Network 2015 Exemplary Practice Awards

At the Annual Provider Meeting in October, the Network presented its 2015 Exemplary Practice Awards to: 

  • Most Improved – Patient Engagement Campaign Presented to FMC Wasilla For Outstanding Service to Kidney Patients
  • Most Improved – Emergency Preparedness Campaign Presented to NKC Kent Kidney Center For Outstanding Efforts in Patient Education and Orientation
  • Most Improved – Shortened Treatments QI Outcomes Presented to FMC Thurston County Dialysis Center
  • Most Improved Long Term Catheter Rate Presented to Olympic Peninsula Kidney Center
  • Most Improved Hospitalization Rate Presented to Franciscan Dialysis Center Eastside
  • Data Accuracy and Timeliness Presented to Puget Sound Kidney Centers For Outstanding Efforts in Data Submission Compliance

2015 KDOQI HD Adequacy Guideline Update

NKF’s Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) has provided evidence-based guidelines for all stages of CKD and related complications since 1997.  The 2015 update of the KDOQI Clinical Practice Guideline for Hemodialysis Adequacy is intended to assist practitioners caring for patients in preparation for and during hemodialysis.  Find the full text at:

Dementia & Missed/Shortened Treatments

NIH has published an abstract of an article called “Longer Dialysis Times Are Associated With a Lower Chance of Dementia Among Chronic Hemodialysis Patients” on its PubMed website at  We’ve added the link to our Missed Treatments Learning and Action Network page at

HDC Kidney Views Blog

Home Dialysis Central – – has an excellent thought-provoking blog called “KidneyViews”on their website, at  A couple of recent posts worth reading are “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” at and “The Dialysis Waterfall (Forget Urea: It’s Fluid That Kills)” at

Staff Education Anchorage Nov 20-21

The Alaska Kidney Patients Association will present a staff education conference in Anchorage on November 20-21, 2013 on “Empowerment through Knowledge: Renal Focused Professional Education.”  Continuing education contact hours will be offered for most health professions.  Topics will include healthcare reform, patient transitions, treatment options, patient engagement, anemia, hospitalization, communication, fluid control, adequacy, morbidity, bone disease, water treatment, and state surveys.  For details see

New Kidney School CE Courses

With the addition of 10 new courses, nurses and other healthcare professionals can now earn up to 16 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours for Kidney School™ (, the popular, online chronic kidney disease (CKD) education program.  While the purpose of Kidney School Continuing Education courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease and patients’ experience of coping with this chronic condition, the materials are freely available to engaged patients and family.

The 10 new courses approved for CNE credit are:

  • Module 7: Understanding Kidney Lab Tests
  • Module 8: Vascular Access: A Lifeline for Dialysis
  • Module 9: Nutrition and Fluids for People on Dialysis
  • Module 10: Getting Adequate Dialysis
  • Module 11: Sexuality and Fertility
  • Module 12: Staying Active with Kidney Disease
  • Module 13: Heart Health and Blood Pressure
  • Module 14: Patient Rights and Responsibilities
  • Module 15: Alternative Treatments
  • Module 16: Long-term Effects of Dialysis

Each module is approved for 1 contact hour of CNE credit; there is a fee of $10 per CNE contact hour, but the course materials can be downloaded for free.

This educational activity is intended for nurses in the nephrology field, as well as renal technicians, dietitians and social workers, but the course materials will also be very valuable to committed patients and caregivers.  To learn more about these continuing education offerings, and to view full learning objectives for each course, registration details, information about Kidney School and the CNE planning committee, visit

Getting Enough Dialysis Patient Video

The Medical Education Institute and the Intermountain ESRD Network  have released a new short video for patients in the Let’s Talk About… series, Let’s Talk About… Getting Enough Dialysis, available at in English and in Spanish at  Dialysis professionals can use the four-minute movie to start a conversation with patients who are skipping treatments or leaving dialysis early, risk factors for hospitalization from fluid overload and uremia.  YouTube versions for viewing on mobile devices can also be found at along with the other three Let’s Talk About… videos – Fistulas, Dialysis Options, and Fluids.

QIP and Adequacy Webinar Slides

We’ve added to the Network website the slides from the January 29, 2013 webinar on the Calendar Year 2013 QIP (Quality Incentive Program) for Payment Year 2015, and the slides from the February 6 webinar on Dialysis Adequacy.   The latter covers important considerations for measuring and achieving Kt/Vs that provide quality patient care.  Find them at

February 6 Adequacy Webinar Registration

Wednesday’s webinar on “Dialysis Adequacy“ requires pre-registration, and we’ve posted instructions at .  While the webinar is designed for facilities that did not receive full reimbursement for Payment Year 2013, it is open to everyone.  There are earlier bulletins on Dialysis Adequacy.