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RNA exceeded National Government Service nationwide standards

Results are in! Rockford Nephrology Associates exceeded National Government Service nationwide standards in 2014 for patient outcomes. Physician care was evaluated as to whether care of Medicare patients was low quality, average quality or high quality. The results are now in, showing the Physicians at Rockford Nephrology provide high quality care.

RNA continues their mission…To Serve Nephrology patients. Congrats to the RNA team!

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8am
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Rockford Nephrology Associates is a proud platinum sponsor of The Red Shoe Run for Donor Awareness. Money raised pays for tissue typing for those who join the “Be The Match Registry” with the Rock River Valley Blood Center. The pledges also help promote organ, tissue and blood donation. Last year over 600 runners and walkers participated in this fun event!

Events include a 5-K course and a 1-mile fitness fun walk. Visit www.redshoerun.org for more information if you would like to participate. You can also participate by making a financial donation of any amount to our team RNA Kidney Capers. Hope to see you at the race!

DaVita Roxbury Dialysis Unit achieves the highest levels of quality ratings

by Dr. James Stim

Congratulations to the staff at the DaVita Roxbury Dialysis Unit for achieving one of the highest quality scores (DQI) for DaVita and (QIP and 5 star status) for CMS. The DaVita Roxbury unit is a joint ventured facility in which Rockford Nephrology Associates has partnered with DaVita since 2003 to operate and administer dialysis. The unit offers in-center hemodialysis including nocturnal or evening longer duration therapy, as well as home modalities including peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis.

Dialysis is a highly regulated and monitored therapy for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in which quality measures are performed and reviewed on a constant basis by both the provider and Medicare. There are recognized core measures reflecting the quality of the administered treatments including anemia, nutrition, bone and mineral metabolism, and dialysis access. In particular, low percentages of patients with dialysis catheters and high percentages of patients with AV fistula are desired as the risk of hospitalizations and death are reduced when a patient does not have a dialysis catheter and has a good arm access (AV fistula).

The DaVita Quality Index (DQI), a proprietary bechmarking tool that ranks individual facilities' clinical performance against companywide results, has been used for the past 10 years by DaVita to rank and provide quality feedback to both patients and staff. DQI provides a single, weighed, composite score that reflects performance on a range of patient outcomes. When DQI improves, it generally translates into longer life, reduced infection rates and avoided hospitalizations for our patients.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) to promote high-quality services in outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD. CMS publicly reports facility ESRD QIP scores (100 is the maximum score); these scores are available online on Dialysis Facility Compare. Payment for dialysis is directly linked to the QIP score. Additionally there now is a star rating system by CMS (1-5) based on quality assessment with 5 being the best or maximum in quality measures shown to be associated with lower hospitalization and mortality.

The DaVita Roxbury unit in March achieved a DQI score ranking which placed it 68 out of 2450 DaVita clinics in the United States making it in the top 3% of clinics in the nation. The CMS scores and ranking have also been exceptional including a final QIP score for 2014 of 100 (the maximum possible) and the only clinic in the Division (all of Illinois other than Chicago and eastern Iowa) to achieve this score. It also achieved a 5 star designation by CMS making it only 1 of 3 in the Northern Illinois region (besides DaVita Stonecrest and DaVita Dixon units) and 1 of 6 in the entire Division to achieve this rating.

Placing quality first has always been the top goal that guides treatment strategies of dialysis and renal patients for both DaVita and Rockford Nephrology Associates. Our shared vision has made our partnership strong and beneficial for our patients and the community. We at RNA strive for excellence in whatever we do and will continue to do so as we always focus on our mission to care for kidney patients. We are very proud of the hard work and effort made by the Team at DaVita Roxbury Dialysis in pursuing, promoting, and striving for the highest quality treatment of end stage renal disease.

Rockford Nephrology Associates Helps RMH in High Performance Ranking

Rockford Memorial Hospital (RMH) has made the US News and World Reports annual list of "Best Hospitals 2013-2014". RMH ranked as high-performing in the adult specialties of geriatrics, nephrology and pulmonary patient care. Rockford Nephrology Associates provides the nephrology inpatient care for these patients when admitted to RMH. Nephrology has been ranked high-performing for the past 3 years at RMH.

We are proud of our physicians at RNA for their work in making RMH one of the regions leaders when care is the most critical.

To learn more go to http://health.usnews.com/besthospitals

Resource: Rockford Registar Star