Event fuses education, networking

Saturday, January 31, 2009

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--With fierce competition among trade shows, the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) designed its 2009 Annual Conference and Expo to include a little something for everyone.

The event, scheduled March 1-5 in Baltimore, has four educational tracks: clinical; leadership and management; reimbursement; and sales and marketing. It also offers CEUs for clinicians.

“If providers can only choose one conference this year, we want it to be us,” said Nancy Kramer, vice president of clinical affairs for NHIA. “Our theme is charting our course for success.”

The event also features a pre-conference session for senior executives looking to stay viable in a challenging environment; and a session about USP 797 standards for sterile compounding.

“Providers have questions about how they can comply with the standards without breaking the bank,” said Kramer.

A dinner at the National Aquarium offers attendees a chance to network and a special Legislative Hill Day allows them to lobby for Medicare coverage for home infusion services and supplies.

This year’s event kicks off with keynote speaker Mike Magee, a physician who speaks often on health reform, said Kramer.

“One of his focus areas is the idea of home-centered health care in transforming the healthcare system,” she said. “Putting it back in the home is central to reform.”