Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers
NEWS & NOTES


March 1 | 2018

In this issue:

  1. Welcome 02 Concepts!
  2. Signers Needed!
  3. Annual Meeting Announced!
  4. AAH shares GAMES News
  5. Healthcare in the News!
  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
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


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

O2 Concepts NEW Member!
Ed Marlowe

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

The MED Group Renewed 2018!
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
Renewed 2018!
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
Renewed 2018!

Keving Gaffney

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance 
Renewed 2018!
Hutton Madden



Welcome New Member!

O2 CONCEPTS Has joined GAMES as a GOLD Associate Member! Enjoy the freedom of safe, reliable, and limitless oxygen with the world’s first smart POC.

CLICK HERE to tell Ed Marlowe "Welcome to GAMES!”



Make this Call! We need Georgia’s Representatives on the Letter!

"this equipment cannot save lives if it isn’t made available to those who need it most, especially in rural communities where we know barriers to access health care already exist.”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is seeking co-signers to a letter asking leaders and key committee chairs/ranking members to include the language from H.R.4229, Protecting Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment Access Act, in forthcoming legislation to fund government operations.

CLICK HERE to read the letter.

Rep. McMorris Rodgers has circulated this letter to House members requesting that they join her by co-signing the letter.  Currently Rep. Doug Collins is the only GA Representative signed on! Please call your representative today and ask them to sign-on!

The deadline is today - March 1st!! CLICK HERE for tips on what to say and how to say it!

Buddy Carter (R), Georgia, 1st
Phone: (202) 225-5831 

Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D), Georgia, 2nd
Phone (202) 225-3631  

Drew Ferguson (R), Georgia, 3rd
Phone: 202-225-5901  

Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr. (D), Georgia, 4th
Phone: (202) 225-1605  

John Lewis (D), Georgia, 5th 
Phone: (202) 225-3801  

Karen Handel (R) Georgia, 6th
Phone: (202) 225-4501 

Rob Woodall (R), Georgia, 7th   
Phone: 202-225-4272 

Austin Scott (R), Georgia, 8th
Phone: (202) 225-6531 

Doug Collins (R), Georgia 9th
Phone: (202) 225-9893 

Jody Hice (R), Georgia, 10th
Phone: (202) 225-4101 

Barry Loudermilk (R), Georgia, 11th 
Phone: (202) 225-2931 

Rick Allen (R), Georgia, 12th 
Phone: (202) 225-2823 

David Scott (D), Georgia, 13th 
Phone: (202) 225-2939 

Tom Graves (R), Georgia, 14th  
Phone (202) 225-5211


GAMES 2018 Annual Meeting - Save the date!

September 9 -11, 2018
The Desoto Savannah


GAMES heads back to the beautiful, rich in history, coastal city of Savannah, GA for our 2018 Annual Meeting! Known for it's manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone squares and antebellum architecture, Savannah's haunts and eateries have long been a favorite among GAMES members!

GAMES Education Chairperson, Christa Forester, is busy working with the education committee planning a terrific line-up of speakers and topics! If you have suggestions, or want to be a part of the education committee, CLICK HERE and let Christa know!

Hotel Roomblock is Open - Make your reservations early!

The DeSoto Savannah
15 E Liberty 
Savannah, GA 31401

Stroll into the The DeSoto and experience the standard for Southern hospitality in Savannah for over a century. Located in the heart of the always charming Historic District, The DeSoto Savannah puts guests only steps from the trademark landscaped squares, moss-covered oaks, soulful restaurants, and memorable architecture that so vividly define Savannah.

Call 844-257-3520 or CLICK HERE to make your reservation today! 

GAMES discounted rate: $159 But Hurry! At this rate our roomblock will sell out fast!


GAMES Featured in AAHomecare's Wednesday in Washington

From AAHomecare, February 28, 2018

GAMES and AAHomecare Partner to Help Stop Medicaid Cuts in Georgia

When CMS released guidance for states to comply with CURES-mandated Medicaid reimbursement cuts in late December, Georgia Dept. of Community Health (DCH) officials signaled their intention to go with what CMS called the simplest option: to base Medicaid rates on the Medicare fee schedule.

Leaders at the Georgia Association for Medical Equipment Suppliers (GAMES) quickly mobilized to address the challenge.  Initially, DCH had estimated that adopting an aggregate pricing approach would cause a $10 million shortfall for the state, but thanks to strong engagement by GAMES, who provided further analysis of the CURES provisions and highlighted updated guidance from CMS, Georgia Medicaid found they were actually under the aggregate model without incurring any fee schedule changes.  This dramatic change allowed Georgia Medicaid chief Blake Fulenwider to tell GAMES that the state would be able to avoid the deep cuts that would have come with simply adopting Medicare rates.  In addition, DCH will be completing mass adjustments for providers who were originally reimbursed at the Medicare rates during the first part of 2018, before the Agency reversed course.

"We appreciate DCH’s willingness to keep an open mind and work towards a solution that benefits both patients and Georgia taxpayers,” said Tyler Riddle, vice president of MRS Homecare and president of GAMES.

"We’re fortunate to have a partner at the state level who understands the importance of maintaining a viable HME infrastructure to provide cost-effective care that can help keep seniors and people with disabilities in their homes,” adds Charlie Barnes IV, CEO of Barnes Healthcare Services and GAMES president-elect. "We could use more of that kind of thinking at CMS.”

READ MORE...

 Healthcare in the News

Senate passes bill to ease restrictions on advanced practice nurses

The Georgia Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would ease restrictions on advanced practice registered nurses.

Independent vs. employed: The doctor career decision
Dr. Eddie Richardson practices medicine in two different physician worlds.

Overwhelmed In The ER: Georgia's Mental Health Crisis
A lot of us have probably been to the hospital emergency room: For a broken bone, an asthma attack, the flu.

Bigger allowances urged for nursing home residents in Georgia
"Fifty dollars just doesn't go far," Bryant Kimbrell says.

Health care sinks Georgia in U.S. News' 'Best States' rankings
Poor access to, and quality of, health care helped sink Georgia to No. 31 overall in the U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the best states.

It's not over, but rough flu season finally receding
Georgia's latest flu report appears to support CDC statements that the flu season may finally have passed its peak.


Save These Dates!

Medtrade Spring
March 28-29, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Medicaid Fair
April 25, 2018
Tifton, GA
inquiries: GeorgiaMedicaidFair@dxc.com

GAMES 2018 Spring Meeting
Back-seat Driving!
May 9, 2018
Atlanta, GA

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