On February, 4, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Care Model. ANNA has developed a fact sheet that provides additional information about the project and its implications for nephrology nurses.
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ANNA will host its 12th biennial Health Policy Workshop (HPW), June 24-25, 2013, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Washington, DC. Workshop participants will learn about health policy issues and have the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill to educate their Members of Congress about the impact of kidney disease on their constituents. In addition, prior to the workshop, Webinars will be held to inform members about the legislative process.
Thank you to the many members who invited colleagues to join ANNA during the 2012 calendar year. A total of 317 members recruited 491 colleagues to join ANNA! Of those recruiters, 37 recruited 3 or more members and will receive a FREE 1-year ANNA membership as part of the 2012 "Free for 3" membership program. Of the 37 recruiters, 19 recruited 5 or more colleagues and were entered into a drawing for a free registration to the 2013 National Symposium in Las Vegas.
Venous needle dislodgement (VND) is a potential serious complication of hemodialysis therapy. In 2012 ANNA created a collaborative special project workgroup to review VND occurrence, consequences, and recommended practices, and to develop strategies and resources on VND. The Venous Needle Dislodgement Special Project Workgroup conducted a literature review and also surveyed nephrology nurses about their experiences with VND and their recommendations for needed resources.
On July 2, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare policies and payment rates for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities paid under the ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2013. The proposed rule also would strengthen incentives for improved quality of care and better outcomes for patients through improvements to the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP).