The IPRO ESRD Network Program offers educational content for patients through our Kidney Chroniclesand PAC Speaks newsletters. Primarily distributed electronically, these newsletters focus on topics that involve patient engagement and education about ESRD, as well as updates on quality improvement activities and emergency response resources.
Here’s a quick look at what each newsletter has to offer!
Kidney Chronicles features educational information for patients, their care partners and family members. It is emailed to facility staff members with a request that they print and distribute copies to patients served by the facility. Network Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) members and Patient Subject Matter Experts (SME) also receive the newsletter via email.
The PAC Speaks newsletter is written by patients for patients about important issues for people living with end stage renal disease. This newsletter is also distributed to participants of the PAC and to patient SMEs, as well as dialysis facility staff.
Check out each Network website to read the latest editions of Kidney Chronicles and PAC Speaks!
The annual Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Quality Conference was held this year in Baltimore, Maryland on February 12 – 14. This meeting is attended by more than 2,500 individuals from across the nation. Attendees, representing a diversity of organizations that support the Medicare and Medicaid healthcare delivery system, come together to focus on bringing to life CMS’ national goals and priorities. Network staff and ESRD patients from across the country attended the conference. This year the ESRD community was recognized nationally for our quality improvement work; specifically for the success of the 18 ESRD Networks and our facility partners across the country in achieving close to a 42% national reduction in bloodstream infections.
Achieving Quality Success
“We all understand the importance of quality. Whether we’re buying something on Amazon or researching nursing homes, we want the best. Patients entering our health care system also want to be assured they’re receiving quality care. Our obligation at CMS is to ensure quality for all.
Through Patients Over Paperwork (the theme of this year’s Quality Conference), we’re advancing quality care to establish a system that always put patients first. Working with the State Medicaid Quality Champions and our many Quality Networks, we’re already making an extraordinary difference:
- Quality efforts are being supported in 12,000 nursing homes, 4,000 hospitals, 400 community coalitions, and more than 500,000 providers
- Quality efforts in just ONE hypertension control network reduced hospital read admissions by 45% and saved more than $33 million
- Quality efforts in 18 ESRD Networks produced an almost 42% national reduction in bloodstream infection.
These are just a few outstanding examples of our shared work to improve quality and safety. It all deserves a round of applause! I’m proud and grateful for what we’ve accomplished, but I also know there’s much more to do to build on these extraordinary steps.”