Happy Social Work Month!
Our nation's more than 600,000 social workers
confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society. They forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live. We celebrate the contributions of social workers during National Social Work Month in March, and we especially thank all of the dialysis social workers!
For more information about 2016 Social Work Month activities, visit the National Association of Social Workers.
Network Quality Improvement Activities
The following Quality Improvement Activities (QIA) have been launched. Please check the links below for each to identify the project needs, and to see a list of participating facilities.
If you have questions please email your Network QI Team at qualityimprovement@nw2.esrd.net.
Reducing ER/ED Visits:  Help Develop Quality Measures!
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center to develop a quality measure(s) related to Emergency Department visits. Click here for more information about the Call for Technical Expert Panel (TEP) Members: ESRD Emergency Department Visits
If you wish to nominate yourself or other individuals for consideration, please complete the form and email it to dialysisdata@umich.edu by close of business (5:00pm ET) on March 21, 2016.

Toolkit Helps Explain Balance Billing - What Advocates Need to Know
Justice in Aging, a non-profit organization focused on fighting senior poverty, released a toolkit to help people with Medicare and the professionals who assist them understand balance billing. Balance billing happens when doctors and hospitals charge you more than the amount approved by Medicare.
According to Justice in Aging, "As more and more patients move to [Medicaid] managed care plans, balance billing may increase due to doctor and hospital confusion." It is important for people to understand what balance billing is and how to recognize it.
To view a presentation on Balance Billing and Dual Eligibles please click here.
Extended Data Systems Maintenance: Data System Outage
CMS will implement extended system maintenance of its Health Care Quality Information System (HCQIS) Data Center from Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM ET until Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. During this time, CMS will move its HCQIS Data Center. This will affect the availability of all HCQIS applications, including:
  • QualityNet.org
  • Consolidated Renal Operations in a Web-Enabled Network (CROWNWeb)
  • ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP)
Please inform the appropriate personnel about the unavailability of these data systems.
ACTION REQUIRED! CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey
  • February 15, 2016- Deadline for generating the 2744
  • April 1, 2016- Deadline for submission of completed 2744 forms to the IPRO ESRD Network of New York for approval
Weekly CROWNWeb Maintenance
 CMS will implement CROWNWeb restarts (which will occur at 9:00 PM ET on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) effective February 24, 2016. Each restart will take approximately one hour to complete. Restarts will continue to occur until further notice.
CMS has been testing regular system restarts since October 2015. This has resulted in improvements.  CMS takes the position that increasing the number of restarts will help ensure improved performance. CROWNWeb users should continue to report any refresh issues to the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport-esrd@hcqis.org or
Join us on April 20, 2016 for the:
To register, click on the button above
Thursday, March 14, 2016:  World Kidney Day!
In honor of World Kidney Day on March 14, the National Kidney Foundation offers the following health activities to promote awareness of kidneys, risk factors and kidney disease:

Live Twitter Chat with Dr. Joseph Vassalotti: The NKF's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph Vassalotti, will host an interactive kidney question and answer session on, Thursday, March 14, from 12-2 PM ET. Ask your questions at www.twitter.com/nkf using the hash-tag #WorldKidneyDayNKF 

Trending on Facebook
The IPRO End Stage Renal Disease Network Program Facebook page is an interactive community in which patients, care partners, and professionals can learn and share information about ESRD.
Check out our most popular posts last month at:
  • February 4, 2016- CDC Alert: Severe Influenza Illness Reported
  • February 10, 2016- ICH CAHPS and How it Benefits You
  • February 23, 2016- 21-Year-Old Receives Kidney from Adoptive Brother
  • February 25, 2016- The National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Quiz
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)
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.