Annual Conference Session Information



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NRAA Annual Conference
Schedule of Events


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. New Member & First Time Attendee Cocktail Reception 
New Members and first time attendees are invited to a cocktail hour reception before the Opening Reception to meet, network, and learn more about the NRAA.
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception
Network with fellow attendees and visit with our vendor partners in the NRAA Exhibit Hall. Enjoy reception fare and refreshments. 



Thursday, October 3, 2019

More details on each session to come

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome / The State of the Association from NRAA President, Julie Williams
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Above and Beyond: Gratitude and Education
Speaker(s): Bill Coon
Learning Objectives:
Description: Recounts a personal journey through which the speaker gained gratitude and appreciation for those whose care impacted his physical and emotional life.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Straight from Washington D.C. 
Speaker(s): Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas - NRAA Legislative Counsel
Learning Objectives:
Description: Chronicles the past year and latest developments in the policy, regulatory and advocacy world and how the latest developments shape the legal environment providers operate within.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 2019 Dialysis Industry Legal Updates
Speaker(s): James Riley, Esq. - McGuireWoods, LLP
Learning Objectives:
Description: Sets forth the important legal developments in the last year affecting the renal industry ranging from court case, government regulation, government enforcement activities and legislation.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Out of the Ashes - Home Program Operations
Speaker(s): Jayson Hood, RN - Northwest Kidney Centers
Learning Objectives:
Description: Presents a brief history of the Home dialysis program at NKC and the events leading up to its closure in 2016. The steps used to reopen the program, current state of the program and lessons learned are being discussed.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

H2O on the Go! - Innovations in the Water Arena

Speaker(s):

David Henner, DO - Berkshire Medical Center
Danilo Concepcion, CBNT, CCHT-A, FNKF - St. Joseph Hospital Renal Service

Learning Objectives:

Description:

Experts present on a variety of topics that speak to various aspects of water system management including an exploration of  innovations in the field.  Reviews of updated resources currently available and some resources which will be available to assist dialysis Medical Directors and their staff in familiarizing themselves with the latest regulations.  A panel will discuss water equipment and standards of practice.

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Improve Patient Care by Tracking and Trending Data 
Speaker(s):
Learning Objectives:
Description: Using the latest trends in data management, presents insight into the way providers can improve patient care.
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Together We Can: Community Organizations and Tools
Speaker(s):
Learning Objectives:
Description: Representatives of a variety of kidney health organizations share their advocacy efforts to demonstrate how the field efficiently dovetails its efforts  to unite the voice of the kidney care community.  Areas for improvement or enhanced awareness as well as resources are shared.
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. NRAA President's Reception - All registrants are invited to attend

 

Friday, October 4, 2019

More details on each session to come

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. - 10:30 a.m. Leading Organizational Change
Speaker(s):
Learning Objectives:
Description: Presents and overview of the ongoing  changes, such as those of ETC, facing dialysis facility management and how to serve as a leader in moving a unit from point A to point B. Practical tips and resources are shared and can help administrators and staff evolve in their skills and attitude.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break in Exhibit Hall
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. From A to Z: Creating a Home Program Including SNFs 
Speaker(s):
Learning Objectives:
Description:
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Alternative Payment Models
Speaker(s):
Learning Objectives:
Description:
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall 
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Physician Choices: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 
Speaker(s):
Learning Objectives:
Description: An overview of the history of the business aspect of dialysis and discussion of most recent changes such as the ETC model which would occur under the ESRD Prospective Payment System for ESRD facilities and under the Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule for nephrologists beginning January 1, 2020.
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Avoiding Paralysis with Strategic Analysis 
Speaker(s):
Learning Objectives:
Description: Presents an overview of how to avoid stagnating or losing independence in a consistently dynamic healthcare environment. Strategies and innovative concepts are shared to determine the current status of the business and where it might want to go such as remaining an independent provider and supporting the learning needs in dialysis organizations. The political focus on our industry in 2019 makes this more important for sustainable futures.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Town Hall: The Art of Independence, A Survival Blueprint 
Speaker(s):
Learning Objectives:
Description: Come one, Come all!  Enter into a town hall dialog on status and future as an independent and explore concepts and strategies for your survival.