CARY, NC – FEBRUARY 17, 2014. The North Carolina Association for Medical Equipment Services (NCAMES) completed it’s twoday
2014 NCAMES Winter Meeting, “Retooling for the Change” at the Grandover Resort Greensboro on February 11th just before a huge winter
storm hit the state and this is after having to reschedule from a prior storm in January! The large crowd of NCAMES meeting attendees (up 15%
over 2013!!) enjoyed multiple speakers with various educational topics, saw the new 2014 NCAMES Board of Directors installation and had time
to network and discuss many industry challenges at hand.
Attendees were educated on topics such as “Retooling Strategies to Implement Change” by Mark Higley of VGM; Also from VGM, John
Gallagher gave members an overall view of the “Washington Update” and some tips on “Making Retail Your Friend”. Kelly Grahovac with the
van Halem Group provided valuable sessions on Clinical Documentation and Understanding Audit Changes. Other speakers covered topics on
Medicare, and Medicaid, with special attention to the struggles of NC Tracks. Board members contributed to the program with committee reports,
including a presentation by Laura Williard, (Advanced Home Care) the new NCAMES Treasurer, which addressed more tips for a Successful 2014.
Announcing NCAMES Officers: President, David Chandler of Liberty Medical Specialties in Wilmington; Vice President, Scott Dinning
of Home Town Oxygen in Charlotte; Treasurer, Laura Williard of Advanced Home Care in High Point; Secretary, Kimberly Lynn of Carolina
Apothecary in Reidsville; Immediate Past President, Ed Dressen of Dressen Medical Supply; At-Large Directors are: Pam Long of National Seating
and Mobility (formally Chair & Equipment) of Charlotte, Frank Trammell of Carolinas Home Medical Equipment in Matthews; Richie Griffin
of Griffin Home Medical in Charlotte; Gil McCall of VGM in Georgetown, SC; Harris Bridgforth with Invacare in Waxhaw; and Rehab At-Large
seat is held by Gary Gilberti of NuMotion in Charlotte. Additional input will come from new committee chairs: Federal Legislative: Joseph Reutter
(BSI); State Legislative: Craig Rae (Penrod Medical); Membership: Brad Heath (Family Medical Supply); and other committee work is done by
current board members. Executive Director, Beth Bowen, has served since 1991 and is now in her 23rd year.
Bowen asked the new president to share his thoughts on his approaching term, so Chandler replied,
“It is with great honor and humility that I accepted the role as President of NCAMES. NCAMES has persevered in the face of recent events detrimental to our industry.
Past Presidents have provided direction and leadership through these challenging times and our association has remained focused and faithful to its core
set of ideals and mission. I have chosen as my Presidential theme Solutions to Impact Positive Changes in Care – I see this as an all-encompassing concept
that embraces the fact that our industry is an integral part of the overall solution to many challenges in healthcare. Through advocacy, communication, education,
and networking, NCAMES will continue to thrive and provide solutions to impact positive changes in care.”
have the educational tools to provide safe, affordable, comfortable, and therapeutic home medical equipment. It is through HME providers’ efforts that patients may
recuperate from illness in the comfort and privacy of their own homes at much lower costs than institutional care . NCAMES was instrumental in passing the nation’s
first HME Licensure law which took effect in 1995.