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July Newsletter Topics of the Month

2020-07-07T16:25:08+00:00July 2nd, 2020|

Due to COVID-19, the Network changed the 2020 Patient Engagement Calendar. The Topic of the Month for July was changed to “My Choices: Home Options.”  ESRD Network 12 continues to lead the country in the number of patients that do home dialysis. We want to continue sharing the benefits of home dialysis and make sure all kidney patients know about all their options including home

Nominations are open for the Ardyth M. Boucher Legacy Award

2020-08-04T13:45:29+00:00July 1st, 2020|

Nominations are Open!  Nominations are open for the Ardyth M. Boucher Legacy Award through August 14, 2020. The Ardyth (Ardy) M. Boucher Legacy Award was developed in 2019 after the passing of our friend and constant advocate. Because of the lasting impact Ardy made on the work of the Network and the kidney community, we wanted to honor her memory by acknowledging and celebrating patients

De-escalation Training Video Series

2020-06-12T22:22:08+00:00June 12th, 2020|

Over the last few years, and unfortunately in the last few months, the Network has seen an increase in the number of involuntary discharges due to an immediate severe threat. Although these events cannot always be prevented, we recognize the increased stress everyone is under want to provide resources to help staff feel more confident in their skills of de-escalation. We

Decreasing Conflict and Creating Bridges

2020-06-12T22:18:19+00:00June 12th, 2020|

The Decreasing Dialysis Patient/Provider Conflict (DPC) toolkit is a wonderful tool to help staff manage conflict effectively, improve communication, and increase patient and staff satisfaction. Conflict is never easy, and the unique characteristics of the dialysis setting can make it even more challenging.  The DPC was developed by a national group of dialysis professionals and is recognized

Staying Connected!

2020-06-15T20:54:45+00:00June 12th, 2020|

During our Network Patient Representative (NPR) call this month, NPRs on the call shared a few ideas on what they are doing to stay connected despite social distancing restrictions.   Fred Barnhouse, NPR at Mercy Medical Center Dialysis-Mercy Plaza in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been interviewing other patients and sharing their stories in their clinic’s newsletter. Dawn Bates, NPR at Tri-State Dialysis

July 2020 Topic of the Month

2020-06-12T21:48:37+00:00June 12th, 2020|

July Topic of the Month Patient Engagement Resource sheet– “My Choices: Home Options”  Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Network has changed the Patient Engagement Calendar to help address current needs. The Topic of the Month for June was changed to “My Life: Coping and Depression.” The Network has compiled resources to assist facilities in providing information to patients to help

Network Update – June 11, 2020

2020-06-11T16:20:26+00:00June 11th, 2020|

As the kidney community continues to navigate the changes and impact of COVID-19, the team at ESRD Network 12 will continue to provide up-to-date communication to all providers. The Network team understands that your facility may be greatly impacted by changes. If you have any questions or concerns please email us at NW12-QIDept@qsource.org. What’s New

REMEMBER: NHSN Data Deadlines

2020-05-15T17:37:01+00:00May 15th, 2020|

NHSN is the nation’s most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system. NHSN provides facilities, states, regions, and the nation with data needed to identify problem areas, measure the progress of prevention efforts, and ultimately eliminate healthcare-associated infections. Contact the NHSN Helpdesk with any questions. 2020 NHSN Data Deadlines Q1 (Jan.-March 2020): June 30 Q2 (April-June 2020):

Patient Engagement and COVID-19

2020-05-15T17:09:34+00:00May 15th, 2020|

Social Distancing Challenge If you were wondering how to continue your patient engagement activities in light of the new guidelines with COVID-19 – Pella Dialysis is finding a way! Kyra Smith, MSW shared that they started a Social Distancing Challenge for the month of April, helping patients focus on the things patients (and staff) can

Grievance and Access to Care Audit Results

2020-05-15T14:38:07+00:00May 15th, 2020|

As part of the Network contract, the Network completes audits on the grievances and new access to care cases received during the first quarter (December-February) and third quarters of each contract year to identify trends and resource needs. Read further to find out about the results of the first quarter audits and plans to address