Medtrade Spring: MMA all day, every day

Monday, February 28, 2005

LAS VEGAS - This year’s Medtrade Spring runs April 5-7 and besides 450 exhibitors populating the main hall, the show will feature MMA all day, every day. Of the 70 educational sessions, many will offer providers insights into the Medicare changes that are set to take shape over the coming years.

“There’s a clear focus on accreditation, which is what people are talking about because it’s coming up first,” said Medtrade Spring spokesperson Denise McClinton. “The cost is huge to get accredited, so you have to make sure you are getting what you want from the accrediting organization you choose.”

Again this year, Medtrade Spring will hold a panel discussion called “Dueling Accreditation.” The two-part session, scheduled for Wednesday, April 5 from 9:00-10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., will bring together representatives from JCAHO, CHAP and ACHC and will be moderated by Steve Vinci of Timberlake Corporation.

“Mysteries of the Accreditation Process: Myths Dispelled,” with Wayne Link of Link consulting Group, will also offer a forum for those with questions about the process. “Conducting Your Own Mock Survey,” hosted by Mary Ellen Conway, a consultant and former HME surveyor, will give providers the skills needed to conduct their own surveys.

The conference’s education sessions will begin Tuesday, April 4 at noon and run through the show’s close on Thursday, April 7.

For those looking for some fun, dive into the Party by the Pool at the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday, April 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Las Vegas’s 100th birthday in 2005 will also give you something to celebrate on the Strip.

“We are excited about this year’s show and anticipate the industry will once again be able to take the information they receive and return home with practical information they can implement to improve their business,” said Zuzette Estevez, Medtrade’s show director. “At Medtrade Spring attendees will be able to hear first-hand how they can make changes to increase their opportunities in the home healthcare industry going forward.”