Welcome to ESRD Network 9/10!

New and Noteworthy

Nominate an outstanding patient!

Annually, The Renal Network recognizes an outstanding patient with The Robert Felter Memorial Award, in honor of Robert Lee Felter.  

Click here to see the patient flyer. Applications can be found here and are due March 31. 

The winner will be able to attend an expense-paid kidney-related national or local educational conference.

  • 2 Meetings, 1 Day!
    Home Dialysis Treatment Options

    Meeting for staff-CEUs available

    Dialysis Staff Leading the Journey to Home
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    1:00 – 4:00 pm Central Time
    Click here to register.

    Evening meeting for patients & family
    On the Road to Home
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Dinner starts promptly at 5:00

    Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
    75 East State Street
    Columbus, OH 43215

    The dinner is free but reservations are required; call 800-456-6919 to reserve a spot or register online here.

    The program is being sponsored by The Renal Network, with support from NxStage Medical, Inc.

  • Thinking Outside the Catheter - Strategies to Reduce Long Term Dialysis Catheter Use

    Join us for a webinar on May 20th.
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central Time

    Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:

  • The Renal Physicians Association Releases App for Improving Dialysis Decisions and Quality of Life for Kidney Patients
    Read the press release here.

  • Advance Notice of Distribution of the Facility Report for the CMS Dry Run of the Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR) for Dialysis Facilities - Read the notice here.

This memo is to inform Medicare-certified dialysis facilities of the process and timeline for  receiving the Facility Report for the CMS Dry Run of the Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR) measure, which will be prepared by CMS’s Analytic and Operations Contractor, UM-KECC. The dry run reports will be available to dialysis facilities on the dry run website, www.dialysisdata.org. Facilities will be able to review these reports and submit comments and questions through the website from March 31- May 2, 2014.  Please review the memo for more information.  

  • The 2012 Annual Statistical Report for ESRD Networks 9 & 10 is now available for review and download.
  • Quality Improvement Educational Webinar: Download presentations and submit evaluations for "Greater Than 90 Day Catheter Reduction" held on September 5th, 2013
  • Change Concepts to Improve Care Transitions
    The Renal Network has developed 7 Change Concepts to Improve Care Transitions, promoting safe transitions between treatment settings for dialysis patients. An effective communication process is essential to ensure safe patient transitions between all healthcare facilities, whether it is between dialysis facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, or ambulatory care centers. The transition requires the active participation of both a sending provider and a receiving provider. These Change Concepts were assembled to improve communications processes between providers.
  • The Renal Network Clinical Performance Measures 2012-2013 [PDF, 1.03Mb] booklet is now available for download.



  • Hospira, Inc. - FDA has issued a Safety Announcement regarding a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of two lots of Hemoset Dual Channel Plum Sets (list number 11241-03, lot numbers 28005-5H and 34100-5H). Hospira identified that an incorrect set component was supplied and used during the manufacturing process of the impacted product lots.
    FDA posted 03/18/2014.
  • Abbot - FDA has issued a Safety Announcement regarding a Voluntary Recall of FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Meter and the FreeStyle Flash® Blood Glucose Meter due to mistakenly low blood glucose results.
    FDA posted 03/14/2014.
  • Baxter International, Inc. - FDA has issued a Safety Announcement regarding a voluntary recall in the United States of a single lot of DIANEAL PD-2 Peritoneal Dialysis Solution with 1.5% Dextrose 6000mL (Ambu-Flex II) to the hospital/user level due to complaints of particulate matter, identified as mold, resulting from a leak in the container.
    FDA posted 3/5/2014.


NHSN Enrollment for Outpatient Dialysis Facilities

NHSN Dialysis Event Reporting for CMS ESRD QIP
  • Monthly data entry into NHSN is a CMS Requirement.
    Click here for information about NHSN on the CDC website.
  • REMINDER: The deadline for 2013 data entry is April 15, 2014.




5 Diamond Patient Safety Program

5 Diamond Patient Safety Program

The 5 Diamond Patient Safety Program is now available in ESRD Network 9 (Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky), and ESRD Network 10 (Illinois). The 5 Diamond Safety Program is a voluntary program to assist dialysis facilities with specific areas of patient safety. The program includes tools and resources needed to implement these different aspects of patient safety. For more information or to register to participate, visit the 5 Diamond Patient Safety Program website.


Changes to ESRD Claims Reporting:

The new CMS prospective payment system is now in effect. For more information visit our MIPPA resource page.





Last updated on: April 15, 2014