Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Americans with Disabilities Act 

Can NHF accommodate my special needs during the conference?

NHF Conference & Services staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs. Please contact us prior to the live event by e-mailing nhfbdc@hemophilia.org

Can I rent a scooter/wheelchair?

Yes, complimentary scooter/wheelchair rentals will be available at the Registration Desk. Please make sure to reserve your scooter/wheelchair in your registration form or by emailing nhfbdc@hemophilia.org. Priority will be given to those who reserve a scooter prior to the conference.

Badges

What happens if I lose or damage my badge?

All attendees are required to wear the official conference badge during conference dates. There is a $50 fee to re-print your badge if it is lost, stolen, or damaged.

Infectious Disease Protocol

What safety precautions have been put in place for BDC?

Please click here to view our Infectious Disease Duty of Care.

Will I need to wear a mask?

Face coverings (masks) are optional. NHF encourages attendees to wear a mask throughout the conference if they are, or someone in their home is, immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness, or if they have a child or close family member who is currently ineligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. All attendees should be mindful and respectful of other attendees' health choices. Masks will be available on-site for those who want to wear one.

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend in-person?

Due to the recent CDC guidance update regarding COVID-19, NHF will no longer require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests in order to attend BDC. However, all participants are STRONGLY encouraged to (1) stay “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccinations including any boosters, and (2) obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test or rapid antigen test prior to attending BDC. Should this policy change, we will update our Infectious Disease Duty of Care found on this page.

Exhibition

Will there be an Exhibit Hall?

Yes. There will be an Exhibit Hall at the Gaylord National Convention Center.

Hotel Accommodations

Where should I reserve my hotel stay while attending BDC?

NHF has secured a room block at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. All hotel accommodations must be booked online via the link provided in your BDC registration confirmation email. The hotel will not accept call-in reservations.

To ensure that you get the discounted room rate, we strongly suggest to book at the earliest time possible. The hotel reservation link will be closed on Monday, July 10, 2023 (subject to room availability). For more information on hotel rates & reservations, please click here.

Kids Program

I have a 13-year-old. Is the Kids Program available for my child?

No, the Kids Program is for children ages 12 and under. Teens ages 13-17 can register for our Teen Track. Those registered for the Teen Track can make their own schedule and go to the sessions on their own or with their parent/caregiver.

Can I register my child for the Kids Program on-site?

No. NHF has hired a licensed, bonded Kids Program company to run these supervised programs for children ages 12 and under and needs to ensure an accurate head count so the appropriate number of staff will be available to make sure your child has fun in a safe environment. Registration for the Kids Program will close on Friday, July 7, 2023.

When does the Kids Program begin, and do I need to sign my child in and out each day?

Our Kids Program will be offered as of 1:30 pm on Thursday, August 17, 2023. A parent or guardian needs to sign in their child each morning and sign them out each evening. We encourage participants to check in their children at the Kids Program counter at the Registration Desk before the program begins on Thursday, August 17, 2023, to avoid delays during morning drop off. Kids Program check in will take place from Wednesday, August 16 5:00 pm to Saturday, August 19, 10:00 am. Click here for more information on our Kids Program.

Meals

Are meals included in the registration fee?

Meals are not included in the registration fee, except for the Kids Educational Program

Are there any complimentary meals offered during BDC?

Attendees are encouraged to attend Industry Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Symposia. This is a perfect combination to have a great meal and learn. Various topics will be offered each day, providing a selection of choices you are most interested in. 

Other options:
Thursday, August 17, snacks will be available at the Platinum Preview Lounge, which takes place from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  

Friday & Saturday, lunch boxes will be offered at the Exhibit Hall. 

Program

Is there a Program at a Glance available?

Yes. Please click here to view our Program at a Glance. The interactive program will be posted in April.

In what time zone are sessions listed?

All sessions, networking events, and symposia are listed in Eastern Time.

Will there be a pre-conference?

Yes! There will be a pre-conference program on Thursday, August 17, starting with an Industry Lunch Symposium at 12:00 PM, followed by NHF Pre-Con sessions from 1:30 PM - 4:50 PM.

When is the official opening of BDC?

BDC’s official Opening Session is scheduled on Thursday, August 17 from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM. 

Providers

Are continuing education credits offered for attending the Bleeding Disorders Conference?

Information on continuing education credits for healthcare providers will be available onsite at the CME/CE desk located at the Gaylord National Convention Center. Individuals need to either be Provider, Industry (non-exhibitor), or Full Access Exhibitor badge holders (if provider with credentials) to be considered eligible for sessions with continuing education credits. All other registration categories ARE NOT eligible and will need to upgrade their registration appropriately. 

More information on continuing education credits for healthcare providers will be available on this site in the coming months. 

Registration

Will NHF’s BDC be in-person this year?

Yes, BDC 2023 is scheduled to be in-person this year in National Harbor, Maryland (DC Area). We are excited to have everyone meet face-to-face once again. Please note, all Infectious Disease and COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed. 

I don’t feel comfortable traveling, will there be a virtual option?

No, we will not have a live virtual option this year.

Is there a registration deadline?

There is no registration deadline for attendees except for the Kids Program. Attendees can register anytime; however, we do encourage everyone to register as early as possible for registration savings. Please see our registration fee table.  

I need to pay by check or money order. How do I complete my registration for the Bleeding Disorders Conference?

If you are unable to pay by credit card and would like to pay by check or money order, please e-mail NHFregistration@hemophilia.org to receive an offline registration form. Please note, off-line registrations will will be charged the final registration fees listed on our website.

Will BDC have a Financial Assistance application open this year?

Yes. We do offer a limited number of financial support in the form of a registration fee waiver (only available for consumers). For more information on how to apply for Registration Financial Assistance, please click here. Please note, a separate application needs to be completed for each family member. If you plan to apply for a Registration Financial Assistance, please do not register for the conference until you find out if you have received a waiver. No reimbursements will be given for paid registrations.

I registered and I am no longer able to attend. Will I get a refund?

Please click here for our detailed refund policy. Please note that refund requests are subject to 25% cancellation fees. Refund requests received after Friday, July 28, 2023 will not be considered. 

Teen Track

Can I register my child for the Teen Track on-site?

Yes! While we plan these sessions in advance, you may register your teen on-site for this exciting track.

Do I need to sign my child in and out for the Teen Track?

No. This program is for teens who are more independent, and their parents feel that they can attend these interactive sessions on their own.

Travel Grants

Will NHF offer BDC travel grants this year?

Yes! Travel grant applications will open on Monday, January 16, 2023. For more information, please click here.

Venue

Where will the sessions take place?

NHF's Bleeding Disorders Conference sessions, along with registration, Networking Events, Industry Symposia and our Exhibit Hall will take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. For more information on the BDC 2023 venue, please click here.

What is the parking rate at the Conference venue?

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center offers 24/7 on-site self-parking and valet service. Please note that self-parking is validated for up to 3 hours at Old Hickory Steakhouse. The Gaylord National Resort parking lot is located at 201 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, MD 20745.

  • On-Site Parking
    • Hourly: $16
    • Daily: $33
  • Valet
    • Daily: $54