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.
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 .
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
Coordination between dialysis facilities and hospitals
Long-term catheter use
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.
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 .