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QIRN 4 Staff
Executive Director
  
Quality Improvement Director
  
Paul Gordon
Patient Services Director
  
Patient Services Coordinator
  
Data Manager
  
Administrative Assistant
January 6, 2015 
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. 
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Retrieving Your Final Performance Score Report and/or Performance Score Certificate
Your facility's Final Performance Score Report (PSR), as well as the Performance Score Certificates (PSCs), in both English and Spanish are now available for you to download at the www.dialysisreport.org website. These items are for posting according to statutory requirement.

Additionally, beginning January 15, 2015, all ESRD QIP operations on the DialysisReports.org website will cease.  Facilities needing a replacement PSC for compliance purposes after this date may request one via email at ESRDQIP@cms.hhs.gov.  Because of this impending shutdown of the DialysisReport.org website, please download and save an electronic copy of your certificates before January 15, 2015 for your reference.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make future announcements regarding the operation of the PY 2016 ESRD QIP with regard to dissemination of reporting documents and operation of the Preview Period.

As previously indicated to you, technical specifications, measure analyses and template documents previously provided on DialysisReports.org are now available on the CMS.gov website.

As always, should you have any questions  or problems retrieving your PSR or PSC, please let the Network Staff know.

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events
CMS National Provider Call  
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a National Provider Call to provide an overview of the final rule that operationalizes the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) for Payment Years (PY) 2017 and 2018. The performance period for PY 2017 will begin on January 1, 2015. Register today 

Save the Date: Update on Kidney Disease  
Update on Kidney Disease
Sponsored by the Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania (KFCP)   
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.

News from the NHSN Helpdesk: 2015 CMS ESRD QIP
The fourth installment of the NHSN Dialysis Newsblast series: "News from the NHSN Helpdesk: 2015 CMS ESRD QIP" is now available.
    
Updated Resources to Help Run NHSN Reports
Revised analysis guides have been posted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dialysis Event Surveillance webpage under the "Analysis Resources to Create Reports" section. These short, illustrated guides provide step-by-step instructions to run and interpret the most popular National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reports. This Dialysis News from the NHSN Help Desk article provides more details.    

 

What's New in CROWNWeb 4.6?
With the release of CROWNWeb 4.6 on December 18th, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced features to both increase the efficiency of data entry and form submission in CROWNWeb, as well as to provide new and valuable tools to assist in data management.

Join CMS and the CROWNWeb Outreach, Communication, and Training (OCT) team as they outline the major changes in CROWNWeb 4.6, demonstrate how they will be used in the system, and discuss their impact to facility operations as a whole.

DATE: January 6, 2015
TIME: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET
SUPPORTING DOCUMENT(S): Download Slides

This informational/training session will also provide an opportunity for you to submit your questions and have them answered live by CMS Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

Not able to join? The event will be recorded and published for later viewing on www.projectcrownweb.org.

Register today.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
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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