NHIA conference: Time to 'amplify' message

Friday, February 20, 2015

PHOENIX – With new legislation in hand, the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) says this year’s annual conference is shaping up to be a “crossroads event.”

“This is really a seminal moment,” said Steve Jurich, senior vice president and COO of NHIA. “It’s a great opportunity to get everyone on the same page.”

That attitude is in keeping with the theme of this year’s event, “Now is the Time: Amplifying our Engagement.” The annual conference and exhibition takes place March 23-26 in Phoenix and offers a full slate of educational programming ranging from leadership models to sales incentives to grassroots lobbying.

One familiar session topic: audits.

“It’s the subject that never goes away,” said Nancy Kramer, vice president of clinical affairs. “Overcoming denials and identifying the perennial reasons for them—that’s something we need to constantly look at and refresh.”

As always, the event offers plenty of opportunity for networking and sharing real-life experiences—Jurich hopes that engagement will encourage attendees to push forward with the NHIA’s initiatives. While the new home infusion legislation, “The Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act of 2015,” reintroduced on Jan. 28 in the Senate and House of Representatives, is a priority, other issues, including competitive bidding and compounding regulations, are also important.

Jurich would also like to see the next generation of home infusion professionals get involved. To that end, the inaugural Lynn Giglione Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at this year’s event to a home or specialty infusion nurse who has distinguished himself or herself within the field.

Giglione, a long-time industry advocate, died last year.

“We really want to have infusion nurses, who are the cornerstone of the industry, be active,” said Jurich.