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Welcome to the September 1 edition of the Quality Insights Renal Network 4 (QIRN4) e-newsletter. In this issue, we bring you information about ESRD QIP Payment Year preview period, CDC Sepsis campaign, new ESRD support groups, ESRD events, resources and much more. We encourage you to contact us
with any questions, concerns or suggestions.  
ESRDQIPPaymentYearannouncing dates for the esrd QIP Payment year 2017 preview period 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is informing the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Organizations (Networks) that the Payment Year (PY) 2017 Preview Period for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) began on August 15, 2016, and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 16, 2016. The Preview Period provides an important opportunity for each facility to review and pose questions about its ESRD QIP scores and any potential payment reductions that may result. CMS conducted a National Provider Call (NPC) about the PY 2017 Preview Period on the afternoon of August 2, 2016. Learn more by accessing slides and the audio recording from this NPC.  
CDCCampaignCDC Campaign focuses on sepsis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Making Health Care Safer program is focusing on sepsis.  Sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. It's difficult to diagnose, happens quickly, and can be confused with other conditions early on.  Sepsis is a medical emergency.  Time matters.  When sepsis is quickly recognized and treated, lives are saved.  Healthcare providers are the critical link to preventing, recognizing, and treating sepsis.  Learn more and access resources on the CDC website.   
NewPatientSupportGroupNew Patient Support Group has started
A new patient support group has started. Patients can join the Westtown Patient Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Forum, located at 105 Westtown Road in West Chester, PA. The next meeting will be on October 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This is a patient-focused and patient-driven forum designed to: 
  • Develop a support network for PD patients.
  • Offer an opportunity to meet, greet, and share ideas for a healthier, more effective PD life.
  • Provide a positive group session to learn from each other.
  • Provide an opportunity to share frustrations, along with brainstorming viable solutions.
  • Share what you have learned from the dialysis process.
  • Be an example for others on the merits of PD.

No questions? No concerns? Perhaps you have the answers that can aid another dialysis patient. RSVP by calling the clinic at (610) 701-2491 by October 17 to save a spot for yourself.   

AlertsRecallsAlerts and recalls

NHSNNHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Training Series
In response to great attendance at two live webinars in August, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is providing another opportunity to attend webinars covering the same content in September.  Two live webinars on September 12 and September 15 will provide training for new or experienced NHSN users.  CDC subject matter experts will be available to answer your questions about NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance.

Monday, September 12 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol:
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Dialysis Event Surveillance reporting is required for CMS ESRD QIP rule. This session will provide a complete introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event reporting requirements and the surveillance definitions necessary to complete accurate monthly reporting.
Pre-registration is required.  Join the meeting online here. Listen-only audio will be available through your computer speakers. If you're unable to get audio through your computer speakers, you can dial-in by phone to hear the audio using toll number (303) 248 - 0285/Conference ID: 6393927.

Thursday, September 15 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Advanced NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Reporting and Introduction to NHSN Reports: Learn how to apply NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance definitions through case studies that address common reporting questions. The session also will include an introduction to running and interpreting the most popular NHSN reports so you can review your facility's data, including Dialysis Event bloodstream infection rates. Pre-registration is required.  Join the meeting online here. Listen-only audio will be available through your computer speakers. If you're unable to get audio through your computer speakers, you can dial-in by phone to hear the audio using toll number (303) 248-0285/Conference ID: 6393927.

ReminderReminder: Please use new facility closure reporting tool on qirn4 website
QIRN4 has developed a new form on its website for reporting facility closures and service interruptions. Please make note of this change and reset any bookmarks you may have previously had with a link to the old survey.

GolfTournamentKidney Foundation 
of central pa's 9th annual kidney classic golf tournament 
Join the Kidney Foundation of Central PA (KFCP) on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the West Shore Country Club in Camp Hill, PA for a fun golf-filled day to benefit a great cause.  The tournament will include individual and team challenges, a putting contest, raffle prizes, and a sports memorabilia silent auction.  Proceeds from this event help support essential KFCP programs such as the nationally-recognized Patient and Family Partner Program, the Patient Emergency Assistance Fund, and Camp Kydnie. Learn more.

NRAAPediatricEducationNRAA Pediatric Dialysis Education Series
Learn more about this four-part webinar series from the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA).  
AAKPMeetingAAKP National Patient Meeting Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) National Patient Meeting on September 23-25 in Nashville, TN. Three major themes at this year's Convention will be:
  • Increasing Living Organ Donation (including a workshop on "Having Your Donor Find You" on September 22)
  • Engaging Patients: How Voices and Choices Shape Your Future
  • Food, Drugs and Safety
ExperienceofCareRegister for the Experience of Care webinar series
A three-part webinar series presented by the National Forum of ESRD Networks and sponsored by the American Association of Kidney Patients will focus on The Experience of Care: Patients and Providers as Partners. CEs for nurses and social workers are available without cost. Separate registration is required for each of the three webinars.  
AdvancesinPDAdvances in Peritoneal Dialysis - Third Annual Symposium
The Third Annual Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis Symposium will be held at New York's Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine on September 9. Continuing education credits are available. Learn more and register.  
ESRDResourcesESRD resources  

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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