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Welcome to the March 17 issue of the Quality Insights Renal Network 4 e-newsletter. In this issue, we bring you information about what to do in the event of ownership/location changes, NHSN reminders, 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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Exclamation Point CMSReminderCMS Reminder about ownership/location changes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds healthcare providers that in order to maintain eligibility to bill Medicare, changes to ownership, location, or final adverse legal actions must be reported to CMS within 30 days, and other changes to one's Provider Enrollment Information dossier must be reported online within 90 days.  To assist, they've collected in one place links to a relevant MLN-Matters article, the relevant section of federal law, an OIG report on compliance, and two how-to Provider Enrollment (PECOS) change tutorials.  View details.  
Grievance Process
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. 
NHSNreminderreminder: Nhsn healthcare personnel safety (hps) influenza vaccination summary data qip requirement  
Data collection for the 2016/2017 flu season has begun. Please include the vaccination status of healthcare personnel who are/were physically present in the dialysis facility for at least one working day between October 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. The data entry process is as follows: 
  • Select Healthcare Personnel Safety Component (instead of Dialysis Component) on the NHSN landing page.
  • Enter one Monthly Reporting Plan and select "Influenza Vaccination Summary" (prerequisite to data entry).
Monthly updates are encouraged, although a single influenza vaccination summary report before May 15, 2017 meets the minimum QIP requirement. Recorded training webinars are available for viewing.  
NHSNAnnualTrainingnhsn annual training  
To fulfill the annual training requirement, at least one NHSN user at each facility must read the Dialysis Event Protocol and take the online Dialysis Event Surveillance Training after January 1, 2017 and before September 30, 2017. An issue has been identified in the tracking system and the CDC has notified Networks to inform users to postpone training until they receive a notification the tracking system issues have been resolved.  

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. 

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

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NKF 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 .

NKF PERC Again Offers Free Online CE Courses
The NKF Professional Education Resource Center (PERC) again offers three new free online CE courses for social workers:
  • Depression Screening Tools: Policy and Nephrology Social Work Interventions
  • Support of Renal Patients and Families Facing End-Of-Life Care Decisions: A Nephrology Social Worker's Reflection
  • Navigating Health Insurance: How Public Options, Private Coverage and Charitable Assistance Can Work Together For ESRD Patients

CouncilDatesMark your calendar: 2017 April network council 4 meeting
Quarterly Network Council meetings in 2017 will center around the topics of Patient Engagement and the Patien t Representative Program.   Each facility is REQUIRED to have a facility staff representative attend one of the meetings EACH quarter .  The next Network Council meeting will include guest speaker Gary Petingola, MSW, RSW. He will talk about "Refueling and Reconnecting as Compassionate Caregivers in Nephrology Care."
Click on the links below to register.  There is no cost to attend this conference.
  • April 11 and 12: Both days from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST
1.0 CEU Approval for Nursing
1.0 CEU PENDING Approval for Social Workers

The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers, Provider #1014, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers maintains responsibility for the program. Licensed social workers should contact their individual jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

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.
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.   
ESRDResourcesESRD resources 

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. ESRD4-031617