The National Infusion Center Association (NICA) Is Now a Trade Association; New Public Charity Dedicated to Patient Empowerment, Education, and Advocacy is Born

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The National Infusion Center Association (NICA) is now a trade association.

Since 2010, the National Infusion Center Association (NICA) has been the leading voice for access to infusion therapies. Today marks a historic day for provider-administered medication stakeholders as NICA is now a trade association that will serve as the national voice for non-hospital, community-based infusion providers that constitute a safe, more efficient, and more cost-effective alternative to hospital care settings.

The trade group’s efforts will focus on delivery channel sustainability and expansion, buy-and-bill protection, maintaining net positive reimbursement, improving treatment adherence, and promoting patient safety and care quality.

NICA supports policies that improve drug affordability for beneficiaries, increase price transparency, reduce disparities in quality of care and safety across care settings, and enable care delivery in the highest-quality, lowest-cost care setting.

Ultimately, NICA’s goal is to optimize health outcomes and quality of life among the nation’s most vulnerable patient populations while reducing patient out-of-pocket costs, reducing waste, and bringing tremendous value to patients, Medicare, and commercial insurers.

“Patients requiring medical benefits drugs rely on affordable access to care to optimize their health, maximize their quality of life, and minimize the physical, emotional, and economic burdens of disease. Our nation’s community-based infusion centers represent a critical delivery channel in which patients can receive the high-quality care they need in a safe environment at a fraction of the cost of hospitals,” says President and CEO, Brian Nyquist, on behalf of the organization.

NICA’s public charity has become the Infusion Access Foundation (IAF), an inclusive community dedicated to patient empowerment, education, and advocacy. IAF will work tirelessly to ensure that patients have access to provider-administered therapies for any and all complex illnesses by creating an inclusive community through which patients can share their stories, educate and empower themselves and others, connect with other patients, and amplify the collective patient voice to collaboratively drive change. Together, for treatment.

Both organizations will collaborate to tackle access challenges through targeted approaches that best fit their stakeholder needs.

To learn more about the National Infusion Center Association, visit infusioncenter.org. To learn more about the Infusion Access Foundation, visit patientaccess.org. For media inquiries, contact Cristina Threlkeld (cristina.threlkeld@infusioncenter.org).

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