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 .

Access to Dialysis; AAKP Meeting

We’ve placed the September 2016 issue of Network Consumer News, the Northwest Renal Network patient newsletter, on the Network 16 website at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/ncn.html .  This issue covers access to care, involuntary discharge, and Network 16’s grievance process.  This month we’ve included a Spanish edition, a large-print version, a feedback form, and a flyer about the September 23-25, 2016 AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville.

For more information on the following details about the AAKP Meeting, see https://www.aakp.org/images/downloads/AAKP_ConvBroch_2016_online.pdf 

  • AAKP is partnering with the Living Kidney Donor Network to present a free September 22, 2016 workshop on Having Your Donor Find You 
  • To arrange for dialysis while in Nashville, schedule it by August 31, 2016
  • To  receive conference rates at the AAKP Meeting hotel, you must reserve your accommodations by August 31, 2016
  • To receive discounted airfare from Southwest Airlines, make reservations by September 7, 2016
  • Continuing Education credits are available for RNs, MSWs, and RDs

December Facility Newsletter

The December edition of the Network’s facility newsletter, Network 16 News, has been published and distributed.  You can find a copy online at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html.  This issue features an article on Network 16’s merger with the HealthInsight Quality Improvement Organization to form the HealthInsight ESRD Alliance, and the subsequent granting to the Alliance of new five-year contracts for the five traditional Network 16 states, and for Network 18’s Southern California service area.

It also includes notes on reporting requirements for Involuntary Discharge, and on PSC availability, and announcement of four continuing education opportunities:

April Provider Newsletter

We’ve posted a copy of the April Network 16 News provider newsletter to our website at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .  It contains articles on…

and short notes on…

  • Involuntary Discharge
  • The May 6 CNSW meeting in Tualatin OR
  • The September 25-27 AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville TN
  • A Save-the-Date notice for the October 25 Network Annual Provider Meeting

To keep track of meetings and deadlines for facility staff and patients, monitor our Facility Calendar and Patient Calendar via the links at the top of this page.

CNSW Educational Symposium 4/16-17, Issaquah

The CNSW Northwest Chapter will present its Spring 2015 Educational Symposium in Issaquah WA on April 16-17, 2015.  Registration must be postmarked by April 3, 2015.  Topics will feature KDQOL, end of life, personality disorders, and a full day on ethics, including subtopics on ethics relative to IVD, disaster planning, non-adherence, bioethics, autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, fairness, patient preferences, quality of life, and context.  Find venue, schedule, and registration form at https://www.nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW.0415.pdf .

Involuntary Discharge/Transfer Notifications

The Conditions for Coverage (CfC) require all facilities to notify both the Network and your State Survey Agency, within specified time parameters, of all involuntary discharges and transfers.

We would like to remind facilities of the document “Notifying the Network of Involuntary Discharges and Involuntary Transfers,” available at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/G/Involuntary.pdf.  This document was created to assist dialysis facilities in complying with the requirements of the CfC and Survey Interpretative Guidelines, and to help facilities understand what Northwest Renal Network will be requesting in order for it to fulfill Network goals and the terms of its current CMS Contract.  You can find a link to this IVD/IVT document on our Social Workers page, http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/SW/SW.htm.

Better yet, if you’re considering an involuntary discharge or transfer, first contact the Network Patient Services Coordinator, Lisa Hall (lhall@nw16.esrd.net), to help you negotiate a better outcome.

Involuntary Discharge/Transfer Notification Requirements

The Conditions for Coverage (CfC) require all facilities to notify both the Network and your State Survey Agency, within specified time parameters, of all involuntary discharges and transfers.

We would like to remind facilities of the document “Notifying the Network of Involuntary Discharges and Involuntary Transfers,” available at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/G/Involuntary.pdf.  This document was created to assist dialysis facilities in complying with the requirements of the CfC and Survey Interpretative Guidelines, and to help facilities understand what Northwest Renal Network will be requesting in order for it to fulfill Network goals and the terms of its current CMS Contract.  You can find a link to this IVD/IVT document on our Social Workers page, http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/SW/SW.htm.

Better yet, if you’re considering an involuntary discharge or transfer, first contact the Network Patient Services Coordinator, Lisa Hall (lhall@nw16.esrd.net), to help you negotiate a better outcome.