May 16, 2016
Introducing New Data Support Resources and Portal!
New ways to receive support from the IPRO ESRD Network of New York Data Support Team!
With the increase in the amount of data that must be submitted, as well as the systems through which the data are collected, the Network is pleased to be able to provide facilities with expanded support. We offer several ways for you to contact the Network Data Support Team. Please see below for information on how to access the new Network data portal and contact the Network.
1. New Network Data Knowledge Base and Customer Portal
  • This portal is a "one stop shop" for information on various systems and initiatives such as CROWNWeb, NHSN, the Quality Incentive Program (QIP), and more. 
  • Browse resources that address frequently asked questions. If the information currently available through the portal doesn't address your needs, please register through the "Sign Up" feature. This will allow you to quickly and easily submit questions or requests for assistance from the Data Support Team directly through the website.

2. Updated Data Department Email Contact
*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.* 

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Safe Injection Practices: Protecting Patients from Bloodborne Pathogens
Please join us for a free webinar on June 7, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:00.   flyer
Learn about safe injection practices, a set of measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) One and Only Campaign to ensure that injections are performed in a manner that provides optimum safety for patients, healthcare personnel, and others.
You can submit your own questions prior to the webinar:
This webinar is presented by staff from the New York State Department of Health,  a funded Partner State of SIPC and the One and Only Campaign:
Registration Required  (Scroll to date and select)
Avoid a Security Breach - Do Not Email Patient Identifiable Information (PII)
To decrease the risk of a security breach, please follow these guidelines:
  • PII should not be sent via the Internet, as it poses a risk of unauthorized individuals gaining access to the information.
  • Do not send Social Security Numbers, names, or dates of birth via email. 
  • Do not send medical records/diagnosis via email.
  • Confirm recipient email addresses are accurate before sending an email.

The Network is required to report any security breach to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Please review the QualityNet System Security Policy to ensure a security breach does not occur.


For more information about PII and avoiding security breaches, please click here.

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Access
At least one facility staff member should have the appropriate user rights in NHSN to enter and view facility data.
To ensure that facility data has been entered correctly into NHSN, please verify that:
  1. Monthly reporting plans are complete;
  2. Summary and event data have been entered correctly or the "no event" boxes have been checked; and
  3. All alerts have been cleared.
For more information about NHSN and to review reporting requirements, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
If you have any questions, please contact the NHSN Helpdesk:
David Rush to speak at IPRO's 32nd Annual Membership Meeting, June 7, 2016
If you missed David Rush - hip hop artist/kidney transplant recipient -at the IPRO ESRD Network of New York Annual meeting, you won't want to miss his presentation at IPRO's  32nd Annual Meeting o n June 7 at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel.  Other speakers include Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, COO of CMS and  John Black, MBA, a nationally-recognized author and LEAN expert. The meeting, which is free of charge, includes a complimentary luncheon, and offers two hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  For more information and to register, visit
SUCCESS!  2016 ESRD Network of New York Annual Meeting
Stronger Together: Partners in Improving Patient Care
Thanks to all who came out for the Network's 2016 Annual Meeting. We had a record turnout with over 418 professionals, patients and stakeholders attending. For those of you who were unable to attend, please look over our Program to find out about this year's Kathe LeBeau Patient Advocate awardee and to see our Quality Award Winners in patient engagement, ICH CAHPS, long term catheter (LTC) reduction and data submission. You can also view our 2015 PAC Recognition of Achievement awardees, and facilities recognized for best practices in patient engagement, LTC reduction and data submission.   T he following presentation slides from the meeting are also available:   *2015 Review Highlights *ESRD Network Project Overview
* ESRD Care - Gender Differences *Working with the Challenging Patient * Quality Awards

New Online Course In Disease Management: Diabetes (Free Nursing CE)  
With diabetes being one of the leading causes of ESRD, you may want to introduce your patients who have diabetes to the concept of self-management through a new, online course.  The course can help educate patients, as well as provide nursing staff with continuing education, and resources to help educate and empower patients. 

Released by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign the new Disease Management: Diabetes Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) also includes short multimedia modules for both clinicians and patients.
The modules are available on YouTube and are also offered as downloadable MP4 files on the HHQI website, so you can save them to your laptop or tablet and share them with patients without internet access. The module presenter is a nationally renowned diabetes expert Natalie Tappe, who covers Diabetic Self-Management Education Programs and Benefits, Evidence-Based Foot Care, Prediabetes, and more.
Please Note: You must be registered and logged into the HHQI website in order to access the BPIP and its resources. Registration is free and provides instant access to HHQI's complete BPIP library.
ESRD News and Alerts
FDA MedWatch:
  • May 4, 2016 - FDA has approved a brand name change for the antidepressant Brintellix (vortioxetine) to decrease the risk of prescribing and dispensing errors resulting from name confusion with the blood-thinning medicine Brilinta (ticagrelor). The new brand name of the drug will be Trintellix, and it is expected to be available starting in June 2016. No other changes will be made to the label or packaging, and the medicine is exactly the same. For the full FDA Announcement, click here.
  • May 4, 2016 - B. Braun Medical Inc. is recalling the Dialog+ Hemodialysis System due to cracks in conductivity sensors that may allow air to enter into the solution (dialysis fluid or dialysate) used to help filter waste and other excess fluids in the blood. The presence of air in dialysis fluid may lead to improper blood filtration, causing serious adverse health consequences, including death. For more information, click here to read the full announcement.
  • May 11, 2016 - FDA is warning that the antipsychotic medicine olanzapine can cause a rare but serious skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body. FDA is adding a new warning to the drug labels for all olanzapine-containing products that describes this severe condition known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS). Click here for more information.
Education is Key to Increasing Home Dialysis
Of the ten largest U.S. dialysis providers, Satellite Healthcare has the largest number of its dialysis patients using home therapies.  In 2015, the company had more than 20% of its patients using home dialysis. In 2014, the total was almost 22%.  Kay Deck, VP Home Therapies and Clinical Services at Satellite Healthcare, provides insight about how the organization is so successful in having patients use home dialysis, and why home dialysis is important.
To read the full article, click here.

Hurricane Preparedness Week - May 15 - 21, 2016
It takes only one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Even areas well away from the coastline can be threatened by dangerous flooding, destructive winds and tornadoes from these storms. The National Hurricane Center and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center issue watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather.
Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 15 - 21, 2016) is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. Learn how with the daily tips and related links by clicking here. Share these with your friends and family to ensure that they're prepared.
American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) Webinar on Social Media
On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, AAKP Health Line will repeat the popular program on Mastering Social Media as a Patient Advocate, presented by dialysis patient, James Myers.  Social media has become a useful advocacy resource and this webinar will cover how to get started, how to tap into your networks, and how to advocate for yourself. 
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET
Speaker: James Myers, dialysis patient and social media expert
Registration: Click here to register!
*Please share with patients who may be interested in participating*

Increasing Patient Safety In The Dialysis Clinic
"The dialysis unit is a poster child for safety issues," Alan Kliger, MD, clinical professor of medicine at Yale University Health Systems, said during a session on patient safety in the dialysis unit at the National Kidney Foundation's 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings.
"Dialysis is a complex, highly technical treatment," says co-chair of the session, Renee Garrick MD, professor of clinical medicine, vice dean, and section chief of renal department for Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College. The treatment involves multiple policies and processes, complex equipment, and a changing patient physiology. Garrick said that more than two million outpatient dialysis treatments are performed annually in the U.S., and considering all the potential for human error, it is generally very safe. "But we can do better," she adds.
Click here to read the full story in Nephrology News and Issues (NN&I).
Upcoming Meeting & Events
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar: Safe Injection Practices: Protecting ESRD Patients from Bloodborne Pathogens  flyer
Presented by NY State DOH One and Only Campaign Staff
Registration Required  (Scroll to date and select)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
IPRO's 32nd Annual Membership Meeting
LaGuardia Marriott Hotel
102-05 Ditmars Boulevard
East Elmhurst, New York 11369
Event is Free Registration Required 

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.