Call for Session Proposals

Call for Session Proposals

Speak at the NRAA Annual Conference in 2018!

BOSTON, MA | OCTOBER 17-20, 2018

Share your expertise | Gain recognition from your peers | Explore different session formats


NRAA seeks presenters who can offer:

  • Case studies of "lessons learned" in quality improvement
  • First-hand experience implementing new programs, procedures or technologies
  • Insightful techniques to maximize quality outcomes and reduce costs
  • Practical ways to communicate and engage with patients and staff
  • Practical ways to enhance the functioning of the interdisciplinary team
  • Effective programs for promoting patient safety and reducing risks
  • Proven management methods that others can put to use

About the Conference

NRAA’s Annual Conference is the preeminent educational event where small, medium and independent dialysis providers convene to
share perspectives on the most recent developments in kidney care.

The conference attracts over 500 administrative and clinical professionals, including administrators, nurses, physicians/medical
directors, dietitians, social worker, and technicians from dialysis modalities such as facility-based, home, pediatric and hospital-based.
Dialysis industry representatives are also present at the conference

Proposals and presenters (up to 2) that are accepted to speak will be given complimentary registration to attend the NRAA Annual
Conference in 2018. NRAA will cover registration fees for speakers of accepted presentations. As the program is finalized, travel funding
for speakers will be evaluated.

Submission Criteria

All submissions are reviewed by members of NRAA’s Program Committee. Submissions will be reviewed un-blinded and only once.
Proposals will be accepted based on criteria met and appropriateness for the program. The Program Committee reserves the right to
accept as many or as few submissions as it wants. Reviewers will use the following criteria to select the most appropriate submissions
for inclusion in the NRAA Annual Conference. Submission should be clearly written and meet the following criteria:

Relevance to the Dialysis and ESRD Community
Topics must be relevant to the activities, initiatives, or direction of the dialysis professional. NRAA offers a list of broad topic areas you may consider for your presentation; however, your topic need not be limited to these areas.

Timeliness and Originality
Proposals will be evaluated on the timeliness and innovation of the program or service, and significance to dialysis professionals or stakeholders in the ESRD community.

Educational Presentation
All presentation proposals must be educational in nature. Proposals that are written in a manner that promotes a product, company or service, will not be considered.

Educational Formats
NRAA strongly encourages speakers to provide opportunities for attendees to ask questions, discuss problems and solutions, and interact informally with the faculty and with each other.

Abstracts and descriptions must be written in a manner that clearly, concisely and logically conveys the subject matters background, purpose and learning objectives.

Successful Advocacy Efforts at the Grassroots Level
Successful Business Operations and Strategies
Experience with Difficult Medical Surveys

Who Can Submit a Session Proposal?
You are invited to submit a proposal if you are a:
  • Administrator
  • Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Physician and/or Medical Director
  • Dietitian
  • Technician
  • Government employee in ESRD
  • Dialysis Consultant
  • CMO / CEO / CFO of a dialysis facility

Suggested Educational Session Topics
NRAA strives to offer a program with a wide array of topics of interest to dialysis professionals that will help advance patient care and safety. Conference attendees have expressed interest in learning about best practices, trends, innovations, opportunities and threats. Topics of interest to attendees include, but are not limited to:
  • Billing and Reimbursement (QIP, ESCOs, Reimbursement and Billing Tools, Documentation)
  • Legislative Advocacy (Health Policy Development, Communication Skills (Hill), Government Relations and Lobbying Skills.)
  • Facility Operations (Infection Control, Home Dialysis, Data Management, Culture of Patient Safety, Nursing Home, Skilled Nursing
  • Facility… (Hospital-based)
  • Regulatory Compliance (Survey Preparation and Response, QAPI, CROWNWeb, Benchmarking.)
  • Technical Oversight (Documentation, Medical Director Responsibilities, Water Treatment, AAMI, Standards and Recommended Guidelines.)
  • Clinical Management (Policies, Procedures, Protocols, Staff Continuing Education, Care Coordination, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Standards of Preparation.)

Session Goals
When considering the content for your session, you may incorporate the following:
  • A case study to demonstrate a challenge and solution.
  • Q&A opportunities—plan questions within the session to ensure interaction among participants.
  • Presentations slides that capture key points and drive presentation (e.g. less text, more visuals is an effective learning tool).
  • Interactive activities—find opportunities to engage in group work to apply learning to real life situations.
  • Audience polling.

Poster Option

If you are interested in presenting a poster, please email NRAA Education Director Valerie Okrend at The Program Committee will determine if there is enough interest in 2018 for poster presentations. These opportunities will be discussed with submitters on a case by case basis.

Submission Form