Happy National Nurses Week! May 6-12, 2016
National Nurses Week is celebrated every year beginning May 6 and ending May 12 on Florence Nightingale's birthday. Join us in celebrating the men and women who serve this country by caring for its citizens.
We recognize the invaluable work of nurses during National Nurses Week. Nurses are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury. They champion and promote the health of our nation.As healthcare leaders and trusted advisers on health issues, we thank nurses for their continued efforts to improve patient outcomes in the ever-evolving field of primary care. Thank you!

Quality Improvement
2016 Network Quality Improvement Activities
All 2016 Network quality improvement activities (QIAs) have been launched. 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 at quality@nw1.esrd.net.

Vascular Access QIA Webinar
The IPRO ESRD Network Program is hosting a free webinar to discuss the Long-Term Catheter (LTC) Reduction Quality Improvement Activity (QIA).
  • When: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST.
  • Where: Teleconference (866) 951-1151  Access Code 590-64-0403
  • How: Registration required  https://qualitynet.webex.com
Contact the Network with any questions about participating in the event or visit us online for more information and additional resources.

Aiming to Close the Disparity Gap
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health's (OMH) mission is to eliminate health disparities among all Medicare minority populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and rural populations. These populations often experience disproportionately high burdens of disease, worse quality of care and barriers to accessing care.
Click here to read the full article.

Free Webinar: Effective Communication and Coordination of Care
The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will be holding the next installment of its free "Sharing Knowledge, Improving Health Care" learning series on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT.
The virtual training session is open to for beneficiaries, families, providers, practitioners, partners and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIO), and will feature guest presenters Traci Archibald, CMS, Jane Brock, MD, Telligen and Angela Lucente Prokop, Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging.
For more information please see this webpage. Register for the training here.

Hand Hygiene Day - May 5, 2016!
On May 5, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands is celebrated by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other partners, to encourage healthcare providers to promote and practice good hand hygiene measures to reduce the risk of infection among patients. This year's theme highlights the importance of hand hygiene best practices to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

The Medicare Learning Network offers a web-based training course on Infection Control: Hand Hygiene, on the Learning Management and Product Ordering System. Learn about hand hygiene in patient care zones and nearby administrative areas, includes appropriate methods for maintaining good hand hygiene and how to recognize opportunities for hand hygiene in a health care setting. Physician and non-physician practitioners may receive continuing education credit for successful completion.
Patient Services
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The IPRO ESRD 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 from last month at:
  • April 6, 2016: April is National Donate Life Month
  • April 14, 2016: National Donate Life Blue & Green Day
  • April 19, 2016: Couple Getting Married After She Donates Kidney to Him
  • April 26, 2016: Olympic Hurdler Aries Merritt Recovers from Kidney Transplant 
Registration Now Open: 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 7.8 continuing education units (CEUs) as well as an opportunity to learn and collaborate with others from the area.
  • Where: Sheraton Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • When: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Click here to register! 
This program has been submitted to the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologies (NANT) and has been approved for 7.8 CEUs.  

For more information including topics for the day and registration information please visit our website at esrd.ipro.org/events/


Upcoming Meeting & Events
Tuesday, May 10, 2016- Vascular Access Webinar, presented by the IPRO ESRD Network Program
Thursday, May 19, 2016- Renal Roulette 2016, hosted by Southern New England Chapter of ANNA at Mohegan Sun Casino, Cabaret Theater, Uncasville, CT.
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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