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Welcome to the April 27 issue of the Quality Insights Renal Network 4 e-newsletter. In this issue, we bring you information about free CEU opportunities, available webinar recordings, patient education features, ESRD events, resources and much more. We encourage you to  contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.  
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Treatment Options
We will be providing a Network 4 Patient Education Sheet each month in 2017. These documents are also located on our website. Please provide all of your patients with this education sheet this month.   Also, we ask that you please encourage your facility's Patient  Representatives to pass out this educational information as well. 
William K. "Bill" Murray, a Patient Representative for Network 4, was recently featured in Partners in Research Quarterly, a publication of Partners in Research: Delaware CKD Engagement Project. His story features the benefits of home hemodialysis from his perspective.  Read the story on page 4 of the publication. 
TMFPresentationTMF Health Quality Institute Presentation slides and recording now available  
In case you missed it, TMF Health Quality Institute (which focuses on promoting quality health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations) had a presentation on "Empowered Kidney Care" on  April 12, 2017.  The recording of this presentation can be found under readmissions on this page. Slides to the presentation are also available. 
DidYouMissCMdid you miss the April Network Council Meeting?  
Did you miss the Network Council Meeting on April 11 and 12? If so, you can view the slides and download the recording on our website. The topic for this meeting was Refueling and Reconnecting as Compassionate Caregivers in Nephrology Care. For more information, please contact Tish Lawson at
TownHallPartners in research town hall to be held next month 
The next Town Hall session will be held on May 24 at 5:00 p.m. at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. If you cannot make it in person, you can join online. This Town Hall will focus on the topics of c onfidentiality and safety of data. Several of these topics will be discussed in the context of  research questions raised at the Partners in Research 2016 Conference. Drinks and snacks will be available.  Learn more and register
NHSNTrainingCourseNHSN training course now available on dialysis event homepage
The Dialysis Event training course is now available on the Dialysis Event homepage. Every National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) user must complete re-training annually by taking the online training course and re-reading the Dialysis Event Protocol. Before completing the course post-test, please follow these instructions to enter your contact information into the designated fields:
  1. The first name, last name, and the email address of the person completing the course. The email address entered must be the email address associated with the person's SAMS account. NHSN users can identify the email associated with their SAMS account by:
    • Logging in to 
    • Clicking "NHSN Reporting" and logging in to your facility 
    • Clicking on the username in top-right corner; and 
    • Viewing the email address under "My Info"
  2. The facility's 5-digit NHSN OrgID. This can be found by: 
    • Logging in to  
    • Clicking "NHSN Reporting" and logging in to your facility 
    • Clicking on the username in the top-right corner; and 
    • Viewing the 5-digit ID
  3. The facility's ESRD Network number. The ESRD Network in which your facility resides can be found by clicking the map on this website
NHSNDeadlineforQIPReminder:  NHSN Deadline for ESRD QIP/Influenza
The deadline for the administration of the 2016-2017  influenza vaccine is April 30. Documentation in NHSN's Healthcare Personnel Safety/Influenza Surveillance module will remain open for reporting until May 15. All facilities which opened in 2016 are eligible to report to this module for the ESRD QIP.  If you have not yet joined NHSN and conferred rights to the Network, please do so as soon as possible.  Guidance documents can be found in the NHSN section on the Providers/New Facility Binder tab on our website.

NRAAWebinarNRAA Webinar Wednesday Presentation Now available
Are you a member of the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA)? If so, you can now view the NRAA "Webinar Wednesday" presentation on the topic AKI: The Impact and Due Diligence to the Dialysis Provider? To view for the first time or to re-watch this webinar, go to Education Station.

You can also visit NRAA Voices to join the AKI, Billing, and Reimbursement Community where updates, new information, resources, and answers to questions will be posted. If you've got a question to ask on AKI, start a discussion of your own on the community. Start exploring

ANAWebinarANA Burnout Webinar
In honor of National Nurses Week during May 6-12, 2017, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is hosting a free CE webinar titled A Nurse's Guide to Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout on May 10, 2017.  Learn more and register

HurricaneSafetyHurricane Safety Week is May 7-13
Learn more about hurricane safety tips and resources by visiting the National Weather Service website
CantWaitCan't wait for summer? take a look at upcoming esrd camps  

Philadelphia Area
  • University City, PA: CHOPed: Mastering the Renal Diet is a free cooking program held from July 20-24 at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. It is for adolescents and teens ages 11 to 18 years who have chronic kidney disease. Email Nina Foster or call 267-425-3934.
  • Blue Bell, PA: Camp Jeremy is a week-long day camp for children ages 6 to 16 years who have undergone a life-saving organ transplant, and their siblings.
Central and Western Pennsylvania
  • Ligonier, PA: Kidney Kamp is held from in the first week of August for children of all ages who have PD, who are pre-dialysis or on hemodialysis, or who have had a transplant. Read more about Kidney Kamp. 
  • Millville, PA: Camp Kydnie is held from July 5-10 for children ages 6 to 16 years who have kidney disease or have had a transplant, and their siblings or friends.
American Kidney Fund: 
The American Kidney Fund is offering a new online continuing education (CE) course titled  Managing Hyperphosphatemia. The course is free and offers 1.00 CDR CE credit and 1.20 NANT CE credits.  The goals of the course are to identify and understand challenges dietitians and other allied health professionals face in managing hyperphosphatemia in their patients and identify effective tools and strategies they can employ in their own practice. Learn more.  

Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety:
NTDS is offering a webinar series to learn how to stop and prevent the spread of deadline infectious diseases. The webinar, titled "Targeting Zero Infections: Where Do We Begin?" will be on Tuesday, May 23 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT.  Learn more

American Nephrology Nurses Association:
American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) members can read the Nephrology Nursing Journal article Children and Adolescents with CKD: A Population at Risk for More Than Just Kidney Disease through April 30, 2017 and earn free CNE credit online.  The article addresses the relationship between pediatric CKD and health-related quality of life.  ANNA offers members a different free CNE opportunity every month. Learn more

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
The CDC is offering a free continuing education webinar on Infections in Dialysis Centers: Understanding What Matters to Patients on Tuesday, May 2 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST. Register here
ESRDResourcesESRD resources 

Patient Empowerment Tool: Renal Failure Zone
Check out this handy tool to help patients respond to changes in their health status.  
KCER Expands WHAT IF...Emergency Planning Campaign
The new Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) WHAT IF... national emergency preparedness campaign materials are now available online. This campaign was the brainchild of the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (MARC) Patient Advisory Committee (PAC). The campaign offers a fun way to improve emergency preparedness and patient engagement in the dialysis facility. It is also a unique way to meet the requirements of the new CMS rule to increase patient safety during emergencies and establish a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters. Flyers, posters, brochures, and more can be found on the KCER website
Looking for a Patient Support Group?
Sometimes it's helpful to talk about your journey to kidney health with peers that understand what you're going through. Check out our website periodically for information about local support groups near you, including upcoming meeting dates as they become available. 

Check out the ESRD NCC Information Exchange
The ESRD Network Coordinating Center (NCC) provides centralized coordination and support for the Medicare ESRD Network program. Each month, the ESRD NCC distributes an e-newsletter, known as the Information Exchange, that compiles the most important information from numerous ListServs and publications related to renal health. To sign up to receive this informative newsletter, please contact the ESRD NCC at or visit the ESRD NCC website

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This material was prepared by Quality Insights Renal Network 4 under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The contents do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.

Publication No. ESRD4-042617