May 2019
Need to Know: Changes in Facility Personnel

When your facility has staff join or leave your team, be sure to notify the Network so we know who to reach out to at the facility for important information including: emergency preparedness, new resources for facilities and patients, upcoming events and deadlines, MAH password changes, CROWNWeb cleanup, and other outreach efforts. You can find the Facility Personnel Update Form button on our website. http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/view.php?id=46758

HealthInsight and Qualis Health are now Comagine Health
Qualis Health and HealthInsight have merged into one organization. We are now Comagine Health. Your ESRD Network staff is the same. You can learn more about our name change at www.comagine.org.
CDC Core Intervention #4: Staff Education

Save some time and have your staff watch this video from the CDC for staff training and competency. The CDC also provides free CEUs through the CDC Train site at https://www.train.org/cdctrain/welcome !

Preventing Bloodstream Infections in Outpatient Hemodialysis video:

Access to Care
The Network’s responsibilities include investigating and resolving grievances filed with the Network, and addressing access to care cases. CMS views the investigation and resolution as an opportunity to focus on meeting the needs of ESRD patients, as well as an opportunity to create change by listening to and learning from the patient and/or care partner perspective. Additionally, the Conditions for Coverage require that both the Network and the State Survey Agency be notified of involuntary discharges and transfers. Contact with the Network should occur for any situation where the patient is considered ‘at risk’ for involuntary discharge.
 
I nvoluntary Discharge Guidance is available here: https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/patient-services/ivd.html  and Medical Director Responsibilities for Management of Involuntary Discharges: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PS/MD+Management+of+IVDs.pdf
Are You Hip to QIP?
CMS will base your reimbursement for 2020 on data collected in 2018. The 2019 Preview Period to look at your data comes up once a year in late summer. Be prepared and know what you will be measured on. Ultrafiltration Reporting Measure: CMS is tracking reporting of ultrafiltration elements in CROWNWeb (Kt/V, pre/post-weights, minutes of dialysis, and number of sessions). They exclude clinics open on/after 7/1/2018 and those with a census <11. They include ESRD patients >18 receiving ICHD. The formula for calculating UFR is: UFR = [(((Δ wt kg) *1000)/ (delivered time/60))/post wt kg].
 
Important Dates:
o BSI NCC LAN: May 7
o Home NCC LAN: May 14
o Transplant NCC LAN: May 21
o HealthInsight Oregon Annual Quality Conference May 21
Save the Date: Network 16 Quality Conference- September 19
Appointment with Data Team
 
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