October 2017

Quick Links
Click here to learn more about the IPRO ESRD Networks (1, 2, 6 & 9).
Interested in Joining One of the Network Boards? Submit a Nomination!

The Network is strengthened through the participation of those individuals who volunteer to serve on our boards and committees. This collective leadership approach gives us the opportunity to benefit from the experience and knowledge of the members of the renal community, who provide us with guidance on initiatives and goals. To ensure adequate representation of community members in Network activities, the Network is seeking individuals to serve on boards and committees.  If you or someone you know is interested in contributing a voice to Network activities and in enriching their own participation in the ESRD community, please submit a nomination today by taking the following steps: 
*If nominating someone other than yourself, please discuss the nomination with the suggested individual prior to submission.
For more information, please contact the Network at 203-387-9332 or  info@nw1.esrd.net.
Please Help Us Increase Our "Likes" on Facebook
Did you know that the Network's Facebook page is a great place for your patients to find information and resources including "renal friendly" recipes, motivational quotes and various articles related to end stage renal disease, dialysis and much more!

Please click here to access and "like" the Network Facebook page.
Quality Improvement
How to Prevent, Diagnose, and Treat Hemodialysis Catheter-Related Infections

The best way to prevent infectious complications in dialysis patients is to avoid the use of central-venous catheters (CVC), when possible. However, this is not possible for some patients, and in those cases the adoption of prophylaxis protocols, early diagnosis and effective treatment of infectious complications are essential to improve outcomes.  These are some of the conclusions reported in an article in the Journal of Vascular Access , which provides a comprehensive review of  literature related to hemodialysis catheter - related infections as well as a discussion of prevention, diagnosis criteria and management of CVC-related infections in hemodialysis patients.
Data Management
Personnel Update - Action Required!
As a Medicare-certified dialysis unit, CMS expects your facility to keep Personnel Details in CROWNWeb up-to-date, within five business days of staff changes, and to review Facility Personnel information at least quarterly. CROWNWeb is the Network's authoritative source for facility contact information. Accurate personnel information is needed to facilitate proper communication among facilities, the Networks, and CMS. Instructions on how to update the information in the CROWNWeb system can be found in the  Facility Personnel Update Guide

Please review personnel information for your facility in CROWNWeb and make any necessary changes by November 30, 2017.

Patient Services
Encourage Your Patients to Review Their Options: Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 - December 7

Helpful resources for your patients:
2017 Fall ICH CAHPS Data Collection is Starting Up in October

Starting this month dialysis patients will be mailed pre-notification letters in preparation for the distribution of the upcoming ICH CAHPS fall 2017 survey.  The surveys will be sent to patients in two mailings; one on November 3 and the second on December 1.  Data collection will continue until January 12, 2018.   The survey administration specifications can be reviewed at Survey and Protocol.

For more information or additional questions, please contact the Coordination Team via email at ichcahps@rti.org or call 1-866-245-8083.

Emergency Planning: Can you answer these questions?

Are you confident that all members of your staff and your patients are aware of what to do in an emergency? Are you prepared to review your facility's emergency planning with a state surveyor?  Can you, your staff, and your patients:

Describe the facility's emergency preparedness program?

  • Staff and patients should be able to explain what they would do in an emergency, based upon what they have learned in training and drills. 

Know where to find the facility's emergency plan and documentation?

  • Staff should know where the plan is, and who the leads are in an emergency.
  • Patients should have, at least, an emergency contact sheet and a copy of their dialysis orders.
If you answered NO to either of these questions, find out who the emergency lead is at your facility, and work with them to ensure that you, your staff, and your patients are prepared.
For more information visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE)'s Tools and Templates webpage at  https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/technical-resources/50/dialysis-centers/47#plans-tools-and-templates.
Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Alerts and Information
  • Click here for up-to-date KCER Alerts and Recalls.
  • For professional and patient KCER resources, please click here.

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.
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