SENATOR JOHNNY ISAKSON (R-GA) KICKS-OFF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL HOME INFUSION ASSOCIATION
Isakson Cites Benefits of Home Infusion Therapy and Encourages Providers to Promote Value
(WASHINGTON, DC, March 31, 2014)—Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today told members of the home and specialty infusion industry that home infusion therapy is a tremendous contribution to quality health care during the opening session of the National Home Infusion Association’s (NHIA) 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition being held in Orlando, March 31-April 3.
Senator Isakson expressed his appreciation for the work performed by the industry and said he understood the importance of home health care and home infusion services. He shared a personal story regarding his son’s need for home infusion therapy in 1989, and stated that his son’s ability to recover at home rather than at the hospital “was less expensive and more meaningful.” “As one constituent who had your services save a son’s life, I know how important what you do is,” Isakson stated. Isakson serves on the Senate Finance and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
NHIA President and CEO Russell Bodoff agreed with the Senator’s urge for the industry to be outspoken about the benefits of home infusion therapy. “Home infusion therapy is quality care at a lower cost to the nation’s health care system,” said Bodoff. “It is unfortunate that at the very time our health care system is in the midst of a financial crisis, Medicare chooses to disregard the high quality, cost-effective care available through home infusion therapy and continues to deny this important benefit to older Americans and the disabled,” Bodoff added.
The NHIA Annual Conference and Exposition is a forum where key stakeholders within the home and specialty infusion industry discuss the latest issues impacting the industry and participate in a comprehensive education program designed to further strengthen patient care. The theme of the 2014 meeting, “Thriving Amid the Turbulent Ride” reflects the changes and challenges of an evolving health care environment.
NHIA, based in Alexandria, VA, represents and advances the interests of organizations that provide infusion and specialized pharmacy products and services to the entire spectrum of home-based patients. It is the leading voice in representing the interests of older and disabled Medicare patients denied home infusion coverage. For more information, visit www.nhia.org