Important Updates
Reminder - Network Board Call for Nominations
Every year, nominations are accepted for the election of new, professional and patient, members to serve on the IPRO ESRD Network of New England ESRD Divisional Board and Medical Review Board.

The strength of the Network starts with collective leadership. If you or someone you know is interested in enriching their participation in the ESRD community, please nominate them today!

To submit a nomination, please complete the following:
  • If nominating someone other than yourself, please discuss the nomination prior to submission**
  • Review the Duties & Responsibilities of board members
  • Complete the Nomination Form 
  • Nomination forms must be submitted by Friday, September 30, 2016
Please note that terms of office are effective as of December 1, 2016.

** When submitting a nomination please include all contact information including an email address and phone number
Let Us Know How We Are Doing -
Complete the 2016 ESRD Network Needs Assessment
"Plan, Do, Study, Act".  Please help us study the work that we have done, and take the time to complete our 15 question Needs Assessment for 2016. Your feedback will help us in developing future activities and materials. We need your candid feedback to help us improve.
Complete the 2016 ESRD Network of New England Needs Assessment.
There's Still Time to Register - 2016 ESRD New England Fall Meeting

Participant registration is now open. Click here.
Registration fee participant is currently $93.00*
*Please Note the registration fee will increase to $98.00 on October 8, 2016

For more information, visit the Network website.
Quality Improvement
September is Sepsis Awareness Month
Since its establishment, a key priority of the Rory Staunton Foundation has been to increase federal funding for sepsis awareness, prevention and treatment. For several years the Foundation has worked diligently with members of Congress and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to advance this goal. On August 23rd, the CDC released a major Vital Signs report on sepsis and began rolling out its new multi-million dollar campaign to reduce mortality rates from sepsis through education of both the healthcare sector and the general public.

For the first time, the CDC declared sepsis "a medical emergency", much like a heart attack or stroke. We are proud of our work in this area and look forward to CDCs initiatives making all Americans safer. We would especially like to thank Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and the members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees who worked with us to demand action and resources to combat the sepsis crisis in this country.

To learn more about CDC's recently released sepsis Vital Signs report, please visit: Thank you for your support of sepsis prevention and early recognition.

NHSN Re-Baseline Webinar
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Re-baseline Webinar, Session 1
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT
Summary: The goal of this activity is to inform Infection Preventionists and public health partners on the new national baseline for healthcare associated infections reported to NHSN. Our desired outcome would be that participants understand the purpose and approach for re-baselining and that they Understand factors used in the updated calculations for the standardized infection ratio (SIR). Subject matter experts will also provide an overview of how the new SIRs are shared with CMS for various CMS programs. There will also be an opportunity to ask subject matter experts questions during the live chat portion of the webinar.

Register Today:
Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the history and approach of developing a new national baseline for measuring healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
  • Explain the structure and elements of the new HAI risk model
  • Review the use of the SIRs in relation to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) programs
Patient Services
Annual Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) Summit
IPRO ESRD Network of New England invites one patient representative from each dialysis facility to attend the annual Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) face-to-face summit. This summit is a fun opportunity to meet and collaborate in person with peers. A kidney-friendly brunch will be provided.
When: Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, 14 Mechanic Street, Southbridge, MA 01550
Registration: Click here
For more information click here or visit the Network website.
2016 Renal Support Network's Essay Winners
Read the winning essays that answered the question, "What Do You Know Now About Chronic Kidney Disease That You Wish You'd Known When You Were Diagnosed?
"This year's theme was incredibly moving to me. So much hope, honesty and inspiration in each word that I read. I laughed, I cried and nodded my head in agreement. I am so lucky we have a group of volunteer judges that make the final decision. I want to give everyone an award," said Lori Hartwell, RSN's founder and president.

Read all the winning, honorable mentions and president's pick essays

CMS Finalizes Rule to Bolster Emergency Preparedness of Certain Facilities
On September 8, CMS finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters. After reviewing the current Medicare emergency preparedness regulations for both providers and suppliers, CMS found that regulatory requirements were not comprehensive enough to address the complexities of emergency preparedness. This final rule requires Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers to meet the following four common, and well known, industry best practice standards:
  • Emergency plan
  • Policies and procedures
  • Communication plan
  • Training and testing program
These standards are adjusted to reflect the characteristics of each type of provider and supplier.
These regulations are effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Health care providers and suppliers affected by this rule must comply and implement all regulations one year after the effective date.
For More Information:

Emergency Preparedness and Kidney Disease - Using KCER as a Resource
Dialysis and kidney transplant patients must take special precautions to ensure their health and safety during emergencies and disasters. The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition, or KCER, is an excellent resource for kidney patients for preparing for emergencies. Hosted by the American Kidney Fund, two leaders experienced in the end stage renal disease (ESRD) emergency preparedness field, Beverly Whittet and Peter Traub, will be speaking to increase knowledge about:
  • KCER's online platform
  • Ways to plan ahead to ensure dialysis services are available in emergency or disaster situations
  • The tools and resources available to patients with kidney failure and dialysis facilities relating to emergency preparedness.
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

For more information about the webinar, click here.

ESRD News and Alerts
FDA MedWatch:

Data Management

ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) Payment Year 2017

Preview Period Extended

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is informing the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Organizations (Networks) that the Payment Year (PY) 2017 Preview Period for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) began on August 15, 2016 , and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 30, 2016 . The Preview Period provides an important opportunity for each facility to review and pose questions about its ESRD QIP scores and any potential payment reductions that may result.

For those who missed the August 2, 2016 Medicare Learning Network Call, the resources presented as well as the recording are available here. Find out how to access and review your Preliminary Payment Year (PY) Performance Score Reports (PSRs).
NHSN Reporting Deadline Approaching
To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2018, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must submit their second quarter 2016 Dialysis Event data collected from April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016, by Friday, September 30, 2016. New or revised second quarter data entered into NHSN after September 30 will not be sent to CMS. Therefore, please be aware that any changes or corrections to second quarter 2016 data should be made prior to the reporting deadline.

CMS recommends using the following resources to review your data before the deadline.  These resources and others can be found on the Dialysis Event homepage:
Contact the NHSN Helpdesk (, subject line 'Dialysis') with any questions.

Have You Used 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
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Hartford Hospital Transplant Program 11 Annual Interdisciplinary Transplant Symposium, Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT.

September 23-25, 2016 - American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) 2016 National Patient Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - NKF Fall 2016 CRNNE Conference, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.
Saturday, October 8, 2016- Donate Life CT is the official charity of the 2016 Eversource Hartford Marathon
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4th Annual ESRD New England Fall Meeting at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center, Uncasville, CT.
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.