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New Resources Address Infection Prevention in Outpatient Hemodialysis Patients

Posted on Oct 01, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created resources for frontline dialysis staff that address best practices for preventing bloodstream and other infections in hemodialysis outpatients. The resources include a video along with an accompanying poster for staff and pocket card for patients. ANNA served as a resource in the development of the video, and the following ANNA members served in advisory roles:

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ANNA Responds to CMS Proposed Rule Regarding ESRD Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

On August 30, 2013, ANNA submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Proposed Rule: Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for Calendar Year (CY) 2014 (CMS-1526-P), which was released on July 8, 2013.

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CMS Clarifies Responsibilities of ESRD Facilities to Comply with Life Safety Code

Posted on Aug 21, 2013

On July 12, 2013, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality / Survey & Certification Group within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum clarifying the responsibilities of ESRD facilities to comply with the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code (LFC) 101. The memorandum points out the following:

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Free Online Workplace Violence Prevention Course Available for Nurses

Posted on Aug 14, 2013

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered with several other organizations to develop an interactive online course on workplace violence prevention for nurses and direct-care health care professionals. Workplace violence incident videos and nurse testimonials are incorporated throughout the course to enhance the learning experience, and continuing education is available.

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CMS Releases the Proposed Rule for Changes to the ESRD Prospective Payment System

Posted on Jul 02, 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the proposed rule “Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System for CY 2014.” This rule includes the proposed reduction in the prospective payment system (PPS) to account for lower drug utilization as required by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. CMS is proposing to reduce the base rate in the PPS by 12%. CMS is also proposing a market basket update of 2.9%.

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