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.
The American Nurses Association’s new HealthyNurse™ Health Risk Appraisal enables nurses to evaluate their health and improve their wellness. Nurses can compare their health, safety, and wellness to the overall U.S. population and other nurses within demographic categories, including nursing specialty, by completing the appraisal.
On November 22, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates Medicare policies and payment rates for 2014 for dialysis facilities paid under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS). CMS decided to implement a 3- to 4-year transition for the drug utilization adjustment to the base rate mandated by Congress as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, and overall payments for 2014 will see a 0% change.
Dialysis of Drugs, an annual publication that provides concise, easy-to-use information on the dialyzability of drugs in patients receiving hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, is now available as an app. Go to your app store and search on “Dialysis of Drugs” or click below for direct links to access the app for your mobile device.
ANNA is a partner in the Performance Excellence and Accountability in Kidney Care (PEAK). This voluntary quality improvement campaign was initiated by Kidney Care Partners and the kidney community to reduce mortality among first-year dialysis patients on a national level.