May 5, 2016
May 15, 2016 Quarterly DFC Comment Deadline
CMS has placed DFC measures from the April 2015 QDFC-Preview on the Dialysis Data website, for posting on Dialysis Facility Compare in July.  Facilities may comment on them between May 1 and May 15, 2016 at .

Please note: Sunday May 15 is the last day to submit comments. 

SUCCESS!  2016 Annual Meeting
Stronger Together: Partners in Improving Patient Care
Thank you 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

Vascular Access QIA Webinar
The IPRO ESRD Network Program is hosting a free webinar to discuss the Long-Term Catheter (LTC) Reduction Quality Improvement Activity (QIA).
  • When: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST.
  • Where: Teleconference (866) 951-1151  Access Code 590-64-0403
  • How: Registration required 
Contact the Network with any questions about participating in the event or visit us online for more information and additional resources.

Aiming to Close the Disparity Gap
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health's (OMH) mission is to eliminate health disparities among all Medicare minority populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, and rural populations. These populations often experience disproportionately high burdens of disease, less than adequate quality of care and barriers to accessing care.
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2016 Network Quality Improvement Activities
All 2016 Network quality improvement activities (QIAs) are underway. If you have any questions about your facility's inclusion in these activities or requirements related to QIAs, please refer to the Network website.
Please note that contracts for each project were distributed. If your facility is participating in one or more QIAs, and you have not received a participation contract, please contact the Network Quality Improvement department at

Hand Hygiene Day - May 5, 2016!
On May 5, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands is celebrated by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other partners, to encourage healthcare providers to promote and practice good hand hygiene measures to reduce the risk of infection among patients. This year's theme highlights the importance of hand hygiene best practices to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistance. 
The Medicare Learning Network offers a web-based training course on Infection Control: Hand Hygiene, on its Learning Management and Product Ordering System. Learn about hand hygiene in patient care zones and nearby administrative areas, including appropriate methods for maintaining good hand hygiene and how to recognize opportunities for hand hygiene in a healthcare setting. Physician and non-physician practitioners may receive continuing education credit for successful completion.  
Happy National Nurses Week! May 6-12, 2016
National Nurses Week is celebrated every year beginning May 6 and ending May 12 on Florence Nightingale's birthday. Join us in celebrating.
The invaluable work of nurses during National Nurses Week. Nurses are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury. They champion and promote the health of our nation. We recognize the contribution of nurses as healthcare leaders and trusted advisers on health issues, and we thank them for their continued efforts to improve patient outcomes.

Like Us On Facebook!
The IPRO ESRD Network Program Facebook page is an interactive community where patients, care partners, and professionals can learn and share information about ESRD.

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  • April 6, 2016: April is National Donate Life Month
  • April 14, 2016: National Donate Life Blue & Green Day
  • April 19, 2016: Couple Getting Married After She Donates Kidney to Him
  •  April 26, 2016: Olympic Hurdler Aries Merritt Recovers from Kidney Transplant
Upcoming Meeting & Events

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Reducing Catheter Rates  flyer
Webinar hosted by IPRO ESRD Network Program
Registration Required  (Scroll to date and select)
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Webinar: One and Only Campaign/NY State Department of Health
Safe Injection Practices for ESRD Provider Staff
1:00pm - 2:00 pm
Registration Required  (Scroll to date and select)

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.