Infusion conference forgers new 'frontiers'

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - "Constructing New Frontiers" is the theme of the National Home Infusion Association's (NHIA) annual conference and exposition, April 12-15 in Dallas.

Providers will play an important role in building the industry's future, said Nancy Kramer, vice president of clinical affairs for NHIA.

"We are poised this year to work together as an industry, not only from a provider perspective, but also from a business perspective to try and better define our industry," she said.

To that end, the association in January launched an industry-wide data gathering initiative (see related story).

Pulling together data--and providers--will help the industry grow stronger, said Kramer.

Of course, the conference also aims to help providers improve their businesses, clinically and operationally.

Reimbursement is of particular interest in today's tight environment, and accuracy is a must, said Kramer. Two sessions will provide an overview of how technology can help.

"A lot of providers tend to be reluctant to consider the cost of new technologies," said Kramer. "We're looking at how to cost-effectively implement new technology and how to validate that the cost you're spending on the technology is being realized in operational efficiencies."

This year's keynote speaker is John Crowley, president and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics. Crowley inspired the recent movie "Extraordinary Measures," about his quest to find a cure for Pompe disease, after two of his children were diagnosed with the rare neuromuscular disorder

Kramer hopes Crowley can serve as an inspiration for infusion providers.

"He has a link to home infusion via his own family," she said. "He has that sense of persistence and determination that providers need to have today."