There's nothing like Medtrade
I don't know how many of you know this, but my second week as an employee at HME News I got to go to Medtrade Spring 2011.
Everyone told me it would be a great opportunity to learn all about the industry: I'd get to have some good conversations with people and spend some time at each of the booths.
I wrote a story from the show about the AAHomecare Washington Update, not knowing who any of the people on the stage were until they said their names. All that info about getting in touch with your member of Congress was new to me. (Now I've seen what a difference reaching out to Congress can make—Hello HR 4378 and HR 6490!)
I remember walking up to a really nice lady at BOC International and asking what her company did. She said BOC was an accrediting agency and I'm like "Cool, who do you… accreditate?"
(Yep, made that word up.)
I was amazed at all the different kinds of HME, my mind was boggled, and my feet hurt.
Here I am, almost two years later, and I'm still impressed by the show going on two floors below the Show Daily Office.
I got to hit the show floor for a little bit yesterday. I got a free massage from Tiger Tail, some Mardi Gras beads from DOCS and saw what I believed was a Star Wars critter but what Theresa informed me was Sasquatch—and got to talk to some providers about what they thought the future of HME will look like. (See the Question of the Day in Show Daily 2, on stands now.)
I'm hoping to hit the floor more this afternoon and tomorrow. Message me on Twitter if you'd like a visit (hme_elizabeth) or stop by the HME News booth (2928). I promise not to ask you what accreditation is all about—but I might steal one of your pens.