Data Management
Deadline Approaching: CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey
April 1, 2016 is the final due date for submission of completed 2744 forms to the IPRO ESRD Network of New England for approval
If you have any questions, please contact the Network Data Department.
NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Deadline: March 31, 2016
 The Quarter 4 deadline for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) rule for calendar year 2015 (payment year 2017) is right around the corner!

To meet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) ESRD QIP National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting requirements for Payment Year 2017, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must submit their fourth quarter 2015 Dialysis Event data collected from October 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, by Thursday, March 31. New or revised fourth quarter data entered into NHSN after March 31 will not be sent to CMS. Therefore, please be aware that any changes or corrections to fourth quarter 2015 data should be made prior to the reporting deadline.
Click here to read the full announcement.
Quality Improvement
Network Technician Meeting
This year IPRO ESRD Network of New England will be hosting an educational meeting for technicians in the New England region. The meeting will be one full day with one location option.* This educational meeting will be focused around technicians and will provide continuing education units (CEUs) as well as an opportunity to learn and collaborate with others from the area. Registration will open on March 22, 2016.
  • Where: Sheraton Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • When: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
For more information including topics for the day and registration information please visit our website at

*Please note the May 12, 2016 meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts has been cancelled.
Nephrology Nurses to Gather in Louisville
Nurses seeking to enhance their nephrology practice and make new professional connections will gather during Derby Week for the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) 47th National Symposium in Louisville, KY.
The meeting, which is a premier education event for the nephrology nursing specialty is slated for May 1-4, 2016, and will be held at the Marriot Louisville and Kentucky International Convention Center. Along with a wide variety of education sessions and networking opportunities, the nurses will enjoy the most energized week of the year Louisville as well as Derby-inspired special events.
Visit the ANNA Symposium website for more information and to register for this event.
Network Quality Improvement Activities
The following Quality Improvement Activities (QIA) have been launched. Please check the links for each to identify the project needs, and if your facility is involved in any of these projects.
If you have questions please email your Network QI Team at
Final Reminder: Call for TEP Members: ESRD Emergency Department Visits TEP
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) to develop a quality measure(s) related to Emergency Department (ED) visits.

The TEP Charter and Nomination form can be found on the CMS website. If you wish to nominate yourself or other individuals for consideration, please complete the form and email it to by close of business (5:00pm ET) on March 21, 2016.

Reduced Racial Disparity in Kidney Transplant Outcomes From 1990-2012
Kidney transplant (KT) is the optimal treatment for most patients with ESRD, as it provides a longer life expectancy and improves the quality of life compared to dialysis treatment. Despite these benefits, previous findings suggest that black transplant recipients experience poorer outcomes (e.g. worse graft and patient survival) than white recipients
Racial differences in KT outcomes have been attributed to both immunologic barriers (e.g. antibody matching and sensitization) and non-immunologic barriers (e.g. medication non-adherence, comorbid conditions, and socioeconomic barriers). Prior work suggests that these factors contribute to increased rates of graft loss in black transplant recipients. This article examined whether this disparity has improved in recent decades.
For more information, please click here.

Patient Services
Network Patient Advisory Committee
The IPRO ESRD Network of New England's Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) is comprised of ESRD patients, transplant recipients, care partners, and family members. The mission of the PAC is to identify and act upon issues of concern of ESRD patients thereby improving their quality of life. PAC members inform patients about the ESRD Network, provide educational resources, help to promote patient-provider communication, and act as a bridge between the Network and facility. To nominate a PAC member, please fill out the PAC nomination form and fax it back to the Network at (203) 389-9902.
Depression in Dialysis Patients
Depression is the most common psychiatric illness in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The reported prevalence of depression in the dialysis population varies from 22.8% (interview-based diagnosis) to 39.3% (self- or clinician-administered rating scales). Such differences were attributed to the overlapping symptoms of uremia and depression.

To read the full article about depression in dialysis patients, click here.
Patient Experience Assessment: ICH CAHPS
Patient experience surveys provide a critical and unique perspective on the quality of patient-centered healthcare delivery. These surveys provide a mechanism to systematically express the patients' voice on topics valued by patients when making decisions about choices in care. They also provide an assessment to healthcare organizations about their service that cannot be obtained from any other source.
CMS and other regulatory agencies have mandated the assessment of patients' experience as part of healthcare value-based purchasing programs and weighted the results to account for up to 30% of the total scoring. This is a testimony to the accepted importance of this metric as a fundamental assessment of quality.
Click here to read the full article about the ICH CAHPS Survey.
Upcoming Meeting & Events
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
Thursday, June 2, 2016- Educational Technician Meeting, hosted by IPRO ESRD Network of New England at the Sheraton Hotel in Portsmouth, NH

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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