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January 19, 2016 
MARC e-lerts 
The Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (MARC) distributes MARC e-lerts to share important information affecting the Network 5 renal community.  We hope you find this edition's reminders, educational opportunities, tools, and resources helpful.  
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Message from the Director
There are lots of exciting things happening at MARC! We have just wrapped up our CMS Special Innovation Project Peer Support to Enhance Self-Management and Reduce Hospitalization Rates, and we are excited to share the results. We hope this research will encourage other facilities to implement peer mentoring programs as well. As our peer mentoring project winds down, the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (CSCKP) is picking up steam. Read on to find out what's in store for 2016. We also have information on two projects kicking off this month: the 2016 5-Diamond Patient Safety Project and Project WipeOut, which focuses on preventing and reducing bloodstream infections in the dialysis setting.

We hope you enjoy this issue!

Nancy Armistead
Executive Director, MARC

Medical Review Board is in Search of a Registered Dietitian
MARC is looking for a registered dietitian from the dialysis community to volunteer to serve on its Medical Review Board (MRB).  The MRB is a multidisciplinary group representing all geographic areas in Network 5. The MRB serves as the focal point for all quality activities conducted within Network 5, and its goal is to assist providers in improving patient care. If you're interested in learning more, please send your resume/CV to Brandy Vinson at bvinson@nw5.esrd.net.  

The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (CSCKP) has hired a director and received funding for two research projects. Read more.  

Patient Safety 
FiveDiamond20165-Diamond Patient Safety Program Launches for 2016
Join dialysis facilities nationally by participating in the 2016 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program. The 2016 program year launched on January 4, 2016, offering 14 modules designed for facilities to use in improving both staff and patient awareness of specific patient safety areas.   Learn more

2016 RPA Patient Safety Improvement Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
Have you been working to improve kidney patient safety? Submit your patient safety best practices today to be considered for the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) 2016 Patient Safety Improvement Award. The award, presented at the RPA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, is given to nephrology practices that not only successfully improve patient safety in the dialysis facilities where they provide renal replacement therapy but also promulgate the goals of the RPA ESRD Patient Safety Initiative.

Best practices should address one of the following areas:
  • Hand hygiene
  • Non-adherence to facility procedures
  • Incorrect dialyzer or dialyzing solution
  • Medication omission or errors
  • Patient falls
  • Venous needle dislodgement
To be considered, best practices must be submitted by January 29, 2016. Please contact Amy Beckrich at abeckrich@renalmd.org or 301-468-3515 with questions or for additional information about kidney patient safety.

Quality Incentive Program 
PY2016 PSRs and PSCs Are Now Posted
Final Payment Year 2016 Performance Score Reports and Performance Score Certificates were posted to the QIP 1.0.0 website December 30, 2015.  Please download and post your facility's Performance Score Certificate (in English and Spanish) by February 1, 2016.

Infection Prevention
NHSN Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey is Released
The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey has been released. Complete one survey per center by logging into NHSN. Surveys are completed for the current year 2016. It is strongly recommended that the survey is completed in February of each year by someone who works in the center and is familiar with current practices within the center. Complete the survey based on the actual practices at the center, not necessarily the center policy, if there are differences.

ProjectWipeOutProject WipeOut! Kicks Off This Month
Project WipeOut kicked off January 13. Project plans are due to the Network by Friday, January 22. The forms should be returned to Amber Paulus via fax  at (804) 320-5918 or email at apaulus@nw5.esrd.net. Data will be submitted by dialysis facilities and tracked by the Network via NHSN. Click here for project resources. If you have questions concerning this project contact Amber Paulus at (804) 320-0004 ext. 2710.

Patient Services
PeerSupportPeer Mentoring Reduces Missed Treatments
Peer-to-peer mentoring may help patients improve their treatment attendance. This is just one of the findings resulting from MARC's recently completed pilot test of its peer program, known as Peer Up!, at University of Virginia Lynchburg Dialysis. Read the full press release and learn more about implementing a peer mentoring program in your facility.

SMEs Needed for National Workgroups
Please post and distribute this flyer to patients in your clinic. The Network is seeking patients who are on the transplant wait list to serve on national workgroups with the ESRD Network Coordinating Center (NCC). Project topics are as follows: 

Project Topic
Grievances To ensure patients are aware of their rights and responsibilities and options for what to do when they have a concern.
ICH CAHPS To promote patient understanding of the survey and to encourage patient participation.
Infection & Vaccination To better recognize the patient experience with regard to infection and vaccination; to assist facilities in partnering with patients to promote safety.
Peer Mentoring To pilot peer mentoring modules in a group of facilities.

Patient Resources
ESRD NCC Promotes #TogetherWeCan Campaign 
#TogetherWeCan is a national campaign, led by the ESRD National Coordinating Network (NCC), which shares how the kidney community is living well. Share the current story, Maile: Patients Want to Learn from Other Patients, with your patients.

AAKP Offers FREE HealthLine Conference Calls
The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) presents monthly FREE HealthLine conference calls for patients. Encourage your patients to join the upcoming call:

February 24: "The Importance of Exercise for All Stages of Kidney Disease"

Find more information about these calls, and how to register. For recordings of previous HealthLine calls, visit the AAKP website

Kidney Transplant Lunch & Learn Registration is Now Open
Join MARC and the Virginia Transplant Center team as they discuss what's new with kidney transplantation, including the Impact/Results of the New Organ Allocation System Nationally, the Importance and Impact of Early Referral to Transplant, Transplant Referral: Intervention to Overcome Barriers, and the Transition from Dialysis to Transplant.  2.0 continuing education credit hours will be available to all nurse and technician attendees.   Advance registration is required. RSVP to Connie West at connie.west2@hcahealthcare.com or (804) 285-5185 by January 25, 2016. 

VirtualCouncilMtgSave the Date for the Virtual Council Meeting Webinar
The Network will be hosting its annual Virtual Council Meeting webinar on Thursday, February 25. Registration is FREE, and all dietitian, nurse, social worker, and technician attendees will be eligible to earn 1.0 continuing education credit for participation. This webinar is open to Network 5 dialysis facilities and will describe the Network's focus for 2016, emphasizing patient- and family-centered care, as well as provider collaboration with the Network, while also providing an opportunity for open Q & A. It is strongly recommended that each facility have at least one representative on this call.  Register your facility.

NANT Annual Symposium is Scheduled for March 21-24
The National Association of Nephrology Technicians (NANT) Annual Symposium provides up to four days of dialysis technician-focused education. Technicians who participate in all four days can earn 25 contact hours. View complete information  

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