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ATTENTION: Dialysis Facility Staff, Medical Directors, and All Infectious Disease Healthcare Staff (9/14/2017)

You're Invited to the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Learning and Action Network (LAN) Discovery Event Improving Dialysis Facility Infection Reporting Communication with Hospitals: Successes and Best Practices.

This webinar will include the successes and lessons learned, including objectives, methods, and interventions, related to improving dialysis facilities infection reporting communications with the hospitals that admit and treat their patients.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
3-4 p.m. ET
2-3 p.m. CT

Guest Speaker
Barbara Dommert-Breckler, RN, BSN, CNN
Quality Improvement Director
ESRD Networks 16 and 18

Register early! Space is limited!
Earn 1.0 CEU for Nurses and Dialysis Patient Care Technicians
Health Services Advisory Group Nationally approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16578

CMS Reporting DEADLINE for NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance: September 30, 2017 (8/30/2017)

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2019, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must submit their second quarter 2017 Dialysis Event data collected from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017, by Saturday, September 30, 2017. New or revised second quarter data entered into NHSN after September 30 will not be sent to CMS. Therefore, please be aware that any changes or corrections to second quarter 2017 data should be made prior to the reporting deadline.

We recommend using the following resources to review your data before the deadline. These resources and others can be found on the Dialysis Event homepage:

Important NHSN Information (1/31/2017)

Annual Training

To fulfill the annual training requirement, at least one NHSN user at each facility must read the Dialysis Event Protocol and take the online Dialysis Event Surveillance Training after January 1, 2017 and before September 30, 2017. By completing the annual training and passing the post-test, you will earn 1.5 CME/ 1.3 CNE/ 0.1 CEUs.

Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey

A new version of the Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey will become available on February 1 and must be completed before your facility will be permitted to enter May 2017 Dialysis Event data. The survey will ask questions about your facility's practices during the first week of February 2017. Facilities will not be able to submit a completed survey until after February 7. Administrative users can create a survey by clicking 'Surveys' and 'Add' on the blue navigation panel in NHSN. A paper version of the new survey and a table of instructions can be found under the 'Data Collection Forms and Instructions' tab of the Dialysis Event homepage.

Manage NHSN Users

  1. Get access to NHSN! - At least one staff member at the facility is required to be trained and knowledgeable on how to report dialysis event data to NHSN. This is required regardless if electronic (clinical document architecture [CDA]) or manual methods are used to submit data. If your corporate organization reports on your facility's behalf, someone at the facility is still expected to review and verify the data reported are complete and accurate.
  2. Have a backup user! - We recommend every facility have at least two users with administrative rights in NHSN. Not only does this simplify issues related to staff turnover, it helps to ensure someone can report data to meet reporting deadlines if the primary NHSN user is on leave.
  3. Control who has access to your confidential data! - Once a user no longer requires NHSN access (e.g., he or she no longer works for the facility), deactivate his or her user profile immediately. For instructions on how to add or deactivate a user, see the January 2015 issue on the Dialysis Newsblast Archive webpage. If you have any questions, contact the NHSN helpdesk at and include "Dialysis" in the subject line.

The information on this page was reviewed 9/14/2017.

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