CMS to Join Heartland Panel Discussion

Attendees to VGM event will be able to discuss regulations, reimbursements and audits with CMS representatives.

The conference schedule for VGM’s upcoming June 19-21 Heartland Conference will include a panel discussion with Tangita Daramola, CMS’s competitive bidding acquisition ombudsman, and Natalie Duncan the Small Business Administration’s deputy national ombudsman.

Contractors from CGS, C2C and Noridian will also participate in the 90-minute session.

“VGM has maintained a working relationship with Tangita and her staff at CMS in an effort to improve CMS programs and keep DME suppliers informed of CMS updates,” said Ronda Buhrmester, VGM’s reimbursement expert and session moderator. “By bringing them to Heartland Conference, members will have the opportunity to share first-hand how regulations, reimbursements and audits are affecting their business. Believe it or not, this group of panelists listen to our members.”

Themed “Where Community Meets Opportunity,” the 2018 edition of the event offers more than 80 education sessions offered during the two and a half day conference at Waterloo, Iowa’s Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. Attendees can earn up to 16 contact hours of CEUs through a number of position-specific education tracks. Among the 11 tracks are an executive and a women’s health track that are new to the lineup.

“We’re excited to further showcase VGM’s hometown hospitality by offering several community dinners that will cater to a variety of job roles,” said Sarah Conger, VGM’s director of events and Heartland Conference chairperson. “Attendees will be able to share a bite to eat and exchange best practices with other attendees that work in the same or similar capacity.”      

The event will also feature various networking and social events, including a new event in downtown Cedar Falls, Iowa, a first-time attendee ice cream social and community dinners. For more information visit

About the Author

David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

Technology Building Blocks for HME & CRT Providers podcast