The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed a fluid management performance measure to improve patient safety, kidney care quality, and patient outcomes for dialysis patients. The measure was developed by the Kidney Care Quality Alliance (KCQA), a group founded by Kidney Care Partners (KCP).
On December 4, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report entitled, “Assessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Report The Future of Nursing.” This new report is a follow up to the 2010 IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which included recommendations regarding the roles for nurs
The American Nurses Association (ANA) released a white paper entitled “Optimal Nurse Staffing to Improve Quality of Care and Patient Outcome.” Commissioned by ANA and developed by Avalere Health, LLC, in collaboration with nurses and policy experts, the white paper highlights studies that demonstrate how appropriate nurse staffing facilitates both clinical and economic improvements, from reducing medication and other errors to shortening patients’ hospital length of stay.
On November 16, 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled “End-Stage Renal Disease: Medicare Payment Refinements Could Promote Increased Use of Home Dialysis, GAO-16-125.”
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An article by ANNA President Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN, “Diabetes and Kidney Failure: How Nurses Make a Difference,” was included recently in the @MediaplanetUSA #UnitedforDiabetes campaign. Cindy wrote about the role of the nephrology nurse in helping patients understand diabetes and kidney disease. The goal of the campaign is public awareness of what causes the diabetes and how to manage it properly to prevent complications and stay healthy.