Opportunity knocks at annual event

Monday, February 22, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The National Home Infusion Association marks its silver anniversary this year on a wave of optimism, something that it plans to infuse into its annual conference, organizers say.

“We are really looking to generate member excitement around our ongoing legislative initiative (The Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act of 2015), while we reflect on the success we’ve achieved over the past 25 years,” said Nancy Kramer, vice president of clinical affairs for NHIA. “We want to make sure we are focused in the right direction as we move forward and create a lot of opportunities for

This year’s event, “Maximizing Success, Creating Opportunities,” will be held March 21–24 in New Orleans. The conference features four educational tracks, four half-day workshops, an executive track and more than 100 exhibitors.

One key word this year: data. The association in 2010 launched its multi-year Industry-Wide Data Initiative, an effort to define outcomes data elements and standards of care. The association planned in January to publish a revised set of outcomes definitions and present them in a conference session, says Kramer.

“We’ll need to be able to report on quality measures in a way that could impact reimbursement,” she said. “We’ve been preparing for several years to look at different quality measures that are a good assessment of our patient care, and also that we can define and document consistently.

This year also brings many regulatory issues to the home infusion industry, including revisions to USP 800 on handling hazardous drugs and proposed revisions to USP 797 on sterile compounding. The conference offers several sessions to educate providers on those changes, said Kramer.

Event organizers are excited to host the event in New Orleans this year and have organized a riverboat cruise, complete with jazz band and gaming tables.