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Welcome to the January 22 issue of the Quality Insights Renal Network 4 e-newsletter. In this issue, we bring you information about MAH QDRC/QDFR requirements, CMS updates, FDA recalls and more. We encourage you to  contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.  
TopicoftheMonthFACILITY-LED PATIENT EDUCATION TOPIC OF THE MONTH: Role of the network
We provide a Network 4 Patient Education Sheet each month in 2019. 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. 
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MAH QDRC/QDFR Requirements 
Your facility's MAH Password and User Accounts on DialysisData.org must be re-established in order to retrieve your facility's DFR and December 2018 QDFC preview file.  On December 13, 2018 all MAH passwords were reset and user accounts for https://www.DialysisData.org disabled.  Networks are providing new passwords to facility MAHs.  Facility MAHs must log in to their master account to re-enable or add facility user accounts and grant permissions prior to the start of the February 1, 2019 QDFC/QDFR Preview Period.  MAHs must create a separate user account to be able to view DFRs and QDFC data, as their MAH account only manages user accounts and cannot view data.

Useful Resources:
An FAQ page is available on https://www.DialysisData.org , accessible without logging in.  Facilities having difficulty logging in or that have other questions may use the "Contact Us" form at  https://www.DialysisData.org or call 855-764-2885 M-F, 7am-1pm PST.  You may also contact the Network with questions.  For questions about reports and requirements, please contact Karen Hricak or Emma Fountain (Network Data Department) at 610-265-2418
 
It is the MAH's responsibility to update user contact information (including their own), transfer MAH credentials within the facility appropriately, review and enable existing user accounts, and set user-specific permissions.  If MAH credentials are passed on within your facility to a new MAH, please notify the Network and update the contact information on  https://www.DialysisData.org to reflect a new contact person for the MAH.
 
UpcomingEventsUpcoming Events
 
AAKP presents: healthline webinar    

January 23, 2019
 
AAKP will present a January 23, 2019 HealthLine webinar on Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Your Loved Ones - Coping Strategies for Kidney Patient Caregivers.  
 
 
Christiana Care Kidney transplant program presents: explore transplant & living donation training     

March 7, 2019
Christiana Hilton
100 Continental Drive
Newark, Delaware

 Objective: Enhance your knowledge and skills educating patients about kidney transplant and living donation using our new and improved educational resources. 
 
 
The National Kidney Foundation 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings SCM19   

May 8-12, 2019
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA
 
The National Kidney Foundation 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM19) presents a unique opportunity for busy renal health care providers to learn new developments related to all aspects of nephrology. An important objective of SCM19 is to present the latest insights into chronic kidney disease care. Participants will learn about new and evolving concepts related to kidney disease through a carefully designed combination of interesting courses, practical workshops, thought-provoking symposia and insightful debates incorporating the latest developments in clinical nephrology.  
 
CMSUpdatesCMS Updates
MLN Matters
CMS has published an MLN Matters bulletin on Implementation of Changes in the ESRD PPS and Payment for Dialysis Furnished for AKI in ESRD Facilities for CY2019.  

 
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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. ESRD4-122018