The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition will present a webinar on Emergency Shelter: Medical Triage Considerations for ESRD Patients on March 12, 2014. The workshop is intended for emergency managers, red cross shelter nurses, and others who will organize response to disasters. Please inform anyone you know in that capacity. For details see http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/TriageESRD.pdf.
HHS has issued guidance about how the HIPAA Privacy Rule impacts the sharing of mental health information by healthcare providers. The guidance is posted at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/special/mhguidance.html.
CMS has extended the deadline for public comment on the new Emergency Preparedness Conditions of Coverage (dialysis) and Participation (transplant) to March 31, 2014. For details see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/new-emergency-prep-proposal/. The extension announcement can be found at http://www.ofr.gov/(S(gbugu4cylehtoa4uzkojwtd2))/OFRUpload/OFRData/2014-03710_PI.pdf.
NKF’s 2014 Patient & Community Education Symposium will feature Everyday Heroes: People Living with Kidney Disease, in Portland on March 2, 2014. For more details see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/patient-education-nkf-portland-mar-2/. A printable poster can be found at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/NKFPtld2014.1.pdf and http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/NKFPtld2014.2.pdf.
The organization My Employment Options for Job Seekers with Disabilities and Other Challenges will hold a Virtual Job Fair on March 13, 2014. For more details and registration, see http://myemploymentoptions.com/register-for-virtual-job-fair/.
The Third Annual ANNA Inland Northwest Nephrology Seminar will be held in Spokane on March 16, 2014. Topics will include fluid control, diabetes, labs, hepatitis, acute renal failure, access, addiction, and water treatment. You can find the brochure with full details at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/Inland2014.1.pdf and http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/Inland2014.2.pdf.
The FDA has announced that the recent recall of t:slim Insulin Cartridges made by Tandem Diabetes Care for the t:slim insulin pump (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/recall-tslim-insulin-cartridges/) has been expanded to include additional lots. The cartridges may leak, causing inaccurate dosing. For the expanded list of lot numbers, see http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm385837.htm.