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Executive Director
  
Quality Improvement Director
  
Paul Gordon
Patient Services Director
  
Patient Services Coordinator
  
Data Manager
  
Administrative Assistant
January 20, 2015 
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Clinical Months Close January 31
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will close the October-December 2014 clinical months in CROWNWeb on January 31, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. ET. All available clinical data for hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and vascular access patients are required to be entered for October 2014-December 2014. This applies to all facilities.

If data are not available, please select "N/A." If data are in a "Saved" status, be sure to "Submit."

2014 Annual Facility Survey (CMS-2744)
With the close of the 2014 calendar year, facilities should begin preparing for the 2014 Annual Facility Survey, which all facilities are required to complete in CROWNWeb. All 2014 treatments, admissions, discharges and CMS forms should be entered before February 15, 2015. Facilities should also create their initial draft of the CMS-2744 in CROWNWeb by February 15. Final submission of the CMS-2744 needs to be completed no later than April 1, 2015.

Here are a few tips to get you started:
  1. Get started early. The CMS-2744 process is time-consuming, so getting started early is essential to completing the survey on time.
  2. When generating your initial draft of the CMS-2744, be sure that you are selecting 2014 as the year and NOT 2015. Everyone should be completing the 2014 CMS-2744.
  3. When entering your treatment information under the appropriate section on the form, you should be entering the total number of hemodialysis and other treatments for the year, NOT the total number of patients.
  4. Visit www.projectcrownweb.org for additional information on how to successfully complete your 2014 CMS-2744.
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.

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is Now on Facebook
The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has developed a Facebook page.
 
Click on the link above, sign in and "Like" the page to receive the latest Authority news and updates on Facebook.
    
Free Webinar on Engaging Patients to Eliminate HAIs
The ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) is offering a National Healthcare-Associated Infections Learning and Action Network event, The Patient: Engaging the Most Important Member of Your Infection Prevention Team. This FREE 1-hour webinar will be held on January 27 at 4:00 p.m. Nurses and technicians can earn 1.0 CEs. Learn more and register. 

 

HHQI National Campaign Offers Free HAI Resources
The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign recently posted an Immunization & Infection Prevention Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP). To access this information, you'll need to register on the HHQI site, which is free.  
 
Main Package Resources section:
  • General infection prevention information for HHAs (pp. 63-72 of the full BPIP)
Infection Prevention Resources section (1-page info sheets): For more information, please contact hhqi@wvmi.org

 

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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