Networking & Special Events
Please note: the Audit Happy Hour, Stand Up for Homecare reception, and Power Lunch require an additional purchase.
First-Time Attendee Orientation
Tuesday, October 24 • 7:30 am - 8:00 am
Is it your first time at Medtrade? As a new attendee, we invite you to Medtrade's First-Time Attendee Orientation. Grab a cup of coffee and hear tips from Medtrade veterans that will help make your first Medtrade a success. Learn how to get the most out of your expo floor and/or conference experience. There is no fee to attend, no additional registration required.
The Innovative HME Retail Product Awards
Monday, October 23 • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sponsored by: HomeCare magazine
The biannual Innovative HME Retail Product Awards honor HME products that are particularly suited for retail sale. The purpose of the competition is to promote and recognize products that contribute to providers' bottom lines though cash sales. Entries will be judged on their contribution to the quality of life enhancement they will provide to the users and how well they would work in a retail environment. Products will also be judged on marketing support provided to suppliers, innovation; functionality, quality/durability, aesthetics/style, environmental sustainability, ease of retail set-up, and pricing. Attendees will listen to presentations from the top eight products (selected by panel of judges) and hear a retail panel discussion of these products. They will then cast their vote to crown three winners.
Exhibitors: learn more >>
The Audit "Happy" Hour
Monday, October 23 • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sponsored by: Mediware Information Systems, Pride, and The van Halem Group
There’s not much happiness when it comes to audits – unless you’re figuring out how to navigate them. We’re making it fun by giving you that opportunity, and a chance to meet with experts at a relaxed networking reception. So grab a glass of wine or beer (audits do drive us to drink, right?!), and meet with audit experts at this unique Q&A and networking opportunity. Registration fee varies with time of registration (save by registering early!), advance registration required.
AAHomecare’s Stand Up for Homecare Fundraiser Reception
Tuesday, October 24 • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Stand Up for Homecare is a proactive campaign that gets positive, accurate information about the home medical equipment sector into the media and onto Capitol Hill. The campaign has generated positive news reports by national and local media, and mobilized grassroots advocates to contact policymakers. The campaign has also funded research that underscores the value of HME and the credibility of providers. By attending the fundraising reception you can help to expand awareness and appreciation of homecare. The reception is also a major networking event attended by key leaders in the HME community. Read more about the Stand Up for Homecare campaign. You may add the Patron level, $150, to your Medtrade registration.
AAHomecare’s Washington Update
Tuesday, October 24 • 8:00 am - 9:45 am
Hear the latest developments on legislative, regulatory and payer relations issues from American Association for Homecare senior leadership. Topics will include long-term fixes for the competitive bidding program; audit reform; our increasing engagement with state Medicaid agencies, Medicare Advantage plans, and other private payers; and continued efforts to simplify the stream of rules and requirements that stands between suppliers and patients. You’ll also learn what you can do to help deliver better public policy outcomes for the HME sector in the coming year. This is a can’t-miss session for individuals with an interest in legislation and regulations affecting the future of our industry!
AAHomecare speakers to include: Tom Ryan, president, Jay Witter, senior vice president of public policy, Kim Brummett, vice president of regulatory affairs, and Laura Williard, senior director of payer relations.
This session will be preceded by the VGM Group’s presentation of the 2017 HME Woman of the Year award to an individual whose strong sense of purpose and commitment to values transforms quality health care from a priority to a passion, and helps inspire others in our industry. This year, 35 outstanding women have been nominated to be recognized for their significant accomplishments and contributions to the HME industry. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the finalists and winner of this year’s award.
Wednesday, October 25 • 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Sponsored by: VGM
Real food for thought! Fuel up on lunch and information crucial to making your business survive and thrive. Fill your plate with a quick lunch and head to your pre-selected table where the moderator will kick-off your roundtable group discussion. Learn from experts, hear from your peers, and take back solutions to your office. Seats fill up quickly, register early! Registration fees vary with time of registration, advance registration required.
Moderator: Scott Owen, VP National Sales VGM and Associates
There will be a table for each of the following topics. You must select one table to attend when registering and remain at that table during the event.
- Audits: Any Questions?
- Billing Non-Assigned
- Retail: If Your Customers Were Honest
- Managed Care
- Home Accessibility: The Longevity Revolution
- Leadership: It’s Kind of a Big Deal
- Using Data: Data to Dollars
- Social Media/Web Marketing: Toot Your Own Horn
Brightree SummitRegister directly with Brightree, not a Medtrade event
The Brightree Summit user conference is back and it’s “Bigger, Better, Bolder!” The annual event returns to Atlanta on October 23 to bring together hundreds of Brightree customers for a full-day of exceptional training, education and consulting sessions, world-class speakers, and cutting-edge health IT products and services. Attendees will experience the best of what Brightree offers HME providers to improve efficiency, operations and profitability. New in 2017, the Brightree Summit features an interactive Brightree trade show where attendees can get specific product questions answered by experts, a Summit App for your Apple or Android device to gain easy access to all event information, and a Networking Reception Event at the Omni Hotel from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. To register for the 2017 Brightree Summit, and learn about the agenda and speakers, visit www.brightree.com/summit.