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Georgia DME Licensure Bill Signed into Law – A Big Win for Georgia Providers

See the release from the Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers on the passage of DME state licensure:

May 9, 2017 – Atlanta, GA

Today Governor Nathan Deal signed SB 41 into law. GAMES wishes to thank Governor Deal, Senator Renee Unterman, and Rep. Jesse Petrea for their guidance and support as the bill moved through the General Assembly. 

SB 41 was passed as a result of a multi-year effort by GAMES and our allies in the legislature. After July 1, 2017, the Georgia Board of Pharmacy will have the authority to begin administering the licensing statute for suppliers of durable medical equipment. The bill requires that anyone who wishes to participate in the DME industry in Georgia must apply for a license and have a physical location within the state. This pro-business, pro-patient bill represents a huge step forward for our industry in Georgia, which will join our neighboring states in enacting a DME license requirement.

“We are pleased with the outcome of this lengthy and complex process” says Tyler Riddle, GAMES president. “GAMES wishes to thank our partner, Southern Strategy Group, for walking alongside us in this process, ensuring all the i’s were dotted and the t’s were crossed!”

GAMES leadership looks forward to working with the members and staff of the Georgia Board of Pharmacy as they begin the rule-making process to put SB 41 into operation.

The mission of the Georgia Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (GAMES) is to facilitate business success, influence public policy, and improve patient care in the home.

These state licensure efforts are an extremely effective way that patients have access to providers with the resources to provide care in their state. The competitive bidding program has opened up patients to be cared for by companies that are hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away. Providers drop-shipping care and bidding with the sole intention to subcontract is not good for patient outcomes, nor is it sustainable for local providers.

Thank you to the leadership of GAMES and Georgia providers for working hard to improve health care access in Georgia.