3/31 NHSN QIP Deadline

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2018, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must by March 31, 2017 submit and correct their fourth quarter 2016 Dialysis Event data for October 1 through December 31, 2016.  New or revised fourth quarter data entered into NHSN after March 31 will not be sent to CMS.   Find more information at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html and https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/index.html .

NHSN Annual Training

To fulfill the annual NHSN training requirement, at least one NHSN user at each facility must read the  Dialysis Event Protocol at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/pscmanual/8pscdialysiseventcurrent.pdf and take the online Dialysis Event Surveillance Training at https://nhsn.cdc.gov/nhsntraining/courses/2016/C18/ before September 30, 2017.   By completing the annual training and passing the post-test, individuals earn 1.5 CME/ 1.3 CNE/ 0.1 CEUs.

CW/NHSN Validation: AST

Facilities need to be aware that Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) is under contract with CMS to validate the accuracy of CROWNWeb and NHSN data.  AST has a data use agreement in place with CMS to request and receive patient records from dialysis facilities for this purpose.  The project is described in the PY2017 final rule, which can be found at  https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/05_LawsandRegs.html .

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 .

NHSN New Version Delay

CDC has delayed the release of NHSN Version 8.6 till January 7, 2017.  The 2017 Protocol and Forms are not posted yet on the NHSN website, but they will be posted  prior to the Version 8.6 release, at http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html .  CDC advises that 2017 data should NOT be entered into NHSN until the new Version is available.  They suggest printing the 2017 forms when they are posted, and keeping track of 2017 events on paper until the new Version is released.  

Webinars on the new Version will be held December 1 and 2, 2016; see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/121-nhsn-webinars-on-new-version/ .