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.
Several ANNA members authored articles in the October 2013 issue of Nephrology News & Issues:
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:
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.
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: