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New and Noteworthy

CDC Vital Signs Program

An important new program at CDC is called CDC Vital Signs, launched July 6th. This program is a call to action each month concerning a single, important public health topic. The March 2011 publication addresses reducing bloodstream infections. The State Surveyors in our Network report that infection control is the number one cited deficiency in dialysis facilities. Read these new documents from the CDC.

You can subscribe to the CDC Vital Signs newsletter by going to this link www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns.


Educational Meeting Opportunities:

  • Cannulation Camp: ESRD Networks 9 & 10 is partnering with Lifeline Vascular Access in Cincinnati to offer two workshop session for nurses and patient care technicians on June 7, 2011. Space is limited each day to approximately 40 people in each. Download flyer [PDF, 112Kb]for more information and how to register.
  • Moving to Action: Kidney Transplantation – An educational webinar series presented by a Consortium on Kidney Transplantation with sessions on May 10th and June 2nd.
  • April 26-30, 2011 National Kidney Foundation 2011 Spring Clinical Meetings to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada

View session materials:

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5 Diamond Patient Safety Program

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 pages.

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. It is available without charge to any organization or individual who would like to use it; you do not need to be a member of NRAA. To view the tool, go to www.nraa.org.

  1. End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System {Federal Register/ Vol. 75, No. 15 /Thursday, August 12, 2010/ Rules and Regulations} [PDF, 4.8M]
  2. Visit www.MedicareUniversity.com
  3. Email your questions to Part.A.Provider.Training
  4. For additional background materials and information, visit our MIPPA resource page.

Be Prepared for CROWNWeb

Visit the CROWNWeb Web site for training registration and materials

Visit TRN CROWNWeb resource page for Network updates


Last updated on: April 29, 2011