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Kevin Gaffney


I caught up with Kevin Gaffney, Show Director for the Medtrade trade show and conference held fall and spring here in Atlanta at Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC).  He also serves as Group Show Director for Emerald Expositions LLC, overseeing several of the trade show/conference events in addition to the Medtrade show.

Medtrade serves the home DME community, providing a large vendor exhibition, along with numerous educational offerings designed to help retailers, and other members of the home DME business community better manage their businesses in line with the current regulatory and reimbursement climates.

Medtrade’s website describes the event this way, “Medtrade brings the home medical equipment community together under one roof, providing attendees and exhibitors with opportunities to build successful business relationships. Hundreds of HME manufacturers and thousands of HME providers join us each year for the largest annual sourcing opportunity for durable medical equipment and find the HME products to satisfy today’s growing demand in an ever-changing environment.

Medtrade Spring is coming February 28-March 1, 2017 and early registration is available HERE.

Special Guest:

Kevin Gaffney, Show Director, Medtrade and Group Show Director, Emerald Expositions  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1


Self-funded Health Plans


mPoweredIThealth connection strategies

Self-funded Health Plans

On this episode of Midtown Business Radio I featured two Atlanta area companies that help business from a couple of directions.  John Mamon, CEO of mPoweredIT, came by to talk about their outsourced IT solution.  He introduced us to Brian Keen, President/CEO of Health Cooperative Strategies.

mPowered IT is an IT support services provider focused on delivering the entire IT value chain to small and medium medical practices and businesses. Offerings include fixed fee IT support, cloud services, backup and disaster recovery, and managed network security.

John shared how he came to starting his service company that enables medical practices and small to mid-sized businesses focus on their core functions rather than spending unproductive time trying to maintain and manage their IT hardware, software, and infrastructure.

We talked about the fact that for most small- to mid-sized businesses it makes sense to outsource the IT management function in order to maximize reliability of vital IT elements, their security, and compliance, while at the same time, spending less than would be required if they were to hire a skilled expert themselves.

Brian talked about how Health Cooperative Strategies collaborates with associations, chambers of commerce, and other large groups such as GPO’s to create self-funded health plans.  In this way, these organizations are able to offer large-group-type health plans that in some cases, equals the benefits and member expense as a 10,000+ employee company.

We talked about how, before the ACA, health plans were able to offer discounted rates to organizations such as these for insuring large, mostly-healthy groups for inclusion in the plan.  The recent level of implementation of the ACA changed that, making it impossible for companies participating in exchanges to offer such a discounted, minimal-risk group plan.

Health Cooperative Strategies fills that void.  They are able to work with these organizations who seek to provide such benefits to help them create a self-funded plan and/or to combine with other similar groups to forge an even-larger group that helps them offer outstanding benefits for a comparatively low rate.

Special Guests

John Mamon, CEO/Founder, mPoweredIT  linkedin_small1  google-plus-logo-red-265px


  • Associates Degree, Information Technology, Bryant and Stratton College
  • Previous VP, Professional Services, BMC Solutions
  • Former Executive VP, CDI Managed Services

Brian Keen, President/CEO, Health Cooperative Strategies  linkedin_small1

health connection strategies

Complex Patients

Infectious Disease Consultants

Complex Patients

This week I sat down with our colleague, Dr. Andrew Pugliese, Infectious Disease specialist of Infectious Disease Consultants in Johns Creek.  He stopped by to talk about complex patients.  He shared how medical studies focus on single illnesses, disqualifying certain age groups and patients with multiple disease states.  Dr. Pugliese talked about the fact that in the real world medical office, rare is it that a patient walks in to be treated for a problem who is only dealing with that single disease.  More commonly, patients present with obesity, and/or diabetes, heart disease, or any number of other health problems that can affect the way the body responds to a given disease state and treatments for them.  Dr. Pugliese shared how these “multi-morbid” (having more than one health issue) patients are very complex and often do not respond to therapies as studies suggest they will.  He offered advice for providers to help them be better able to manage patients when they need care for a given problem when other health issues are present.  Check out Dr. Pugliese’s blog at

Special Guest:

Andrew Pugliese, MD, Infectious Disease Consultants twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1  facebook_logo_small3  Blogger 2  

Infectious Disease Consultants

  • Doctorate in Medicine, St. George University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship, Infectious Disease, Winthrop University Hospital
  • Triple Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease
  • Pioneer in non-surgical treatment of acute and chronic sinusitis
  • President of Sinus Solutions