ATLANTA (August 3, 2016)—Do you wish to share your expertise with attendees at Medtrade Spring 2017? The event is scheduled for February 27–March 1, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

If you have an interesting program/educational session idea, share your experience and knowledge by submitting a proposal. By submitting an abstract, you could help shape the educational conferences at Medtrade Spring 2017 and positively impact providers throughout the country.

Those who are selected as conference speakers gain visibility in the HME industry and contribute to the advancement of the profession. “Medtrade Spring and Medtrade routinely have the most well-known speakers in the industry, but there is room for relative unknowns,” says Kevin Gaffney, group show director, Medtrade. “If you are a successful HME provider who has done well, despite all the changes in the industry, 2017 may be the year to share your knowledge. Think about it.”

The Evaluation Process
Medtrade management, along with members of the Educational Advisory Board (EAB), will evaluate all presentations based on:

  • timeliness of topic;
  • overall content;
  • audience level content it is geared for;
  • audience interest;
  • creativity;
  • prior speaking expertise;
  • knowledge of subject matter;
  • prior speaker evaluation results; and
  • speaker references.

To be considered as a speaker, programs must be educational in nature. Sales presentations will not be accepted. In addition, material should be original; otherwise, sources must be referenced. For multiple speakers, each speaker must agree to the submission. Incomplete program submissions will not be considered.

Co-Location with Environments for Aging Expo
Medtrade Spring 2017 will co-locate with the 2017 Environments for Aging Expo & Conference (EFA), offering even more exposure for session presenters.

Emerald Expositions, the producer of Medtrade and Medtrade Spring, also produces EFA. Under the new arrangement, the events will take place side by side, from February 27–March 1, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

“There is a great deal of crossover appeal for attendees at both of these shows,” says Gaffney. “This agreement makes sense, and it will bring value to exhibitors and attendees at both shows. Anyone who attends this co-location next year will truly see the full scope of exciting products and services for our aging population.”

The Environments for Aging Expo & Conference (EFA) offers the latest strategies for creating functional and attractive living environments that meet the needs of an aging population. EFA is a comprehensive three-day learning experience, where attendees can network with peers and learn about the latest innovations in senior-friendly design for long-term and residential care settings.

Medtrade Spring 2017 Program Guidelines
Programs should address one of the educational tracks listed below. Sessions are either 1 hour or 1.5 hours in length, including a brief session for question and answer. Continuing education units (CEUs) may be available for appropriate programs.

Conference Educational Tracks

  • Audits
  • Business Operations
  • Competitive Bidding
  • Executive Leadership
  • Keeping it Legal
  • Medicare Updates
  • Retail
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Strategic Planning

Submissions are due by end of day on Friday, Aug 19. If you have any questions, e-mail Toni Ward, conference manager, at

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—Greg Thompson