MedReview’s top executives, Joseph Stamm and Helen Mutchler, were among the first-timers in a crowd of 700 organizations attending the Institute and Expo of America’s Health Insurance Plans in Austin, TX, in June. SVP of Operations and Client Development, Spencer Young, also attended the three-day event, but unlike his cohorts, he was not a newcomer to the scene. A former executive at United Healthcare and Health Data Insights, Mr. Young cited the positive differences in his experience this year versus years past.
“AHIP’s 1300 member companies provide health insurance coverage to 200 million people across the Americas and its conventions bring together vendors and customers with the goal of improving consumer services and care,” Young explains. “However, the June Expo is the premiere event of AHIP’s three annual conventions and attracts the industry’s top-tier executives. We went as a vendor, but it was a good opportunity to network with everyone, which we did,” Young explained.
The results of that networking were multifold.
“People’s reactions to our booth ranged from intrigued to very interested. For example, a Brazilian healthcare plan was looking to model its system after the US. They were seeking cost-containment methods but were unaware that services like ours existed. After picking our brains, their interest was piqued—and we are continuing the conversation.
“We also met with other vendors to see where we might have synergy and find possible partnerships.
MedReview is different. We take the review process a step beyond coding audits to scrutinizing the diagnoses and treatment itself. Our company is exceptional in its use of physicians to make adverse decisions on cases under review.”
Mr. Young noted a final difference between this expo and others he has attended throughout his career. “Giveaways are the favorite perk of convention goers, and since it was June in Texas, MedReview sponsored free bottles of cold Perrier and napkins with our logo. But this year, the attendees seemed far less interested in the tchotchkes than in learning about what we do and the services we provide.”
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