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5 Things VGM Members Can Look Forward to in 2017

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Written by: Lalaina Rabary, VGM Marketing 

Legislative momentum, new opportunities for savings and business tools – oh my! Here are five things VGM members can look forward to in the New Year.  

  1. Momentum for HME on Capitol Hill

    The recent passage of the 21st Century Cures Act has the HME industry hopeful for continued legislative momentum in 2017. The VGM Government Relations team is optimistic and will continue to fight for long-term solutions to the problems brought on by inefficient health care policies such as competitive bidding.

    VIDEO: John Gallagher Discusses Cures and What’s Next in 2017   

  2. New Benchmarking for Home Infusion

    VGM will add a benchmarking survey for Home Infusion members. “This will allow home infusion pharmacy members to compare operational metrics such as therapies provided, therapy margins, staffing ratios and salaries with other independently operated organizations,” says Stephanie Hookham, national account manager for VGM Home Infusion.

  3. Additional Opportunities for Savings – New Vendor Contracts

    Our vendor partnerships are growing! This means VGM members will reap the benefits through exclusive pricing and promotions on a variety of products. Contracts with Lake Court Medical and Smith & Nephew will launch in January. Lake Court Medical will give members access to same-day shipping and next-day delivery, and Smith & Nephew will help members address the human and economic needs of patients and those who care for them. 

    "Smith & Nephew products open the door for members to diversify their wound care offerings," commented Bob Hoffman, Vice President of Ancillary Services for  VGM & Associates. "Their products complement the wound care space and can help members reach customers in various health care settings."

    New vendor pricing will be announced the first week of January.

  4. New and Improved Retail Roadshows

    To reflect the changes and needs of the industry, the VGM Retail team has upgraded and expanded their Retail Science Roadshows for 2017 to help members determine potential success in their markets. Every event will be customized around the viability and potential for retail operations in that specific region through a detailed market analysis of the area and examples of real retail success. Retail has much more in store for members in 2017, click here to learn more.                                          

  5. Heartland Conference 2017

VGM members will once again be able to experience premier education, unrivaled networking and hometown hospitality at our Heartland Conference. VGM Retail will even be setting up a full health and wellness retail store near the convention center to give members a glimpse of the future of HME. Interested in speaking at this year’s conference? Here’s your chance. Submit a speaker proposal by January 13. 

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