In 2013, our Licensing and Infectious Disease Services teams partnered with the Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Program to develop a day-long ADVICE Collaborative conference aimed at improving infection control practices. The ADVICE Collaborative brings together licensed dialysis providers, the dialysis network, federal partners and public health professionals to find new ways to promote infection control, build relationships, and identify how public health can assist our providers.

Our 5th Annual ADVICE Collaborative will be held Thursday, June 29 at the Desert Willow Conference Center. This year the collaborative will be interactive and topics will provide approaches and concepts to support dialysis service improvements as well as current changes in practices that will impact the delivery of dialysis care while maintaining optimum care for our Arizona dialysis patients.

This collaborative will include a Physicians’ Networking Breakfast with Alan Kliger, MD and Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD. Dr. Kliger will also be the keynote speaker for the conference. Our dialysis providers will have an opportunity to showcase their best practices and quality improvement projects on a one-page storyboard. The event will feature three breakout sessions:

  • Infection Prevention – Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Emergency Preparedness – Cyber Security & Preparedness
  • Behavioral Health – Successful Treatment of Challenging Dialysis Patients.

Our ADVICE Collaborative was identified as a best practice pilot in 2013 and featured at the CMS Conference Roadmap to Eliminate Healthcare-Associated Infections. The 2017 ADVICE Collaborative conference is sponsored by Arizona Department of Health Services, Public Health Licensing, and the Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) ProgramThe University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, Nephrology Division, and the Arizona Health Services Advisory Group.

Registration is open if you would like to join the collaborative. Top priority will be given to physicians and licensed practitioners as the registration reaches capacity. Continuing education credits will be offered.