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Events & Announcements

Chicago Kidney Action Day

Kidney Action Day is coming to Chicago on Wednesday, August 26! Presented by the American Kidney Fund (AKF), Kidney Action Day offers free health screenings, community resources and family fun. Join us at Richard J. Daley Center Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 26. Be sure to bring friends and family because Kidney Action Day also offers entertainment, fitness demonstrations, kids’ activities and healthy food samples. For more information visit or contact: Chad Stewart, [email protected] / (301) 984-6644


Chicago Kidney Action Day
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Richard J. Daley Center Plaza
50 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Building a Comprehensive Home Dialysis Program “The Road Home”

September 17th and 18th, 2015
Indiana Convention Center
100 South Capital Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana

IU Health/Indiana University Hospital, one of the leading home dialysis programs in the United States, invites you to participate in it’s 6th dialysis symposium and workshop. Come share experiences and learn from peers as well as established experts in growing, thriving, comprehensive home dialysis programs that optimize the benefits for patients, partners, physicians, the care team, and the facilities alike.

View the Brochure here.

CMS Looks for input on the Proposed Update of the PPS-QIP

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CMS has posted the proposed update to the Prospective Payment System (PPS) and Quality Incentive Program (QIP).

To see the update of the proposed rule, go to:

CMS is accepting comments on the proposed changes until August 25, 2015 at 5 pm EDT. Complete details on the comment process can be found at the website.


NRAA Hosts Educational Webinar on CMS’ New ERSD QIP 1.0.0 System

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Monday, August 3, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

The NRAA is hosting a three-part webinar series on CMS’s new QIP system, free to members and the public.

The webinar aims to prepare the dialysis community for CMS’ newest release of the ESRD QIP measurement reporting and review system, as well as provide an accommodating environment for answering any questions on member navigation and use.

The new system, which will be known as ESRD QIP 1.0.0, replaces the ESRD QIP interface that was discontinued earlier this year. This new system will allow facility administrators and end users to review their facility’s QIP score and submit questions before the QIP score is finalized. They will be able to submit these inquiries during a review period of July 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015.

You can register for the webinar sessions here.

The webinars are available to NRAA members and non-members at no cost. For more information regarding CMS and their services, visit the outreach and education portion of their website here.

Kidney Foundation of Ohio Renal Symposium

September 17 & 18, 2015
Bertram Inn & Conference Center, Aurora, Ohio

This two-day interdisciplinary conference features nationally recognized experts in the field of renal health care. The program attracts over 300 attendees from various companies throughout Ohio and surrounding states. Continuing Education Units are available for Dietitians, Nurses, Social Workers, Technicians and Transplant Coordinators.

To register or for questions contact the Kidney Foundation of Ohio at (216) 771-2700 or [email protected].  Click here to register online.

Or download the registration form.

"" is Now "ESRD QIP 1.0.0"

If you are a CROWNWeb user, you should have received this Memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Please follow the steps outlined in order to access public reporting documents and participate in the July 15th Preview Period of your Dialysis Facility Report.

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Revision to Performance Standards for the Standardized Readmissions Ratio Clinical Measure in the Payment Year 2017 End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP)

CMS has recently determined that a data irregularity led to the publication of erroneous performance standards for the Standardized Readmissions Ratio (SRR) clinical measure in the Payment Year (PY) 2017 ESRD QIP. Finalized policy (79 FR 66182) established that the PY 2017 performance standards would be based on the 90th, 15th, and 50th percentile of national performance in CY 2013.

See the original memo.



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