PY2020 Correction on Personnel Vaccination

As part of the SNF PPS proposed rule released last week (see ), CMS proposed to correct the performance period for the NHSN Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Reporting Measure for PY2020 to October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.  You can comment on this or other elements of the SNF PPS proposed rule at until June 26, 2017.  Contact if you have any other questions or concerns.  This performance period was incorrectly specified in the CY2017 ESRD PPS final rule as October 2016 through March 2017, which was a repeat of the PY2019 period.

Grievance Toolkit in Spanish

The National Forum of ESRD Networks has created a Spanish version of its new Dialysis Patient Grievance Toolkit.  Find it at .  It joins the catalog of Forum Medical Advisory Council (MAC) and Patient Toolkits, which now include:

  • Home Dialysis
  • Transitions of Care
  • Medical Director
  • QAPI
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Catheter Reduction
  • Assurance of Diabetes Care Coordination
  • Vaccination

Find them all, along with the MAC Speaker’s Bureau Brochure, at .

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 and the slides at .

Pneumonia Vaccines

The October issue of Network 16 News has been posted to the Northwest Renal Network website.  The front-page article covers the essentials of Pneumonia Vaccines – why, which ones, when.  The “Question Corner” concerns patient and family engagement in their care, and the “Hot Dates” section highlights the November 9, 2016 free CE webinar on Patient and Provider Engagement.  You can find a copy of the October issue at 

Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!

We’ve added the September Monthly Patient Flyer/Poster to the Network 16 website at .  The Poster includes information about the flu, vulnerability, and the vaccine, links to a “Flu IQ Widget” or quiz, and how to get more information.

Don’t forget that healthcare personnel flu vaccination is part of the ESRD QIP, and must be reported to NHSN by May 15, 2017 for PY2019.