Vascular Access Webinar Tomorrow! Register Now!
IPRO's ESRD Network Program will be hosting a Webinar Event on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 1:00-2:00 PM. The Webinar will provide details regarding the Vascular Access measures for 2016 including reducing catheter rates.

Click the registration button or click here to register and search for the IPRO ESRD Network Program. For more information view the full flyer, or contact the Network at (203) 387-9332


Please note this webinar is open to everyone, however, it is mandatory to those facilities involved in the Network's 2016 Vascular Access QIA. 


IPRO Webinar Presentation Now Available
Thank you to those who attended our IPRO ESRD Network Program and 2016-2020 Statement of Work (SOW) Webinar on January 26, 2016. If you were not able to attend the webinar or would like a copy of the presentation, please visit our website.

2016-2020 Facility Agreements
2016-2020 Network Facility Agreements have been distributed to all Network facilities and transplant centers. We have utilized a new application called DocuSign to obtain electronic signatures from the facility Medical Director and the Facility Administrator. The Network used CROWNWeb facility personnel information to obtain the appropriate names and e-mail addresses for the individuals who need to sign the agreements.

If you believe you should have received an agreement and did not, or the agreement was not sent to the appropriate individual, please contact Jenna Vonaa at (203) 285-1222.
We have also asked for a Network Council Representative as well as a Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) Representative to be nominated by your facility. The Network Council Representative is an elected facility staff member who will serve as a point of contact person and a liaison between the facility and the Network. The PAC Representative is a patient that the facility would like to nominate who could serve as a peer mentor for other patients and represent your facility during PAC conference calls and works closely with the Network Community Outreach Coordinator. For more information about these roles, please refer to our website

For detailed (step-by-step) instructions on how to complete the electronic signatures using DocuSign, please click here.

ESRD News and Alerts
CDC Request: Undetermined Cause of Cardiac Arrest During Hemodialysis, 2015 The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) has received reports of six patients that experienced sudden cardiovascular collapse leading to cardiac arrest during routine outpatient hemodialysis; three of the six expired. Click here for more information.

Flu Season Begins: Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness. Clinicians are reminded to treat suspected influenza in high-risk outpatients, those with progressive disease, and all hospitalized patients with antiviral medications as soon as possible, regardless of negative rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDT) results and without waiting for RT-PCR testing results. To read the full announcement, click here.
To stay up to date with the latest ESRD news and alerts refer to the IPRO ESRD Network Program website.

Patient Services
Reviewing Grievance Logs
In 2016, the Network is working on a CMS-driven quality improvement activity (QIA) to review and foster the development of robust and complete grievance logs at the facility level. By  improving the consistency of these logs, facility staff can improve provider/patient relationships and be better prepared for a state survey. 
 For more information about the Grievance QIA please visit our website.
Save The Date:
On February 23, 2016 the IPRO ESRD Network Program will be hosting a Webinar to provide a brief overview and review of facility Grievance Logs and provide information about the Grievance project for 2016.
Registration is now available.

Patient Advisory Committee Representatives
In 2016, every facility is required to have a Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) representative.
The PAC consists of dialysis patients, loved ones of dialysis patients, or a transplant recipient. A PAC member must follow their treatment plans, be in good standing with their facility, and demonstrate a positive attitude and concern for quality of care issues. In addition, a PAC member MUST be nominated by a facility staff member. If you have a dialysis patient, family member, or transplant recipient in your facility that you believe would make a  valuable PAC member, please complete a nomination form and return it back to the Network via fax (203) 389-9902 or mail 1952 Whitney Avenue, 2nd Floor, Hamden, CT 06517.
If you have any questions, please contact Kayla Abella, Community Outreach Coordinator or by calling (203) 285-1223.

Trending on Facebook
The IPRO End Stage Renal Disease Network Program Facebook page is an interactive community where patients, care partners, and professionals can learn and share information about ESRD.
Check out our most popular posts last month at:
  • January 7, 2016- The History of Dialysis: Dr. Willem Kloff
  • January 12, 2016- Teen Receives Kidney Donation from Brother with Help from Bloomington Organization
  • January 20, 2016- How to File a Grievance
  • January 22, 2016- Kidney-Friendly Homemade Pizza Recipe
Quality Improvement
2016 Quality Improvement Activities

The following two 2016 quality improvement activities (QIAs) have been initiated. If you have any questions about your inclusion in these activities or requirements related to these, please refer to the Network website: 



Please note that contracts for each project were distributed. For additional information, or to see if your facility is involved in these activities, please refer to the Network website using the links above. If you are included in these activities and have not received this form, please contact the Network Quality Improvement department.  

Data Management
CROWNWeb Form Submission
 When submitting CMS-2728 and CMS-2746 forms in CROWNWeb please ensure that your facility are adhering to the CROWNWeb Data Management Guidelines.

  • CMS-2728: within 10 business days of Date Regular Chronic Dialysis Began; no later than 45 days
  • CMS-2746: within 14 days of the date of death
If you have any questions please contact Krystle Gonzalez, Sr. Data Coordinator, at (203) 285-1225 or refer to the CROWNWeb Data Management Guidelines.
CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey
  • February 15, 2016- Deadline for generating the 2744
  • April 1, 2016- Final Due Date for submission of completed 2744 forms to the IPRO ESRD Network of New England for approval
Upcoming Meeting & Events
Tuesday, February 9, 2016- Vascular Access- Reducing Long Term Catheter Rates  Webinar hosted by IPRO ESRD Network Program
Tuesday, February 23, 2016- Reviewing Grievance Logs Webinar hosted by IPRO ESRD Network Program
Thursday, March 10, 2016- National Kidney Foundation (NKF) KEEP Healthy Event, 12:00-4:00 pm One City Hall Square, Boston, MA


Wednesday, April 27- May 1, 2016- The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.
Sunday, May 1- May 4, 2016- ANNA National Symposium, Nephrology Nursing event at the Marriot Louisville & Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY

IPRO End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New England, the ESRD Organization for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, prepared this material under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. CMS Contract Number: HHSM-500-2016-00019C.

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