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Network 8 Weather Alert: Winter Storm Information (12/6/2013)
Winter storms are expected to impact a large portion of Network 8 through the weekend. Tennessee and Northwest Mississippi are expected to see significant ice accumulations, a mix of wintery precipitation, and strong winds that can cause power outages, downed trees, and dangerous driving conditions.
Network 8 would like to encourage patients and providers to monitor your local news and weather, remain aware of updated advisories, and review your emergency response plans.
The following are useful links that may be beneficial to patients and providers:
- Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
- Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
- Emergency Preparedness Guide for People on Dialysis
- Emergency Preparedness Guide for Dialysis Facilities
If you are a patient in need of assistance, click here for a list of End Stage Renal Disease toll-free phone numbers.
After the storm, facilities should contact the Network at 601-936-9260 to advise if your facility is not operational, or if you are unable to locate any of your patients.
RPA Invites Applications for Patient Safety Improvement Award (12/6/2013)
Have you been working to improve kidney patient safety? Submit your patient safety best practices today to be considered for RPA's 2014 Patient Safety Improvement Award. The award, presented at the RPA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, is given to nephrology practices that not only successfully improve patient safety in the dialysis facilities where they provide renal replacement therapy but also promulgate the goals of the RPA ESRD Patient Safety Initiative.
Best practices should address one of the following areas:
- Hand hygiene
- Non-adherence to facility procedures
- Incorrect dialyzer or dialyzing solution
- Medication omission or errors
- Patient falls
- Venous Needle Dislodgement
To be considered for the 2014 ESRD Patient Safety Improvement Award, best practices must be submitted by January 24, 2014.
Notice from CMS: End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program Payment Year 2016 Final Rule - Registration Now Open (12/5/2013)
CMS will host an MLN Connects Call on the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
- ESRD QIP legislative framework and how it fits in with CMS strategies to improve quality
- Changes reflected in the final rule based on public comments
- The final measures, standards, scoring methodolgy, and payment reduction scale that are applied to the PY 2016 program
- How the PY 2016 program compares to PY 2015
- Where to find additional information about the program
- Questions and answer session
Registration will close at 12:00 p.m. ET on the day of the call or when available space has been filled. Click here to register.
New issue of Vaccinate Adults available online (11/26/2013)
New issue of Needle Tips available online (11/26/2013)
CMS Finalizes Quality Incentive Program Policies for End-Stage Renal Disease Prosepective Payment System for Payment Year 2016 (11/25/2013)
New continuing education courses from Medical Education Institute (10/11/2013)
The purpose of Kidney School Continuing Education courses is to educate renal professionals about the medical and psychosocial impacts of end-stage renal disease, as well as patients' experience of coping with this chronic condition.
Each module is approved for 1 contact hour of CE credit; there is a fee of $10 per contact hour. Click here for more information.
Network 8 Endorses Renal Update conference (8/26/2013)
The Network 8 board of directors has endorsed Renal Update (the John D. Bower Renal Medicine Conference) to be held in Jackson, Mississippi on November 14-15, as a substitute for the Network's annual meeting.
The meeting is sponsored by the Continuing Health Professional Education Department of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and features a strong clinical program. Due to regulatory issues that could not be resolved in time for planning, Network 8 will not hold an annual meeting this year.
Network Council officers, along with a number of board members and Network staff will attend the meeting. All facility staff who attend the Network 8 annual meeting are cordially invited to join us for this excellent conference.
For registration information, click here and scroll down to the November schedule. The full fee for the 2-day conference registration is $100.00. The conference will be held at The University of Mississippi Medical Center Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall, Thad Cochran Center, Jackson, Mississippi.
Topics for the symposium include: "Multidisciplinary Approach to Patient Centered Care", "Who Makes a Good Transplant Patient", "Urgent PD", "ESRD Conditions for Coverage and Addressing Difficult Situations", "Whose Life is it Anyway", "Maintaining Balance: The Ups and Downs of Fluid Management", "Water for Dialysis", "Dual Pathways of Vitamin D", "Hypertension Management", "What Social Workers Need to Know about the State Survey Process", "Access for Dialysis: Prevention and Intervention of Complications", "Influences on Appetite", "Street Drugs Epidemic", "The Impact of the Affordable Care Act", "Emotional Intelligence", and others.
The brochure will be linked to the Network 8 website when it is available.
The conference hotel is The Hilton Jackson at 1001 East County Line Road, (601-957-2800). A special conference room rate of $119 per night is available when you mention Renal Update or UMC Renal Medicine conference.
For shoppers coming to the meeting, the state's largest outlet mall will hold its grand opening the week of the meeting. For a list of retail stores, click here. The development is on the outskirts of Jackson and is in close proximity to Bass Pro Shop and Sam's.
Print and Save Copies of the 2728 and 2746 forms (6/3/2013)
Although CROWNWeb provides a way to electronically submit data directly to CMS, CMS also requires dialysis facilities to retain a print copy of the signed and dated CMS-2728 and CMS-2746 forms at the facility level to assist with data validation efforts.
For instructions on printing forms, please visit the links below:
Printing a CMS-2728 Form:
Printing a CMS-2746 Form:
The information on this page was reviewed 12/6/2013.