Current Initiatives

NHIF Project to Develop Standardized Patient Satisfaction Survey Questions

The National Home Infusion Foundation (NHIF) is conducting a study to develop a validated, standardized set of patient satisfaction survey questions for adoption by home infusion providers to use in organizational surveys. Similar to the National Home Infusion Association's (NHIA) work on the Standardized Definitions for Patient Outcome Data Elements published In February 2016, this NHIF-sponsored project will pave the way for patient experience-based quality measures using data collected in a uniform manner.

This study will build on work previously done by the NHIA that identified fifteen common questions being asked by providers when evaluating patient satisfaction. The validation process will confirm if the previously identified questions adequately represent the concept under investigation and answer the question, "Is the instrument (survey) really measuring the concept we assume it is measuring." Connie Sullivan, R.Ph, NHIF Vice President of Research, will serve as the project coordinator to assemble and work with a diverse panel of 8-15 people who are knowledgeable about home infusion services. The panel will consist of home infusion clinicians, administrators, physicians, at least one patient, and members of the NHIA staff. The study period is anticipated to extend from July 2016 to December 2016.

To submit an application for participation on the volunteer panel for this project, please send an email with a current CV to Connie Sullivan, R.Ph., Vice President of Research at connie.sullivan@nhia.org.

LYNN GIGLIONE MEMORIAL NHIF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR HOME AND SPECIALTY INFUSION NURSING

The Lynn Giglione Memorial NHIF Scholarship Award For Home And Specialty Infusion Nursing, pays tribute to its namesake, Lynn Giglione, RN, BSN, a longtime member of the National Home Infusion Association who dedicated most of her life to improving the lives of patients and to advancing the home and specialty infusion therapy industry. The award aims to strengthen and promote learning, leadership, care provision, and professional advancement among home and specialty infusion nurses. An eligible award applicant must be a current home infusion nurse who has not previously attended the NHIA Annual Conference & Exposition. The scholarship offers complimentary registration to the NHIA Annual Conference & Exposition (inclusive of the NHIA Executive Pre-Conference) and $1,500.00 for travel, hotel, and incidentals. The NHIA conference offers the most comprehensive, high-quality educational programming specifically tailored to advance the clinical and leadership capabilities of home and specialty infusion professionals.

 


NHIF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HOME AND SPECIALTY INFUSION PHARMACY PRACTICE

A counterpart to the Lynn Giglione Memorial Scholarship, this award aims to strengthen and promote learning, leadership and professional advancement among home and specialty infusion pharmacists. An eligible award applicant must be a current home infusion pharmacist who has not previously attended the NHIA Annual Conference & Exposition. The scholarship offers complimentary registration to the NHIA Annual Conference & Exposition (inclusive of the NHIA Executive Pre-Conference) and $1,500.00 for travel, hotel, and incidentals. The NHIA conference offers the most comprehensive, high-quality educational programming specifically tailored to advance the clinical and leadership capabilities of home and specialty infusion professionals.

 

NHIF is seeking funding for the following additional initiatives in support of the Foundation's mission:

 


Expansion of Post-Graduate Pharmacy Residency and Nurse Training Programs

NHIF is interested in promoting the recruitment of talented clinicians to the home and specialty infusion field by broadening opportunities for infusion-related postgraduate training programs for pharmacists and nurses. NHIF would specifically like to advance initiatives that expand pharmacy residency offerings across a wide range of home infusion and specialty providers. With few pharmacy and nursing schools providing education about home –based clinical practice settings, encouraging young professionals to consider careers in home and specialty infusion is critical to the future growth and advancement of the field.


Patient Eligibility Study

NHIF believes the industry will benefit from an objective review of criteria utilized by providers to determine patient eligibility for home infusion services. By defining who is eligible for care, the Foundation can then pursue data collection to quantify the gap between patients who are eligible, and those who successfully receive infusion therapy at home.


Research Database

NHIF is seeking to secure funding that would advance the creation of a home infusion-related clinical research database, making infusion data accessible for broader research efforts. Creating and connecting research databases is a priority initiative for the organizations such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).