DPC Education Center Webinar March 6

The DPC Education Center invites the kidney community to their welcome webinar and virtual open house.  The Center is the new sister organization of Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) and has the broad goal of empowering patients through education. Since the organization is still in its early stages, this is a great chance to say hello to the world and tell you what we do and plan to do.

The hour long webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th at 2:00 pm ET (11:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Mountain, 1:00 PM Central).  Even though this will be broadcast on the web, there is still an opportunity to join the audio component only and listen in.  Also, the webinar will be recorded so you can view the webinar at your convenience later.

To join the webinar:

  1.  Click on https://dialysispatients.webex.com/dialysispatients/onstage/g.php?d=661703047&t=a& EA=tbarkey%40dialysispatients.org&ET=e96fc391a8b9102c92b1882e432bb307&ETR=5cd07deb 17bcd57eecbcb666c6de4703&RT=MiMxMQ==&p
  2. Enter your contact information into the grey boxes
  3. If prompted for the event password enter “center” (all lowercase)
  4. Click “Join Now”

To join the audio, dial 1-800-391-1709 and use the bridge code 760270

During the webinar, presenters will cover the following:

  •  An introduction to The Center and a historical overview
  • Goals for the future and a preview of projects
  • A tour of the new website http://www.DPCEdCenter.org and its features
  • Time for questions and answers

Please join the webinar or audio a few minutes before the hour and contact the DPC Education Center by toll free phone 1-855-291-3725 or email info@dpcedcenter.org, if you have any trouble connecting or have any questions.

KEEP Screening in Portland March 9

NKF will hold a Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) screening in Portland on March 9, 2013.  Anyone 18 or older with diabetes, hypertension, or a family history of kidney disease is encouraged to attend.  Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are also welcome.  For details see http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/Keep313Eng.pdf (English), or http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/Keep313Esp.pdf (Spanish).

Annual Facility Survey Form 2744

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that dialysis facilities can begin the CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey process in CROWNWeb, if all patient data has been entered for 2012.

The CMS-2744 is completed annually by all dialysis and transplant facilities, and summarizes dialysis and transplant activity for a calendar year.  The survey includes a summary of the calendar year admissions and discharges, treatments, staffing and vocational rehabilitation.  This year marks the first year all Medicare Certified Dialysis Facilities and Networks will use CROWNWeb to complete the survey.  Facilities will NOT receive anything regarding the CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey from the Northwest Renal Network through the mail.  Instead, please use the following tools to assist you with completing the CMS-2744.

Additional 2744 tools and guides are located on the Network website at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/IM/CW2744.htm.  Included are the official CMS-2744 instructions, templates to collect information for the 2744 from staff without CROWNWeb access, and helpful hints to complete the 2744.  We’ve also added a link to the 2744 page from our Data Forms page at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/IM/IM.htm#cmsf.

While the final due date for the CMS-2744 is May 1st, 2013, the Northwest Renal Network requires all facilities to submit a completed 2744 for acceptance in CROWNWeb to the Network by April 1st, 2013.  This allows enough time for the Network to review the Annual Facility Survey and return it to the facility if needed to make corrections and resubmit the form before the deadline.

This does not apply to VA and Transplant units.  The Network will be contacting those units separately regarding the Annual Facility Survey.