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Welcome to the September 7 issue of the Quality Insights Renal Network 4 e-newsletter. In this issue, we bring you information about flu vaccination recommendations from the CDC, new forms for Patient Representatives, ICH CAHPS data collection schedules, CMS updates, continuing education opportunities, 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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Emergency Preparedness Month
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. 

Emergency Preparedness Month 

September is emergency preparedness month.  The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) prep rally is a fun way to get your patients educated and ready before the final rule is implemented this November.  Please review the KCER prep rally tip sheet and provide a game plan outline to all of your patients.
CDCMMWRcdc releases flu vaccine recommendations  
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) containing its vaccine recommendations for the 2017-2018 flu season. View the MMWR, Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices - United States, 2017-18 Influenza Season.
NewPatientRepFormspatient representative update: new forms available  
Network 4 currently has over 200 patient representatives. All supporting documents for the patient representative program can be found on our website. Network 4 continues to support a robust Patient Representative Program and encourages all facilities to identify a Facility Representative (Network Council Member) who will participate in all Network Council Meetings or, if unable to attend, ensure facility representation. The Network Council member will provide input to the Network on current Network activities, needs of the facility and community, and ideas for future initiatives

New Forms

ANNAAwardsANNA Now accepting nominations for nursing excellence awards and scholarships
Now is the time to nominate a colleague for an American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) award or to apply for a personal scholarship or grant.  ANNA has over $100,000 in nursing excellence awards, scholarships, and grants available but the submission deadline is quickly approaching. Do you know a great co-worker and fellow nephrology professional who has gone "above and beyond"? There is no greater satisfaction than seeing someone recognized who truly deserves it. T ake a brief moment to complete the application or nomination process - for yourself or for someone else.  Choose from over 35 awards, scholarships, and grants. View a full list of available awards The application deadline for all awards and scholarships is October 15th.  NOTE: Both the nominator AND nominee must be members of ANNA.

STDAnnaSave the Date - ANNA Keystone Chapter Annual Fall Day of Learning
The American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) Keystone Chapter's annual Fall Day of Learning will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in Trevose, Pennsylvania. More information will be coming soon.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) are serious and costly diseases. CKD affects more than 20 million adults and is seen most often in individuals over 60
years of age. Diabetes and hypertension are the most frequent causes of CKD in the United States. Partners in Research is coordinating the Developing a Patient-Centered Research Agenda for CKD conference that is part of a two-year project to engage stakeholders in addressing the impact and burden of CKD and ESRD in Delaware. Patients and their supporters, providers, payers, researchers, and policy makers are all encouraged to attend this event. The conference takes place on Friday, September 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center at Christiana Hospital. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Registration details will be coming soon. For more information, visit the Partners in Research website.

ichcahpstentative data collection schedule for the 2017 ich cahps fall survey now available
The tentative data collection schedule and the dates for some key activities related to the 2017 In-Center Hemodialysis CAHPS (ICH CAHPS) Fall Survey are shown below. Please note that these dates are subject to change. Should a schedule change occur, an announcement will be posted.
  • Sample Files Uploaded on ICH CAHPS Website - 9/29/2017
  • Vendors Attest to Receipt of Sample File - 10/3/2017
  • Mail Prenotification Letter - 10/20/2017
  • Mail 1st Questionnaire (mail only and mixed mode)/Begin Telephone data collection (phone only mode) - 11/3/2017
  • Mail 2nd Questionnaire (mail only)/Begin phone follow-up (mixed mode) - 12/1/2017
  • Data Collection Ends - 1/12/2018
  • Vendors Clean/Process Final Data and Construct XML File - 1/13/2018 to 1/30/2018
  • Deadline for Submitting XML Data File to ICH Data Center - 1/31/2018
Please contact the Coordination Team via e-mail at or call 1-866-245-8083 if you have any questions or need more information about the 2017 ICH CAHPS Fall Survey.

CMSUpdatesCMS Updates
It's Never Too Late to Start Planning for the Upcoming Flu Season
The next flu season reporting begins October 1, 2017 and extends to March 31, 2018. The purpose of providing vaccination data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is to enable health care facilities to report healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and prevention practice adherence data via NHSN to CMS in fulfillment of CMS's quality measurement reporting requirements. The Influenza Vaccination Summary within the HCP Vaccination Module is designed to assist staff in health care facilities to monitor influenza vaccination percentages among HCP. The ESRD QIP clinical measure specifications for the upcoming flu season provides further details on eligible facilities and reporting criteria.  If you have any questions regarding this clinical measure, you may contact Jeannette Shrift at or the ESRD QIP help desk at

UpcomingEventsUpcoming events
Hackensack UMC Transplant Designee Symposium
Register today for the Hackensack UMC Transplant Designee Symposium on Thursday, September 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, 6 Industrial Way East in Eatontown, NJ. Registration fee is $65 per person. Hackensack Meridian Health employees are not required to pay. View the event agenda and the official invitation

Nursing Contact Hours: 7.5
Hackensack University Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number P170-9/15-18.

Social Work Credits: 7.5
This program is approved for 7.5 social work continuing education hours by Seton Hall University at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health, in accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code 13:44 G and recognized by, The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners. This accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. 

For accommodations, complaints or more information, please email or call Waheed Tajik at 

Inaugural Jefferson Renal Update Symposium
On Saturday, September 23, Jefferson University is hosting its Inaugural Jefferson Renal Update Symposium on the Main Campus of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
This inaugural course will examine disease burden, recommendations for assessment and management, clinical practice guidelines, clinical trials, new therapies, areas of uncertainty and future challenges of this disease.  Through didactic lectures, case presentations, and panel discussions, the following topics will be explored:
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): Epidemiology, Classification, and Complications
  • CKD Management and Transition to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
  • Diabetic Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Transplant: What the General Practitioner Needs to Know
  • Post Kidney Transplant Complications: Infection and Malignancy
  • Hypertension Management in Chronic Kidney Disease
This course is designed for practicing physicians, nurses/nurse practitioners, hospitalists, residents, fellows, and allied health professionals specializing in nephrology, internal medicine, family medicine, and general practice. Learn more and register today

Accreditation Information
Physicians -  Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  This Live activity, Inaugural Jefferson Renal Update Symposium, with a beginning date of 09/23/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  5.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity
Nurses/Nurse Practitioners -  This education activity will be submitted to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for approval of up to 5.25 contact hours of accredited education.
Physician Assistants - The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. (

freeCEUsFree CEU OPportunities
Advanced Renal Education
This educational site provides CEU credits for anyone who completes a course. Register to gain access and complete a course.

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC has new free continuing education opportunities available:
  • Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings
  • Environmental Services and Infection Prevention
  • Recognizing Infection Risks in Medical Equipment

Additionally, three others are planned for upcoming months:


  • Infection Transmission Risks Associated with Nonsterile Glove Use
  • Infection Prevention: A Hierarchy of Controls Approach
  • Injection Safety: A Systems Approach

Learn more and register.


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and Medscape

CDC's MMWR presents a FREE continuing education activity on opioid prescribing in partnership with Medscape. Continuing Medical Education (CME), American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification (ABIM MOC), and Continuing Education (CE) credits are all available for this activity - CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - United States, 2016. This activity is intended for primary care clinicians, nurses, and other clinicians prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.


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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