The mission of Network 15 includes helping dialysis and transplant facilities to improve the level of care provided to patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). We accomplish this through providing:
- Technical assistance
We are also involved in the collection and validation of information about persons with ESRD. This information is collected through a variety of means including:
- The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
Please review the topics provided on this website for more in-depth information. If you cannot find the resources you seek online, please contact our office.
Advance Care Planning
This is a private, non-profit organization that offers resource and information in 28 different languages for people who are aging with a serious illness.
This Web site is an initiative of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and provides a wide range of free materials about end-of-life care including State Specific Advance Directive Documents.
Bloodstream Infection (BSI) Toolkit
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infographic, aimed at patients, addresses what sepsis is and steps that can be taken to prevent it.
Use the Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Bloodstream Infection (BSI) Monitoring Form for tracking access- and central venous catheter (CVC)-related BSIs, the number of patients who have had two or more BSIs within a 12-month period, and BSI prevention education and for discussion of progress toward goals during QAPI meetings.
Bridging Communication Between Dialysis and Long-Term Care
This presentation, a collaborative effort between HSAG: ESRD Network 15, Telligen, and the Colorado Health Care Association & Center for Assisted Living (CHCA), provides essential information reagarding:
- The nutritional needs of LTC residents who have an ESRD diagnosis.
- Resident rights regarding their diet/fluid intake.
- Fluid management and the importance of weight for ESRD patients.
- The imporatnce of medication management for a person with ESRD.
- Desirable/apprpriate menu choices for LTC/ESRD patients.
This document is a general tip sheet for long-term care facilities to review to help them meet the special needs of their dialysis patients. Every dialysis patient has an individualized prescription and specific needs. Close collaboration between the long-term care and dialysis facilities is crucial at all times.
Conditions for Coverage
This official Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website provides memoranda, guidance, clarifications, and instructions to State Survey Agencies and CMS Regional Offices.
This document is the Federal Register, Department of Health and Human Services Conditions for Coverage for ESRD facilities, final rule.
MyCROWNWeb.org is a website managed for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer help and technical support to users of the CROWNWeb system.
Dialysis Facility Information
Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) is a service of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). DFC helps you find detailed information about Medicare-certified facilities, compare the services and the quality of care that facilities provide, get other resources for patients and family members who want to learn more about chronic kidney disease and dialysis, and get links to learn more about how Medicare covers people with ERSD.
Annual Dialysis Facility Reports (DFRs) and quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Reports are made available to facilities, State Survey Agencies, and Regional Offices online at dialysisdata.org which replaces the old DialysisReports.org website
Increase Rates of Patients on a Transplant Waitlist
These audit tools and checklists are intended to promote Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended practices for infection prevention in hemodialysis facilities.
The CDC website provides information about hand hygiene in healthcare settings.
This document looks at some of the specific underlying causes of conflict that could possibly lead to abusive behaviors and methods for overcoming them.
Can You Ever Be Discharged from Dialysis? is an important handout that explains, simply but comprehensively, the four reasons a patient can be involuntarily discharged from his/her dialysis facility.
Lines of Communication
Scheduling issues are a common source of frustration for dialysis patients and staff.This document addresses what you can do to help keep your dialysis schedule running as on time as possible.
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
This website provides step-by step guidance for enrolling in NHSN.
This PowerPoint presentation provides information about NHSN Enrollment.
New Facility Information
CMS ESRD Conditions for Coverage (CfCs). CMS develops CfCs that healthcare organizations must meet in order to begin and continue participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. These minimum health and safety standards are the foundation for improving quality and protecting the health and safety of beneficiaries.
CROWNWeb is a web-based data-collection system that allows Medicare-licensed facilities to transmit ESRD-patient data electronically to Medicare (CMS).
News from the Dialysis NHSN Helpdesk
Newsblasts are simple and short articles that address important issues currently trending in the Dialysis Helpdesk inbox. In February 2015, the Dialysis Helpdesk began disseminating newsblasts on a monthly basis, towards the end of each month. Refer to the newsblast archive for answers to frequently asked questions, deadline reminders, and breaking news that you may have missed.
Patient and Family Engagement
This document takes a look at the underlying causes of conflict that could possibly lead to abusive behaviors and provides some suggestions on how to avoid or deal with difficult situations.
This one-page document is for use with both patients and staff. It stresses that we are all on the same team and provides simple tips for communicating better.
The Quarter 4 Provider Newsletter highlights educational topics that can be discussed with patients to help maintain heart and kidney health, specific Medicare Part B benefits, the various vaccinations that are important for dialysis patients, strategies for reducing medication errors, quality...
This Quarter 3 Provider Newsletter highlights the role of the Network and the Clinical Guidelines and Standards of Care, how to help patients with their Medicare Part D benefit review and open enrollment, the importance of the flu vaccine for patients and staff, qualtiy improvement activity highlights, and more.
Quality Improvement Initiatives
This brochure, produced by the National Kidney Foundation, discusses how to manage anemia when you have kidney disease or kidney failure.
Quality Incentive Program (QIP)
CMS Memo: Clarifying PY 2020 Performance Period for ESRD QIP NHSN Personnel Influenza Vaccination Reporting Measure
As a part of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) PPS proposed rule released in May 2017, CMS proposes to correct the performance period for the NHSN Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Reporting Measure for Payment Year (PY) 2020.
This is an informal document prepared by CMS to address frequently asked questions about the ESRD QIP program.
Benefits of a Permanent Access
This document outlines the many benefits patients have shared for having a permanent dialysis access.
For Safety's Sake
For Safety's Sake, Uncover Your Access can be used a handout or small poster that tells patients of the importance of keeping their access visible throughout dialysis treatment.
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