NW16 10/1+ Quality Conference Agenda

Registration without late fee for the October 11, 2018 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference near the Seattle airport ends September 30, 2018.  On October 1 and later, registration is $25 higher.  If you’ve already registered but you’re no longer able to attend, your right to a refund also expires on September 30.

The agenda includes sessions on Innovation in Dialysis, Person-Centered Care, Home Dialysis, Disaster Preparedness, Transplants, and Mentoring.  The Conference fee includes 6 CEs for nurses, social workers, techs, and dietitians, plus continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.  Find the Agenda at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/QC2018/2018QCAgenda.pdf, and register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efe2a3np27c59239&llr=hakkwkrab.

8/14+ NCC QIA Webinars

The ESRD National Coordinating Center will present three additional August QIA Learning and Action Network webinars:

The ESRD NCC calendar is kept at https://esrdncc.org/en/events/.

9/10 QIP PY2021-24

CMS has released the proposed ESRD QIP Technical Specifications for PY2021, 2022, and 2024.  Proposed changes include:

  • Elimination of Pain Assessment (NOT Depression Screening as indicated earlier), NHSN Healthcare Personnel Vaccination, Anemia Management, and Serum Phosphorous in PY2021.
  • New measures for Medication Reconciliation Reporting and Existing-Patient Transplant Waitlist for PY2022.
  • A new measure for Incident-Patient Transplant Waitlist in PY2024.
The proposed Technical Specifications can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/061_TechnicalSpecifications.html.  Comments on the proposals are due by September 10, 2018.  For more information see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/cy2019-esrd-pps-proposed-rule/.

9/10 CY2019 ESRD PPS Proposed Rule

CMS has released a proposed rule for the CY2019 ESRD PPS, titled Proposed Updates to Policies and Payment Rates for the ESRD PPS, … QIP; and Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with AKI and a fact sheet summarizing it.  The ellipsis in the title refers to durable medical equipment changes included in the same proposed rule.  Find the fact sheet at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2018-Fact-sheets-items/2018-07-11.html.

The fact sheet includes summaries of:

  • Removing the Healthcare Personnel Vaccination, Pain Assessment, Anemia Management, and Serum Phosphorus reporting measures from the PY2021 QIP.
  • Restructuring domains and weights in the PY2021 QIP.
  • Expanding NHSN validation in both PY2021 and PY2022.
  • Adding measures for Percentage of Patients Waitlisted and Medication Reconciliation to the PY2022 QIP.
  • Adding a measure on Standardized First Transplant Waitlist Ratio for Incident Patients to the PY2024 QIP.

The proposed rule can be found on the Federal Register at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-14986.pdf.  Comments must be received by September 10, 2018.

NW16 7/21 OHSU Transplant Picnic

Oregon Health Sciences University will hold a free July 21, 2018 Transplant Picnic for recipients, donors, patients on a waitlist, health care providers, friends, and family members.  For more information see https://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/transplant/about-us/outreach-programs/upload/Event-Flyer.pdf.  No RSVP is necessary.

NW16 10/11 Quality Conference in Tukwila

HealthInsight ESRD Network 16 will hold their 2018 Quality Conference October 11, 2018 in Tukwila WA.  Topics will include the wearable kidney, patient-centered care, home dialysis, emergency preparedness, transplant, and mentoring, providing 6 CEUs for nurses, technicians, social workers, and dietitians.  For details and registration see http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efe2a3np27c59239&llr=hakkwkrab.