Someone wants National Seating & Mobility and United Seating & Mobility to step up to the plate

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05/17/2010

Did you know that 60 of the 166 industry and clinical professionals that participated in CELA in April were there representing ATG Rehab? ATG Rehab scheduled its annual meeting in the Washington, D.C., area the same week as CELA to make it as easy as possible for its RTSs and ATPs to participate in the Capitol Hill visits.

It's a fact that Simon Margolis, executive director of NRRTS, which organizes CELA, pointed out to me a few times at the event.

That's a big deal. If the RTSs and ATPs from ATG Rehab weren't there, the rehab industry would have had 36% fewer feet, not including consumers, pounding the pavement to drum up support for a separate benefit for complex rehab.

Taking that idea a step further, someone at Medtrade Spring last week asked me: Why aren't the other large regional providers, like National Seating & Mobility and United Seating & Mobility, following suit?

That's a good question. If CELA also had the drawing power of NSM and USM, I bet NRRTS would have nearly as many participants at CELA as AAHomecare does for its Washington Legislative Conference, an industry-wide event that drew a crowd of nearly 300 earlier this year.

That would be an even bigger deal.

So, what do you say NSM and USM? CELA 2011?

Liz Beaulieu

Comments

This is along the lines of those HME providers who have often wondered why Medtrade can't locate itself closer to DC. The presence of several thousand providers all at once in the city, along with all the money spent by them and the show, would have a larger impact then the 300 that attended the AAHomecare event. Not that I am knocking the fly-in mind you. But, Las Vegas seems a little useless if you think about it.

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