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.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

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


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Program Highlights:

Networking Opportunities

NRAA Exhibit Hall

Meeting Locations and Hotel Accommodations

Registration Options

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Print a PDF Registration to Mail with Check


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

Registration: This Wednesday workshop is a separate workshop before the Conference (Conference is Thursday and Friday). Please see the registration options to register for this one day workshop, or register in combination with the Conference and Medical Directors’ Workshop (MD Workshop is Friday and Saturday).

Discounted registration fees are available for members of NRAA** and NRAA GPO.

**2014/2015 dues must be paid.

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

Registration: 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). Please see the registration options to register for the Conference only, or combine it with one or both of the workshops.

  • Discounted registration fees for members of NRAA (dues must be paid) and GPO.
  • Discounted rates for multiple attendees from your facility to register for the Conference or any of the packages.

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 highlights:

  • Updated Lessons from USRDS
  • The Dialytic Process
  • The Quality Pyramid, Where Care Must Go to Make a Real Difference
  • Growing Home Dialysis
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Decreasing Infection
  • Depression
  • Nutrition

Registration: This is a separate workshop after the Conference (Conference is Thursday and Friday). Please see the registration options to register for this two day workshop, or register in combination with the Conference and Facility Leaders' Workshop (Facility Leaders' Workshop is Wednesday). 

**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.

 

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.

For Exhibit and Promotional Opportunities at the Annual Conference:
Click here to view the Prospectus.
Click here to view the Exhibit Space Contract and Support & Advertising Opportunities.

Act quickly – all items are first come first served.  Exhibit contracts due August 22.

 

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

NRAA has secured a discounted rate of $249 per night, plus applicable taxes, at the Hilton Chicago for NRAA Annual Conference attendees. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The special NRAA rate will be offered until September 12, 2014 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Please read the special note on group reservations below.

The special rate will apply 3 days before and 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. Reservations made after September 12, 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. Be sure you reference ‘NRAA’ as the group name to take advantage of the low group rate.

This NRAA room rate includes wireless internet in the guestrooms.

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). 

GROUP RESERVATIONS: We understand that you may want to reserve multiple rooms before confirming who will actually attend from your company. NRAA asks that you reserve only the rooms you need and release any rooms you will not need by August 29. If you are holding more rooms than you need, the hotel will not have 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.

 

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

NRAA has secured a discounted rate of $269 per night, plus applicable taxes, at the JW Marriott Chicago for NRAA Medical Directors Workshop attendees. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The special NRAA rate will be offered until September 17, 2014 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. 

NRAA cannot guarantee rooms after this date or outside the conference dates. 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 at www.nraa.org. You may also call 1-888-236-2427. Be sure you reference ‘NRAA’ as the group name to take advantage of the low group rate.

 

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

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.

Early Bird discounted rates available through August 31.

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. Prospectus will be available soon.

Click here to view registration options and fees.

Click here to register online.

Click here to download and print a registration form to mail in with check.

 

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