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. Register by Friday, September 1 to receive the early-bird discounted rate.

Why Attend?
  • 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.

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





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.  

Earn CE contact hours for attending sessions.

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


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

REGISTRATION - Save with Early Bird Registration thru September 1, 2017

Attendance to the NRAA Annual Conference, Workshop for Dialysis Management, and Dialysis, Nephrologist and Facility Leader Symposium is open to both NRAA members and non-members. 

Discount Registration rates available for:

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


Need to register by check? Download the registration form.

Early-Bird Rates


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.

To purchase your exhibit booth or promotional item(s) online, click here. Online purchases can only be made by credit card.*

*Need to pay by check? Click here to download the contract form.


Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road 
Austin, TX 78704 

NRAA has secured a discounted rate of $239 per night, plus applicable taxes, at the Hyatt Regency Austin for conference attendees. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The rate will be offered until September 30, 2017 or when the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. 

The rate will apply three (3) days before and three (3) days after the meeting dates, based upon availability at the time of booking. NRAA cannot guarantee rooms after this date or outside the conference dates. 

We understand that you may want to reserve multiple rooms before confirming who will attend from your company. NRAA asks that you reserve only the rooms you need and release any rooms you will not need by September 30. If you are holding more rooms available when other NRAA attendees call. If you release your rooms too close to the meeting date, it may be too late for other attendees and NRAA is liable if we do not meet our minimum room pick up. Please plan carefully for your attendees and reserve/ hold only the rooms needed. 

To reserve your hotel room visit: 


Closest Airport:
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) 

The hotel does not provide a shuttle. 
Distance to Hyatt Regency Austin - 11 miles 
Drive time from Airport to Hotel - 22 minutes 
Estimated minimum taxi fare: $20 per person
Estimated minimum shuttle service: $14 per people 

For Super Shuttle reservations from Austin International Airport to the Hyatt regency Austin, visit


Daily valet parking is $15 with no in and out privileges 
Self-parking is available at the hotel for $19 per overnight 
Valet parking is available at the hotel for $24 per overnight


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.