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Quality Improvement Activities

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End stage renal disease (ESRD) quality improvement activities (QIAs) are designed to assist dialysis facilities and transplant centers to achieve optimal clinical outcomes and experience of care for all dialysis and kidney transplant patients. Network 7’s QIAs are focused on enhancing the quality of service for Medicare beneficiaries by:

  • Gathering information systematically to clarify issues or problems.
  • Implementing interventions to achieve improvements.
  • Measuring quality outcomes.
  • Incorporating the patient voice in all activities to maximize learning
    and cooperation between providers and patients through shared decision-making.
  • Supporting the spread of best practices.

To support facilities with identifying barriers, examining solutions and monitoring for rapid cycle improvement, the Network has created the Rapid Cycle Improvement Training Resource (PDF) to guide facilities through the quality improvement process.

For additional information about Network 7’s QIAs for 2020 and access to QIA documents, trackers, toolkits and best practices, read more below.

Reducing Rates of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) QIAs

Reducing Bloodstream Infections (BSIs) Group

The goals of the Network 7 BSI QIA are to:

  • Demonstrate a 20% relative reduction in the pooled mean rate of BSIs in the targeted QIA facilities.
  • Involve patients in Learning and Action Network (LAN) meetings and activities.
  • Engage focus facilities in Heath Information Exchanges (HIEs)
  • Partnerships to improve health data communication
  • Achieve 100% facility completion rate for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) training. 

Reducing Long-Term Catheter (LTC) Use

Reducing Long-Term Catheter (LTC) Use

The goals of the Network 7 LTC QIA are to:

  • Achieve a 2 percentage point improvement facilities with LTC >20%.
  • Promote patient, family, and caregiver engagement within the facilities.
  • Achieve 100% facility completion rate for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) training.
  • Engage focus facilities in Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).

Increasing Rates of Patients Dialyzing at Home QIA

 Improving Pain Assessment

Supporting Gainful Employment of ESRD Patients QIA