Important Updates
2016 IPRO Quality Award Nominations
Each year, IPRO recognizes outstanding performance by healthcare providers and stakeholders throughout New England with our Quality Awards Program.
The goal of the Quality Awards Program is to recognize members of the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) community who have consistently set themselves apart from others by delivering exceptional care and/or contributions to Network activities in the New England area throughout the year. The ESRD award categories -Excellence, Engagement, and Continuous Improvement- align with the mission of IPRO ESRD Network of New England to promote healthcare for all ESRD patients that is safe, effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely, and equitable. 
Nominations should be completed no later than Friday, July 8, 2016.
Nominate someone today!

Quality Improvement
QIP Measures for Pain Assessment and Depression Screenings
CMS is interested in how Medicare-certified dialysis providers perform pain assessments and clinical depression screenings. To analyze these important issues, CMS incorporated "Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up" and "Pain Assessment and Follow-Up" as new reporting measures in the agency's Payment Year (PY) 2018 ESRD Quality Incentive Program (ESRD QIP).

To comply with these new reporting measures, authorized facility representatives are required to use CROWNWeb to indicate, for each qualified patient, whether they conducted a pain assessment and a clinical depression screening during the performance period, and whether a patient was referred for follow-up for either of these conditions. For more information about the ESRD QIP click here.
  • Pain assessment and follow-up reporting to be completed for each qualifying patient once before August 1, 2016 and once before February 1, 2017.
  • Clinical Depression screening and follow-up reporting to be completed for each qualifying patient once before February 1, 2017.
Click here to download the finalized PY 2018 Clinical Measures slides.

CMS ESRD Webinars- Register Now!
1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites you to learn about improvements to the Dialysis Facility Compare website and updates to the methodology for calculating dialysis facility star ratings through the following webinar:
2016 Dialysis Facility Compare - Star Ratings Refresh Overview
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Register: To attend the webinar, visit the registration webpage.
2. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the CMS ESRD Measures Manual, which provides detailed specifications for performance measures used by the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) and Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC). CMS invites you to learn more about this comprehensive guide through the following webinar.
Understanding the CMS ESRD Measures Manual 
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Register: To participate in the webinar, please visit the registration webpage.

Life After Sepsis
Sepsis is the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.
Any type of infection that is anywhere in your body can cause sepsis, including infections of the skin, lungs (such as pneumonia), urinary tract, abdomen (such as appendicitis), or other part of the body. An infection occurs when germs enter a person's body and multiply, causing illness and organ and tissue damage.
There are more than 1.4 million sepsis survivors every year in the United States. For more information about sepsis and helpful resources visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Pink Book Webinar Wednesdays
CDC is hosting a 15-week webinar series on immunization, vaccines, and vaccine-preventable diseases. Each Wednesday at noon (EDT), health educators will delve into a different chapter of the 13th edition of "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" (also known as "The Pink Book") and answer questions from participants. The Pink Book is available online or for purchase in print.
When: Every Wednesday starting June 1, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET until September 21, 2016.
The Pink Book webinar series is geared to private and public healthcare providers, state and local immunization programs, pharmacists, medical students, and others in the field of immunization delivery. CDC will provide continuing education for each event.
Request on ESRD Patient Reported Outcomes and Patient Centric Measures
The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) is preparing a report for CMS that investigates avenues for acquiring the evidence, data, and infrastructure necessary to implement ESRD patient-driven measures, such as patient-reported outcomes (PROs) quality of life; patient centered outcomes (PCOs) and experience of care; and other measures that are patient driven.  To complete this report we are seeking feedback from the kidney community on the following: 

  1. What ESRD patient reported outcomes/patient centered outcome measures are meaningful to patients and health care providers? 
  2. What data may be available to support future development and testing of these measures


Please send your feedback to by June 30, 2016 to ensure consideration for the report.

Patient Services
ESRD News and Alerts 
 FDA MedWatch:
  • June 7, 2016 - FDA is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription diarrhea medicine loperamide (Imodium), including through abuse or misuse of the product, can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death.  Click here to read the full announcement.
  • June 7, 2016 - The FDA is warning consumers about the risk of serious bleeding when using nonprescription, also known as over-the-counter or OTC, aspirin-containing antacid products to treat heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, or upset stomach. Continue reading the full announcement here.

Popular on Facebook 
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:
  • May 5, 2016: National Hand Hygiene Day 2016-Clean Hands Count
  • May 6, 2016: National Nurses Week 2016
  • May 13, 2016: Kidney-Friendly Chicken Fajita Recipe
  • May 17, 2016: Facebook Post Leads to Life-Saving Kidney Transplant for First Time Mom

Have you liked us on Facebook yet?

Data Management
NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Deadline: June 30, 2016
The Quarter 1 deadline for the CMS End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) rule for calendar year 2016 (payment year 2018) is right around the corner!
To meet CMS' ESRD QIP National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting requirements for Payment Year 2018, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must submit their first quarter 2016 Dialysis Event data collected from January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016, by Thursday, June 30, 2016. New or revised first quarter data entered into NHSN after June 30 will not be sent to CMS. Therefore, please be aware that any changes or corrections to first quarter 2016 data should be made prior to the reporting deadline.
For more information click here.

Network Data Knowledge Base and Customer Portal!
With the increase in data that must be submitted, as well as systems through which the data is collected, the ESRD Network is excited to announce expanded support. There are multiple ways in which you can reach the Network Data Support Team. Please see the information below on how to access the portal and contact the Network.

1. New Knowledge Base and Customer Portal
  • Browse knowledge and articles on a multitude of frequently asked questions. This is a "one stop shop" for information on various systems and initiatives such as CROWNWeb, NHSN, the Quality Incentive Program (QIP), and more.
  • If you are unable to resolve your questions with the Knowledge Base, register for the portal through the "Sign Up" feature and enable yourself to quickly and easily submit questions or requests for assistance directly from the website.
2. Updated Email Contact

3. Phone

  • Network staff members are still available by phone to answer questions and assist with data management. The Network data team can be reached at 203-387-9332.
*Please remember that you should NEVER include any patient-specific information such as Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Medicare Claim Number, etc. The only patient identifier that can safely be communicated is the Unique Patient Identifier (UPI) from CROWNWeb.*
Upcoming Meeting & Events
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 3rd Annual Dialysis Unit & Transplant Program Social Worker Conference, hosted by Hartford Hospital Transplant Program in Hartford, CT. Register Now.
June 24-26, 2016 - PKD National Convention 2016, at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - The Renal Support Network's (RSN) 14th Annual Essay Contest submission deadline. Visit the RSN website for more information.
September 23-25, 2016 - American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) 2016 National Patient Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Save the date for the 4th Annual ESRD New England Fall Meeting at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center, Uncasville, CT.

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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