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.
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 TravelNurses.com. Specifically, there will be an increased need for nephrology nurses to provide care in physician’s offices, in hospitals, and especially in dialysis units.
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.
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.
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