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Class II Recall of Ten Lots of the Revaclear Capillary Dialyzer 300, Product Code 114745L

The FDA has announced the Class II recall of ten lots of the Revaclear Capillary Dialyzer 300, product code 114745L, UDI 07332414123055, because of possible particulate matter inclusions.  Lot Numbers are C419124901, C419125001, C419125101, C419125201, C419125401, C419125501, C419125601, C419125801, C419126001, and C419126401. Learn More

By | March 16th, 2020|alerts|0 Comments

ESRD QIP Updates & Reminders

QIP Reminders On Oct. 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2020. This rule also updates the acute kidney injury (AKI)

By | November 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cybersecurity Updates Affecting Medtronic Implantable Cardiac Device Programmers: FDA Safety Communication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing patients, health care providers and facility staff, and manufacturers about cybersecurity vulnerabilities that may introduce risks for certain medical devices and hospital networks. The FDA is not aware of any confirmed adverse events related to these vulnerabilities. However, software to exploit these vulnerabilities is already publicly

By | October 9th, 2019|alerts|0 Comments

Promising Practice Alert! – My Questions

Continue your focus on Shared Decision Making by encouraging your patients to be a part of their healthcare team.  Patient engagement in the Plan of Care is one way to encourage patients to take part in Shared Decision Making. The Network has developed the “Do You Have Questions About Your Dialysis?” flyer to help patients

By | September 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Public Comment Period for CY 2020 ESRD PPS Proposed Rule Closing Soon

On July 29, 2019 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the public display of the proposed rule for the CY 2020 ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS), available online at the Federal Register. The CY 2020 ESRD PPS proposed rule includes proposed requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (ESRD QIP) beginning with Payment

By | September 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Public Comment Period for CY 2020 ESRD PPS Proposed Rule Closing Soon

NHSN Data – Due Sept. 30

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2021, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must submit their second quarter 2019 Dialysis Event data collected from April 1st, 2019 through June 30th, 2019, by Monday, September 30, 2019. New or revised second quarter data entered into NHSN after September 30th will not be sent to

By | September 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on NHSN Data – Due Sept. 30

Promising Practice Alert

Have you been struggling to find a way to include the Patient Voice in your QAPI meetings? The Network encourages you to invite patients to your monthly quality meetings. In order to get patients involved, you must educate them about the purpose of the meeting. We’ve created this QAPI Patient Invitation to do just that!

By | September 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Promising Practice Alert

ESRD Medicare Timeline

Medicare Entitlement and 30 Month Coordination Period Begins Medicare starts on first day of fourth month of Hemodialysis Medicare goes back to 1st day of month that Peritoneal Dialysis began Medicare goes back to 1st day of month that kidney transplant is received Medicare pays after your insurance does, it pays deductibles and copays Medicare

By | September 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on ESRD Medicare Timeline

Medicare Part D – Medicare Drug Plans

Medicare prescription drug coverage is an optional benefit offered to everyone who has Medicare. If you decide not to get Medicare Part D when you’re first eligible, you will likely pay a late enrollment penalty if you join later. There are two ways you can get drug coverage: Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D). These

By | September 16th, 2019|Medicare Part D|Comments Off on Medicare Part D – Medicare Drug Plans

Fresenius Kabi Recalls Volumat MC Agilia Infusion Pump and Vigilant Agilia Drug Library

The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall.  Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Recalled Product Volumat MC Agilia Infusion System and Vigilant Drug LibraryModelsVolumat MC Agilia Z021135, Software Versions 1.7 and 1.9aVigilant Drug Library Z073476, Software Versions 1.0 and 1.1Lot Numbers: AllManufacturing

By | August 15th, 2019|alerts|0 Comments