CDC has released the December 2013 NHSN Newsletter, containing important information for dialysis facilities. If you don’t have a copy, sign up for them at http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/newsletters.html. Highlights follow…
Beginning January 2014, outpatient dialysis facilities will be required to report 12 months of dialysis event data into NHSN. Outpatient dialysis facilities will have three months after the end of each quarter to submit data to NHSN. For example, Q1 data (January – March 2014) will be due on June 30, 2014.
A new version of the Outpatient Dialysis Practices Survey will be available on the Dialysis NHSN website in December. Responses to this survey should be based on data from the first week of February 2014 and must be completed before the first week of May 2014 in order to continue reporting.
A new version of NHSN is scheduled for release January 25, 2014, and includes several changes to the dialysis event module. See the Newsletter for an overview of these changes and screenshots of the modified reporting forms. Also remember to complete your annual retraining. A new training module which offers continuing education credits will be available at the end of January; see http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/dialysis-event.html.