Miami University in Oxford, OH. He received his pharmacy degree from the University of GA and did his post graduate work at the Medical College of GA.  

His relaxation and enjoyment was his farm, he loved to hunt with his best friend, Rex Neal, loved to golf, always looked forward to Thursday lunch with Rex Neal, Alan, Ginny and Robby Catoe. Ed loved his family, God and his church.

He is survived by his wife, Alicia Daniel Cockman, daughter, Allison Michelle Cockman, grandson, Breton Daniel (Brett) Cockman all of Valdosta, sister, Cathy Paine of Middletown, OH, brother, Steve Cockman (Betsy) of Pittsboro, NC, nephews, Michael and Brian Paine, mother in law, Myrtice Daniel and sister in law, Helen Carlisle (Jim), all of Ocilla, brother in law, Ron Daniel of Tifton, nieces, Paige Crawford (John), Kristin Davis (Trey) and great niece, Kaelan Davis. Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

GAMES Own Laura Williard Featured in HomeCare Magazine!

Payer-Provider Connections with AAHomecare's Laura Williard

rom HomeCare Magazine
With 15 trips already on the books in 2018, Laura Williard anticipates another busy year. For Williard, AAHomecare’s payer relations specialist, the last few months of 2017 were busy. About a year and half has passed since she took on a newly-created position in the HME-centric organization. Since taking on that role, Williard travels extensively to talk in person with providers and state associations.

The mission: explaining the changing Medicare and Medicaid landscape, and what AAHomecare is doing in regards to that. With the 21st Century Cures Act Medicaid-related provisions in effect and with Medicare cuts already in place, managed care plans and home health equipment providers face another tough year, Williard says.


GAMES 2018 Spring Meeting: Back-Seat Driving! Bringing your Back-office to the Forefront of Business Success!! 

Save the Date

May 9, 2018
Atlanta, GA

 Healthcare in the News


Bill to allow nurses expanded powers gets watered down
The original proposal would have let advanced nurses work more independently in rural areas of Georgia.


Flu hospitalizations in metro Atlanta reach record high
The total number of flu-related hospitalization in metro Atlanta has now reached a new high at 1,801 during this flu season - and it's not over yet.


Bill would let tobacco product have lower tax
A Georgia House panel approved a measure Wednesday that would allow a "modified risk’’ tobacco product to have a tax that’s half of what exists now for cigarettes sold in the state.

"When done right, competitive bidding can be a win-win for patients and providers alike"


Well this statement by Dan Stark, CEO of Apria Healthcare, is sure causing a lot of controversy among DME providers! But CLICK HERE to read the entire article which includes additional statements such as:


"Competitive bidding was supposed to allow market forces to set the price, rather than bureaucrats; but a flawed methodology has resulted in rates being substantially lower than what the market would establish.”

"You don’t have to look too hard to see that patients around the country are suffering from a flawed and poorly designed policy that fails to ensure they get medically necessary treatment on time.”



We all agree that Medicare Bidding is bad for patients and bad for providers, AND we all know that the brief relief for rural providers offered by the 21st Century CURES act is long ago in our rear-view mirrors!


So – What are your thoughts? What can we do? What are we doing? To try and save this vital health-care segment?


For certain we need to keep engaging with elected officials!

  1. HR4229 still only has 8 co-signers from GA. That leaves 6 who are not on-board! Call them!
  2. There is still an unreleased Interim Final Rule (IFR) on the desk of OMB Director Mick Mulvaney. Call your representatives and senators and ask that they contact Director Mulvaney and press him to approve and release the IFR rolling back bidding-derived reimbursement cuts for HME sent over by CMS in August!




But what else can we do? CLICK HERE to enter the discussion with Tyler Riddle and the GAMES Board of Directors. 

AAHomecare says it well in this article from yesterday’s Wednesday in Washington:


Critical Period Ahead for Rural Relief Legislation


Our champions on Capitol Hill remain highly engaged in efforts to roll back bidding-derived Medicare reimbursement cuts in rural/non-bid areas and to address the "double dip” cuts for oxygen in rural areas. With potential omnibus spending legislation expected in late March as a possible vehicle for language from H.R. 4229, it’s critical that we continue to engage Capitol Hill to support these priorities – especially over the next three weeks.


AAHomecare has developed a spreadsheet that pulls together actions that members of the House of Representatives have taken on behalf of our issues since 2016, along with their rural and non-CB area population figures for their Congressional districts. The actions noted include:

The data includes the percentages of individuals in strictly rural areas (Column S, % rural to total pop.) and in rural + other non-CB areas (Column U, % rural & non-rural to total pop.) as a share of overall district population. You can use this data to help target lawmakers representing a large share of constituents in rural and non-CB areas and to make the case that the provisions in H.R. 4229 and the IFR are relevant to their districts. You can find the spreadsheet here.

With 141 Congressional districts showing more than a 50% rural/non-CB population (and only 74 legislators representing those districts currently co-sponsoring H.R. 4229), there’s certainly ample opportunity to advocate to representatives who should be supporting rural relief efforts.


Additional Resources



Medicaid Fair Heads to Tifton, GA!



The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and DXC Technology announce the next Medicaid Fair!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center
15 RDC Road
Tifton, Georgia 31794


Important updates on emergent issues by DCH Leadership and over a dozen break-out sessions covering a variety of topics will be offered. The Care Management Organizations (CMOs) will be onsite to answer your questions too.


Want to help shape the agenda? Submit your suggestions to by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

DME Licensure application is posted to the Pharmacy Board website

Go to: 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:
Back-seat Driving!
May 9, 2018
Atlanta, GA

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