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DME Legislative & Regulatory Conference

  • Tuesday, June 04, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045-3786
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  • Includes one [1] complimentary registration, Recognition as Event Sponsor from the podium, Logo on placard at event, Listed as Event Sponsor with logo in the event details.
  • Includes one [1] complimentary registration, Recognition as Event Sponsor from the podium, Logo on placard at event, Listed as Event Sponsor with logo in the event details.

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Join MNCHA for this full-day
conference for DME providers.


8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast

9:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

                        Dawn Seek, Executive Director, MNCHA
                             Kristi Stacharowski, MNCHA DME Chair, Director, Johns Hopkins Pharmaquip

9:30-10:30 a.m. Keynote: Current Status of Legislative Activity    
                         John Gallagher, Vice President, Government Relations, VGM & Associates
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:30 a.m.
Bidding Smart for Round 2021 of Competitive Bidding
                            Craig Douglas, Vice President, Payer & Membership Relations, VGM & Associates
11:30 a.m. - 12 noon Simone Bratton, Chief, Division of Community Support Services
12:00-12:30 p.m. Kim Reed, RN, Telligen
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch & Networking
1:30-1:45 p.m. CMS Ombudsman Update
                        Tangita Adams Daramola, Medicare Competitive Acquisition Ombudsman
1:45-2:30 p.m. TPE & CMS
                        Latesha Walker, RN, BSN, MS, Program Relations Manager & Senior Advisor, CMS
2:30-3:30 p.m. CMS Q&A
3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
                  Dawn Seek & Kristi Stacharowski
4:00 p.m. Adjournment

About the Speakers

Tangita Adams Daramola
Competitive Acquisition Ombudsman, Medicare Ombudsman Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Ms. Daramola was named to her position in October 2011. Her tasks are to respond to complaints and inquiries made by suppliers and individuals relating to the application of the DME, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program and to submit an annual report to Congress. 

She has worked with organizations to incorporate partner and stakeholder feedback into the National outreach communication plan and improve the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding inquiry and complaint handling process for suppliers and beneficiaries.

Ms. Daramola has provided ongoing support to the Agency’s initiatives and recently was asked to develop strategic planning initiatives to promote CMS’ external communication programs.
Ms. Daramola holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University and a Master of
Administration degree from the University of Maryland, College Park

Craig Douglas
Vice President, Payer & Member Relations
VGM & Associates

Craig currently serves as vice president of Payer and Member Relations for The VGM Group, where he focuses on helping providers navigate payer relationships, as well as addressing concerns that are impacting VGM’s broad range of members from a payer perspective. Craig has also served as vice president of Provider Relations for VGM’s Homelink division, where he built and fostered relationships with payers and providers across the country. Craig has been with VGM since 1999.

John E. Gallagher                
Vice President, Government Relations
VGM Group & Associates

John E. Gallagher is responsible for advocating on behalf of VGM members/DME providers to Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies. Gallagher has also amassed thousands of miles, traveling across the country to educate both the state associations and independent providers on regulatory and government issues. Additionally, Gallagher has worked tenaciously to promote upstanding service within the home medical equipment industry.  He is a board member of both the Healthcare Quality Association for Accreditation (HQAA) and the Fraud Eradication Advisory Team (FEAT).  John received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in management from the State University of New York – Binghamton.  Prior to his 2002 employment with VGM, John served as a U.S. Army Signal Corp. Officer from 1983 to 1989.  He also held a number of executive positions in the medical equipment industry.

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