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GAMES / GRTC 2019 Winter Meeting 
plus GAMES 2019 Day at the Dome!

Monday, February 11 thru Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Atlanta, GA

Monday, February 11, 2019

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

1:00 pm - 5:00 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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

GAMES / GRTC 2019 Winter Meeting and CEU Opportunity

Looking forward to business success in 2019? On Tuesday, February 12th,  join fellow GAMES members, industry experts, and invited guests in Atlanta, GA for the GAMES / GRTC 2019 Winter Meeting and CEU opportunity!

Choose from these 2 tracks:

  • Owner / Operator Education
  • Rehab CEU Education

CLICK HERE for a list of Exhibiting Companies!  (coming soon)



AGENDA  - DRAFT / Under Construction 

Owner / Operator Program


February 12
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 (invited)
Deputy Commissioner | Chief, Medical Assistance Plans at Georgia Department of Community Health

9:00 am - 10:15 am
Washington Update – Competitive Bidding; the gap, the plan.
    Presented by Kim Brummett, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at American Association for Homecare, and Mark Higley, VP Government Relations, VGM 

Competitive Bidding January 2019 – Gap period, should you get back in the Medicare game?  What is the plan for the next rounds of bidding?  Come learn the new rules and what you will need to do if you plan to bid!

10:15 am - 10:45 am Refreshment Break / Visit Exhibits 

10:45 am - 11:30 am

What happens when the power goes out?-Georgia Emergency Preparedness for Persons on Electricity Dependent DME
Presented by Dr. Betsy Kagey, Academic and Special Projects Liaison, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Georgia Department of Public Health

Within the past three years, the impact of hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Michael on Georgia has resulted in power outages, some lasting more than a week. During these outages, everyone is vulnerable. However, persons on electricity dependent durable medical equipment(DME) are the most vulnerable and require timely resources to sustain their medical equipment.  This presentation will provide information on Public Health’s role in emergency preparedness and response, issues associated with persons on electricity dependent DME and engaging DME providers in helping to identify how we can work together during emergencies. 

11:30 am - 12:15 pm Are you leading or directing?
Presented by Richard Davis, HirePowerHR

With unemployment at an all time low in many metropolitan areas, it is more crucial than ever to bring out the best in the team you have. There is a distinct difference between leading and managing. This session will focus on the characteristics of what make great leaders great. It will also focus on the common pitfalls that managers make that have a negative impact on performance. An added bonus will be learning the "secret sauce" for bringing out the BEST and keeping the BEST.

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch with the Exhibitors!

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Are You the Problem? -  an in-depth focus on bad debt
Presented by Charlie Barnes IV, Barnes Healthcare Services

Charlie will walk the audience through an interactive session on identifying bad debt and developing strategies to mitigate.

 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm What you don't know won't hurt you....NOT!
Presented by Richard Davis, HirePowerHR

The #metoo environment has created many changes in employment law. From mandatory training to a heightened sense of what is acceptable and what is not. This session will take a look at the current state of employment law and what you need to do to protect your company and reduce legal exposure. Ignorance IS NOT an excuse when it comes to not knowing the law and how it applies to your business.

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 CRT CEU Education
10:15 am - 10:30 am  Refreshment Break

10:30 am - 12:30 pm CRT CEU Education
 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch / visit exhibits

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm CRT CEU Education

3:30 pm Meeting Adjourns


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.


Make your Hotel Reservation Now!
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

In the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel is surrounded by sensational dining, enviable attractions, and vibrant nightlife!

 Be sure to call 1-866-932-7269 or CLICK HERE before 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 24 in order to reserve your sleeping room accommodations at the GAMES discounted rate of $159!

About the Speakers

Charlie Barnes IV, CEO, Barnes Healthcare Services

Kim Brummett, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at American Association for Homecare

Kim is currently employed with the American Association for Homecare (AAH) as the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.   AAH is the only national association dedicated to stakeholders in the home medical equipment (HME) market space.  As the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Kim is responsible for interfacing with regulatory bodies; such as CMS and other government oversight agencies; the GAO and OIG on issues that affect membership.  In addition, Kim lobbies on interests of the industry.  Previously, Kim was employed with Advanced Home Care (AHC), a leading company providing Home Medical Equipment (HME), Infusion Therapy, Rehabilitation Equipment, and Home Health.  In her seventeen year tenure she served as the Vice President of Regulatory and Contracting.  She has participated in the growth of AHC from three branches to thirty in five states, managing reimbursement, non-clinical training, contracting and government relations.  With a primary focus on compliance, strategic planning, contracting with institutional accounts and managed care payers, accounts receivable, order qualification, information technology (IT) and reimbursement, Kim has had direct accountability for all of reimbursement’s operational components.  This includes verification, compliance through collections, coordination and implementation of software, and negotiation of managed care and institutional contracts.   

Additionally, over the past 20 years, Kim has consulted nationally on reimbursement guidelines, operational process design, management and leadership skill development, IT solutions and utilization, and accounts receivable management.  In total, Kim has been in the HME, Infusion and Home Health Industry since 1997.

In addition to consulting, Kim is an active advocate, participant and volunteer in the industry.  Currently the Past Chairperson of the Jurisdiction C Advisory Council for CGS, she also serves as a Past President and board member of the North Carolina State Association for HME Providers now ACMESA; a member of  the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) Advisory Committee, the Medtrade Educational Advisory Board; member of the Jurisdictional Councils for A, B, C, and D, member of the POE groups for Jurisdictions A, B, C and D and the Past Chair of the Regulatory Council for AAHomecare.  

Richard Davis has over 30 years experience in executive management in operations and human resources. Richard served in several executive positions with Hill-Rom in South Carolina, Tennessee, New England, and Canada. He was VP of HR with Barnes Healthcare Services, a large regional HME/Oxygen/Rehab/Infusion provider based in South Georiga with 21 locations in GA, FL, and AL. Richard founded HirePowerHR where he consulted with clients nationwide in talent management, management training, and human resources. He is currently the Chief People Officer of SIB Fixed Cost Reduction based in Charleston, SC with offices in Charleston and New York City. Richard graduated from The Citadel and is certified as a Senior Credentialed Professional (SHRM-SCP) through the Society for Human Resource Management and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute.

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.

Mark Higley is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs of the VGM Group with responsibilities including corporate business development, market research and industry analysis. His current projects include analysis of governmental, regulatory and compliance issues affecting the DMEPOS industry, including national competitive bidding, health care reform, and other current home medical equipment provider concerns. He sits on the AAHomecare Regulatory Council, on the board of the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA), and is a regular speaker/panelist/consultant at numerous HME industry events. Mark received his master's of business administration in marketing research from the University of Iowa, and earned undergraduate degrees in Finance and Economics. Prior to his 1998 employment with VGM, Mark held a variety of executive positions with the Arena Football League, Chicago, IL, and as a financial analyst with Deere & Company, Moline, IL.

Betsy T. Kagey, PhD. As the Academic and Special Projects Liaison in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Georgia Department of Public Health Dr. Kagey’s work entails emergency planning for and with vulnerable populations.  She has been active in public health her entire career and in public health emergency preparedness for the past 14 years.

By addressing the needs of the most vulnerable population during a disaster, Betsy’s goal is to help communities become more resilient.  She is an active member of the Georgia Coalition for Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults. This coalition was initiated based upon lessons learned from response to Hurricane Katrina.

Betsy received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, her MSPH in Environmental Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health and her Doctorate in Environmental Health and Toxicology from State University of New York-Albany School of Public Health.   She is a member of the Georgia Public Health Association, The Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists and is a member and past president of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Exhibit Space is Available!

CLICK HERE to register for your tabletop exhibit space (includes access to all education sessions and networking events for two exhibit staff). 

CLICK HERE for a form to print and mail or fax.


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