Recall: Fresenius NaturaLyte Again

The FDA has advised that when the recall of Fresenius NaturaLyte Liquid Bicarbonate Concentrate (Part Number: 08-4000-LB) was upgraded to Class I (see, nine additional lots were added to the recall.  For details and all lot numbers, see  Class I recalls indicate the possibility of serious injury or death.

Network Patient Census

We’ve published our latest quarterly Modality Reports (Dialysis Patient Census), for March 31, 2014, at  Montana has averaged a 5.7% annual gain in chronic dialysis patients over the last two years, Idaho 4.6%, Oregon 4.1%, Alaska 3.6%, and Washington 2.5%, for a 3.6% annual growth rate in the Network as a whole.  Helping to meet the increased demand, thirteen new dialysis facilities have opened in the last year.  Since March 2013 data was incomplete, we’re calculating our growth rates by comparing March 2014 to March 2012, then adjusting the changes to annual rates.

Home peritoneal dialysis has averaged a remarkable 7.9% annual growth, while home hemodialysis has grown 3.2% per year, and in-center hemodialysis 3.0%.  Consequently, 16.1% of Network patients now dialyze at home, compared to 15.2% in 2012.  Oregon saw the largest relative increase in home PD patients, averaging 16.7% growth per year.  Alaska home PD patients increased by 10.1% per year, Washington 6.0%, Montana 2.5%, and Idaho 1.1%.

Recall: Fresenius Actuator Boards for Series 2008

The FDA has announced that the previous recall of Fresenius Series 2008 HD/HHD machines ( has been amended to include “Revision K” Actuator Test Boards sold as replacement parts.  For a list of serial numbers affected, see

Recall: FMC NaturaLyte Bicarb Concentrate

The recall of FMC’s NaturaLyte Bicarb Concentrate has been upgraded to Class I, meaning that serious injury or death can result from use of the recalled product.  For product codes and lot numbers, see our earlier post at  For the FDA announcement of the upgrade, see

2014 QIP Outcomes Excellent

QIP Results for 2014 (CY2013, PY2015) are in, and Network 16 has done well.  Nationally, 4.7% of facilities received payment reductions in 2014; the equivalent rate in this Network was only 2.9%.  Only two other Networks had lower percentages.  Our 2.9% rate is a big improvement from last year’s 12%, which in turn was better than the prior year’s 22%.

So Northwest Renal Network facilities have good reason to celebrate, and deserve a hearty Congratulations and heartfelt Thanks from one and all for their high quality of service!

Every Network payment-reduced facility was docked for a different reason, so there is no pattern in our opportunities for improvement.  Two payment-reduced facilities are repeats from last year, and one of those also received payment reduction in the prior year.  Network staff will be working with all payment-reduced facilities, to bring all Network facilities up to the highest quality standards.