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 .