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will new PERS law affect you?
May 2, 2017
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Title: All You Need to Know Before You Add DIY to Your Business
Presented by: Megan McDonald, VP of Marketing, Alarm Capital Alliance and MyAlarm Center
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will new PERS law affect you 
    Do you offer PERS?  PERS is Personal Emergency Response System.  The terminology hasn't changed since the only device available was a two way voice unit plugged into the 110 outlet and POTS phone jax.  You had medical emergency you push the button and the central station operator talked to you through the unit.  
    How about button that gets pushed on a key panel that sends a medical alert signal?  How about a panic button signaling a break-in?  How about a smart phone app that when pressed sends out a distress signal for emergency service causing the central station to track through GPS and dispatch police, EMT or fire personnel?  
    Section 6401 of the Affordable Care Act requires a fingerprint-based criminal background check as part of new screening and enrollment requirements for all “high“ risk providers and all persons with a 5% or greater direct or indirect ownership interest in such providers. The final rule for Section 6401 assigned risk levels for provider types that are recognized by Medicare. 
    Provider types that are considered high risk, requiring fingerprint compliance, includes Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) Providers.
    Massachusetts Insurance Bulletin [Bulletin 4-23-2017] was issued April 23, 2017 and is directed to all providers participating in the MassHealth system.  
    Most alarm license statutes do not include PERS as a regulated service, and most alarm license statutes require license holders and alarm company employees to be fingerprinted and registered with the state license agency.  But PERS providers, especially those that do not believe they are in the alarm business, are largely unregulated, especially compared to the alarm industry.  
    There is such a blurring of distinction between the two industries that compliance with alarm laws may become the norm for PERS providers.  Many alarm companies have installed a medical alert button or panic button and probably didn't think they were in the PERS business.  Until better definitions are promulgated be mindful what services you provide and what licenses you need and what laws you need to comply with. Be sure your insurance covers all the services you provide and be sure your contract with the end users covers your services and your butt.  

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Title: All You Need to Know Before You Add DIY to Your Business
When: May 9, 2017 12 noon EST
What will be covered: This session will cover the basics of the DIY model, the critical factors of succeeding with a DIY business, the DIY customer and how the market has shifted over the last few years.
Who should attend: Alarm company owners, managers and those interested in DIY business model
Presented by: Megan McDonald, VP of Marketing, Alarm Capital Alliance and MyAlarm Center. 866-484-4800 x 8470 
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Title: All You Need to know about getting NICET certified
When: May 23,  2017 noon EST
Where: Your computer for power point, live video and call in on computer or phone
What will be covered:  Why you should get NICET certified and how to do it
Who should attend: Alarm company owners with technical skills, technicians
Presented by:  Bryan McLane, National Training Center, 4148 Mantle Ave., N Las Vegas, NV 89084. Direct phone 828-649-1337
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