Recall: Fresenius CLiC Crit-Line

The FDA has announced a Class II recall of the Fresenius Crit Line in a Clip (CLiC) with SW version 2.51, Model Number CL10041001.  The CLiC monitors hematocrit, oxygen saturation and blood volume change during hemodialysis, but doesn’t directly impact treatment.  The reason for recall is potential for misinterpretation of the blood volume readout.  For details see .

KHI Workshop 8/12-13 on CKD Medical Devices

The Kidney Health Initiative will sponsor a free workshop on “Understanding Patients’ Preferences: Stimulating Medical Device Development in Kidney Disease” August 12-13, 2015 near the Baltimore MD airport.  For details see .  For more information on KHI, see .

ICD-10 Transition 10/1/15

CMS officially transitions its use of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.  For translating old codes to new ones, see the General Equivalent Mapping (GEMs) at .  A downloadable copy of the new Medical Evidence Form 2728 can be found at  .

CMS has recently announced the following…

QIP 1.0.0 Training

CMS will provide training for ESRD QIP 1.0.0 Facility Users and Facility Viewers on June 30, July 7, July 8, July 14, July 20, and August 3, 2015.  Different sessions will be presented by the NRAA, ESRD NCC, and CMS MLN.  Training for LDO Users will be added later.  For details on this training, and on user accounts for ESRD QIP 1.0.0, see .  For background information on QIP 1.0.0 and the July 9, 2015 National Provider Call on it, see .

ANNA CExpress Online Short Courses

ANNA has introduced a new program of concise online nephrology education courses designed for non-nephrology nurses providing care to CKD patients, for nurses new to nephrology, and for experienced nurses wanting a quick refresher.  The courses are 30 minutes and $5 each, including CNE processing.  Courses include anemia management, CKD basics, patient assessment, hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, intradialytic parenteral nutrition, lab value analysis, peritoneal dialysis, self-care, drugs to avoid, transplant, vascular access, renal patient basics, and water and dialysate safety.  Find the courses at .

What to Do While You’re on Dialysis?

We’ve put our latest patient flyer/poster onto the Network website, at .  The June poster is on “Passing the Time While on Dialysis,” and tallies recommendations from patients who are on the Network’s Learning and Action Network.  Making the effort to keep yourself entertained or otherwise engaged – or to catch up on your sleep or meditation – while you’re on dialysis will help you enjoy staying “just a little bit longer.”  When you stay for your full sessions, you’ll feel better for the rest of the week, and have fewer health emergencies.  To find out more about the Network Learning and Action Networks, see .

New QIP Software Training 7/8

On July 8, 2015 CMS will host an MLN Connects® National Provider Call to train the dialysis community on the new software “ESRD QIP 1.0.0,” for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program and related programs.  Learn how to participate in the annual Preview Period and review your data in ESRD QIP 1.0.0, which will provide a portal for dialysis-facility staff to access public-reporting documents.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

ESRD QIP 1.0.0 replaces the discontinued software.  Users will have accounts automatically established in the new system on their behalf.

How to establish accounts and appropriate permissions for using the system
How to access and review your facility’s PY 2016 Preview Performance Score Report (PSR)
When and where to ask questions regarding Preview PSR, including how to submit one formal inquiry
Where to access help and additional information

Target Audience: Dialysis clinics and organizations, nephrologists, hospitals with dialysis units, billers/coders, and quality improvement experts.

Continuing education credit may be awarded for participation in certain MLN Connects Calls.

Registration is expected to open soon, at .

Patient Engagement Progress

The latest issue of Network 16 News, the Network’s monthly newsletter for providers, has been published on our website, at .  In this issue we review our progress toward achieving the CMS goal and Network contract requirement to provide better care of the individual through patient- and family-centered care at the facility level.  We’ve created a metric for patient-centered care and patient engagement, and we’ve raised that metric by 10% since our 2014 measurement.  Still, the most common score in 2015 was 2 out of 13, so we’ve no shortage of work ahead of us.  To advance your own Patient Engagement program, use the tools at .

The current edition of Network 16 News also includes a note on “What steps should the facility take when a nephrologist terminates his/her relationship with a patient?” and reminders about the AAKP National Patient Meeting in September and the Network Annual Provider Meeting in October.