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Medtrade Mobility/Rehab Seminars

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With 297,000 net square feet of products and services, and more than 900 exhibitors, planning ahead for Medtrade 2005 is essential. Here we offer a listing of mobility and rehab seminars so you can customize your schedule and maximize your educational opportunities and time.

Medtrade 2005 Schedule at a Glance

Monday, October 17

Continuum of Care Conference
Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Track

Earn continuing education units (CEUs) for certain sessions through the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS) and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Sponsored by Mobility Management magazine.

8-9:30 a.m.
Loading, Symmetry, Absolute Values: What Am I Talking About?
Sharon Pratt, director of education,
Seating, Sunrise Medical

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Wheelchair Seating Standards: A Testing Update for ISO and Medicare Requirements
Allen Siekman, president,
Allen Siekman Consulting

10:30-10:45 a.m. BREAK

10:45-12:15 p.m.
Seating and Positioning for the Very Young Child (0-3)
Ginny Paleg, PT, and Sharon Pratt, director of education,
Seating, Sunrise Medical

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch
Update on Competitive Bidding
Asela Cuervo, Esq.

1:15-2:45 p.m.
Justifying Powered Mobility
Mark Schmeler, director,
Center for Assistive Technology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

2:45-3 p.m. BREAK

3-4 p.m.
Pressure Wound/Pressure Relief
Tina Roesler, director of training & education,
The ROHO Group

4-5 p.m.
Seating for the Wheelchair Athlete
Allen Siekman, president,
Allen Siekman Consulting

Tuesday, October 18

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Material Considerations for Rehabilitation Equipment
Session 74
Josh Anderson and Alan Ludovici, TiLite
Tina Roesler, The ROHO Group

Explore the impact of materials and design on rehab equipment from wheelchair frames to wheels and back supports. Examine the merchandise principles of materials used in manufacturing and differences in strength, weight and durability. Share your experience with equipment and get hands-on experience.

8:30-9:30 a.m.
I'm Not Comfortable, Fix It
Session 160
Sitting discomfort is a problem for many wheelchair users. Client comfort levels, varying positions and postures, as well as proper positioning in the eyes of the clinician will be addressed in this session. How do you deal with comfort and how much does it matter?

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Accreditation: Your Foundation for Best Practice
Session 3
Accreditation as a foundation for best practice performance: learn the importance of accreditation, launch new programs and improve old systems for optimal efficiency.

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Reimbursement for Powered Mobility: Color in the Gray
Session 111
Daniel Fedor, director of education, Pride Mobility
Develop a black and white understanding for a typically gray area — Medicare funding for power wheelchairs. Participants will learn how to screen potential customers — insurance or cash — process CMNs, obtain supporting medical documentation and assess the provided information to accurately determine coverage before delivery.

8:30-9:30 a.m.
The New Reimbursement World of Power
Session 130
Claudia Amortegui, The Orion Consulting Group, Inc.
Power wheelchair codes have changes and the policy is changing. Are you ready? Learn what is required of you and your billing and documentation system.

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Compliance Hot Spots for 2006
Session 15
Asela Cuervo, The Law Offices of Asela Cuervo
The new year will bring new changes to DME suppliers. Learn how to prepare for documentation changes for wheelchairs and other DME items. Prepare for the challenges ahead and develop strategies to keep you compliant and competitive.

8:30-10:30 a.m.
HME Makeover Workshop
Session 41
Jack Evans, Global Media Marketing
Edward Lemar, Gladson Design Group

Participate in this hands-on workshop to redesign your own HME showroom. Learn how space, traffic flow, lighting, display, color and product selection to generate more sales. Transform your HME storeroom into an attractive and profitable showroom.

9:45-10:45 a.m.
What Does it Mean to be Compliant in Competitive Bidding and Why?
Session 120
Mike Davis, The MED Group
Designed to provide owners and managers with an intermediate look at competitive bidding, this session will explore why corporate compliance should be a part of the accreditation process. Take a look from both sides of the spectrum — government and provider.

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Keep Pushing!
Session 60
Kathryn Fisher, Therapy Supplies and Rental, Ltd.
Brenless Mogul-Rotman, Toward Independence

Not all clients are appropriate candidates for power mobility. Learn the tools to evaluate the effectiveness of a client's manual wheelchair by looking at ergonomics, functional mobility and comfort.

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Wheelchairs, Rehab and Standards: Get Paid and Keep Your Money!
Session 148
Jeanie Lane, The MED Group
Understand the rules and regulations for payment by Medicare and all other payors. Learn what to obtain and how and receive a detailed checklist to be sure you have the correct information when you attend this session.

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Where Are We With Seating and Positioning?
Session 150
Claudia Amortegui, The Orion Consulting Group, Inc.
Where are we now? Learn the most current information on policy changes and codes.

11 a.m.-12 noon
Wheelchairs: Who'd 'a Thunk … There Were So Many Choices That Impact Propulsion!
Session 147
Michael Babinee, Invacare Corp.
Selecting a manual wheelchair involves choices that impact responsiveness, maneuverability, accessibility, adjustability, durability, wheel access, transfer needs, positioning requirements, size geometries and terrain requirements. Learn the strengths and liabilities of the multitude of options and make recommendations that match user needs.

Wednesday, October 19

8:30-9:30 a.m.
The Goal: Independent Mobility and Maximal Function
Session 127
Jane Fontein, Phil Mundy, Product Design Group
Hear Case Studies: How assessment findings lead to the decision of the final product. Focusing on clients who require either manual tilt wheelchairs, manually operated bariatric wheelchairs and people who present with a great deal of agitation. From pediatric to geriatric, success of the case study is determined by the level of independent mobility and function achieved by the client.

9:45-10:45 a.m.
The State of the Power Mobility Industry
Session 133
Dan Meuser, Pride Mobility
A provider's perspective to integrating current information to ensure providers understand legislative and CMS information. Learn insights to build a stronger business through 2006.

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Disabilities: Definitions, Characteristics and Assistive Technology Considerations
Session 26
Elizabeth Cole, Sunrise Medical
What you need to know about Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and Multiple Sclerosis in order to provide the appropriate assistive technology. Learn the physical, medical, functional, environmental, psychosocial and cognitive considerations specific for each disability type and how they relate to the selection of seating and mobility products.

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Outcome Measures of Functional Performance Using a Wheelchair
Session 88
Mark Schmeler, University of Pittsburgh
The need to measure outcomes has become more critical. Learn the existing functional outcome tools and the clinical utility of the Functioning Everyday with a Wheelchair?Capacity (FEW-C) outcome tool. Measure functional capacities in a series of wheelchair-based activities.

11 a.m.-12 noon
Power Mobility: Is My Client Safe?
Session 103
Linda Norton, Shoppers Home Health Care
Have you ever prescribed a power wheelchair or scooter for a client and wondered, Are they really a safe power mobility user? Through assessment of physical, environmental, cognitive and psychosocial domains, learn the reasons for potential unsafe power mobility driving. Clinicians can develop strategies with the client to improve performance.

Thursday, October 20

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Unraveling the Medicare Mystery on Seating Surfaces
Session 167
Patrick Meeker, The ROHO Group, Inc.
Calling all seating professionals and insurance billing personnel: Still confused or concerned over the funding and coverage criteria of the new wheelchair seating payment policy? This program will highlight the history behind the changes and detail the most current changes. Leave with a solid understanding of how to appropriately prescribe wheelchair seating for optimal reimbursement.

9:45.-10:45 a.m.
The Impact of Positioning on Wheelchair Propulsion
Session 168
Patrick Meeker, The ROHO Group
Wheelchair seating professionals, therapists and third party payors can learn the impact of wheelchair setup and seating in propulsion mechanics. Emphasis will be placed on shoulder biomechanics and preventative measures that will help decrease shoulder pain and discomfort.

11 a.m.-12 noon
Getting It Right the First Time
Session 161
Tina Roesler, The ROHO Group
Case studies with audience participation will be the format for a discussion on selecting the proper fit for a first time user. Explore the problems associated with long-term manual wheelchair use, review current research and learn solutions. Funding, manual wheelchair setup, and available options for seating and positioning also will be addressed.

11 a.m. 12 noon
Partial-Body Weight Bearing: Gait Training for Children with Neuropathology
Session 94
Janet Howle, Kaye Products, Inc.
Partial Body Weight Bearing (PBWB) Gait Training is a relatively new intervention strategy that is being used successfully with children with Cerebral Palsy and other mobility problems to gain walking or change characteristics of their gait. This intervention requires the use on an overhead suspension system, a harness and a way to adjust the amount of weight-bearing when walking.

11 a.m.-12 noon
Pelvic Positioning in Wheelchair Seating
Session 98
Allen Siekman, Allen Siekman Consulting
Methods and equipment used to control pelvic position and improve stability and functions in wheelchair seating. Review the biomechanics of the pelvis, static and dynamic pelvic control, controlling pelvic tilt, obliquity and rotation and the use and application of postural supports for pelvis control.

11-12 noon
Seating, Mattresses and Wound Care
Session 164
Laurie Rappl, Span America
Pressure Elimination Seating: Dealing directly with pressure, shearing and maceration. Choose a mattress that meets mobility and skin needs.

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
NCART Update
Session 81
Rita Hostak, Sunrise Medical
Learn the activities of NCART on the federal level regarding coding, coverage policy and reimbursement of rehab and assistive technology.


Medtrade 2005 Schedule at a Glance

Monday, October 17

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Continuum of Care Conference
Reimbursement Conference: From Customer Service to Collections … What's New and What Works

1-5 p.m.
AAHomecare Golf Classic

Tuesday, October 18

7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Registration

7:30-8:15 a.m.
Opening Sessions

8:30 a.m.-12 noon
Educational seminars

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Exhibit hall open

Wednesday, October 19

7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Registration

7:30-8:15 a.m.
Opening Sessions

8:30 a.m.-12 noon
Educational seminars

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Exhibit hall open

Thursday, October 20

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Registration

8:30 a.m.-12 noon
Educational seminars

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Exhibit hall open

This article originally appeared in the September 2005 issue of Mobility Management.

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