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Welcome to the May 30 issue of the Quality Insights Renal Network 4 e-newsletter. In this issue, we bring you information about home dialysis, CROWNWeb updates, 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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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. 
HomeDialysisUsehome dialysis use is on the rise 
The ESRD Prospective Payment System, which in 2008 introduced two incentives to increase home dialysis use (bundling injectable medications into a single payment for treatment and paying for home dialysis training), was associated with substantial increases in home dialysis for both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. Home dialysis treatment among Medicare patients increased by 5.8 percent from January 2006 through August 2013 and by 4.1 percent among non-Medicare patients covered by other forms of health insurance. The JASN analysis, which included 717,604 patients, found that the ESRD Prospective Payment System bundling, but not the training add-on, was associated with increases in home dialysis. 
CROWNWeb2Register for crownweb facility dashboard training 
The first of four Facility Dashboard Training sessions will take place on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 2 p.m. EDT. Each of these informative 30-minute courses cover all the basic information a CROWNWeb user would need to begin using the Facility Dashboard.  During these events, the CROWNWeb Outreach, Communications, and Training (OCT) team will inform users on the functions, navigation and completion of tasks within the Facility Dashboard. Learn more and register

SummerCamps3CAn't wait for Summer? Take a Look at Upcoming ESRD Camps
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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.  

Network staff members L to R: Kou Kha-Moua, Chris Brown and Tricia Phulchand
Network Staff Members Attend Day of Learning at Vascular Center: Opportunity for Contact Hours
Staff from ESRD Networks 3 and 4 recently attended a day of learning at a vascular access center as part of the Adventures in Access program. This new education program can give an inside look at the day-to-day operations of your local access center and help you earn free contact hours at the same time. You will visit a Lifeline Vascular Access managed center, learn how to spot access problems, review radiographic images, observe a live interventional procedure, and shadow a nurse during both pre- and post-procedure assessments. For more information, contact MaryBeth Lawson at or call (215) 887-1122.  
ESRDResourcesESRD resources 

KCER Watch Provides Up-to-Date Emergency Preparedness Information
Want to keep up with the most timely and pertinent information related to emergency preparedness? Read the latest issue of KCER Watch; a monthly environmental scan that provides a literature from peer-reviewed journals and emergency and disaster related trade publications, social media postings and stakeholder websites to identify news and events in the emergency management field that are beneficial to the ESRD community. The goal of KCER Watch is to facilitate the exchange of information, sharing of resources, and advancement of knowledge and expertise among ESRD and emergency management stakeholders. 
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. ESRD4-052417