Welcome to ESRD Network 9/10!

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New and Noteworthy

  • 2012 Nephrology Conference set for May 23 & 24 in Columbus, Ohio
    The Renal Network will host the 2012 Nephrology Conference for ESRD Networks 4, 9 and 10 on May 23 and 24 at the Hilton at Easton in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, click on the following links:
        • For general and program information and online registration link
         • For mail or fax registration form [PDF, 290Kb]

    NOTE: A free pre-conference meeting on CROWNWeb will be held on May 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. Seating is limited to 100 participants. Registration is online only for CROWNWeb update meeting.

    Sign-Up for Poster Session! The Renal Network will host a Poster Session for participants during the 2012 Nephrology Conference.

  • Whose life Is It Anyway? Is a free, one-day patient empowerment program for pre-dialysis patients, dialysis patients, and their family members. This one-day workshop will be offered on two different dates, Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13. For more infomation or to register online visit Kidney Patient News.
  • CMS issues changes to final rule for ESRD PPS and requirements for QIP.
  • The provisions in the final rule will be effective for payments to dialysis facilities on or after Jan. 1, 2012; and the new requirements for the ESRD QIP will affect the payment rates in payment years 2013 and 2014. Download final rule in PDF format [849Kb].

  • The Renal Network 2011-2012 Clinical Performance Measures booklet is now available for download [PDF, 1.1Mb].
  • The 2010 Elab National and Trends Report (June 2011) is now availble for download [PDF, 2.5M]



  • No new alerts have been published in 2012 (See alerts page for archives.)


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

  • One Access for a Lifetime – Tuesday, May 8, 2012 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Educational meeting to be held at The Grotto Restaurant in Oak Brook, Illinois. Space is limited. Register online or download event flyer. [PDF, 130Kb]
  • Creative Actions to Improve Vascular Access Outcomes – This online one-hour webinar is being offered on May 15 and May 16, 2012.
  • BONENT Midwest Regional Seminar to be held in Chicago IL on Sunday July 15, 2012 from 8:30am – 5pm. This all-day recertification training program includes 8 hrs of Continuing Education. For more information and to register visit http://bonent.org/seminars.php.
  • Hemodialysis University – A weekend course sponsored by International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) to be held on September 14‐15, 2012 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. For more information download event flyer. [PDF, 52Kb]

Meeting Archives


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: May 4, 2012