REGISTRATION OPEN! Agenda Available!
Join us on April 20, 2016 for the:
CE Credits Available (RD, SW)
CE Credits Pending (RN/Tech)
To register, click on the button above  
2016-2020 Network Facility Agreements: Mandatory 100% Facility Compliance
Reminder: This is a Department of Health Core Survey Requirement!

If your Facility Administrator and Medical Director have NOT yet signed this agreement, it must be done immediately.

2016-2020 Network Facility Agreements have been distributed via DocuSIGN e-mail to medical directors and facility administrators at all Network facilities and transplant centers.

If you have not received your facility agreement, or have any questions please contact Laura Wright, Administrative Assistant at (516) 209- 5672.

Filling out the Agreement:

Using DocuSIGN to submit Facility Agreements:
Beginning in 2016, the Network is using DocuSign, for signing and submitting facility agreements. For detailed (step-by-step) instructions on how to complete the electronic signatures using DocuSign, please click here.

We have asked for a Network Council Representative (staff member) as well as a Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) Representative (Patient) to be listed by your facility on the agreement.
The Network Council Representative is a facility staff member who will serve as the point of contact and liaison between the facility and the Network.
The PAC Representative is a patient (Could be an existing PAC representative) who would serve as a peer mentor for other patients,  represent your facility during PAC conference calls, and work closely with Network staff. For more information about these roles, please refer to our website.

Deadline Approaching: CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey

April 1, 2016 is the final due date for submission of completed 2744 forms to the IPRO ESRD Network of New York for approval.


If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Lamb in the Network Data Department (516) 209-5049.

NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Deadline: March 31, 2016
The Quarter 4 deadline for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) for calendar year 2015 (payment year 2017) is right around the corner!
To meet the CMS ESRD QIP National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting requirements for Payment Year 2017, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must submit their fourth quarter 2015 Dialysis Event data (collected from October 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015), by Thursday, March 31. New or revised fourth quarter data entered into NHSN after March 31 will not be sent to CMS. Therefore, please be aware that any changes or corrections to fourth quarter 2015 data should be made prior to the reporting deadline.
Click here to read the full announcement.
Network Quality Improvement Activities
The following Quality Improvement Activities (QIAs) have been launched. Please check the links below for each QIA to view project background, timelines and materials, and to see a list of participating facilities.
If you have questions please email your Network QI Team at
Help Us Reduce Disparities!
Kidney Transplant Outcomes From 1990-2012
Kidney transplant (KT) is the optimal treatment for most patients with ESRD, as it provides a longer life expectancy and improves the quality of life compared to dialysis treatment. The Network has identified a racial disparity in transplant referrals.  In addition, previous findings suggest that black transplant recipients experience poorer outcomes (e.g. worse graft and patient survival) than white recipients. Our AIM 2 Population Health Project addresses this disparity by working with provider staff and patients to educate the community and increase transplant referrals, with a focus on reducing the racial disparity.
This article examines this disparity, and reports findings of reduced disparities over the last 22 years as evidenced by more markedly improved outcomes for blacks. The article also reports findings that may encourage nephrologists and patients to aggressively promote access to transplantation in the black community.
In 2016, the Network is working on a project to reduce racial disparities in transplant referral. Help us reduce this disparity, and encourage optimal treatment for all ESRD patients!
To read the full article, please click here. 

Depression in Dialysis Patients: Mandatory Screening
This month we have two articles that can help your staff understand the CROWNWeb reporting on depression screening of your patients and how depression impacts the dialysis population.

Depression is the most common psychiatric illness in patients with ESRD. The reported prevalence of depression in the dialysis population varies from 22.8% (interview-based diagnosis) to 39.3% (self- or clinician-administered rating scales). 

To read the full articles:
Using CROWNWeb for reporting depression  click here.
Depression in dialysis patients, click here.

ESRD QIP Depression Measure Technical Specifications, click here  (See page 22)
Patient Experience Assessment: ICH CAHPS

The Network is working on a project to help improve ICH CAHPS survey scores. After reviewing the Spring 2015 ICH CAHPS data, we have identified that in New York State, patients are not reporting that they are being educated in treatment options - particularly peritoneal dialysis.


How is your facility educating patients about peritoneal dialysis?  Did you know that the answers to these questions can affect your ESRD QIP performance scores?


This article explains how patient experience surveys provide a critical and unique perspective on the quality of patient-centered healthcare delivery. These surveys provide a mechanism to systematically express the patients' voice on topics valued by patients when making decisions about choices in care. They also provide an assessment about the services being provided by healthcare organizations that cannot be obtained from any other source.
CMS and other regulatory agencies have mandated the assessment of patients' experience as part of healthcare value-based purchasing programs and weighted the results to account for up to 30% of the total scoring. This is a testimony to the accepted importance of this metric as a fundamental assessment of quality.
Click here to read the full article about the ICH CAHPS Survey.
Upcoming Meeting & Events
Thursday, March 24, 2016 (Deadline to register March 18, 2016. Fee $70.00)
NKF Regional Annual Regional Symposium (CE)  flyer
Princeton Club  15 West 43rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
ESRD Network of New York Annual Meeting (CE applied for) agenda
Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh St. Garden City, NY 11530
(fee $75.00 includes CE, Breakfast and Lunch)
Sunday, May 1- May 4, 2016
ANNA National Symposium
Louisville, KY

IPRO End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New York, the ESRD Organization for New York state, 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-500-2016-00020C.