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

Jeannette Shrift
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Paul Gordon
Patient Services Director
Patient Services Coordinator
Data Manager
Office Manager
May 14, 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. 
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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QIRN 4 Website Gets a New Look
The QIRN 4 website recently received a new look. Please visit the new site and check out valuable information and tools to help you improve the quality of care for your renal patients.

Find your facility name and win a pizza party.
As a fun way to get facilities interacting with the new site, we've "hidden" two random facility names in the Providers section of the website. If you find your facility's name listed in the Providers section, please notify us and let us know. You could win a pizza party for your facility staff, courtesy of QIRN 4.
Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events
Save the Date: NRAA Annual Fall Conference  
National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA)
Annual Conference  
October 7-10, 2015
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Orlando, FL

Dialysis Facility Medical Directors Symposium 
The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) and the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) will collaborate on a workshop for dialysis facility medical directors. With a shared vision and commitment to patient-centered care, the NRAA and RPA will hold the Dialysis Facility Medical Directors Symposium, October 9-10, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. CMEs will be offered during the workshops for physicians seeking to maintain licensure and certification.
The symposium is part of the 2015 NRAA Annual Fall Conference hosted at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista on October 7-10. To find out more information on the Dialysis Facility Medical Directors Symposium and 2015 NRAA Annual Fall Conference please visit the NRAA Meetings Page. More details coming soon. Registration opens in June.

Save the Date: QIRN 4 Annual Meeting 
QIRN 4 Annual Meeting 
October 27, 2015
Seven Springs, PA

American Kidney Fund Fundraiser
The American Kidney Fund (AKF) has launched a "We are WARRIORS!" fundraiser campaign. The AKF is a non-profit charity that supports kidney patients. Learn more about this special fundraiser

CROWNWeb 4.7
The video and slides from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Town Hall meeting Introducing CROWNWeb 4.7 are now available

CROWNWeb 4.7 was released on May 10, 2015. CROWNWeb 4.7 contains three enhancement requests, five design updates, and more than 50 overall updates to system functionality and behavior.

Some examples of changes to system functionality and behavior in CROWNWeb 4.7 are listed below:


Previous Behavior
New Behavior
Users entered phosphorus value and date of lab.
Users now also specify if phosphorus method was Plasma, Serum, or Unable to be Determined (UTD).
Action List
Notifications and Accretions
Users needed to manually take action on each item, even if the tasks required to correct the action list item were already complete.
System will now remove action list items that have already been addressed by previous user actions in CROWNWeb.
Incorrect validations occurred on the CMS-2744 form.
Incorrect validations have been corrected.
Action List
Duplicate notification shows in the Single user Interface for the same Patient/Element
Duplicate notifications no longer display in the Single user Interface
Action List
Notifications and Accretions
Duplicate action list items created and loaded in the system for the same event.
Only one action list item now created per event.


For a full list of system functionality and behavior changes included in CROWNWeb 4.7, please visit the MyCROWNWeb.org website

ANNA Tools for CEUs
The American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) has completed a series of online tools to educate non-nephrology and non-dialysis healthcare personnel in caring for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients.  The seven modules are cumulatively worth 7.8 CE hours.  The modules will be available online through mid-April 2017

Essay Contest: Giving Hope to Folks with CKD
The Renal Support Network presents its 13th Annual Essay Contest on the theme "How have you used your experiences to give hope to others with kidney disease?"  First prize is $500.  Entries are due by August 1, 2015Learn more.

ESRD Patient Orientation Packet (NEPOP)
NEPOPs are the ESRD Patient Orientation Packet that ESRD patients receive containing orientation materials relative to their plan of care. NEPOPs are distributed through a collaborative effort among the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Networks and the Network Coordinating Center (NCC). Download packet information here.

Continue to Promote Diabetes Awareness throughout May
The month of May offers a variety of opportunities to raise awareness about diabetes prevention and management. In observance of Older Americans Month, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and Healthy Vision Month, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) encourages you to share helpful and practical diabetes resources for older adults and Asian-American Pacific Islanders, and increase awareness about diabetic eye disease.

General Education Spotlight: How to Access and Use the Dialysis Facility Compare Website
Ever wondered how to use the Dialysis Facility Compare website? Do you know how to use the site, but have more questions? Learn more about Dialysis Facility Compare from these Frequently Asked Questions.

CMS Publishes Resources for Medicare Beneficiaries
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a revised version of its booklet Resources for Medicare Beneficiaries, which includes locations and short descriptions of hundreds of other Medicare booklets on more specific topics.  View the booklet here.     

Online Patient Conference Calls
The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) has announced a new patient education conference call in its HealthLine series:
  • Can We Slow the Progression of Kidney Disease? - A variety of ways that may help slow the progression of kidney disease, such as managing risk factors, understanding your condition and the importance of diet and exercise.  May 19, 2015, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PDT.  
View recordings of previous HealthLine presentations.
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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