April 3, 2017
April is National Donate Life Month

National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of
local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

Click  here for more information about National Donate Life Month.
Patient Services
Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients Releases Advance Care Planning Tools
Richmond, VA, March 20, 2017 The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (CSCKP) has released two new tools to assist patients and their kidney care teams with advance care planning
  • The brochure, Planning Today for Tomorrow's Healthcare: A Guide for People  with Chronic Kidney Disease, introduces patients and their kidney care teams to the advance care planning process. It details the five steps of planning that allow patients to have control over their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves.
  •  The companion Curriculum Guide for Advance Care Planning is designed to assist facility staff in having advance care planning discussions with patients.
These tools were developed as part of the MY WAY Project, which seeks to test the impact of advance care planning coaching on outcomes and health service utilization of patients with chronic kidney disease. 

To learn more about CSCKP, visit http://kidneysupportivecare.org .
Call for Action: Share Clinical Depression Feedback with CMS
Feedback Talking Bubbles
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) is collecting information on how facilities are identifying patients with clinical depression. They are especially interested in hearing  from facilities that have identified barriers, recommendations, or "best practices" on ways  to  optimize the Clinical Depression measure.
Facility staff members: Please click on the SurveyMonkey link to provide Clinical Depression Feedback. 
Quality Improvement
Call for TEP Members: ESRD Medication Reconciliation & Management 
The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center, through its contract with CMS, is convening a technical expert panel (TEP) to inform the development of a quality measure(s) related to medication reconciliation and management in dialysis facilities.

The TEP Charter and Nomination form can be found on the CMS website: CMS Quality Measures TEP Webpage .

If you wish to nominate yourself or other individuals for consideration, please complete by clicking form and email it to dialysisdata@umich.edu  by close of business (5:00pm ET) on April 24, 2017.
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ESRD QIP Call: Follow-up Questions and Answers 
Follow-up questions and answers  for the January 17 call on the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) are now available. During this call, CMS experts discuss the final rule that operationalizes the ESRD QIP for Payment Year 2020.

CMS Extends Quality Incentive Program Deadline
Extension of National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Fourth-Quarter 2016 Deadline for the ESRD QIP.

Due to an unscheduled maintenance on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) NHSN system, facility users were unable to report data between March 16, 2017 and March 21, 2017.

The unscheduled maintenance may have adversely impacted the ability of outpatient dialysis facilities to enter NHSN Dialysis Event data for the fourth-quarter 2016 by the established March 31, 2017 QIP deadline. To address this, CMS has extended the QIP deadline for entry of  fourth-quarter 2016 data  to April 15, 2017.

Thank you for your attention in this matter and for entering your facility's data promptly. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the NHSN helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov,
and include "Dialysis" in the subject line.
Webinar : "Empowered Kidney Care"
TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) is offering a free webinar hosted by Richard L. Gibney, MD, Central Texas Nephrology Associates. Dr. Gibney will  discuss the organization's Empowered Kidney Care program. The program has resulted in
a dramatic drop in patients' hospitalization and mortality rates compared to rates of those patients in conventional dialysis programs. Dr. Gibney will discuss the following objectives: 
  • Stabilizing and slowing down the loss of renal function in the chronic kidney disease (CKD) outpatient setting
  • Performing proper preparation for dialysis in the outpatient CKD setting
  • Giving patients permission to control and be optimistic about home, nocturnal or empowered in-center dialysis 
This webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm.  

Click here to register for this event.
Data Management
Annual NHSN Training Requirement
Every dialysis facility is being asked to meet the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Helpdesk's annual training requirement by having at least one NHSN user read the  Dialysis Event Protocol and take the online Dialysis Event Surveillance Training between January 1 and September 30, 2017. Staff members who complete the annual training and pass the post-test will earn 1.5 CME/ 1.3 CNE/ 0.1 CEUs.

Click here to read the"News from the Dialysis NHSN Helpdesk, Annual Requirements."

To enroll in the 2017 NHSN Dialysis Website Updates:
Use the Network Data Knowledge Base and Customer Portal
With the increase in data that must be submitted, as well as systems through which the data are collected, there are multiple ways in which you can reach the Network Data Support Team for help. 
*Please remember that you should NEVER include any patient-specific information such as Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Medicare Claim Number, etc. The only patient identifier that can safely be communicated is the Unique Patient Identifier (UPI) from CROWNWeb.*

IPRO End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New England, the ESRD Organization for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, prepared this material under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. CMS Contract Number: HHSM-500-2016-00019C.