Medtrade Spring Prepares to Welcome Industry

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.

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Navigating the Maze of Rehab Documentation

Speaker: Claudia Amortegui, president, The Orion Group

3-4 p.m.

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.

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Medicare 101 for the Clinician and RTS

Speaker: Elizabeth Cole, director of clinical rehab services, U.S. Rehab

Medicare Updates

Speaker: Charity Bright, Jurisdiction B DME MAC provider outreach & education consultant, National Government Services, Inc.

Wednesday, April 13

8-9 a.m.

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

9:15-10:15 a.m.

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

3-4 p.m.

Power Mobility Changes and Updates for 2011

Speaker: Peggy Walker, billing & reimbursement advisor, U.S. Rehab/VGM

Thursday, April 14

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Evaluation to Fitting: How to Properly Fit a Wheelchair to Your Client

Speaker: Jay Doherty, clinical education manager, Pride Mobility Products Corp.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

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 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.

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