5/18 EQRS New User Training

The EQRS staff will present an online May 18, 2021 EQRS New User Training. For more information and to register see https://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/may-2021-new-user-training/.

Remember that Clinical Data entry is still paused. From our February 1, 2021 EQRS Clinical Data Deadline Suspensions post (https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/eqrs-clinical-data-deadline-suspensions/):

“At this time, we are suspending EQRS Clinical Data, ICH CAHPS Attestation, and Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up Plan submission, effective immediately. Users should not send any additional clinical data to CMS… Users must continue to use EQRS to complete tasks such as admit and discharge patients, complete CMS forms (such as the 2728, 2744, and 2746), add or update treatment summaries, and resolve notifications within a timely manner. Users should also continue to keep facilities’ information up-to-date.

The suspension is reiterated and detailed in the May EQRS Monthly Newsletter, at https://mycrownweb.org/2021/04/may-2021-newsletter/.

5/13+ AAKP/GWU Global Summit

AAKP and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will present a 13-14 May 2021 3rd Annual Global Summit: Global Kidney Innovations – Expanding Patient Choices & Outcomes. The conference will be virtual and free. Find more information below and at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/global-summit/, and register at that website.

4/22+ Staff Education

Recently announced staff education opportunities:

  • April 22, 2021: NIDDK will host a live Facebook event on CKD: Hope through Research, featuring Directors of NIDDK discussing advances in artificial kidneys, and research on genetic causes of CKD. Find details and sign up at https://www.facebook.com/events/727026381297271.
  • Weekdays in April and May: The Fresenius Global Medical Information & Education Office frequently repeats their extensive suite of CKD staff education webinars and product training presentations. The sessions are open to all, and CEUs are available. Recent additions include a webinar on Non-Infectious Complications of PD, and a Review of the Liberty Select Cycler. Find the course list, May Calendar, a link to more information, and registration instructions at https://custom.cvent.com/0C5715850B334257947E1386198E9836/files/cc507ac1225e456ba9d837d4a6bfa85d.pdf.

4/28+ Patient Education

Recently announced Patient Education webinars include:

April 25, 2021: NKF webinar in their The Big Ask-The Big Give series on First Steps to Transplant, for anyone thinking about a kidney transplant or a living donation. Find more information in the poster below, and register at http://kidney.org/BABG-CO-April.

April 28, 2021: AAKP HealthLine webinar on Advances in Transplantation for Highly Sensitized Patients, including patients with multiple transplants, multiple blood transfusions or high antibody levels. Find out more about HealthLine at https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/, and register for this webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3143395305898309131.

April 28, 2021: SSA WISE (Work Incentive Seminar Event) webinar on Ticket to Work: Healthcare and the Path to Employment, covering how employment and earnings affect benefits, work Incentives related to Medicare and Medicaid, benefits counseling, and Ticket Program services. Find more information and register at https://choosework.ssa.gov/wise.

May 1, 2021: AAKP HealthLine webinar on Are You O-K+? The Importance of Potassium Management & Kidney Disease. Find out more about HealthLine at https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/, and register for this webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1977918477331372045.

June 4, 2021: AAKP HealthLine webinar on Path to Diagnosis: Understanding Genetic Testing. Find out more about HealthLine at https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/, and register for this webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4203811598200278540.

4/18 Posters for Palliative Care Summit

Poster abstracts are due April 18, 2021 for the June 22-23, 2021 Palliative Care Summit on the topic of Working Together: Forging the Future of Serious Illness Care, co-hosted by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. For poster details see https://mailchi.mp/coalitionccc.org/call-for-posters-2019-annual-palliative-care-summit-and-january-webinar-reminders-746677. Register for the virtual Summit at https://ccccsummit.org/registration/, and find out more about the Summit from the menu items at the top of the registration web page.

4/15+ April Staff Education

A partial list of April 2021 CEU and other staff education opportunities follows:

Note that Continuing Education Credit may be available even where not indicated above.

4/6 CCCC on Disparity and Trust

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present an April 6, 2021 webinar on Trust as a Key to Reducing Health Disparities, covering the historical roots of distrust in healthcare, particularly among racial and ethnic groups, unconscious bias, and tools that can improve trust. One CEU will be available for nurses and social workers. Find details and register at https://mailchi.mp/coalitionccc.org/no-one-should-die-alone-on-the-street-746653.

4/20 EQRS April News

EQRS has published their April News letter, featuring articles on

  • Continuing the January 29, 2021 advice to suspend entry of Clinical Data, ICH CAHPS Attestation, and Depression Screening/Follow-Up into EQRS until further notice. Find details at https://mycrownweb.org/2021/01/eqrs-system-announcement-jan-2021/.
  • Overview of KCER’s participation in the March 2021 EQRS Town Hall.
  • Emergency Preparedness Checklist.
  • A note on how EQRS data supports CMS and the ESRD NCC.
  • A reminder that Clinical Data submissions have been suspended.
  • Notice of New User Training on April 20, 2021.

And the usual comprehensive list of relevant resources. Find the News at https://mycrownweb.org/2021/03/april-2021-newsletter/.