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Welcome to the Quality Improvement Learning and Action Networks (LANs)

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The End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) national goals and Network Quality Improvement Activities (QIAs) through the development and implementation of national LAN webinar meetings.

LANs bring people together around a shared idea, opportunity, or challenge to offer and request information and experiences to improve an identified topic of discussion. LANs are mechanisms by which large-scale improvement around a goal is fostered, studied, adapted, rapidly spread, and sustained regardless of the change methodology, tools, or time-bounded initiative that is used to achieve the goal. LANs engage communities around an action-based agenda that gains commitments toward the achievement of person-centered outcome-based goals.

To support CMS and ESRD Network QIA goals, the ESRD NCC develops and supports LANs that:

  • Incorporate provider, patient, and stakeholder perspectives.
  • Communicate in a manner that encourages members to behave in ways that align with CMS' desired outcomes.

A Note About QIAs

QIAs assist organizations with monitoring, evaluating, and improving the quality of healthcare delivered in support of patient needs. As part of efforts to meet the CMS national goal to better the quality of care administered to ESRD patients, the CMS national ESRD Network organizations form QIAs that enhance processes and outcomes of patient care by developing, implementing, and evaluating quality improvement interventions. These interventions are supported by ESRD providers, patients, and other active stakeholders.

Access previously held LAN meeting materials and register for upcoming events below!

Overview

BSI QIA LAN meetings support CMS in its efforts to improve the health of all people living with ESRD in the U.S. BSI QIA LAN activities are aimed at reducing the national rate of BSIs in dialysis patients by 50 percent by the year 2023 from the number of BSIs that occurred in 2016. To assist with achieving this goal, BSI QIA LAN meetings highlight the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Core Interventions for Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention.

Upcoming Event

Meeting details to come.


Past Events

March 3, 2020
Bloodstream Infection (BSI) Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event - March 2020 | View Recording

Presenters:

Jonathan Segal, MD
Maria Regnier, RN, MSN, CNN

Biographies:

Jonathan Segal, MD, is a nephrologist at the University of Michigan and is the Medical Review Board Chair for Midwest Kidney Network 11.

Maria Regnier, RN, MSN, CNN, is the Senior Director for the upper Midwest Enterprise Dialysis programs at Sanford Health.  

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Discussed why some dialysis facilities have high rates of fistulas despite having patients with many comorbid conditions
  • Discussed how to empower nurses to evaluate fistulas and collaborate with the vascular surgeons to shorten the time a patient has a catheter.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).

Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.


January 7, 2020
Promoting Bloodstream Infection (BSI) Prevention with Patient-Centered Resources: The Role of the National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE) Learning and Action Network (LAN) | View Recording

Presenters: 

Sardeliah Pearson
Jerome Bailey, BA
Kim Buettner, BA

Biographies:

Sardeliah Pearson, BSI Affinity Group Subject Matter Expert, was involved with the development and testing of the Test Your Hand Hygiene Knowledge Interactive Tutorial. Ms. Pearson volunteered with the National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE) LAN for one year and she also volunteers for the ESRD Network 14 of Texas.

Jerome A. Bailey, BA, is the Associate Director of Patient and Family Engagement for the ESRD NCC. Mr. Bailey has been instrumental in forging new pathways for patients to remain connected in the virtual LAN and providing multiple avenues for patients to share their perspectives.

Kim Buettner, BA, is the Associate Director of Patient and Family Engagement for the ESRD NCC. Ms. Buettner leads patient and family engagement efforts by collaborating with ESRD Networks and community stakeholders through person-centered partnerships with renal patients and their family members.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Identified the role of the NPFE-LAN in fostering patient engagement to develop education resources.
  • Discussed resources created by the NPFE-LAN BSI Affinity Group.
  • Shared methods for spreading the resources with patients.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).

Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.


Visit the BSI QIA LAN Archive

Overview

Home Modality QIA LAN meetings support CMS in its effort to improve the health of all people living with ESRD in the U.S. The LAN’s activities advance the CMS goal of increasing the number of ESRD patients dialyzing at home to 16 percent by the year 2023 from the 2016 national average of 12 percent. To assist with achieving this goal, Home Modality QIA LAN meetings highlight the 7 Steps to Home Dialysis.

Upcoming Event

Meeting details to come.


Past Events

Growing Home Dialysis | View Recording

Presenters: 
Tushar Chopra, M.D., FASN

Biography:

Tushar Chopra, M.D., FASN is the medical director of University of Virginia Staunton Dialysis unit in Staunton, Virginia. Dr. Chopra is also an assistant professor of medicine, division of nephrology at the University of Virginia Health System.

Presentation Objectives:

After attending this presentation, attendees were able to:

  • Develop a road map for kidney health.
  • List two benefits of urgent start.
  • Discuss advantages of a transitional care unit.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).

Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.


January 14, 2020
Promoting Home Dialysis with Patient-Centered Resources: The Role of the National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE) Learning and Action Network (LAN) | View Recording

Presenters: 
Renita Peck
Jerome Bailey, BA
Kim Buettner, BA

Biographies:
Ms. Peck is a Subject Matter Expert with the Home Affinity Group and helped develop the Let’s Talk Home Dialysis conversation cards.
Jerome A. Bailey, BA, is the Associate Director of Patient and Family Engagement for the ESRD NCC. Mr. Bailey has been instrumental in forging new pathways for patients to remain connected in the virtual LAN and providing multiple avenues for patients to share their perspectives.
Kim Buettner, BA, is the Associate Director of Patient and Family Engagement for the ESRD NCC. Ms. Buettner leads patient and family engagement efforts by collaborating with ESRD Networks and community stakeholders through person-centered partnerships with renal patients and their family members.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters:

  • Identified the role of the NPFE-LAN in fostering patient engagement to develop education resources.
  • Discussed home resources created by the NPFE-LAN Home Affinity Group and share methods for spreading the resources to patients.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).

Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.


View the Home Modality QIA LAN Archive

Overview

Transplant QIA LAN meetings support CMS in its effort to improve the health of all people living with ESRD in the U.S. The Transplant QIA LAN activities focus on increasing the percentage of ESRD patients on the transplant waitlist to 30 percent by the year 2023 from the 2016 national average of 18.5 percent. To assist with achieving this goal, Transplant QIA LAN meetings highlight the Steps in the Kidney Transplant Process.

Upcoming Event

Meeting details to come.


Past Events

March 17, 2020

Transplant: A Team Approach | View Recording

Presenters: Robin Taylor, MSW, LSW

Biographies: Robin Taylor is a renal social worker and Kidney Smart Modality Educator for the DaVita Hackensack Dialysis facility in Maywood, New Jersey, where she has worked for the past twenty five years.

Presentation Objectives:

Ms. Taylor shared how her facility uses a multi-disciplinary approach to educate the patients and staff about kidney transplant. During the presentation, she:

  • Described different approaches used to educate staff about transplant.
  • Discussed ways to increase transplant awareness for the in-center patients.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC). Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.


January 21, 2020

Promoting Transplant with Patient-Centered Resources: The Role of the National Patient and Family Engagement (NPFE) Learning and Action Network (LAN) | View Recording

Presenters: Timmy Nelson, Jerome Bailey, BA, and Kim Buettner, BA

Biographies: Mr. Nelson is a former Kidney Transplant Affinity Group Subject Matter Expert. Mr. Bailey is the Associate Director of Patient and Family Engagement for the ESRD NCC. Kim Buettner is the Associate Director of Patient and Family Engagement for the ESRD NCC.

Presentation Objectives:

The speakers:

  • Identified the role of the NPFE-LAN in fostering patient engagement to develop education resources.
  • Discussed resources created by the NPFE-LAN Transplant Affinity Group and share methods for spreading the resources to patients.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC). Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.


View the Transplant QIA LAN Archive

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