NW 5/19-20 CNSW Spring Symposium

The Northwest Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold their Spring 2016 Educational Symposium May 19-20, 2016 in Issaquah WA.  Topics will include Ethics, Chronic Disease and Childhood, Surveyor Citations, and a Network Update.  Your registration and payment must be postmarked by May 3, 2016.  Registration and payment postmarked by April 22 will be eligible for a special boon.  For full details and registration, see https://www.nwrn.org/files/education/CNSW16Spring.pdf .

Facility Report Cards

We’ve added the February 2016 Monthly Patient Flyer/Poster to the Network 16 website.  It summarizes the Dialysis Facility Performance Score Report, or “Report Card” that all facilities are required to post prominently every year.  The Report summarizes your facility’s performance on mineral metabolism, dialysis adequacy, vascular access, infection, hospital readmission, EPO, and patient surveys.  Find the Flyer, along with our historical Posters, at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .  If you have any feedback for us, or ideas for future Posters, email Network 16 Patient Services Director Lisa Hall at lhall@nw16.esrd.net .

3/31 CW Town Hall v4.10, PART

On March 31, 2016, CROWNWeb will present a Town Hall covering the enhancements and changes on CROWNWeb 4.10, and additional information on the Patient Attributes and Related Treatments (PART) screen.  CROWNWeb 4.10 is scheduled for installation on April 5, 2016.  For more information and to register for the Town Hall, see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/crownweb-4-10-and-do-your-part-ii/ .

Advance Planning in Medicare

A post on the Home Dialysis Central’s KidneyViews Blog explains a new Medicare policy that allows qualified heathcare professionals to bill Medicare for discussions with patients about advance care planning.  Find the post at http://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/143-new-medicare-covered-service-advance-care-planning .

NKF Patient Support Line

NKF’s Patient Information Help Line, NKF Cares, offers support for anyone affected by kidney disease, organ donation or transplantation.  It’s designed for patients, family members and caregivers.  Speak with a trained professional who will answer your questions and listen to your concerns, in English or Español.  For details see https://www.kidney.org/patients .

NW 4/25 Transplant Conference, Tacoma

CHI Franciscan Health will present a half-day Conference April 25, 2016 on Transplantation Choices for Patients with CKD.  In addition to a Kidney Transplant Patient Panel, the Medical Directors of the transplant programs at Swedish, UW, and Virginia Mason will speak on Living Donor Process Evaluation, Process Evaluation from the Surgical Perspective, and Care and Feeding Your Transplant.  For details, see http://www.nwrn.org/files/TransplChoices042516.pdf .


Home HD Manual

The International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) offers the 282-page online practical manual, Implementing Hemodialysis in the Home, free on their website.  The manual can also be purchased from Amazon for $36.  ISHD would like to bulk-print copies of the manual, which they could sell for $6, but to do that they need a print run of at least 3,000 copies.  To that end they’re asking interested organizations to commit to buying at least 200 copies.  For details on any of these options, see http://www.ishd.org/bulk-printing-of-home-hd-manual/