Medtrade Spring Prepares to Welcome Industry
- By Laurie Watanabe
- Mar 31, 2011
Medtrade Spring will offer a blend of education, advocacy and new products when it opens next week at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
The event features an educational conference that starts Tuesday, April 12, and runs for three days. The exhibit hall will be open Wednesday and Thursday, April 13-14.
According to the producers of Medtrade Spring, 5,000 DME suppliers, home healthcare professionals and DME manufacturers attended the event last year.
Educational sessions run all day Tuesday. On Wednesday, educational sessions take place in the morning, before the exhibit hall opens, then start up again mid-afternoon. Thursday educational sessions take place in the morning, before the exhibit hall opens.
The exhibit hall is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Complex Rehab Educational Offerings
Educational sessions with a complex rehab technology focus include the following (confirm dates and times on site):
Tuesday, April 12
8 a.m.-12 noon
Mobility Assistive Equipment Funding in 2011 and Beyond
Speaker: Daniel Fedor, GM of education & compliance, Pride Mobility Products Corp.
Q Logic Electronics: Moving Forward
Speaker: Jay Doherty, OTR, ATP, SMS, clinical education manager, Pride Mobility Products Corp.
Navigating the Maze of Rehab Documentation
Speaker: Claudia Amortegui, president, The Orion Group
The Perfect Fit: "The Pocket Guide" Session to Building a Manual Chair Around the Rider for Optimal Performance and Health
Speaker: Lois Brown, rehab clinical education specialist, Invacare Corp.
Medicare 101 for the Clinician and RTS
Speaker: Elizabeth Cole, director of clinical rehab services, U.S. Rehab
Speaker: Charity Bright, Jurisdiction B DME MAC provider outreach & education consultant, National Government Services, Inc.
Wednesday, April 13
Measurement, Positioning & Mobility Considerations for Bariatric Consumers
Speaker: Stephanie Tanguay, clinical education specialist, Motion Concepts
Impact of Seating and Positioning on Respiratory System Performance
Speakers: Lois Brown, rehab clinical education specialist, Invacare Corp., and Bob Messenger, clinical respiratory education specialist, Invacare Corp.
The Current Status of Legislative Activity
Speaker: John Gallagher, VP, VGM
Home Modification and You
Speaker: Bill Stelzer, coach, Bill Stelzer Consulting
What is the "Load" Down with Wheelchair Cushions?
Speaker: Darren Hammond, senior director, The ROHO Institute, The ROHO Group
Power Mobility Changes and Updates for 2011
Speaker: Peggy Walker, billing & reimbursement advisor, U.S. Rehab/VGM
Thursday, April 14
Evaluation to Fitting: How to Properly Fit a Wheelchair to Your Client
Speaker: Jay Doherty, clinical education manager, Pride Mobility Products Corp.
The Power of One
Julie Piriano, director of rehab industry affairs, Pride Mobility Products Corp.
In addition, the ever-popular Washington Update, presented by the American Association for Homecare, takes place on Wednesday, April 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. President Tyler Wilson and VP of government affairs Walter Gorski will discuss emerging legislation and regulations that could impact the DME industry, as well as update attendees on such ongoing hot-button topics as competitive bidding, DME audits and PECOS.
For more information on educational sessions, travel arrangements or registration, visit medtradespring.com. Mobility Management readers can receive a free pass to the exhibit hall by using the code ENEWS, and can receive $20 off the conference price by using the code 20CONF during the registration process.
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.