Free CKD Videos for Patients

The Medical Education Institute has announced a series of six free online video classes, called How to Have a Good Future with Kidney Disease, for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or those who want to learn more about it.  The classes are available at http://lifeoptions.org/goodfuture_patients/.  The non-profit MEI created and recorded the classes, while additionally offering the slides as a toolkit for professionals who want to give live classes.  Each video class is about 15 minutes long. Topics are:

  • Coming to Terms – What does it mean to you to have kidney disease?  How can you cope?
  • Kidneys & Kidney Disease – What do kidneys do, and what happens to you if they stop?
  • Slowing Kidney Disease – How can you keep your kidneys working as long as possible?
  • Kidney Transplant – What is a kidney or kidney-pancreas transplant, and how does it work?
  • Dialysis & Your Lifestyle – How can you choose a dialysis option that best fits your life?
  • Your Money & Your Life – What financial help is there if your kidneys fail?  What are your life goals?

“We created this series because we know that many patients don’t have access to information that can help them slow their kidney disease – or prepare for kidney failure by making choices that will allow them to live as fully as possible,” says MEI Executive Director Dori Schatell.  “Now, patients can learn how to live well with CKD 24 hours a day, at their convenience.  They can visit the classes in any order – but we do hope they’ll start with Coming to Terms because it’s so vital to stay positive and take an active role in kidney care.”

The new videos are an addition to the How to Have a Good Future with Kidney Disease toolkit that includes PowerPoint slides, speaker’s notes, learning objectives, quizzes, and a “how-to” guide.  The series can be used for MIPPA CKD stage 4 education (or for any stage of CKD), one-on-one or in groups.  Download the free toolkit from http://lifeoptions.org/goodfuture/.  The files are large; please be patient.

NHSN Deadline Extended

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have jointly agreed to grant a one-time extension to the CMS ESRD QIP deadline for reporting of CY2012 dialysis events to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).  The primary purpose of this extension is to enable facilities that enrolled in NHSN after CDC’s operational requirement for enrollment (i.e., after December 31, 2012) an opportunity to complete their dialysis event reporting requirements for the QIP PY2014.  All facilities now have until 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on April 30, 2013 to report to NHSN three consecutive months of data for CY2012.  Any inquiries should be directed to the NHSN (NHSN@cdc.gov) or QIP help desk (ESRDQIP@cms.hhs.gov).

CDC CKD Surveillance System

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) honors National Kidney Month and introduces the CDC CKD Surveillance System that monitors kidney disease in the US.  The MMWR can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6208a4.htm?s_cid=mm6208a4_w and the CKD Surveillance System at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/CKD/default.aspx.  For instance, the graph and table at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/CKD/detail.aspx?categoryId=230&indicatorId=8 shows that progress is being made at reducing early-stage CKD, but there remains a flood of patients at stage 3.