Annual Conference

NRAA Annual Conference, Workshop, and Symposium
The Annual Conference is the largest gathering of renal healthcare leaders in the United States, and includes a pre-conference workshop for dialysis facility mangers and a Symposium for professionals in a leadership role at their organization. These events brings together the entire dialysis and kidney care community, and provides professionals of different specialties and backgrounds with excellent learning and networking opportunities. Speakers for all events include leading experts in the kidney care community, government agencies, healthcare industry and dialysis business world. Interactive and engaging educational sessions will address critical and timely topics that focus on improving patient care in a changing environment.

  • Earn CE and CME contact hours for attending sessions
  • Gain valuable insights on the state of the ESRD industry
  • Learn how leading experts are improving patient care
  • Hear how to prepare your facility for changing regulations
  • Network with other kidney care professionals; exchange ideas and best practices
  • Meet with leading ESRD service and equipment providers 
Advertising, exhibiting or sponsoring opportunities are available.

Contact hours are offered for CE and CME. To view the CE and CME guide to learn about credits per event, click here.

Download the Brochure for additional event details and the NRAA Austin Local Guide for restaurants, sites & attractions, entertainment, and much more. 

Thank you to everyone who attended and celebrated our 40th anniversary with us in Austin this year. We look forward to seeing you again at our 2018 Annual Conference in Boston, MA - October 17-20, 2018!



Workshop on Dialysis Management on Wednesday, October 18 
Designed for people managing staff and dialysis facilities that want to improve their knowledge and skills in facility administration and operations to become leaders in their role.  

View the agenda for the Workshop on Dialysis Management for information on sessions, session descriptions, learning objectives and speakers.

Earn CE contact hours for attending sessions - view CE information.


At a Glance Schedule
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      Registration
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.        Breakfast for Workshop Registrants
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Workshop for Dialysis Management       

  • Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Safety
  • Strategies to Improve the Overall Perception of Safety Scores in the Outpatients Hemodialysis Setting
  • When Cost Reporting Becomes a Reimbursement Tool
  • How to Keep Safety a Part of Your Quality
    Bringing QAPI Action Plans to Life Through Audits

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.        New Member/First Time Attendee Reception
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.        Welcome Reception


Annual Conference on Thursday, October 19 - Friday, October 20 
The NRAA Annual Conference features education for professionals involved in all aspects of ESRD patient care and dialysis facilities. The Annual Conference includes a Welcome Reception in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 18.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.       Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Thursday, October 19, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Registration
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.       Welcome
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Annual Conference Sessions

  • What Makes for a Great Team?
  • The Power of Patients: Improving Your ICH CAHPS Score
  • Updates from Washington
  • It's Never Too Late to Prepare!
  • Trauma - Informed Care in the Dialysis Center

6:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.       NRAA President’s Reception

All conference registrants and exhibitors are invited - sponsorship opportunities available

Friday, October 20, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.        Regional Breakfast Meetings
8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.        NRAA Business Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.        Annual Conference Sessions

  • Competing and Winning Against Giants
  • SSNRI Ninja Warriors - Strategies for Surviving the Course Change
  • News from the Legal World
  • Care Innovation: Transitional Programs - Conjoined Session with the Symposium
  • Change and Challenge in Acute Kidney Injury - Conjoined Session with the Symposium
  • Population Health Management Integrated into ESRD - Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities- Conjoined Session with the Symposium

5:45 p.m.                          Closing Reception         

Earn CE contact hours for attending sessions - view CE/CME information 

View the agenda for the Annual Conference for information on sessions, session descriptions, learning objectives and speakers.


Dialysis, Nephrologist and Facility Leader Symposium on Friday, October 20 - Saturday, October 21
Co-presented by NRAA and the Renal Physicians Association (RPA), the Symposium features leading nephrology and ESRD experts sharing their insight on dialysis patients. The program is designed to assist medical directors and facility leaders with fulfilling their roles and improving care delivery.  

Friday, October 20, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Registration
1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.       Welcome and Introductions
1:35 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.       Symposium Sessions

  • Care Innovation: Transitional Programs - Conjoined Session with the Conference
  • Change and Challenge in Acute Kidney Injury - Conjoined Session with the Conference
  • Population Health Management Integrated into ESRD - Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities- Conjoined Session with the Conference

5:45 p.m.              Networking Reception 


Saturday, October 21, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.       Breakfast & Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.       Welcome and Introductions
8:10 a.m - 12:30 p.m.       Symposium Sessions

  • CMS's Quality Payment Program for Physicians - Implications for the Dialysis Community
  • Cardio Renal Patients
  • Supporting our ESRD Patients: The Power of Advance Care Planning
  • A Discussion on Staffing Ratios with Experience from Various States

CME credit will be available for the Dialysis, Nephrologist and Facility Leader Symposium - view CME information.

View the agenda for the Symposium - includes sessions, session descriptions, learning objectives and speaker information.


Attendance is open to members and non-members. 

Discount Registration rates available for:

  • NRAA Members
  • "Early Bird" registrations (ended on September 1, 2017)
  • Multiple registrants from your facility/ company
  • Registration for multiple components 

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be in writing. No refunds will be made after October 6, 2017. All cancellations will be charged a $100 administrative



Organizations interested in additional exposure for their company, products or services, can take advantage of exhibit and promotional opportunities.   

Exhibit Hall: A booth or tabletop in the NRAA Exhibit Hall provides access to 500+ attendees. Exhibitors are invited to participate in the educational sessions and network with attendees at the evening social events.

Promotional opportunities include:
  • Advertising in the onsite conference program
  • Support for items used by attendees: pens, notebooks, etc.
  • Support for events for attendees: breaks, lunch, breakfast, enhancements to evening receptions, etc. 

To learn more about these opportunities, download the Prospectus.




Wednesday, October 18

Thursday, October 19

Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

AM and PM

AM and PM




Dialysis Management Workshop

6.25 CE





Annual Conference 


6.0 CE

2.5 CE

4.0 CE


Dialysis, Nephrologist and Facility Leader Symposium




4.0 CME

4.0 (CE or CME)


6.25 CE

6.0 CE

2.5 CE

4.0 (CE or CME)

4.0 (CE or CME)


If you attend:

  • All three events, you could earn a maximum of 22.75 CE contact hours (of which 8 could be CME if you chose)
  • Attend only the Annual Conference, you could earn a maximum of 12.5 CE contact hours
  • Attend the Annual Conference and Workshop, you could earn a maximum of 18.75 CE contact hours
  • Attend only the Symposium, you could earn a maximum of 8.0 CME credit or CE contact hours


The National Renal Administrators Association is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 10584, for 22.75 contact hours.


The NRAA/RPA Symposium has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of PeerPoint Medical Education Institute and the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA). PeerPoint Medical Education Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PeerPoint Medical Education Institute designates the live format for this educational activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road 
Austin, TX 78704 


For information or questions regarding the educational content of the program or continuing education, contact NRAA Director of Education Valerie Okrend at or 215-564-3484 x2223.

For information on promotional and sponsorship support of NRAA events, contact Jonathan Uitto at or 215-320-4655. 

For general information on NRAA, including membership benefits and programs, contact NRAA headquarters at or 215-320-4655.