The FDA has announced a recall of all sterile products compounded by Olympia Pharmacy, also known as Lowlite Investments. For details see http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm354614.htm.
CMS recently provided policy guidance on the printing and archiving of completed CMS-2728 ESRD Medical Evidence and CMS-2746 Death Notification forms.
Per CMS, although CROWNWeb provides a way to electronically submit data directly to CMS, CMS also requires dialysis facilities to retain a print copy of the signed and dated CMS-2728 and CMS-2746 forms at the facility level to assist with data validation efforts. Dialysis facilities should adhere to the following guidelines when completing CMS-2728 and CMS-2746 forms in CROWNWeb:
- Submit the electronic version of the form to CMS using CROWNWeb.
- Send the original, signed hardcopy of the form to the Social Security office servicing the claim (CMS-2728 forms only).
- Store a copy of the completed, signed form in the patient’s medical records file in accordance with the medical record archival rules in effect in your state.
Find instructions for printing forms at http://projectcrownweb.org/assets/crownweb_online_help/cw/patients/about_patients.htm. If you have questions, please call the Network.
The FDA has announced a recall of all sterile products compounded by Main Street Pharmacy LLC of Tennessee. For details see http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm353953.htm.
Modern Healthcare will present an online conference on Patient Safety & Quality on June 11, 2013, including sessions on process improvement strategies, data-driven QI, C. difficile, patient-centered leadership, patient involvement in QI, and creating cultures of continuous improvement, quality and safety. Keynote speakers include Dr. Richard Gilfillan, Director of the CMS Center for Innovation, and Dr. Christine Cassel, President of the National Quality Forum. For details and registration see http://info.modernhealthcare.com/PatientSafetyandQuality6.11.13_PatientSafetyandQualityHome.html .
It’s not too early to mark your calendars for the October 20, 2013 Mid-Columbia Nephrology Seminar in Richland WA, with 8 contact hours for Nurses and PCTs. Find an announcement flyer at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/Mid-Col.2013A.pdf.
Northwest Renal Network’s monthly patient flyer is now posted on our website at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/P/M/Monthly.htm. The featured topic for May is the normal germs that live on your skin and their care. These flyers are designed for posting in the facility waiting area, and for distribution to patients and family members. Contact our Patient Services Director, Lisa Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or ideas for future monthly topics.
The FDA has upgraded the recall of Abbott FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters to Class I. Class I recalls are used where there is riskof serious injury or death. For details see http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm353136.htm.
UNOS is giving three free webinars on the new requirements for living kidney donor transplants. The first session will be May 29, 2013 on the new informed consent documentation requirements. Find more information and registration instructions at http://unos.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=18178. One hour of category 1 CEPTC credit is available. There’s also a recorded Q&A session on the new rules at https://unos.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=16616. Subsequent webinars will be August 21, 2013 on the new Medical and Psychosocial Evaluation requirements, and November 6, 2013 on the new Follow Up rules.
NKF and the Portland Kidney Group will sponsor a Patient, Professional & Community Picnic in Portland on August 11, 2013. The theme will be “Everyday Heroes: Healthcare Professionals,” and attendees are encouraged to nominate health professionals for recognition. The main course will be provided, while side dishes, desserts, and drinks will be potluck. “Colorful festive shirts” are encouraged to match a Hawaiian theme, and Troyce’s band will provide live music. Volunteers are invited to help. For details and nomination form, see http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/Picnic.081113.pdf.
The FDA has announced a recall of all sterile products made by the Dallas facility of NuVision Pharmacy. For details see http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm352949.htm?.