Patient Poster/Flyer on Temper

Northwest Renal Network’s monthly patient flyer is now posted on our website at   The featured topic for January is Some Tips to Tame Your Temper.   These flyers are designed for posting in the facility waiting area, and for distribution to patients and family members.   Contact our Patient Services Coordinator, Lisa Hall ( if you have questions or ideas for future monthly topics.

CROWNWeb Data Submission Dates and 2744 Prep

CROWNWeb Data Submission Dates – Update

 Data Submission Target Dates

 CMS continues to emphasize January 31, 2013 as the target submission date for September 2012 – December 2012 CROWNWeb clinical/vascular access data.  However, facilities with outstanding data for any incomplete month that cannot meet this date will still be able to submit data in CROWNWeb. CMS will keep all clinical months (May 2012 – December 2012) open in CROWNWeb until further notice. CMS is assessing when to close data submissions for the various clinical months and will provide advance notice to facilities prior to closing.

For January 2013 CROWNWeb data, CMS has established February 28, 2013 as the target submission date. Facilities should submit all data for January 2013 by 11:59 PM ET on February 28th. CMS continues to evaluate the status of data submissions, and will provide information on upcoming submission target dates in the future.

CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey

Dialysis facilities can begin the CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey process in CROWNWeb, if all patient/clinical data has been entered for 2012. CMS is currently establishing a submission schedule for the CMS-2744, and will announce timelines for the submission of this form in the upcoming weeks.

A Web-Ex training on the CMS-2744 has also been scheduled for Feb. 13th, 2013.  You can sign up for this and training on a variety of other CROWNWeb subjects on the Project CROWNWeb website:  In addition, CMS has announced they will release a detailed training module that outlines the use of available resources from within CROWNWeb to research and resolve errors identified on the CMS-2744 form prior to the submission to the ESRD Network.

There are earlier bulletins on CROWNWeb.

Free KEEP Screening and Patient Symposium in Portland in March and April

The National Kidney Foundation will sponsor free screening for patients at risk for kidney disease, including anyone 18 or older with high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of kidney disease.  The screening is part of their “KEEP” Kidney Early Evaluation Program, and will be held from 9am to 1pm on March 9, 2013 at the Irvington Covenant Church, 4046 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland OR 97212.

NKF’s next free Patient Education Symposium will be Sunday, April 21, 2013 in the Lorentzen Conference Center, 2801 N Gentenbein Ave, Portland OR 94301.

To register for either event, call 888-427-5653 or email .

There are earlier bulletins on Pre-ESRD CKD (Patients).

New Infection Control Patient Video and Webpage

We’ve added a page on Infection Control to the Northwest Renal Network website, and initiated the Patient Section of the page with a link to a short video on “Dialysis Patients Speak on Preventing Infections,” and a link to CDC’s web page for patients on CRE-Resistant Infection.  In the Dialysis Facilities Section we’ve added links to many NHSN materials.  See for the new page, or link to it from the Infection Control section of our QI menu at .  There are earlier bulletins on Infection Control (Staff).

January 29 QIP Webinar Registration

Tuesday’s webinar on “QIP Measures for CY 2013“ requires pre-registration, and we’ve posted instructions at .  We recommend this webinar to any staff member who is still uncertain about what your facility needs to do during 2013 in order to receive full reimbursement in 2015.