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  Marilyn Tretler



(WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2011)--The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) has awarded the Gene Graves Lifetime Achievement Award to its Past Chairman of the Board and long-time patient advocate Leonard S. Holman, Jr., R.Ph., CHC, for his leadership role in advancing the home infusion industry and for his commitment to providing the highest quality of care to patients. 

NHIA represents the home infusion industry providing education, information, advocacy, and other resources to clinicians, healthcare administrators, and suppliers of home infusion services.  The Gene Graves’ Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the work of an individual within the home infusion field who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment in improving patient care and service through leadership, advocacy, research, mentorship, or clinical work. 

Holman was recognized for his devotion to patient care and for his many successes as a patient advocate, leader, teacher, and mentor within the home infusion arena.

A registered pharmacist, Holman graduated Ohio Northern University’s Raabe School of Pharmacy, with a B.S. in Pharmacy.  Holman has spent the past twenty-five of his thirty-five year healthcare career devoted to home infusion therapy. 

Holman is Vice President, Governmental & Regulatory Affairs at CarePoint Partners.  Prior, he was President and CEO of Option Care of NE Ohio, a franchise home infusion company, he helped found for more than twenty-three years.   Earlier in his career, he was a pharmacist with Western Reserve Care System and before that managed a number of independent and national retail pharmacies.

An entrepreneur in the field of home infusion, Holman was instrumental in successfully achieving a standardized coding and electronic claiming system for the home infusion industry that was accepted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as the industry standard. The code helped to create efficiencies and cost savings and enabled faster reimbursement payments to providers.  Holman also was a driver in the development and implementation of the strategy that transformed NHIA from a professional association to a trade association better positioning the organization to support the growing needs of the industry. 

In presenting the award, NHIA Past Chairman of the Board Christopher Maksym, University of Michigan Home Infusion Services, HomeMed, described Holman as the consummate professional and cited Holman’s passion and unwavering commitment to the advancement of the industry.

 “Len has supported NHIA with heart and soul since its inception in 1991 and has been a key driver in establishing the strategic direction of the association’s legislative and grassroots activities,” said NHIA President and CEO Russell Bodoff.  “His unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of patients has earned him the respect of his peers in the industry,” he added.

In accepting the award, Holman challenged colleagues to support the advancement of the industry by increasing their participation in key NHIA committees and the association’s grassroots advocacy efforts aimed at obtaining full coverage for home infusion therapy for all Medicare beneficiaries. “Working within the home infusion industry and with NHIA has been the most rewarding experience of my professional life,” Holman said.

Holman has been a long-time NHIA member.  From 2004-2006 Len served as head of the Board of Directors, and from 2006-2009 was Past Chair.  He has served as Chair of the Managed Care Committee, Vice Chair of NHIA’s Home Infusion EDI Coalition (HIEC), and Co-Chair of the HIEC Coding Sub-Committee.  He has served on the Executive Committee, Nominations Committee, Bylaws Committee, and the Board Government Affairs Committee.

Holman lends his leadership support to various other organizations including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Ohio Pharmaceutical Association, and the National Community Pharmacists Association. 

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