The mission of Network 7 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.
Involuntary Discharge (IVD)
This document looks at some of the specific underlying causes of conflict that could possibly lead to abusive behaviors and methods for overcoming them.
This document designed for use with patients outlines the situations in which a patient can be involuntarily discharged from his or her dialysis facility.
Lines of Communication
This presentation web recording demonstrate how professional behavior by clinic staff impacts the patient experience. It includes professional behaviors that direct care staff can learn and demonstrate in the dialysis clinic to create a positive treatment experience for patients and help prevent grievances. (Duration: 21 minutes)
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.
Quality Improvement (QI)
The Survey and Certification Program certifies ESRD facilities for inclusion in the Medicare Program. This page includes links to applicable laws and regulations, and provides resources to support and assess compliance with Federal regulations.
This document explains the roles of the Network and the Sate Survey Agency in monitoring care for Florida kidney disease patients.
ESRD QIP, Dialysis Facility Compare, Star Ratings, and Dialysis Facility Reports
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) QualityNet resources provides helpful materials to dialysis facilities participating in the ESRD Quality Incentive Program.
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.
Data Management and Reports
The 2016 ESRD Network Annual Report covers activities conducted during the 2016 calendar year, including a focus on quality improvement and patient-centered care initiatives.
The 2015 ESRD Network Annual Report covers activities conducted during the 2015 calendar year, including a focus on quality improvement and patient-centered care initiatives.
The American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. The site offers patient programs, kidney disease education, and professional education.
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
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.
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.
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.
Vascular Access/LTC Reduction Tools
This document tells patients about how they can help other patients by sharing their experiences with getting, using, and maintaining their permanent access.
This checklist is designed for patients to use to monitor their progress towards the placement and use of a permanent access.
Reducing Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)
This one-pager provides an overview of the occurrence of ADEs in Florida and provides tips for providers to better assess risk and prevent ADEs.
This tool provides tips to reduce adverse drug events with anticoagulant use.
Preventing infections is important for patient safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants dialysis patients and dialysis centers to start a conversation about preventing infections. Family members can also start the conversation. We hope this guide can be a starting point to improve awareness about patient safety issues.
The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a partnership of healthcare-related organizations, patient advocacy organizations, industry partners, and other public health partners that span the dialysis spectrum.
The Coalition aims to prevent bloodstream infections (BSIs) in hemodialysis patients, and increase the use and visibility of CDC evidence based practices.