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Coronavirus Resources for Patients and Facility Staff

July 29,2020

Below are links for information on COVID-19. If you have questions and your facility is owned or managed by DCI, DaVita, or FMC, please reach out to your corporate clinical contact for guidance. CDC Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dialysis Information CDC

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Mississippi Department of Health Guidance for Discontinuation of Isolation and Transmission-Based Precautions in Patients with COVID-19

May 7,2020

Click here for a Health Alert message that provides Mississippi Department of Health guidance for the discontinuation of isolation and transmission-based precautions around COVID-19 patients.  MSDH recommends a time and symptom-based strategy rather t

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COVID-19 Email Phishing Against US Healthcare Providers

April 22,2020

Following a global increase in malicious cyber activity exploiting fear derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, the FBI was notified of targeted email phishing attempts against US-based medical providers. The alert is classified as Traffic Light Protocol (TLP

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End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facilities: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

March 31,2020

Click here to view the ESRD-specific fact sheet.

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Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

March 30,2020

Today, at President Trump’s direction, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respo

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Coronavirus Resources for Transplant Patients and Providers

March 25,2020

AST Transplantation Webinar A number of transplant organizations from around the world partnered to develop this educational webinar for the organ donation and transplantation communities, the goal of which was to share experiences to date and respond to

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Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19

March 24,2020

On March 22, CMS announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs with respect to upcoming measure reporting and data submission for those prog

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New CMS Telehealth Toolkit released

March 23,2020

CMS has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. CMS is expanding this benefit on a temporary and emergency basis und

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Medtronic Recalls MiniMed Insulin Pumps for Incorrect Insulin Dosing

February 18,2020

The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall.  Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Recalled Product MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pumps Model 630G (MMT-1715) - all lots before October 2019 Model 67

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National Care Transitions Key Messages

August 22,2019

Patients with renal disease are medically complex. Between dialysis treatments, transplant work-ups, access appointments, frequent lab draws, extended care facilities, and managing comorbid conditions—there are many opportunities to miss out on the vita

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Upcoming Webinar with nephrologists, dialysis facility medical directors and renal care providers

April 3,2019

Please join CMS and the National Kidney Foundation on May 22,2019 at 3:00EST for a presentation on Population Health Strategies for Kidney Disease Risk Reduction.  INTENDED AUDIENCE Nephrologists, dialysis facility medical directors and renal care provid

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2018 DFR/DFC Technical Instructions

December 5,2018

2018 DFR / DFC Technical Instructions (12/5/2018) Click here to view the 2018 technical instructions.

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Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit - 2-Part Webinar Series

October 1,2018

The Forum of ESRD Networks will present a 2-part webinar series highlighting the NEW Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit developed BY patients FOR patients! The first webinar (October 4) is intended for a patient audience and is in partnership with patien

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Extension of NHSN Third-Quarter 2017 Deadline for ESRD QIP

December 22,2017

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) system release on December 2, 2017, analysis reports and select alerts were not accessible to some NHSN Dialysis Component group and facility users. T

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2017 DFR / DFC Technical Instructions 2017 DFR / DFC Technical Instructions

December 5,2017

Click here to view the 2017 technical instructions.

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ATTENTION: Dialysis Facility Staff, Medical Directors, and All Infectious Disease Healthcare Staff

September 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: S

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CMS Reporting DEADLINE for NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance: September 30, 2017

August 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

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NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Instructional Webinar: Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol

July 14,2017

Please join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Dialysis Event Surveillance instructional webinar: Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol. This webinar will be presen

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CMS Announces Extension of the First Quarter 2017 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Reporting Deadline for the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) Reporting

June 29,2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to announce an extension of the 2017 First Quarter NHSN Reporting deadline. The deadline has been changed from Friday, June 30, 2017, to Monday, July 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PT. The extensi

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CMS Reporting DEADLINE for NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance: June 30, 2017

June 1,2017

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2019, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must submit their first quarter 2017 Dialysis Event data collected from January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017, by Friday, June 30, 2017. New or re

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Join the KCER Prep Rally Kick Off Call - Tuesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. ET

May 19,2017

Are you looking for a fun way to engage ESRD patients in emergency preparedness planning that will also help meet requirements of the CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule? Would you like to provide more opportunities for patient-to-patient learning and s

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Free Webinar on May 23: Targeting Zero Infections: Where Do We Begin?

May 12,2017

Join the first Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) webinar series to learn how to stop and prevent the spread of deadly infectious diseases. Webinar 1 Title: Targeting Zero Infections: Where Do We Begin? Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Time: 12:

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CMS Reporting DEADLINE is approaching for NHSN Dialysis Facility Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Summary Data: May 15, 2017

May 5,2017

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2019 dialysis facilities must submit their 2016/2017 healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza vaccination summary data collected from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017, by Monday, May

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The April 2017 issue of Vaccinate Adults has just been placed online

April 11,2017

This issue highlights IAC's updated "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization" and the 2017 U.S. immunization schedule for adults. This issue also includes a "Ask the Experts" question about Hepatitis B vaccination in renal failures patients. Cli

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The April 2017 issue of Needle Tips has just been placed online

April 3,2017

This issue features highlights IAC's popular summaries of immunization recommendations and the 2017 U.S. immunization schedules for children/teens and for adults. The April issue also features the always popular "Ask the Experts" column, with Q&As by

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Extension of NHSN Fourth-Quarter 2016 Deadline for ESRD QIP

March 29,2017

Due to an unscheduled maintenance on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) system, facility users were unable to report data between March 16, 2017, and March 21, 2017. The unscheduled maintenan

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CMS Reporting DEADLINE is Approaching for NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance: March 31, 2017

February 28,2017

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2018, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must submit their fourth quarter 2016 Dialysis Event data collected from October 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 by Friday, March 31, 2017. New o

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Important NHSN Information

January 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 com

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December issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online

January 13,2017

The December issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are now available online. Vaccinate Adults is an abbreviated version of Needle Tips with the pediatric content removed. The current list of Vaccine Information Statements and "What vaccines do I need

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Network 8 Weather Alert: Winter Storm Helena

January 6,2017

Winter Storm Helena is expected to impact a large portion of Network 8 on Friday through Friday night. Some freezing drizzle or freezing rain or sleet is expected from parts of central Mississippi and central Alabama. Parts of Tennessee and north and cent

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EQRS (CROWNWeb and QIP) Down For Maintenance 12/8/16 (9:00 PM EST) through 12/11/2016 (Midnight)

September 30,2016

Routine maintenance is scheduled for the following applications. They will be unavailable from Thursday, 12/8/16 (9:00 PM EST) through Sunday, 12/11/2016 (11:59 PM EST). ESRD Quality Report Systems (EQRS) applications including: ESRD Quality Improvement

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NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Training Webinars

September 1,2016

Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol: National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Dialysis Event Surveillance reporting is required for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentiv

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Home Dialyzors United to host conference in Las Vegas

July 27,2016

On October 7-10, Home Dialyzors United will be hosting a conference at Circus Circus in Las Vegas. Dialysis professionals, patients, care partners, and families for a weekend of education and fun. The conference has been designed to allow patients to make

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AAKP to hold National Patient Meeting in Nashville, TN

July 14,2016

The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) patient meeting will be held September 23-25 at the Nashville Airport Marriott. This year's program will focus on a variety of important issues individuals with kidney disease face such as:   Kidney Tra

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NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Training Webinars

July 11,2016

Please join the CDC for two live webinars on August 1 and August 11 that will provide training for new or experienced NHSN users. CDC subject matter experts will be available to answer your questions about NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance. Introduction t

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CMS Reporting DEADLINE is Approaching for NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance: June 30, 2016

June 15,2016

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP 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

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CROWNWeb and QIP Outage

June 13,2016

CROWNWeb and QIP will be unavailable to facilities and Networks beginning at 8:00 PM Thursday, July 14, 2016 through midnight, Monday, July 18, 2016. This outage is a planned maintenance period to implement QARM and CROWNWeb 5.0.

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CMS Reporting DEADLINE is approaching for NHSN Dialysis Facility Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Summary Data: May 15, 2016

April 28,2016

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2018, dialysis facilities must submit their 2015/2016 healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza vaccination summary data collected from October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016, by Sunday, May

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Annual NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Training

February 24,2016

The CMS ESRD QIP mandates that all NHSN users who participate in Dialysis Event Surveillance must complete Dialysis Event Surveillance training and read the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol at least once, annually. Therefore, start the year off r

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CDC Interventions show sustained success for outpatient hemodialysis infection prevention

February 17,2016

The following communication was received from CDC. Dear Colleagues: A new CDC study shows that decreases to certain bloodstream infection (BSI) rates can be maintained through the use and implementation of CDC dialysis BSI prevention tools. The new study

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NHSN Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey

February 3,2016

The 2016 Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey (required for Dialysis Event reporting) will become available in NHSN on February 1, 2016. Many questions in the 2016 survey pertain to the first week of February; therefore, NHSN users are encouraged t

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Important health advisory from CDC regarding flu season

February 3,2016

On February 3, 2016 the CDC Health Alert Network issued an official CDC Health Advisory: "Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported." This advisory was issued because CDC has received reports of severe influeza illness as influneza activity is

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Important health advisory from CDC

January 28,2016

On January 27, 2016 the CDC Health Alert Network issued an official CDC Health Advisory: "CDC Urging Dialysis Providers and Facilities to Assess and Improve Infection Control Practices to Stop Hepatitis C Virus Transmission in Patients Undergoing Hemodial

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Network 8 Weather Alert: Winter Storm Jonas

January 21,2016

Winter Storm Jonas is expected to impact a large portion of Network 8 Thursday night through Friday night. Tennessee and Northwest Mississippi are expected to see significant snow accumulations with near blizzard conditions which may cause power outages a

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Comment period opens on new vascular access and transplantation measures

January 8,2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) to develop quality measures related to Vascular Access and Access to Transplantation. Measure specification

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ESRD QIP: Payment Year 2019 Final Rule Call -- Register Now

January 7,2016

Tuesday, January 19 from 2 to 3:30 pm ET To Register: Visit MLN Connects Event Registration. Space may be limited, register early. Do you participate in the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP)? During this call, CMS subject matt

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Water and Dialysate Safety: A Key Infection Prevention Strategy in Dialysis

November 19,2015

The ESRD NCC is offering a seventh National Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Learning and Action Network (LAN) Webinar Event, “Water and Dialysate Safety: A Key Infection Prevention Strategy in Dialysis.” The webinar will be held on December 8,

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CMS Reporting DEADLINE is Approaching for NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance: December 31, 2015

November 19,2015

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2017, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must submit their third quarter 2015 Dialysis Event data collected from July 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015, by Thursday, December 31, 2015. Ne

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ESRD QIP: Access PY 2016 Performance Score Report and Certificates Call - Registration Now Open

November 9,2015

Wednesday, December 9 from 2:30-3:30pm ET To Register: Visit MLN Connects Event Registration. Space may be limited, register early. Do you participate in the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP)? During this MLN Connects National

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Data Validation for QIP Data in CROWNWeb

October 26,2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) works with various organizations to review data entered into CROWNWeb; Allegheny Science and Technology Services (AST) is such an organization. As part of its data validity and reliability responsibil

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