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GAMES / GRTC 2018 Winter Meeting 
plus GAMES 2018 Day at the Dome and Community Outreach Day!

Monday, January 29 thru Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - Decatur, GA

Monday, January 29, 2018

GAMES / GRTC Day at the Dome
Georgia State Capitol Building, South Wing

8:00am - 12:00 pm

Join Home Medical Equipment Providers, Rehab Professionals, Consumers, and advocates from around the state at the Capital in Atlanta for our annual GAMES/GRTC Day at the Dome!

Registration is not required for this event! However, please email the GAMES office if you plan to attend.

Community Outreach Day 
GAMES Members Partner with FODAC in Stone Mountain, GA! 

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Every year, FODAC helps thousands of disabled adults and children in need who are uninsured or underinsured. With a strong network of volunteers and partners, FODAC provides refurbished equipment and services for these disabled adults and children to improve their overall quality of life.  

On Monday, January 29, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. GAMES members will meet at FODAC to help in the following ways: 

  • Power and manual wheelchair repair: GAMES members will assist in  inspecting and repairing used equipment to help those in need.
  • Medical supply sorting: mixed AT, DME, disposables, oxygen, and Thrift Store items need sorting to go to individuals, hospitals and other nonprofits serving locally and internationally. 

CLICK HERE to RSVP.

Learn more about FODAC at www.fodac.org.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

GAMES / GRTC 2018 Winter Meeting and CEU Opportunity

Looking forward to business success in 2018? On Tuesday, January 30th,  join fellow GAMES members, industry experts, and invited guests in Decatur, GA for the GAMES / GRTC 2018 Winter Meeting and CEU opportunity!

Choose from these 2 tracks:

  • Owner / Operator Education
  • Rehab CEU Education

CLICK HERE for a list of Exhibiting Companies!  

 


REGISTER NOW!


AGENDA  

Owner / Operator Program



Tuesday


January 30
7:30 am  Registration

8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome and Overview of the day
by Tyler Riddle, GAMES President

8:15 am - 9:00 am Georgia Medicaid Update

Presented by Blake Fulenwider
Deputy Commissioner | Chief, Medical Assistance Plans at Georgia Department of Community Health


9:00 am - 9:45 am Washington Report: What the DME Industry Can Expect From Capitol Hill
Presented by John Gallagher, VGM

This session will provide participants with recent and timely information and government updates, explaining what they mean for the HME/DME industry. John will  discuss the congressional needs for 2018.
Topics will include current health care reform discussions, as well as discuss the following hot-topic DME issues:
  • The DME Competitive Bidding Program and The Market Pricing Program
  • Where the industry is going forward-Fixes to the current program
  • Audit Reform
  • Complex Rehab Technology legislative activity
  • State DME licensure progress 
  • Key members and committees in Congress
  • Beneficiary Awareness and Mobilization
9:45 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break / Visit Exhibits 

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Collaboration across the care continuum in Georgia
Moderated by Charlie Barnes IV, Barnes Healthcare Services

Developing relationships across the care continuum is the goal of this panel presentation. This type of collaboration has never been more important to patient care outside of the hospital setting than it is today.  Ensuring quality in the partners we work with helps all providers improve their triple aim objectives of lower cost, better outcomes, and improved patient satisfaction.  We will also be discussing how we can leverage supporting each sector of healthcare for better outcomes when working on initiatives with the State and Federal Government.

The panel includes healthcare leaders from Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care, skilled nursing, assisted living, and more. (invited)





Lori Anglin
Pharmacy Operations Manager 
Barnes Retail Pharmacy

Pam Clayton, RN-BC, LNHA
VP Quality Advancement and Regulatory Affairs
Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA)


Paula Sanders,
Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Reid Wilson 
Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies

   

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch with the Exhibitors!
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm DME, Interoperability, and the New Care Continuum
Presented by Nick Knowlton, VP Business Development, Brightree

In this talk, providers will learn about the impact interoperability is having in the HME marketplace today and how interoperability will continue to influence how the HME provider will add value to the new care continuum. We will address simple definitions for HME interoperability, how to get connected today, and how the government’s increasing involvement in interoperability will help ensure the HME provider is able to connect and get paid for their services.

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

DME Licensure in Georgia and Current Issues Under the Gold Dome
GAMES President, Tyler Riddle, and representatives from the Georgia Board of Pharmacy (invited) will discuss regulations, the application process, compliance, and enforcement of Georgia's new DME licensure requirements. Bring your questions with you!
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Collaborating with Hospitals for Better Patient Outcomes
Moderated by Todd Tyson, Breas

Working together with hospital staff to move patients efficiently and effectively into the home has never been more critical! Hear inside tips from this panel of experts and participate in the discussion with your peers.

Discussion leaders include:




Johnny Carroll
Alliance Home Medical

Martin Bryson, B.S.,R.R.T 
Advanced Homecare
Jackson Register
Philips Respironics
Stephanie Spencer  BSN, RN, CCM, ACM
Case Manager
Dekalb Medical Center


3:30 pm Meeting Adjourns

GAMES / GRTC Rehab CEU Program

Taking Rehab to the next level...
The future of CRT and beyond

8:00 am - 8:15 am GRTC Update
Led by Bill Boyce and John Storie

8:15 am - 10:15 am Top Dog: CRT Experts in the Field   Credits: 0.2 CEU 
Presented by Jay Doherty, Quantum Rehab

The world of complex rehab has many areas of expertise that professionals must be well versed. This knowledge base is vast and all areas are equally important to succeed in the complex rehab field. This course will utilize participant’s knowledge, challenging them in a game show format focusing on the following areas – Reimbursement; the CRT Industry; Manual and Power Mobility Devices; Seating & Positioning; Power Positioning and Electronics – to obtain and retain appropriate funding for the complex rehab technology products and services they provide.

This advanced level course is suited for for Licensed/Certified medical professionals (i.e. OTs, PTs, Physician, & Nurse), DME Provider staff, Rehab Professionals (i.e. ATPs, CTRS, & Seating Specialist), & Reimbursement & Billing Specialists 
 
10:15 am - 10:30 am  Refreshment Break

10:30 am - 12:30 pm Q-Logic 3 Evolution: An Advanced Programming Platform for Drive Controls  Credits: 0.3 CEU 
Presented by Jay Doherty, Quantum Rehab

Keeping up with changes in power wheelchair electronics is very important for the clinician and ATP working with consumers in the field. Enhancements in electronics can bring new levels of independence for a consumer. The Q-Logic 3 system has new enhancements that truly allow the electronics to be able to be customized to the individual significantly. This course will provide a hands-on approach to how specialty controls can be programmed with maximal benefit to the consumers that need these electronics. Clinical scenarios will be offered to assist with understanding the application of new features. 

This advanced level course is suited for Licensed/Certified medical professionals (i.e. OTs, PTs, Physician, & Nurse), DME Provider staff, Rehab Professionals (i.e. ATPs, CTRS, & Seating Specialist), Reimbursement & Billing Specialists
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch / Visit Exhibits

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Q-Logic 3 Evolution: An Advanced Programming Platform for Drive Controls (continued)

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Update on Current CRT Advocacy 
Presented by Weesie Walker, ATP/SMS, NRRTS
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Use of Specialized Power Wheelchair Features in Everyday Life
Presented by Chris Maurer, MPT, ATP, Shepherd Center and Sharon Sonenblum, PhD, Georgia Tech

Power adjustable seat height (PASH) systems, also known as seat elevators, and power tilt systems have been on the market for decades and are available on complex rehab power wheelchairs from most manufacturers. Unfortunately, little is known about how power tilt and seat elevators are actually used in everyday life. We will review the current qualitative and quantitative evidence from several studies regarding these power features usage. The data reviewed will include why people report they use the features, the frequency of use, the position of the feature related to the purpose of use as well as the reviewing overall categories of users of the features. Overall comparison of power tilt and power seat elevate use will be discussed. The presentation will conclude with clinical application of power tilt and elevate along with training tips for end-users.
 
This all level course is suited for Licensed/Certified medical professionals (i.e. OTs, PTs, Physician, & Nurse), DME Provider staff, and Rehab Professionals (i.e. ATPs, CTRS, & Seating Specialist).
3:45 pm Meeting Adjourns


Registration

Members pay only $199 for the first attendee! Additional discounts apply when you register more people! Non-member fee is $299.

Rehab CEU Program only $109!

CLICK HERE to Register Online NOW!
CLICK HERE for a registration form to print and mail or fax.


Location

Make your Hotel Reservation Now!

Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory
130 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA  30030  

Welcome to the Courtyard By Marriott Decatur Downtown/Emory! Our expansive hotel offers high-tech amenities and plush bedding to suit even the most discriminating traveler, conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Decatur, home to over 50 restaurants, shops, and artistic venues.

CLICK HERE or call 404-371-0204 to reserve your sleeping room today! Be sure to say you are with the Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (GAMES) and ask for the GAMES discounted rate of $154.00. But hurry! This rate expires on January 8, 2018!

About the Speakers
Lori Anglin is Pharmacy Operations Manager for Barnes Retail Pharmacy. In this role she is  responsible for overseeing the daily pharmacy operations as well as the build out of enhanced pharmacy services.  Anglin works with agencies such as Georgia DPH and the Georgia Asthma Coalition as well as participate in the Catapult project via DPH with the goal of demonstrating how pharmacy can effectively increase patient health care outcomes with collaboration between pharmacy and physicians which, leading to reduced healthcare cost. 

Anglin has been with  Barnes Healthcare Services for the past 20 years involved in daily clinical and operation activities of both infusion and retail pharmacy.  During this time, she also led sales efforts within the IG market and specialty arena to become a top leader of this service in our region


Martin J. Bryson, B.S.,R.R.T. is the Sr. Regional Leader for Georgia where he leads the HME/RT/Pharmacy Divisions for Advanced Home Care based in High Point N.C. Prior this he was the Clinical Director for Hitech Healthcare based in Norcross Ga. He has been in the homecare industry for over 35yrs and works closely with the Wellstar and Navicent Health Systems transitioning their patients into the post acute setting.Martin J. Bryson, B.S.,R.R.T. is the Sr. Regional Leader for Georgia where he leads the HME/RT/Pharmacy Divisions for Advanced Home Care based in High Point N.C. Prior this he was the Clinical Director for Hitech Healthcare based in Norcross Ga. He has been in the homecare industry for over 35yrs and works closely with the Wellstar and Navicent Health Systems transitioning their patients into the post acute setting.

Johnny Carroll



Pam Clayton, RN-BC, LNHA serves as the Vice President of Quality Advancement and Regulatory Affairs for the Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA).   In this capacity, she provides support to over 350 skilled nursing care and assisted living centers.  Pam has more than 20 years’ experience serving the long term and post-acute care profession both as a clinician and as a senior leader.  Prior to joining GHCA, she worked with a nonprofit organization providing operational and clinical direction to over 50 skilled nursing care centers within a regional health delivery system.  She has extensive experience in   strategic planning; compliance; system development and improvement; and care innovations to improve patient outcomes and customer experience.

Jay Doherty, OTR, ATP/SMS is Director of Clinical Education for Quantum Rehab. He has 22 years of experience working in the field of assistive technology with a concentration on complex rehab. Jay has earned his ATP and SMS certifications through RESNA. Throughout his career he has worked in both Rehabilitation and assistive technology environments with both adults and children. Jay’s current role with Quantum Rehab is to provide direction and leadership to the Quantum field sales team in the areas of facility development and to grow business within the rehab community. In addition, he develops and presents a variety of educational courses and ensures the Quantum Rehab field sales staff is educated on products and their benefits. 

John E. Gallagher is vice president of Government Relations for The VGM Group, Inc. in Waterloo, Iowa, the largest organization representing independent durable medical equipment providers. In his position, John oversees key government and regulatory affairs that pertain to the durable medical equipment (DME) industry. As a veteran of the home medical products industry, Gallagher has amassed thousands of miles, traveling across the country to educate both the state associations and independent providers on regulatory and government issues. Additionally, John has been conducive in working with independent providers and state associations to promote the DME industry, while advocating for beneficiaries’ access to quality care.

Blake T. Fulenwider was appointed Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Medicaid Chief, effective September 15, 2017. Fulenwider brings broad-based health care policy knowledge to his new role.

Prior to this appointment, Fulenwider was Partner and Georgia Director of Total Spectrum, a policy consulting practice that provided in-depth guidance to clients regarding federal and state-level legislative health care reform developments. He also worked directly with private sector clients and state officials throughout Georgia, providing critical policy analysis and guidance on a wide range of health care issues.

From 2006-2010, Fulenwider served with then-Congressman Nathan Deal handling health care policy issues in the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Fulenwider has also held previous roles with the agency as Deputy Commissioner from 2011-2013, and was the Healthcare Reform Administrator with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget from 2013-2015, providing budget and policy support to the Governor, Chief Financial Officer and senior staff.

Fulenwider received his Bachelor's degree in business administration, finance from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

 Nick Knowlton is the Vice President of Business Development for Brightree, where he leads the company’s initiatives and strategy for healthcare interoperability. Nick also chairs the membership committee and serves on the leadership team for CommonWell Health Alliance.

Prior to joining Brightree, Nick ran strategic initiatives for Greenway Health, a market leader in the physician practice health information technology sector. In this role, Nick led Greenway’s interoperability initiatives for connecting their care providers across the healthcare ecosystem. He championed dozens of projects, including the formation of CommonWell. Nick has also testified on the state of interoperability to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Nick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Denver, CO with his wife and their three children.
Chris Maurer, MPT, ATP received her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa.  She has 26 years of experience in rehabilitation.  She has worked at Shepherd Center for 22 years   in the outpatient, spinal cord injury rehab, and the seating clinic.   She has participated in clinical research in the area of seating and mobility at  Georgia Tech.  She has co-authored two book chapters and has several peer reviewed research articles published.  She also has lectured in the area of seating and mobility and assisted in creating online and in-person manual wheelchair courses.

Jackson Register has worked for Philips Respironics for 14 years.  In his time at Philips he has held the positions of Sleep Consultant, Account Manager, and is currently the Regional Sales Director for the Gulf Coast Region. He is a former board member of Alabama Association Sleep Professionals and current board member of the Alabama DME Association.  Over the last 2 years, he's been involved with Hospitals and DME Partners to develop solutions enabling smooth transitions from Hospital to Home.
Paula Sanders, Executive Director, Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, has worked in healthcare administration operations for over 20 years, beginning her healthcare career working for a national home health and staffing organization managing multiple sites and developing their Medicaid Waiver reimbursement processes.  Prior to accepting her current position as the Executive Director for GHPCO; Paula served as the administrator for a national hospice organization developing their hospice presence in the metro Atlanta area from a census of less than 50 patients to over 275 patients.  During her nearly 10 years with that organization she also opened three in-patient units.  Paula also served on the board of directors for GHPCO for four years prior to becoming their Executive Director and currently represents Georgia hospice providers on the NHPCO Council of States as well as on the PGBA Regional Coalition.  Paula is married and has two children.
Sharon Sonenblum, PhD is a Senior Research Scientist in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. Sonenblum has been studying wheelchair seating and mobility for over a decade. Her work focuses on two primary areas.  Dr. Sonenblum has investigated how people use their assistive technology in everyday life, including studies on power tilt-in-space wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, and more recently power adjustable seat height wheelchairs. The second area of work focuses on tissue health and the prevention of pressure injuries, particularly in people who use wheelchairs as their primary means of mobility. This work often focuses on the tissue’s response to loading and weight shifts, as well as studies to understand the role of weight shift behaviors in pressure injury development. Dr. Sonenblum has developed an exciting approach to studying the anatomy and deformation of the seated buttocks that is changing how we think about the loaded buttocks and offers new insight into the development of sitting-induced pressure injuries. Dr. Sonenblum hopes to develop a simple clinical tool that allows clinicians to classify their clients’ Biomechanical Risk, and proposes a list of wheelchair cushions and prevention strategies that match their risk level.
Stephanie Spencer, BSN, RN, CCM, ACM is a case manager for Dekalb Medical Center.  Spencer currently serves on the Board of Directors for American Case Management Association: (ACMA) and Georgia Hospital Association Clinical and Resource Management (GHACRM).  Spencer has also previously served  on the Boards for Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG).

J. Reid Wilson is originally from England, moving to the United States in his early twenties to take a position with Medicare’s first internal financial audit and reimbursement unit in Chicago.  He relocated to Phoenix, Arizona four years later and became the Director of Medicare Audit and Reimbursement for the State of Arizona. 
 
 After nearly ten years with Medicare, Mr. Wilson joined a national consulting firm specializing in Medicare reimbursement for hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and hospice facilities.  
 
 Mr. Wilson formed his own national Medicare reimbursement consulting firm continuing to work with all forms of brick and mortar health care facilities, while specializing in home health agency reimbursement.  During these almost twenty years he acted as interim CEO for several Home health agencies, eventually retiring from his consulting business to operate a home health agency in Georgia until his "retirement” in late 2012. 
 
 Mr. Wilson has been a member of numerous trade associations, currently serving the Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies as the legislative liaison and as President of the Georgia Association of Community Care Providers as well as currently serving on several state committees including the Medicaid Clinical Advisory Committee and on the First Lady Sandra Deal’s Georgia Older Adults Cabinet. 
 
 While officially retired, Mr. Wilson continues to work very closely with the home delivered services community and believes strongly that within these services lies the future financial health and quality survival of the continuity of healthcare in the United States. 
  Exhibit Space is Sold Out!

But don't worry! You will have another chance at the GAMES Spring Meeting in May and the GAMES Annual Meeting in September!

 



 
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