The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) is implementing a new service delivery and payment model for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model will test whether offering providers financial risk arrangements with guaranteed discounts to the Medicare program will improve health outcomes and reduce Medicare costs for beneficiaries with ESRD.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a new educational online resource, Worker Safety in Hospitals: Caring for our Caregivers, which has extensive materials to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs, and implement safety and health management systems.
Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) has released KDIGO Clinical Guidelines for Kidney Disease iPad app. The application is supported by an educational grant from Shire International GmbH, and is available to iPad users free-of-charge through the Apple App Store. Future phases of the KDIGO Clinical Guideline app will include availability on the iPhone and Android platforms.
In 2008 the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (Network 5) partnered with the ESRD Network of New England (Network 1) to develop an innovative training and recognition program to assist dialysis providers in increasing awareness and building a culture of safety among patients and staff. The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program, which is endorsed by ANNA, is a web-based program that provides educational modules designed to train health care professional on various aspects of patient safety.
On December 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Proposed Rule: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers.