Latest Kidney Care Update

Improving Quality in Kidney Care 2011

The latest issue of the British Journal of Renal Medicine (Spring 2011) includes a new NHS Kidney Care supplement, Improving Quality in Kidney Care 2011. It features updates of NHS Kidney Care’s priorities and key workstreams, and outlines initiatives and resources that offer significant opportunities to meet the challenge of increased productivity while delivering care of the highest quality.

Electronic copies are available from the NHS Kidney Care website.

New blog launches

NHS Kidney Care has launched a new blog, designed to provide easy access to news of our projects, and links to relevant resources. The first blog post has been written by Ben Bray, clinical advisor to NHS Kidney Care, and focuses on Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). Over the coming weeks, Ben will write a series of blogs providing updates on the different NHS Kidney Care AKI projects, which include developing an AKI CQUIN, undertaking an AKI capacity survey, working with the National Vascular Dataset to assess AKI in people undergoing major surgery, and developing multiprofessional competencies on AKI.

The blog will also feature news of other NHS Kidney Care projects, as well as key initiatives and developments that impact on the kidney community.

Click here to visit the blog. Make sure to click on ‘RSS subscribe’ in order to add it to your RSS feed, which will keep you updated with the latest blog posts.

New report on care planning

Care Planning – Mini Topic Review is a new report from NHS Kidney Care that explores the process of care planning and shared decision making. It is designed to help healthcare professionals develop an understanding of the factors that influence patients’ active involvement in their care, enabling the implementation of effective care planning processes.

The review is available through the kidney disease and male urogenital disorders specialist collection on NHS Evidence and through the NHS Kidney Care website.

New guidance on Payment by Results

Changes have been made this month (April 2011) to the Payment by Results (PbR) system that will have a significant impact on the quality and safety of care provided to kidney patients. These include the introduction of a mandatory best practice tariff for adult haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, and an additional treatment function code for nephrology outpatient attendance, which pays more for multi disciplinary visits compared to a single professional visit. Non-mandatory prices have also been published for home haemodialysis, with a view to incorporating it into the mandatory tariff in the future. There is also clarification around non-NHS providers of dialysis away from base.

The full guidance can be downloaded here.

NHS Kidney Care has developed a set of frequently asked questions about payment by results, which are available from the website.