5/2 Grievance Toolkit Webinar

The National Forum of ESRD Networks will present a May 2, 2018 webinar on The Grievance Toolkit: Fostering Communication & Improving Quality.  The Toolkit was developed BY patients FOR patients!  While it was written to guide patients through the grievance process it has proven to be a useful tool for both patients and providers to help improve communication.  This webinar will provide strategies to improve collaboration between patients and the care team, including tips for communicating with dialysis patients, and for addressing patients fears associated with presenting a grievance.  Contact hours will be available for nurses, PCTs, and social workers.  Find more information and register at http://esrdnetworks.org/education/quality-conference/quality-conference-webinar-2018.  Download the Grievance Toolkit and a poster summarizing its contents at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits.

New Grievance Process

To bring our Complaints and Grievances processes in line with the new Network contract, we’ve modified our web pages on the topic.

Providers: Make sure you have the HealthInsight Grievance Poster posted in your lobby or another area that is accessible to patients and guests.  There are links to the posters and brochures on the web pages listed above.  Feel free to print out some brochures and pass them out to patients or have them available in your lobby.  Ensure that all patients understand how to file a grievance with you, with the Network or with the State.  Please keep in mind that no patient should ever suffer any retaliation for filing a grievance.  The Network is here to assist you and your patients in resolving any concerns that may arise in a collaborative and positive manner.

NW Network Council Call Recordings

A recording of the January 9, 2017 Network Council Call has been placed on the Northwest Renal Network website, along with a pdf of the slides from the webinar.  The call described the current Network contract structure and obligations, with emphasis on this year’s Quality Improvement Activities and CROWNWeb requirements and protocols.  Find the recording at https://healthinsight.adobeconnect.com/p6sn4hjkmow/?proto=true and the slides at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/2017NW16NetworkCouncilPresentationFinal.pdf .

Healthy Boundaries

Boundaries are a concept that confuses most people at first.  The March issue of Network 16 News includes an excellent list of suggestions on how one might approach behavior that offends facility staff or patients, to defuse situations that could otherwise escalate into greater discomfort and animosity.  We’ve added this issue to the Network 16 website at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

2016 QI Activities

We’ve published the January issue of Network 16 News, and put a copy on the Network 16 website at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .  This issue summarizes the new CMS contract requirements for Network and facility Quality Improvement Activities.  This list also applies to Network 18 and Southern California facilities.  

The eight projects include improving:

  • The grievance process
  • Patient responses to ICH CAHPS
  • Vaccination rates
  • Coordination between dialysis facilities and hospitals

and reducing:

  • Long-term catheter use
  • Blood-stream infections
  • Unplanned hospitalization
  • High serum calcium levels

The issue also includes a note on ICH CAHPS exemption attestation for the QIP, and ticklers on professional meetings February 27 (ADC in Seattle), March 3 (NWRD Conference near Portland), April 27 (NKF Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston), and May 19, 2016 (CNSW Conference near Seattle).  For more information on these, click on “Facility Calendar” in the menu at the top of this page.

QI for the Next Five Years

Our webinar on “The Next Five Years” of Network QI projects will be repeated at 9am Pacific Time on January 7, 2016.  If you missed the webinar on December 18, we encourage your facility to have a representative at this webinar, as there’s an excellent chance that your facility will be included in one or more of these projects.  The 2016-2019 QI projects include patient immunization, long-term catheters, hospitalization reduction, hypercalcemia, bloodstream infections and sepsis, NHSN, patient engagement, and grievances.  If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so at https://qualitynet.webex.com/mw3000/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=qualitynet .