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New AHRQ YouTube Channel Features Patient Safety Videos

Posted on May 13, 2015

A new patient safety channel on AHRQ YouTube features videos of evidence-based training programs used by U.S. hospitals to improve care quality through effective communications and teamwork. The new channel includes nearly 50 videos that describe key elements of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program Toolkit (CUSP), a patient safety protocol used successfully by hospital intensive care units to reduce potentially deadly health care-acquired infections.

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Rise in CKD Sparks Demand for More Nurses to Provide Dialysis Care

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

ANNA President-Elect Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN, discusses how the increase in chronic kidney disease (CKD) is affecting the nephrology nursing specialty in an article for Specifically, there will be an increased need for nephrology nurses to provide care in physician’s offices, in hospitals, and especially in dialysis units.

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CMS Adds Star Ratings to Dialysis Facility Compare Website and Additional Information / Updates

Posted on Jan 26, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added star ratings to the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) website on January 22, 2015. These ratings summarize performance data and spotlight excellence in health care quality. In addition to posting the star ratings, CMS updated data on individual DFC quality measures to reflect the most recent data for the existing measures.

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AHRQ Introduces Toolkit to Helps Keep Dialysis Patients Safer

Posted on Jan 21, 2015

To help prevent infection in people with end-stage renal disease, the Agency for Health Research & Quality (AHRQ) has developed a new resource called the AHRQ Safety Program for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities Toolkit. Dialysis clinics can use this toolkit to prevent health care-associated infections in their patients.

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CMS Hosts Call on ESRD QIP Payment Years 2017 and 2018 Final Rule

Posted on Dec 22, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a National Provider Call on January 21, 2015 (2:00–3:30 pm) to provide an overview of the Final Rule (published November 6, 2014) that operationalized the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) for Payment

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