Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers
NEWS & NOTES


March 8 | 2018

In this issue:

  1. Welcome Medsolve Health Systems !
  2. Save the Date!
  3. DME Licensure - time to get moving!
  4. Reps Graves & Bishop need to hear from you!
  5. Annual Meeting hotel block open
  6. Healthcare in the News!
  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


ResMed 
Jamie Griffis


VGM Group
Gil McCall
Pat Aydelott


Gold

BREAS 
Todd Tyson

Brightree
Melinda Mahoney

CAIRE

Lanier Hogan

Fisher & Paykel
Gregg Stahl

Mediware
Michelle Caldwell

O2 Concepts NEW Member!
Ed Marlowe

The Compliance Team, Inc.
Jack Haire
Sandra Canally

The MED Group
Ted Metcalf

Silver

ACHC
Randy Hughes

Allegiance Group

Bruce Gehring

Compass Health
Jim Mahon

Integrated Medical Systems (IMS)
Bo Lanier

McKesson Medical Surgical
Chip Wooten

Medical Specialties Distributors
Pat Burke

Medical Supplies Depot
Charles Simpson

Merits Health Products
NEW Member!
Elizabeth McKinley

Pride Mobility Products
John Storie

Quality Medical Inc.
Jim Worrell


Bronze

Medsolve Health Systems
Shane Morrison

Medtrade
Keving Gaffney

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance 
Hutton Madden



Welcome New Associate Member, Medsolve Health Systems!

Medsolve Health Systems leverages 20 years of experience in providing Medical billing, Revenue Cycle Management and Telemedicine to medical practices, ranging in size from solo practitioners to multi-specialty clinics. Our mission is to work closely with facilities/physicians and their staff to increase revenue by providing excellent reimbursement services. Your success is our success. This guarantees you will always receive the personal attention, customized services, and satisfaction which you deserve. We specialize in insurance and billing issues to allow you and your staff to concentrate on what you do best: PATIENT CARE!

CLICK HERE to tell Shane Morrison Welcome to GAMES!


GAMES 2018 Spring Meeting: Back-Seat Driving! 

May 9, 2018
Embassy Suites, Perimeter Center
Atlanta, GA

 
Come join Laura Williard, AAHomecare’s vice president of regulatory affairs, as she hosts Andrea Stark of MiraVista, Kim Cook, payer development and contracting at The MED Group, and others in Bringing your Back-office to the Forefront of Business Success!!

Getting that business from your referral sources is important.  Getting paid for it and keeping your money keeps you in the driver’s seat to stay in the race. Hear directly from payors! Gain insight on contracting and reaching that C-suite exec! Learn the latest on Reimbursement! And so much more! 

Registration opens very soon. Save the Date!


DME Licensure - the law in Georgia!

"While there may still be a few kinks in the application process, and yes we had to apply and pay the licensure fee for each individual location, I am still convinced that DME licensure is the right move for Georgia” states Tyler Riddle, CEO, MRS Homecare, and President, GAMES. "Licensing businesses that provide home medical equipment to patients in Georgia provides the highest level of protection for both patients and providers in GA.”

"Fingers crossed! We sent our package yesterday!”

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.

CLICK HERE to read the current rules. (Still under review by the governor's office)

CLICK HERE for an application for a DME license in Georgia.


We’ve Come Too Far to Stop Now

These words come from AAHomecare’s president and CEO, Tom Ryan, as he offers a frank discussion on the likelihood of the HME-related Interim Final Rule that was sent to the Office of Management & Budget in August 2017 ever being released and where we stand with HR4229, the Protecting HOME Access Act.

In yesterday’s Wednesday in Washington, Ryan states that AAHomecare (and others in the industry) have engaged House and Senate leaders to advocate for getting H.R. 4229 language in the final Appropriations bill. However, there is much outside competition to be included in legislation such as this!

Ryan tells DME providers "it’s time to make a strong lobbying push aimed at decision makers on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.”

In Georgia we have 2 representatives that are members of the House Appropriations Committee, Sanford Bishop (D-2) and Tom Graves (R-14). Both of these representatives are co-sponsors of HR4229.

Call Rep. Tom Grave’s office at (202) 225-5211 and Rep. Sanford Bishop at (202) 225-3631 with this message:

Please include provisions from H.R. 4229, the Protecting HOME Access Act, in the next round of budget legislation. This bill would provide relief for durable medical equipment providers in rural areas facing drastic and unsustainable Medicare reimbursement cuts and would also roll back unsustainable cuts for providers in all communities – urban, suburban, rural – who serve TRICARE and Medicaid beneficiaries. Without this relief, we’re at risk of losing an important part of the infrastructure that serves seniors and people with disabilities and helps lessen the need for hospitalizations and other costly clinical interventions.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article from Tom Ryan in yesterday’s Wednesday in Washington.


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!


Healthcare in the News

These stories are straight from the headlines in Georgia this week!

HIV preventive drug gets low use in Georgia despite big need
Georgia has the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the nation, but the use of a prophylatctic drug in the state lags behind the U.S. average.

HHS chief tells hospitals: 'Change is coming'
President Trump's new health secretary issued a warning Monday to a room of hospital executives about soaring health care costs: change is coming, whether you like it or not.

Jump In Overdoses Shows Opioid Epidemic Has Worsened
There's more bad news about the nation's devastating opioid epidemic.

Bill would let public hospitals seize Georgians' tax refunds
A bill that has already passed the state House of Representatives should allow Georgia's public hospitals to seize their patients' state income tax refunds for unpaid debt.

Flu lingers but is dropping significantly

The latest Georgia data continue to show the flu epidemic trending downward in the state.

Which health care bills will make it to finish line?
The dust has settled on a major legislative deadline.


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