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Welcome to the February 28 issue of the Quality Insights Renal Network 4 e-newsletter. In this issue, we bring you information about final rule updates, CROWNWeb and NHSN updates, monthly patient education features, ESRD events, resources and much more. We encourage you to  contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.  
Exclamation Point CMSEmergPrepCMS updates Emergency Preparedness Rule
To support the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) recently issued Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule, ASPR TRACIE has been providing technical assistance and sharing helpful resources and promising practices. Yale New Haven Health just released results from a crosswalk that mapped various emergency- and disaster-related standards to the CMS Rule. And they recently updated the CMS EP Rule: Resources at Your Fingertips document, which includes links to key resources, such as CMS' fourth round of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and clarifications on definitions.

For more information, access the ASPR TRACIE page dedicated to CMS Resources.
ESRDProsPayESRD prospective payment system final rule now available
The ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule for calendar year 2017, which was published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2016, is now available. View the final rule.  
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QINWebinarQuality Insights Quality Innovation Network to offer live rebroadcast of webinar on outpatient antibiotic stewardship
Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network is hosting a live rebroadcast of a program offered on February 9 that focuses on Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship and Why it Matters. This event will introduce healthcare providers to the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship project. Quality Insights will address the important work that it's preparing for and go over the four core elements specific to outpatient antibiotic stewardship.

This free webinar is for any outpatient facility (such as emergency departments, urgent care centers, physician practices, outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgical centers and dialysis centers) that is interested in becoming a part of the Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Learning and Action Network (LAN). Learn more about the project and register for the webinar today. 
QIP Education and Vascular Access
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. 
FeedbackPlease provide us with your feedback on last month's Facility-LED PATIENT EDUCATION
Please take this short survey to let us know what you thought about last month's facility-led patient education topics

CMS describes this validation project in the PY2017 final rule. View the final rule.

CrownWeb PleaseRememberplease remember to update facility personnel in crownweb 
Please remember to review and update your facility's personnel in CROWNWeb on a monthly basis. Keeping this information up-to-date and accurate is a very important function to ensure accurate distribution of materials to facility staff.  If you need a reminder on how to do this update function, please visit the CROWNWeb website

PatientNewsletterlook for a new patient newsletter schedule in 2017
Network 4 will be implementing a quarterly distribution schedule for its patient newsletter in 2017. Look for both English and Spanish editions in March, June, September and December of 2017. 

DosDontsWebinarupcoming webinar: job application Do's and Don'ts 
My Employment Options will hold a free Job Application Tips webinar, titled Job Application Workshop: Application Do's and Don'ts, on April 6, 2017.  My Employment Options is an employment network that helps people with disabilities return to work as part of the free national Ticket to Work program, offering Work-At-Home and Onsite jobs in 47 states.  Learn more and register.   

WesternPAKidneySupportWestern PA Kidney Support Group Hosts Free World Kidney Day Seminar
Join the Western PA Kidney Support Group for a free World Kidney Day Seminar on Sunday, March 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Allegheny General Hospital. Learn more and RSVP by contacting Vicki Georges at (724) 836-3615 or Jack Silverstein at (412) 427-2969. 

CouncilDatesMark your calendars: 2017 network council meeting dates
Quarterly Network Council meetings in 2017 will center around the topics of Patient Engagement and the Patient Representative Program.  Each facility is REQUIRED to have a facility staff representative attend one of the meetings EACH quarter.    

2017 Network Council Meetings Dates Remaining (Click links on dates below, if available, to register.)
  • April 11 and 12: Both days at 2 p.m.
  • Guest speaker: Gary Petingola, MSW, RSW - "Refueling and Reconnecting as Compassionate Caregivers in Nephrology Care"
  • July 11 and 12: Both days at 2 p.m.
  • October 10 and 11: Both days at 2 p.m.
PennStatePenn state college of medicine presents an Update on chronic kidney disease
Penn State College of Medicine, in partnership with The Kidney Foundation of Central PA, Lancaster General Health, Pinnacle Health and Quality Insights Renal Network 4, will be presenting an Update on Chronic Kidney Disease on Tuesday, April 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Network 4's Executive Director, Chris Brown, will be presenting information about CROWNWeb and CMS' Quality Incentive Program (QIP) requirements.  Other sessions to note include the breakout sessions around the topic of Arterial-Venous Fistula Cannulation Camp Techniques. These include Fistula Maturation and Cannulation Readiness; Hands-on Cannulation Skills; and Vascular Access Assessment. Registration prior to April 24 will be $85 per person, which includes meals, handouts and refreshments. Registration after April 24 will be $110. Continuing education credits may be available. Learn more and register today

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.
NKFNKF Spring Clinical Meetings on the Horizon
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) will be holding the Spring Clinical Meetings in Orlando, FL on April 18 through 22. Learn more and register .
ESRDResourcesESRD resources 

FOR PATIENTS: WATCH-What to Expect While on Dialysis 
Starting dialysis often means creating a new normal for yourself and your family. There's a lot to think about. Watch the next video in our FIRST30 video series featuring advice from patients. Learn how to overcome fears and misconceptions, acquire good habits and ask for help when needed. Watch video

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.

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