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 http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits/dialysis-patient-grievance-toolkit-1 .  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 http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/mac-toolkits-1 .

Saving Patients’ Lifelines

Along with February’s Network 16 News, we’ve distributed copies of an ESRD NCC Fistula First tool called It only takes a minute to save your lifeline.  It’s intended for facilities to add their contact information and give to patients, as instructions for them to use to monitor their vascular access.  Find an online copy of the tool at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/TakesAMinute.pdf .  We’ve linked to the tool from the NWRN website at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/vastf/stfprotect.html .  You can find more vascular-access-protection resources at 
http://fistulafirst.esrdncc.org/professionals/lifeline-for-a-lifetime/ .

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 .

NW 1/20 ANNA Renal Update

ANNA Greater Puget Sound Chapter 503 will host the Renal Update 2017 conference in Lynnwood WA on March 2-3, 2017.  Topics include htn, hospitalization reduction, medical marijuana, vascular access, peritonitis, poverty, living donation, pediatric PD and AKI, ethics, dialysis outcomes, Ca/PO4/PTH, and challenging personalities.  There will be no on-site or mail-in registration, so registration must be completed online by 11:30 pm PST on February 23, 2017.  There is a discount for registration completed before 11:30 pm PST January 20, 2017.  For the full agenda and registration details, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/2017RenalUpdate.pdf .

PY2017 PSCs and PSRs

CMS is advising dialysis facilities that PY2017 PSCs will be available for download starting December 15, 2016.  Facilities will be able to access their PY2017 PSCs until the start of the PY 2018 Preview Period next summer.  Please retain the PDF file containing your PSCs so that you cam generate a replacement paper copy as needed throughout 2017.  Facilities must post their PSC in a prominent patient area throughout 2017.

Final PSRs will be available for download after the first of January.  CMS will notify facilities once they have confirmed the availability date.

CMS has identified over 100 facilities who do not currently have a point of contact (POC) designated in the QIP system.  CMS urges those facilities to establish a POC as soon as possible.  It is the POC who will be authorized to access Final PSRs on the ESRD QIP system on behalf of their facility.  System users are required to change their passwords every 60 days in order to keep their accounts active.  Users whose accounts become inactive will need to contact the QualityNet Help Desk for assistance in reactivating those accounts.

If you have questions or concerns regarding use of the ESRD QIP system, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport@hcqis.org or (866) 288-8912 from 5am to 5pm PST Monday through Friday.

Due to high volume of use on the ESRD QIP application, you may experience some delays in retrieving your reports.  Once you request a report, please allow two hours for the system to generate your report.  If your requested report is not retrieved within two hours, then submit a helpdesk ticket providing your CCN and the desired report name.

Finally, CMS has published a memo outlining its methodology for monitoring changes in access to dialysis.  Find it at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/09_MonitorandEval.html .  The page also includes Fact Sheets for anemia, bone and mineral disease. vascular access. and URR.

1/24 Catheter Dressings Guidelines Review

CDC is inviting comments on a draft revision of their Recommendations on Use of Chlorhexidine-Impregnated Dressings for Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections.  Comments are due by January 24, 2017.  For details see https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=CDC-2016-0110