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Welcome to the June 2018 edition of the Quality Insights Renal Network 4  Network Notes patient e-newsletter. In this issue, we bring you information about Network 4's Patient Representative Program, an opportunity to win an essay contest and a new toolkit for dialysis patients with depression.  We encourage you to  contact us (http://www.qirn4.org/Contact-Us.aspx ) with any questions, concerns or suggestions. 

PatientRepProgramlearn more about network 4's patient representative program
Quality Insights Renal Network 4's Patient Representative Program is made up of people who are on dialysis or have had a kidney transplant and have been chosen to serve as Patient Representatives at their clinic. Our goal for this program is to have Patient Representatives spread the word that Dialysis Means Life (DML). Patient Representatives volunteer to serve as liaisons to Network 4 and the dialysis facility administration. The Network provides Patient Representatives with information from the Network and its various committees. The information may be in the form of news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) or educational materials to be handed out to fellow patients. 

Patient Representatives may be asked to:
  • Assist with special projects at the dialysis facility.
  • Act as mentors, particularly to new patients, introducing them to Network activities and publications, including the Network 4 patient rights and responsibilities, Network 4 grievance procedures and the Network newsletters.
  • Bring patient concerns and questions to the facility administration during Quality and Governing Body meetings.
  • Contact the Network at the toll-free number to report patient concerns or questions from your facility.
Learn more about the Network 4 Patient Representative Program by watching this video ( https://youtu.be/Iuu7M2kjqzQ).
FacebookHave you found us on facebook? 
Network 4 posts the latest happenings and interesting insights for the dialysis community on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ESRDNetwork4/). If you haven't already, please check us out and "like" our page to make sure our posts find their way to your news feed. You can read articles like this and more: 

RSNContestwho Inspires, Encourages or educates you on how to live well with kidney disease?
If you are a person living with kidney disease, you are invited to enter the Renal Support Network's (RSN) 16th Annual Essay Contest. The theme for 2018 is "Who inspires, encourages or educates you on how to live well with kidney disease?" 

RSN's annual patient essay contest provides an opportunity for people who have chronic kidney disease (CKD), including people on dialysis and kidney transplant recipients, to make a valuable contribution by expressing their ideas, views, and most importantly, hope. All submissions must be written by someone who has been diagnosed with CKD.

First, second and third place winners receive cash prizes. Winning essays and will be published online and in RSN's Live&Give magazine. First Prize: $500, Second Prize: $300, Third Prize: $100.  All entries must be postmarked or received by 12:00 p.m. PT on August 10, 2018.  

Enter the contest today by visiting https://www.rsnhope.org/essay-contest-rules/.
NewToolkitnew toolkit for dialysis patients with depression is now available  
The National Forum of ESRD Network's Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) recently announced the release of the Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit. The Depression Toolkit was written by patients and for patients. This can also be a valuable tool for facilities and care-providers as well. View or download the toolkit here: http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits. 

Do find this newsletter helpful? Are there things you'd like to see changed? Please take this short survey (http://bit.ly/Net4Feedback) to provide your feedback. Please submit any items of interest for this newsletter to Tish Lawson (plawson@nw4.esrd.net). 

FilingGrievances Filing Grievances
To file a grievance, please contact us by using the following contact information.  
 
 
610 Freedom Business Center,  
Suite 102 
King of Prussia, PA 19406 
(610) 265-2418 
(800) 548-9205 (patients only) 
(610) 783-0374 (fax) 
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. ESRD4-061918