October 31, 2016
Important Updates
4th Annual ESRD New England Fall Meeting


Thank you to those who attended the 4th Annual ESRD New England Fall Meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. It was a great day with dynamic and engaging speakers, and professional interaction. Thank you for another successful year!

The Network is Now Hiring

The IPRO ESRD Network of New England is currently hiring for the following two positions:

  • RN State License Required
  • Professional Certification in Nephrology preferred 

Administrative Assistant/ Program Support

  • Associates Degree preferred
  • Minimum of 1 year related work experience

Interested candidates can submit a resume to careers1@ipro.org.

Quality Improvement

Updates to Dialysis Facility Compare: Patient Experience Ratings Now Available

On October 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) website on Medicare.gov, which provides information about thousands of Medicare-certified dialysis facilities across the country, including how well those centers deliver care to patients.
These changes are in direct response to the important feedback CMS has received from dialysis patients and their caregivers about what is most important to them in selecting their dialysis facility
Since the initial release of the Dialysis Facility Compare website, patients have emphasized in their feedback to CMS that understanding how others like them view a dialysis center- in particular the cleanliness of the facility and how well the staff cares for them- is valuable information when choosing a facility. As a result, visitors to the updated Dialysis Facility Compare website will now be able to see how patients rate their experiences with dialysis facilities.
Read the full announcemt in the CMS blog.

National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month. The National Diabetes Education Program's (NDEP) theme this year is Managing Diabetes-It's Not Easy, But It's Worth It. Get started planning your National Diabetes Month activities with resources from NDEP. Learn more about the National Diabetes Month Promotional Tools.

Make the Diabetes and Kidney Disease Connection
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a variety of information, tools, and resources about managing diabetes when you have kidney disease and how the two are connected. For more information, click here.  
NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Training Webinar
Advanced NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Reporting and Introduction to NHSN Reports: Learn how to apply National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Dialysis Event Surveillance definitions through case studies that address common reporting questions. The session also will include an introduction to running and interpreting the most popular NHSN reports so you can review your facility's data, including Dialysis Event bloodstream infection rates.
Pre-registration is required:  https://cc.readytalk.com/r/lqs9e9nmd0m5&eom
Monday, October 31, Webinar, 4:00-5:00pm ET
Listen-only audio will be available through your computer speakers.
Longer Hemodialysis May Offer Survival Benefit
Extended-hours hemodialysis (HD) is associated with decreased mortality risk relative to conventional HD, according to a new study.

Matthew B. Rivara, MD, of the University of Washington in Seattle, and collaborators compared mortality risk among 1,206 patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoing thrice-weekly extended-hours HD and 111,707 receiving conventional HD.

Patients treated with extended-hours HD had a 33% lower adjusted risk of death compared with those who had conventional HD, Dr. Rivara and his colleagues reported online ahead of print in Kidney International

Click here to continue reading the article in Renal & Urology News.
Patient Services
5 Tips for Managing Diabetes During the Holidays
With the upcoming holiday season approaching the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided five tips for managing diabetes while still being able to enjoy the food and festivities.
  1. Stick to your plan - Managing your diabetes during the holidays should be the same as managing it every day, with a few exceptions.
  2. Stay in control - When you face a spread of delicious holiday food, you'll find healthy choices easier to make if you manage portions.
  3. Fit in favorites - You can have some of your favorite foods as long as you limit how big the portion is and how often you have it.
  4. Stay active - Get moving with friends and family, such as taking a walk after a holiday dinner.
  5. Get enough sleep - When you're sleep deprived, you'll tend to eat more, and prefer high-fat, high-sugar food. Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night to guard against mindless eating.

For more information and holiday tips, visit the CDC website.


Medicare Wants More Patients to Try Dialysis At Home
About half a million Americans need dialysis, Medicare is now taking steps to make it easier for people to do their own dialysis at home.

That sounds like great news to Dr. Robert LaClair, a nephrologist in Helena, Mont., who has an unusually high percentage of patients who do their dialysis at home: 40 percent versus the national rate of about 10 percent. That's largely because LaClair is no fan of how dialysis has traditionally been done in America. He says his patients do better if they're more active participants in their care, rather than passive receivers.

To continue reading the full article, click here.
2016 American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week
Join the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and more than 13,000 other kidney professionals from across the globe at Kidney Week 2016, November 15-20, 2016, in Chicago, IL. The world's premier nephrology meeting, Kidney Week provides participants exciting and challenging opportunities to exchange knowledge, learn the latest scientific and medical advances, and listen to engaging and provocative discussions with leading experts in the field.
For more information and to register, click here.
Join the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients at ASN Kidney Week

The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients invites ASN attendees to join us for lunch on November 18, 2016, during the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week in Chicago. Individuals can purchase (in advance) a boxed lunch or just stop in to see what's happening - meet and talk with experts in the field of kidney supportive care and learn more about the Coalition's work.

Click here for the flyer and more information. Click here to register.

Data Management
CROWNWeb 5.0 New User Training
Are you new to CROWNWeb, or just need a refresher on new features or how to use the system?  CROWNWeb 5.0 New User Training is for you!  This informative one day, 90-minute course covers all the basic information a new CROWNWeb user would need to begin using the system. The next sessions for  New User Training will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 PM ET and again on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.
Register for these upcoming sessions now!
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 2:00-3:30 PM ET - Registration
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 2:00-3:30 PM ET - Registration

CMS-2728 Forms
Does your facility have saved CMS-2728 Forms in CROWNWeb? CMS-2728 Forms should be submitted in CROWNWeb within 10 business days from the Date Regular Chronic Dialysis Began.

For more information see Page 33 of the CROWNWeb Data Management Guidelines.

If you have additional questions please contact the Network Data Department at 203-285-1225.

Use the Network Data Knowledge Base and Customer Portal
With the increase in data that must be submitted, as well as systems through which the data is collected, there are multiple ways in which you can reach the Network Data Support Team for help. 
*Please remember that you should NEVER include any patient-specific information such as Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Medicare Claim Number, etc. The only patient identifier that can safely be communicated is the Unique Patient Identifier (UPI) from CROWNWeb.*
Upcoming Meeting & Events
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - Donate Life Connecticut 8th Annual Toast to Life, Yale Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT.

IPRO End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New England, the ESRD Organization for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, prepared this material under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. CMS Contract Number: HHSM-500-2016-00019C.