A groundbreaking study of nephrology nurses has revealed an overall culture of patient safety and teamwork; however, there is room for improvement in key areas needed to keep patients – and providers – safe. ANNA members Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, and Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN, report on a comprehensive research project they conducted for ANNA in the September/October 2014 issue of the Nephology Nursing Journal.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a Special Open Door Forum call to provide information and to solicit feedback on the introduction of star ratings on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) beginning in January 2015.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will delay the implementation of the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Five-Star Quality Rating System from October 2014 to January 2015. CMS presented information on the Star Rating System for dialysis facilities to the public during a national provider call in July.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created videos to promote safe injection practices through its One & Only Campaign in conjunction with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition. The One & Only Campaign urges health care providers to recognize the differences between single-dose vials and multi-dose vials and to understand appropriate uses of each container type. The two videos are entitled "Check Your Steps!
On July 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2015. This proposal would introduce new quality and performance measures to improve the quality of care by outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD and proposes to implement the Affo