2014 Annual Conference and Workshops

The NRAA 2014 Annual Conference and Workshops offers something for everyone this year! Join us in downtown Chicago this fall to network and learn with the entire renal services/dialysis provider industry.

The 2014 Conference and Workshops feature three Components:

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - NRAA Facility Leaders' Workshop
  • Thursday and Friday, October 16 & 17 - NRAA 2014 Annual Conference
  • Friday and Saturday, October 17 & 18 - Medical Directors’ Workshop and Nephrology Symposium

Register for any one of these components, or combine two or all three!

Registration details, program highlights and hotel information below.


QUICK LINKS

Program Highlights:

Continuing Education Information

Networking Opportunities

NRAA Exhibit Hall

Meeting Locations and Hotel Accommodations

Registration


Program Highlights

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
NRAA Facility Leaders' Workshop
Hilton Chicago

Attention facility leaders and program managers! You have questions? NRAA has answers. Take advantage of this full day workshop featuring NRAA experts sharing the experience, insights and knowledge you need to successfully lead your dialysis program.

Click here to view the premilinary schedule for NRAA Facility Leaders' Workshop. (Agenda and speakers are subject to change).

Topics include:

  • History of the ESRD Program      
  • Reimbursement 101
  • Finance 101 Financial Statements, Cost per Treatment & Budgeting        
  • Human Resources 101
  • Regulatory Issues           
  • Unique Staffing Patterns
  • How Your NRAA Membership Supports You and Your Program

Thursday and Friday, October 16 & 17
NRAA 2014 Annual Conference
Hilton Chicago

The NRAA Annual Conference brings the dialysis provider community together for the most comprehensive education and networking of the year.  The NRAA Conference offers unparalleled opportunities to interact with fellow administrators, technicians, medical directors, billing managers, nurses and others from hospital, university and free standing facilities.

Click here to view the premilinary schedule for NRAA 2014 Annual Conference. (Agenda and speakers are subject to change).

The educational program provides the information you need to prepare for the future:  

  • The Role of the ESRD Networks
  • Washington Update
  • Healthcare Today and Tomorrow (speaker from CMS)
  • How the Independents Can Compete
  • ACOs – The New Continuum of Care      
  • The Do's for Today's Social Media
  • Survey and Certification update, SNF, Nursing Home Dialysis
  • Use of Electronic Devices To Better Care for Patients
  • Medicare Reimbursement
  • Leadership

Annual Conference registration includes the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday evening and access to the full Conference educational program and meals and breaks on Thursday and Friday. Conference registration does not include the Facility Leaders Workshop (Wednesday) or the Medical Directors’ Workshop (Friday and Saturday). 

Friday and Saturday, October 17 & 18
Medical Directors' Workshop and Nephrology Symposium
JW Marriott Chicago**

NRAA returns with the third annual Medical Director’s Workshop, and this time it is bigger and better than ever! The workshop has been expanded over two days, and features an evening networking event.

The program has been designed by the NRAA/RSE Physician Relations Committee and features some of the most renowned names in nephrology addressing the timeliest topics for Medical Directors and other dialysis provider professionals.

Click here to view the premilinary schedule for the Medical Directors' Workshop and Nephrology Symposium. (Agenda and speakers are subject to change).

Program topics and presenters:

Updated Lessons from Databases 
Allan Collins, MD, FACP, Chronic Disease Research Group
 
Intradialytic Cardiac Stunning: You Just Think You Know What Is Going On During the Dialytic Process
Chris McIntyre, MBBS, DM, University of Nottingham
 
Nutrition and Nutritional Supplements
Dan Weiner, MD, MS, Tufts Medical Center
 
Decreasing Infections (How Does CMS Record Your Infections?)
Leanna Tyshler, MD, Northwest Kidney Centers
 
Preemptive Transplantation
Emilio Poggio, MD, Cleveland Clinic
 
The Quality Pyramid, Where Care Must Go To Make a Real Difference
Allen Nissenson, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF, DaVita Inc.
 
Acute Kidney Injury: Ethics, Regulation and Real Life
Rebecca Schmidt, DO, West Virginia University
 
Increasing Home Dialysis
Brigitte Schiller, MD, FACP, FASN, Satellite Healthcare

Note that the Medical Directors’ Workshop and Nephrology Symposium (Friday and Saturday) will be held at a different location from the Annual Conference. The Medical Directors’ Workshop and Nephrology Symposium will be held at the JW Marriott in Chicago. Transportation will be provided to the JW Marriott from the Hilton Chicago on Friday afternoon.

 

Continuing Education Information

Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education and National Renal Administrators Association.  The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditstmPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Objectives

1. Define the scope of Medical Directors accountability

2. Communicate the value of the Medical Director in providing leadership of the multi-disciplinary team

3. Explore and plan for the issues shaping the future of healthcare, including accountable care organizations

4. Identify and learn how to apply social media and electronic tools as resources to improve communication with patients, increase efficiencies and enhance patient comfort and care.

5. Recognize and interpret the legislative, regulatory and legal issues impacting dialysis management and patient care

6. Identify opportunities for home dialysis options to enhance patient choices

7. Review the most recent updates to CMS survey and certification process

8. Explain the elements of effective medical director oversight of infection control

9. Analyze the Dialytic Process

10. Evaluate the Quality Pyramid and assess how and where to deliver optimal care

11. Recognize signs of acute kidney injury and assess how to treat and manage complications

12. Analyze and assess depression causes, symptoms and treatment in a vulnerable patient population

Faculty Disclosure Statement

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education has implemented a policy to comply with the current Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Commercial Support requiring resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest.  Faculty declaring a relevant commercial interest will be identified in the activity syllabus.

Click Here to view a full list of Activity Directors, Planning Committee Members and Faculty.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education fully intends to comply with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you need assistance, please notify Astrid Schrier, CMP, NRAA Meeting Manager at 215-564-3483 X2222 at least two weeks prior to the activity.  

Continuing Education Units

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 10584, for contact hours (24.25).  

 

Networking Opportunities

An Abundance of Networking

All of the NRAA events include ample time for networking with industry colleagues and making new contacts.  Each of the two workshops and the Conference includes breakfast, lunch and breaks (except Saturday, as the Medical Directors’ Workshop ends at noon).

Registrants for the Facility Leaders’ Workshop (Wednesday) and the Annual Conference (Thursday and Friday) can also visit with vendors and colleagues in the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday evening.

Annual Conference (Thursday and Friday) registrants will enjoy the social networking atmosphere of the President’s Reception on Thursday evening.

The Medical Directors’ Workshop and Nephrology Symposium includes a networking dinner on Friday night.

 

Exhibit Hall Information

Access to Vendors in the Exhibit Hall

Starting with the Reception on Wednesday evening (included in registration for Wednesday Facility Leaders Workshop and Thursday/Friday Annual Conference) and extending through lunch on Friday, attendees can visit with vendors and discover new products and services in the NRAA Exhibit Hall. Lunches and breaks will be held in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday and Friday, as well as the Wednesday evening reception. Set up appointments in advance, or make new contacts on the show floor.

The Exhibit Hall is now sold out! Thank you to our current 2014 exhibitors! Click here to see who is exhibiting in Chicago!

Important documents for Exhibit and Promotional Opportunities at the Annual Conference:

Click here to view the updated floor plan.

Click here to view the Exhibitor Kit 

Click here to view the Lead Retrieval order forms.

 

Meeting Locations and Hotel Accommodations

The Wednesday Facility Leaders' Workshop and the Thursday/Friday Annual Conference (and exhibits) will be held at:

Hilton Chicago
720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312) 922-4400
Fax: (312) 294-6891

To reserve your room, visit https://resweb.passkey.com/go/nraaa2014

The special NRAA rate has expired. Please note that the hotel is now sold out on Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th. 

The special NRAA rate has expired and NRAA cannot guarantee rooms. Reservations made after September 16, 2014 will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at the nearest available rate, and based on availability. Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Hilton Chicago online through the reservations link at www.nraa.org. You may also call 1-800-HILTONS. .

The Friday and Saturday Medical Directors’ Workshop and Nephrology Symposium will be held at the JW Marriott Chicago (transportation will be provided from the  Hilton Chicago). 

Hotel – Medical Directors’ Workshop and Nephrology Symposium

JW Marriott Chicago
151 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603

To reserve your room, visit https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NRAAmtg

The special NRAA rate has expired and NRAA cannot guarantee rooms.. Reservations made after September 17, 2014 will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at the nearest available rate, and based on availability. Please make your hotel reservations directly with the JW Marriott Chicago online through the reservations link above. You may also call 1-888-236-2427. 

Travel Information

Chicago O’Hare International Airport - ORD

Airport Phone: 1-773-686-2200

Distance to Hilton Chicago – 19 miles, Drive time to Hotel – 45 minutes

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Estimated taxi fare: $40.00 (one way)

Subway service, fee: $2.25 (one way), take CTA Blue Line train to the Jackson stop. This is the only subway train leaving O'Hare. Walk 0.6 miles southeast to 720 S. Michigan Ave. 

Chicago Midway International Airport - MDW

Airport Phone: 1-773-838-0600

Distance to Hilton Chicago – 11 miles, Drive time to Hotel – 30 minutes

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Estimated taxi fare: $30.00 (one way)

Subway service, fee: $2.25 (one way), take the CTA Orange Line train to the Roosevelt stop. Walk 0.5 miles north to 720 S. Michigan.

GO Airport Express offers airportshuttle services between Chicago area locations and O'Hare and Midway Airports. Efficient, safe, and economical airport shuttles depart from O'Hare and Midway Airports every 15 minutes for Chicago downtown and many suburban locations. Ground transportation is arranged by making a reservation.  Please Click Here to make your airport shuttle reservation/s, or call 1-800-284-3826 and use your10% discount code: “NRAA2014” (all one word).

PARKING

Hilton Chicago

Enjoy valet parking at $68 per night (in/out privileges included) that may be added to your guest room.Self Parking is $52 per night (in/out privileges included).

JW Marriott, Chicago

Valet parking is available for $60 per day. Off-site parking is available for $12 per hour or $45 per day.

For more information on getting to and transportation in Chicago please visit the Getting Here page of the Choose Chicago website or visit the transportation page of the Hilton Chicago.

 

Registration Options

Advanced registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available at the HIlton Chicago starting Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 AM.

Click here to download the onsite registration form. For your conveinence, we encourage you to fill out your form in advance and bring it with you the the NRAA registration desk.

Attendees can register for any of the three components:

  1. Facility Leaders Workshop (Wednesday, October 15)
  2. NRAA Annual Conference (Thursday and Friday, October 16 & 17)
  3. Medical Directors Workshop and Nephrology Symposium (Friday and Saturday, October 17 & 18)

OR register for a combination of two events or all three.

Discounted rates are available for members of NRAA and NRAA GPO.

Discounted rates available when you register multiple attendees from your company/facility for the Annual Conference or one of the packages.

Exhibitors get Conference registration (Thursday and Friday only) included with their booth (4 badges per booth, 2 per tabletop). Exhibitors interested in attending one of the workshops must register and pay. 

BRINGING A GUEST?

If you have a guest with you who wants to participate in evening events (only), you may purchase a guest badge for $50.   Note that this includes admission to the Wednesday and Thursday evening events only.  It does not include admission to breakfast, lunch, speaker sessions or exhibits (other than Wednesday evening reception). To add a guest badge to your registration, please contact NRAA Meeting Manager, Astrid Schrier at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registration can also be completed onsite.

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