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National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

NHSN is defined as the nation’s most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system.  It was developed by the CDC and is a valuable tool that assists facilities in capturing, analyzing, and reporting infection data.  Tracking infections can identify which patients are at risk or which part of a facility needs improvement.  Reporting infection data in NHSN is part of the CMS End Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program (ESRD QIP) Rule.  In order to comply with CMS ESRD QIP, facilities need to be enrolled in NHSN and begin reporting data. 

NHSN Enrollment

To meet this measure, facilities must do the following:

  1. Complete required training,
  2. Complete all enrollment steps,
  3. Join the “Network Group”, and
  4. Report data according to NHSN standards. 

Links to training materials have been provided below to assist you in completing all of the required steps.  

How to Enroll an Outpatient Dialysis Facility

How to Enroll a Home Dialysis Facility

Network 8 Group Enrollment

The following document will walk you through the steps of enrolling in the Network 8 NHSN group.  Enrolling in the Network 8 group will enable your facility to receive reports from the Network showing how your facility compares to other facilities in your region and state. 

How to Join the Network 8 Group and Confer Rights

  • Network 8 Group ID – 22674
  • Network 8 Group Password – Network84U

NHSN Reporting Requirements

COVID-19 Reporting

Data should be inclusive for the entire current reporting week, which is Wednesday through Tuesday. Data needs to be entered on Tuesday evening or Wednesday of the reporting period.  For example: Data for 1/13/2021 through 1/19/2021 will need to be entered in NHSN on Tuesday evening (1/19/2021) or that Wednesday (1/20/2021). 

Network 8 will be downloading weekly data on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM CT, so it is important to get your weekly data entered timely.

Dialysis Event Reporting


Please contact Kristi Durham for questions about NHSN.