Dialysis Facility Operations 101


We understand dialysis is complex; we are here to simplify it. Whether you started your job during the pandemic or need a refresher, this program aims to give renal healthcare professionals exactly what you need to know. Let's get on the same page and 
back to basics

Our two-day program is now available on-demand! 

Free to RHA members or just $125 for non-members (or $75 p/day). 

Continuing education credits are available.

Program Details

    Welcome: Program Overview, Resources, and Leadership
    Presented by Bridget Pfaff, MS, Program Chair and
    Caprice Vanderkolk, RN, BS, MS, BC-NE, RHA President

    (No CE Session) 

    Water Treatment Basics for Hemodialysis
    Presented by Jeninne Zimmerman, CCHT
    This back-to-basics session will give a quick overview of the water room. During the overview, the learner will understand the importance of governance and oversight of all factors in the water room. From monthly and annual testing requirements to daily operations for quality and safety. Water makes up 90% of dialysate and requires an orchestra of oversight. This session will focus on the fundamental principles of the water room.

    Attaining Quality Without Losing Your Perspective
    Presented by Margaret Bushey, RN, CDN
    A high-level look at components of a quality dialysis program. How do you incorporate all the aspects of patient care, daily facility operations, and financial responsibilities without losing focus of your goals?

    Safety in Dialysis: The Role of the Leader
    Presented by Maria Regnier, RN, MSN, CNN
    This presentation will review tactics to build a culture of safety in the dialysis unit as well as the regulatory requirements for management of safety breaches.

      Change Horses Mid-Stream: Introduction of New Technology Amind the COVID Pandemic
      Presented by Dr. Alice Luehr, DNP, RN, CNN
      This session will share the key learnings from St. Peter’s Health (SPH) Dialysis, a 13-station hospital-owned dialysis department. This department provides outpatient, in-patient, acute, and home hemodialysis as well as home and in-patient peritoneal dialysis services. In August of 2021, new technology was introduced for home hemodialysis, leading the team to change course mid-stream.

      Creating Partnerships: The Role of the Medical Director in the Dialysis Facility
      Presented by Dr. David Henner, DO
      In this session, hear from a successful partner in leading collaboration within dialysis facilities along with tips for facility QAPI meetings. Nephrologists are not often given training in medical directorships, but the conditions for coverage require them to have oversight of everything that happens in the dialysis facility. This session will lead participants through current tools available and identify some successes that can be implemented in your facility.

      How to Become a CMS Survey Whisperer
      Presented by William Poirier, MBA, BSN, BA, RN
      In this session, the facility leaders will learn from an expert about how best to manage a CMS survey from start to finish. The key to successful surveys is being prepared and involving every member of the dialysis team. The learner will be able to navigate the survey process from start to finish and will have a better understanding of preparation for the statement of deficiency and plan of correction.

      In the Know for HR: Current and Enduring Topics
      Presented by Sharilyn Cano
      If you do not have a dedicated HR professional, it can be very easy to make costly mistakes. Knowing some of the very basic (but most common) topics to be aware of can save you and your company a great deal of headache and heartache and money.



      For information or questions regarding the educational content of the program or continuing education, contact Michele Giovine, Program Manager at mgiovine@renalhealthcare.org

      For general information on Renal Healthcare Association, including membership benefits and programs, contact Headquarters at admin@renalhealthcare.org or call 215-320-4655.