Several years ago the NRAA created the benchmarking survey to help members compare their operational performance with others. The data that is collected helps the NRAA understand how members have changed their operations, especially in more recent years.
“I urge you to participate in the survey that’s available on the NRAA Website and I want to make sure that you understand that the facility information and data that you enter is kept completely confidential,” Rottura said.
Early this year, NRAA participated in NHSN Dialysis event training sessions hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We brought the training experience back to our members by sponsoring a webinar series in March," Rottura said.
Marc Chow followed Rottura's welcome speech and discussed the commitment to its members over the last 35 years and the hope of the future. He discussed the partnership between NRAA and RPG GPO and the success of it.
"RPA GPO was a vision that allowed the NRAA to continue growing, to continue finding ways to support and provide services to you, the providers and our members,” Chow said.
He discussed how the organization is the voice of the independent provider that always fights, at the state and federal level, and the fact that it wouldn't be what it is without it's members.
The NRAA is focused on advocacy, education and services. It will focus on the shift to RPG GPO, technology—like the HIE—and shifting beyond the CROWNWeb HIE and moving forward through the small providers.
“We also want to look at how to provide education at a different level and the importance of services. We really understand that small providers are needing to work through challenges and we would like to find ways to add value back to you at that levels," Chow said. "So what we are going to do is shifting the GPO name and focus to becoming a more service-driven organization.”
A new education forum group will look at workshops, webinars, technology in order get more information out to the members.