Renal Healthcare Association
The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) is now the Renal Healthcare Association, Supporting Dialysis Facilities and Professionals.
The Renal Healthcare Association can trace its roots back to 1977 when a group of Administrators established a network to exchange information and best practices. By the early 1980s, this group responded to regulations and reimbursement legislation imposed by Congress and Medicare. The Composite Rate Payment establishment in 1983 continued to demonstrate the need for the Association to provide educational and networking opportunities and work in unison on Congressional and Medicare issues.
A more proactive approach to Congressional and Medicare changes was recognized in 1990 when the Association's mission was expanded to include a federal government affairs firm. This allowed the Association to take a more proactive role in working with Congress in Washington, DC, and in Baltimore at Medicare.
The Renal Healthcare Association Board of Directors (all of whom are volunteers) spend their time active in the renal community; serving on committees, monitoring various efforts, and working for the Association's members. This involvement has included community efforts such as the National Kidney Foundation, A Kidney Dialysis Outcome Quality Initiative (KDOQI), and many of CMS's and ESRD Network's committees. Some members also volunteer in State Associations and other local activities as well.
The Renal Healthcare Association continues to support independent and community-based dialysis providers to build a stronger community. The Renal Healthcare Association fulfills its mission through education, advocacy, and services that support renal healthcare excellence.
The purposes for which the Renal Healthcare Association is organized are as follows:
- To provide renal healthcare providers with the opportunity to gain continuing education, obtain peer recognition, and expand development in the profession.
- To promote and encourage education and training for the renal health community.
- To recognize individuals who have done or are doing noteworthy service in the field of dialysis and renal healthcare.
- To educate the public and members of governing bodies of health care organizations to understand the issues surrounding renal healthcare professionals and providers.
- To represent the professional interests of our members as a national spokesperson for the development and implementation of public policy.
- To act as a resource on local and national ESRD issues.