WHO WE ARE
The National Infusion Center Association (NICA) is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to provide a national voice for non-hospital, non-oncology in-office infusion to improve access to safe, high-quality, cost-effective care.
Discussions about how to improve access to care for these patients began in 2009 when a small group of entrepreneurs and infusion nurses engaged in conversations about access problems with insurers, infusion drug manufacturers, and other infusion service providers. From those conversations, it was clear that no organization was tackling this problem across specialties on a national scale.
OUR VISION – to be the nation’s leading advocacy voice for in-office infusion.
OUR MISSION – to improve access to office-administered intravenous and injectable medications through advocacy, education, and resource development.
OUR GOAL – to ensure that our nation’s sickest and most vulnerable citizens can access the high-quality care they need in a safe and economical community-based care setting.
WHAT WE DO
We believe in bringing together all of our resources and talents in order to:
CONNECT patients with the educational content and resources they need to empower them to better manage their condition and advocate for their access to care;
COLLABORATE with our network of health plans, legislators, decision-makers, manufacturers, and infusion providers to develop all-win solutions to national patient access challenges; and,
ADVOCATE for patients’ access to more economical and accessible alternatives to hospital care settings.
Infusion and injection drugs are expensive and patients face many barriers in accessing the care they need, irrespective of specialty. NICA is the only nonprofit organization formed to support patients’ access to these medications regardless of specialty. Understanding that many of the infusion and injectable medications face common access obstacles, we believe in creating all-WIN solutions that support access to in-office infusion/injection and the sustainability of the delivery channel across disease states and specialties.
Our success in overcoming many of the national issues affecting patient access can be attributed to the tenaciously passionate NICA team of experienced staff, advisers, and board members who believe in our mission and vision for patient access and the infusion delivery channel.