Quality Insights Renal Network 4 
A Periodic Newsletter from Quality Insights Renal Network 4 | www.qirn4.org
In This Issue
Alerts and Recalls
Quick Links
QIRN 4 Staff
Executive Director
Quality Improvement Director
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Patient Services Director
Patient Services Coordinator
Data Manager
Administrative Assistant
December 11, 2014 
Our Commitment to You
Quality Insights Renal Network 4 (QIRN 4) is committed to providing valuable resources like this e-newsletter that help improve the quality of renal care in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Please contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions. 
NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Reporting Deadline
The next Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) reporting deadline for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Dialysis Event Surveillance is Wednesday, December 31, 2014. 

This applies to ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) (Payment Year 2016) Dialysis Event Surveillance data for Quarter 3 (July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014).

Changes to Quarter 3 data can be made until the 12/31/2014 reporting deadline. Any changes made to these data after 12/31/2014 will not be sent to CMS. Therefore, please make sure all data are complete and correct before the deadline.

QIRN 4 Gets Social
QIRN 4 is now on Facebook and Twitter. Check out our social media feeds for news and updates regularly. 

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Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events
Save the Date: QIRN 4 Quarterly Council Meeting 
The next
Network 4 Council Meeting (Webinar)
will be on 
December 16, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST  

  • 2:00 p.m.: Welcome and Network Update - Tish Lawson, Executive Director of Network 4
  • 2:05 p.m.: Open Forum
  • 2:20 p.m.: NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance - Presented by Ami Shah, NHSN Dialysis Team, Prevention and Response Branch
  • 3:00 p.m.: Exit Polling Questions - Take a moment and tell us what you think. We will listen.
  • Each facility is to have a network council representative on the call.  It is recommended that the person responsible for NHSN  Dialysis Event reporting ALSO be present for the NHSN portion of the presentation.
Webinar Instructions
  1. Locate the "Network Council Meeting" webinar here
  2. Click on Join Now (located to the right of the event title)
  3. Enter your name and email address as prompted
  4. Enter the password: Qirn4 (case sensitive)
  5. Dial in to the teleconference. The number is 866-951-1151. The conference room number is 539890865.
Please join 15 minutes prior to the presentation to ensure the automatic system set-up has been properly established. 
If you have any questions or problems accessing the meeting, please call the General Dynamics Information Technology WebEx Helpline at (540) 347-7400 ext. 390.
Save the Date: Update on Kidney Disease  
Update on Kidney Disease  
April 21, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Hershey Hotel 
Hershey, PA 
Save the Date: QIRN 4 Annual Meeting 
QIRN 4 Annual Meeting 
October 27, 2015
Seven Springs, PA 
Facility Status Reporting Tool
PLEASE REMEMBER: In the event of inclement weather that causes an alteration in your treatment schedule, please report your facility's status here. For questions, please contact the Network at (610) 265-2418.

CME/CE Opportunity: NKF Kidney Talks Video Series
This continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Kidney Talks Learning Activity enables participants to learn from renowned speakers through short, visually-engaging animated presentations. This program is comprised of three stand-alone video presentations that inform clinicians of current science about treating proteinuria as it relates to membranous nephropathy.

The overall goal of this program is to: 
  • Review current research and clinical findings regarding the pathogenesis of membranous nephropathy
  • Examine novel and effective tools for diagnosing and monitoring membranous nephropathy, thus providing guidance for the best treatment course
  • Identify the most current therapeutic options for membranous nephropathy, thus promoting individualized patient care
CROWNWeb Reminder: Do Not Send PHI and PII Data via Email
Did you know that you could lose your CROWNWeb access and will need to retake the CROWNWeb Security Awareness Challenge if you send patients' Personal Health Information (PHI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to anyone via email? When emailing CRAFT, your ESRD Network, the QualityNet Help Desk, etc. regarding patient information in CROWNWeb, you only need to include the patients' CROWN Unique Patient Identifier (UPI) as part of that message. The CROWN UPI is a set of numbers specific to CROWNWeb. This information provides authorized individuals access to the patient information in CROWNWeb.

So remember, do not email patient information (name, date of birth, social security number, Medicare number, modality, name of facility treating patient, admission/discharge data, etc.) to anyone. 
Only include a patient's CROWN UPI, shown on the left
CROWNWeb December Newsletter Now Available
The December 2014 edition of the CROWNWeb Newsletter is now online. The CROWNWeb Newsletter focuses on user-specific topics, such as training, account management, use of the CROWNWeb system, and tips and tricks, as well as key technical aspects of CROWNWeb.

This month's edition features information on "What's New in CROWNWeb 4.6" Training Events, and guidance on Correcting Facility Attestation Entries.  Other stories include: 
  • CROWNWeb Field Definitions 
  • PHI/PII Email Guidance - *IMPORTANT*
  • CROWNWeb Action List Filters

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Submit Your Emergency Preparedness Articles
Our focus at QIRN 4 is to "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare." If you have any disaster preparedness articles or links, please e-mail your information to dknight@nw4.esrd.net so it may be posted in our bi-weekly newsletter.  

ESRD NCC Information Exchange
The ESRD Network Coordinating Center (NCC) provides centralized coordination and support for the Medicare ESRD Network program. Each month, the ESRD NCC distributes an e-newsletter, known as the Information Exchange, that compiles the most important information from numerous ListServs and publications related to renal health. 

To sign up to receive this informative newsletter, please contact the ESRD NCC at ncc@ncc.esrd.net or visit the ESRD NCC Web site. You can also check the QIRN 4 website for updates that include material from the Information Exchange.

This bi-weekly e-newsletter will serve as our primary method of communicating important news and updates. We encourage you to visit our Web site for the most up-to-date information or to contact us with questions, comments or suggestions.

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This material was prepared by Quality Insights Renal Network 4 under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The contents do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 
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