Provider Newsletter Network 16 News

We’ve added a new page to the Network website for copies of Network 16 News, our monthly letter to facilities on the latest developments in all aspects of caring for dialysis patients.  The February issue contains articles on

  • A Living Donor Kidney Transplant program aimed at increasing Native American participation
  • A new AHRQ toolkit to help prevent infection
  • Current CDC guidelines for pneumococcal vaccines
  • The March 1, 2015 deadline for entering the NHSN Annual Survey

Visit to find all this.

NHSN Annual Survey 3/1, SAMS 3/14

The NHSN Annual Survey must be completed by March 1, 2015.  The Annual Survey summarizes your facility’s operations during the first week of February.

Starting April 15, 2015, logging into NHSN will require a SAMS card.  Since registration for SAMS is a complex process that can take as long as a month, NHSN warns that NHSN users who don’t begin their SAMS registration process before March 14, 2015 will be in danger of being locked out of NHSN – which can potentially impact your QIP score.

NHSN users must complete online training every year, as NHSN changes frequently.

We’ve assembled CDC’s bulletins and updates about the 2015 dialysis version of NHSN on the Network website, at .  Since documentation for the 2014 version has been overwritten, we’ve also included links to a local copy of those documents.

Patient Poster on Transplant Matching

We’ve added a new patient poster/flyer on Kidney Transplant: A New Matching System to our website at .  For instance, transplant wait times will now be backdated to your first dialysis date.  Contact our Patient Services Director Lisa Hall, at , if you have questions, or ideas for future topics.

Spokane ANNA Nephrology Seminar 3/15

ANNA will sponsor the 4th Annual Inland Northwest Nephrology Seminar in Spokane on March 15, 2015.  Topics will include pre-ESRD impact on modality choice, drugs, heparin, transplant, caregiver care, and fluid removal, with CEUs available for nurses and patient care technicians.  For details see .

NANT Symposium Las Vegas 3/16-19

The National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists will present their 2015 Annual Symposium, Dialysis Boot Camp: Brushing Up Your Skills in Las Vegas NV March 16-19, 2015.  The program includes workshops on Compliance, Water Treatment, and Machine Troubleshooting, and sessions on Bedbugs, Anatomy & Physiology, Emotions, Facility Culture, Certification, Patient Empowerment, End of Life, Fluid Management, Dialyzers, Transplantation, Vascular Access, Life Safety Codes, HD Machines, Electrical Safety, Avoiding Citations, Team Management, and other topics, offering up to 23.3 contact hours.  Find complete information and registrations instructions at , and a poster at .

NCC Vascular Access Resources

The ESRD Network Coordinating Center has reorganized their Vascular Access tools to make them easier to use.  The tools include…

  • Access Planning Resources for both Patients and Facility Staff
  • Access Monitoring Resources for both Patients and Facility Staff
  • Catheter Check Resources for both Patients and Facility Staff
  • Access Planning and Monitoring Resources for Patients in Spanish

Find the tools at .

CSCKP Webinar 2/17

The Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition is sponsoring a webinar for the Coalition of Supportive Care for Kidney Patients on February 17, 2015, from 4 -5:00 p.m. ET.  Dr. Diane Meier, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, will be sharing her knowledge about “Connecting the Institute of Medicine’s Dying in America report with CSCKP’s Strategic Goals” and Dr. Alvin Moss and Dr. Dale Lupu will discuss “Coalition Updates.”  See to learn more and/or participate in the webinar.

Network Job Opening and Renal Job Postings

Rather than convert our web page of renal-related job postings from our old website to our new one ( ) we’ll be listing job openings here on our nwrnbulletins blog.  You can find them by clicking on “Renal Job Postings” above, or .

We initiate our new job postings page with a job opening here at Northwest Renal Network, based in Seattle, for an RN to act as Network Quality Improvement and Community Outreach Coordinator.  For details, click on “Renal Job Postings” above.

If you have a job posting on our old website that’s still open, or a new renal-related job opening, let us know and we’ll post it here.  Click on “Leave a Comment” below and enter your

  • Job title
  • Location
  • One-paragraph job description
  • How an applicant can find more information

Please also include

  • Your email address

in case we have questions about incomplete information.  We’ll routinely erase job postings after four months; it you would like a posting to remain available longer than that, just let us know.

DFC Review Deadline 2/15

All Network facilities should by now have the preview of their Dialysis Facility Compare entry for the April 16 update.  Facilities may post comments on this DFC entry at until February 15, 2015.  The schedule for the year is…

  • February 1-February 15, 2015: comment period for April 2015 DFC update
  • May 1-May 15, 2015: comment period for July 2015 DFC update
  • July 15-August 15, 2015: comment period for October 2015 DFC update
  • November 1-November 15, 2015: comment period for January 2016 DFC update

2744 Annual Facility Survey Training

All Network 16 facilities must complete the Annual Facility Survey, CMS Form 2744, in CROWNWeb.  Due date for Network 16 will be in March, and details will follow.  Training will begin tomorrow February 3, 2015, and be repeated February 19 and March 5, 2015.  For information and registration see .  Recordings of the session will be posted on after the training has been completed.