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.
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
This is the official website for National Healthcare Safety Network.
This document provides an overview of monthly dialysis event surveillance.
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.
Bloodstream Infection (BSI) Toolkit
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet, aimed at patients, addresses what sepsis is, its symptoms and risk factors, and steps that can be taken to prevent it.
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.
This Quarter 2 Provider Newsletter provides Network 15 updates, best practices for grievance process improvements, involuntary discharge as a last resort, emergency preparedness, highlights of the Network's QIAs, and more.
Newsletters from years prior to 2018.
Conditions for Coverage
This page provides basic information related to survey and certification of dialysis facilities for ESRD surveyors and dialysis providers. It includes links to applicable laws and regulations, and provides resources to support and assess compliance with Federal regulations.
This official Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website provides memoranda, guidance, clarifications, and instructions to State Survey Agencies and CMS Regional Offices.
The official website for news and information about the ICH CAHPS Survey.
This page contains English and Spanish language resources about peritoneal dialysis shared by facilities, Network PACs, and other key players in our ICH CAHPS Quality Improvement Activity.
Patient and Family Engagement
The Department of Health and Human Services National Quality Strategy’s new focus on better care for the individual through beneficiary- and family-centered care involves working with patients rather than doing to or for patients. Such partnerships are mutually beneficial to the patients and the facility. Involving patients in your facility’s Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) and/or Governing Body meetings can be an effective means of engagement and partnership. This document can help you get started.
Provide patients who have been selected to attend your QAPI and/or governing body meetings with this helpful tool designed to help them (and you) get the most out of their meeting attendance.
Advance Care Planning
This curriculum is designed to assist facility staff in having advance care planning discussions with patients.
This brochure will provide details on how to have control over your healthcare in the event that you cannot speak for yourself.
New Facility Information
Information form for new dialysis facilities.
Studies have shown that patients who are more involved in their care tend to feel better and live longer. Check out these resources on patient and family engagement in healthcare.
These audit tools and checklists are intended to promote Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended practices for infection prevention in hemodialysis facilities.
This brochure provides information about how hand hygiene can saves lives.
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.
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.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) to promote high-quality care by outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD.
- Reviews the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Conditions for Coverage pertaining to involuntary discharge (IVD).
- Increases awareness of risk factors that place patients at risk for IVD.
- Identifies resources and approaches to manage challenging situations.
The Network frequently receives calls regarding the process of involuntarily discharging a patient. It is important first to note that involuntary discharge (IVD) should be an option of last resort. Additionally, discharging a patient for "non-compliance" is not an acceptable reason for discharge...
Dialysis Facility Information
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
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.
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