January 2019 Message from the Director
On behalf of the whole NICA team, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We had a terrific 2018 and look forward to the opportunities and challenges that await us in the year to come!
In an effort to deliver a concise overview of our advocacy efforts, I’ll be sending a monthly message to keep you informed on all things related to in-office infusion advocacy as we continue to fight for patients’ access to this historically underrepresented segment of the healthcare system.
NICA Submits Comments to CMS
We ended 2018 in a big way by submitting our formal comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to the administration’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking, which outlined a potential International Pricing Index (IPI) drug pricing model. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to read our full comments here. NICA stands firm in the belief that, while actions to lower out-of-pocket costs for patients requiring medications under Medicare Part B are necessary, reform should not restrict, delay, or disrupt patient access to care.
The comment period on the proposed IPI model ended on December 31, 2018. Comments from groups like NICA will be considered, and a proposed rule is expected to be introduced in the spring on 2019.
Prior to submitting our comments, there were over 2,000 letters sent via our advocacy portal from concerned constituents opposing the proposal. We were very pleased with this response and are confident that the voices of infusion patients will not go unheard by decision makers. If you would like to lend your voice to the cause, click here to write to your elected officials.
NICA’s Inaugural Meeting
Registration is open for NICA’s inaugural meeting on Friday, June 21-Saturday June 22, 2019! Spend two days with us at the beautiful J.W. Marriott in downtown Austin, Texas as we address the most pressing challenges in the infusion industry and discuss how to preserve and advance patients’ access to this critical healthcare delivery channel. You can learn more and register here.
Help Guide NICA’s Efforts
As we continue to set our priorities for 2019, we would like your feedback on what you perceive to be the greatest threats to the infusion delivery channel, as well as the greatest opportunity for new educational content that you would like to see NICA produce in 2019. We have created a short survey to capture your responses here. This survey will be open until Friday, February 1. To thank you for taking the time to participate in our survey, we will randomly select a survey entry to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
Thank you for your continued support and partnership with NICA. We are constantly reminded of our great fortune to be in the ranks of passionate patient advocates, healthcare providers, and industry leaders such as yourselves.
Thank you for your time,
Brian Nyquist, MPH
Executive Director, National Infusion Center Association
P.S. If you haven’t taken advantage of Early Bird registration for the NICA meeting, you have until January 31 to lock in the lowest admission rate! We look forward to seeing you in our home city of Austin, TX! Register here.