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Quality Improvement Activities (QIA)

Infection Prevention Catheter Reduction (IPCR QIA)

Infection Prevention & Catheter Reduction Infection Prevention & Catheter Reduction

The BSI QIA is aimed at reducing bloodstream infection rates within those Network 14 facilities with the highest BSI rates. Improvement will be obtained by utilizing observation audits, CDC Core Interventions, and the facility selection of a patient engagement activity.

Network Project Lead
Maryam Alabood, Quality Improvement Specialist

office (469) 916-3803, email maryam.alabood@allianthealth.org

To access the IPCR website please click here

Reducing Hospitalizations QIA

Hospitalization Hospitalization

In 2020, the ESRD Network of Texas has been directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to collaborate with outpatient dialysis facilities within the state of Texas and to achieve a 1 percentage point decrease in the average rate of overall ESRD related hospitalizations.

Network Project Lead: 

Dany Anchia, BSN, RN, CDN - Quality Improvement Director

office (469) 916-3813, email Dany.Anchia@allianthealth.org

To access the Hospitalization website please click here

Patient Engagement

Patient Engagement Patient Engagement

The ESRD Network of Texas has been directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to collaborate with ESRD providers and stakeholders within the state of Texas. The goal is to support facility efforts to increase patients, family and caregiver engagement at the facility level.

The Network shall ensure implementation of  interventions at the dialysis facility level that foster patient and family involvement in the areas of promoting better health for the ESRD population; BSI, transplant, and home dialysis.

Network Contact
Betrice Williams, Outreach Coordinator

office (469) 916-3807, email betrice.williams@allianthealth.org


EdNesha Smith, Patient Service Director

office (469) 916-3808, email ednesha.smith@allianthealth.org

To access the Patient Engagement website please click here. For quick access to Smartsheet surveys, educational material and other resources available please click here.

2020 Modalities QIA (Home/Transplant)

Home Modality and Transplant Home Modality and Transplant

The ESRD Network of Texas has been directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue to work with ESRD providers and stakeholders in 2020. The goal is to support all the initiatives detailed in the Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH) Executive Order signed on July 10, 2019. To support this initiative, the 2020 Modalities QIA aims at promoting early referral of patients to transplant and home modalities. The quantitative goal is to increase the rate of patients added to the transplant wait list by at least 1.25% AND to increase the rate of patients that begin training for a home modality by at least 2.5% based on the baseline rates from October 2019.

Network Project Lead: 
Arlandra Taylor - Quality Improvement Coordinator

office (469) 916-3800, email arlandra.taylor@allianthealth.org

To access the Home and Transplant Modalities website please click here


Disparities Disparities

Disparities emerge when there is a lack of equality amongst identifiable groups (i.e. Gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status) preventing equality of treatment available for all persons looking for assistance.

The CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare (CMS Equity Plan for Medicare) outlines CMS‘s path to help advance health equity by improving the quality of care provided to minority and other underserved Medicare beneficiaries. The framework for the plan consists of three interconnected domains: increasing understanding and awareness of disparities, creating and sharing solutions, and accelerating implementation of effective actions. Minority populations experience disparities in the health care quality they receive, even when they have the same insurance, socioeconomic status, and comorbidities as their non-minority counterparts. Click here for more information on building an organizational response to health disparities.