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New and Noteworthy




NHSN Enrollment for Outpatient Dialysis Facilities

NHSN Dialysis Event Reporting for CMS ESRD QIP
  • NHSN Enrollment and Set-Up for Outpatient Dialysis [Download slides PDF, 8.2Mb] This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webinar provides instructions for enrolling in NHSN. The one hour webinar presentation covers training and preparation, rules of behavior, registration, requesting and installing the digital certificate, submitting the survey and signing the consent form.
  • NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance [Download slides PDF 3.2Mb] This slide set describes the reporting requirements for NHSN.


Educational Meeting Opportunities

Patient Care Technician Recertification Information:

ESRD Conditions for Coverage Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Patient Care Technicians [PDF, 79Kb]

Check these organizations and their websites for information on approved certification training and examinations:

  • Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC), www.nncc-exam.org
  • Board of Nephrology Examiners for Nursing and Technology (BONENT), www.bonent.org.
  • National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO), www.ptcny.com.

A Hemodialysis Review Course is also available through Nephrology Clinical Solutions. Download program flyer for more information. [PDF, 2.62Mb]


5 Diamond Patient Safety Program

5 Diamond Patient Safety Program logo

The 5 Diamond Patient Safety Program is now available in ESRD Network 4 (Pennsylvania and Delaware), 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 our 5 Diamond Patient Safety Program page.


Changes to ESRD Claims Reporting:

The new CMS prospective payment system is now in effect. For more information:

NRAA Develops Bundling Tool – The National Renal Administrators Association has developed the NRAA Bundling Tool to provide a way to estimate the impact of the bundled payment regulation on dialysis organizations. To view the tool, go to www.nraa.org.

  1. Final Rule for the ESRD QIP{Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 3 / Wednesday, January 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations} [PDF, 212KB]
  2. End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System {Federal Register/ Vol. 75, No. 15 /Thursday, August 12, 2010/ Rules and Regulations} [PDF, 4.8M]
  3. For additional background materials and information, visit our MIPPA resource page.





Last updated on: October 9, 2012