Free CE Courses

The American Kidney Fund offers a number of free NANT, NASW, and CDR continuing education credits on depression, self-care, relationship-building, and a number of other topics. See http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/online-cmece-opportunities/ for more information.

The NKF Professional Education Resource Center also presents free continuing-education courses, for most kidney-related health professions.  Just a few of these courses include prevention, hepatitis (see below), water, cultural sensitivity, pain management, hyperkalemia, and other mineral imbalances.  For more information see http://education.kidney.org/courses .

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, by the way; for more information see http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6528a1.htm .

SC Heat, Fluids Again

Temperatures are again forecast to exceed 100°F in the Coachella,  Imperial, and Antelope Valleys through August 8, 2016, reaching 117°F at times in some locations.   See our previous post at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/sc-extreme-heat-fluid-control/ for suggestions on patient (and staff) education about keeping cool while still managing fluid intake. 

The Renal Support Group has published a useful article, a patient’s story about fluids management, titled “Fluid Control For Energy to Live a Full Life.”  Find it at http://www.rsnhope.org/health-library/article-index/fluid-control-for-energy-to-live-full-life/

Warning: Cipro, Fluoroquinolone

The FDA has revised the label on oral and injected Fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including Avelox (moxifloxacin), Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Cipro extended-release (ciprofloxacin extended-release), Factive (gemifloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), and Ofloxacin (generic brand).  New recommendations include that fluoroquinolones should be used only when no other treatment options are available for uncomplicated UTI and other acute bacterial infections because the risk of serious side effects may outweigh the benefits.  See http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm513065.htm for details.

8/17 Living Donation on AAKP HealthLine

AAKP HealthLine will present a webinar August 17, 2016 on “Living Kidney Donation: The Medical, Patient and Donor Perspectives,” featuring a transplant nurse, a recipient, and a donor.  Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6456054478043201027.  Find out more about AAKP HealthLine, and recordings of previous webinars, at https://www.aakp.org/media-files/aakp-healthline.html .

While we’re on the subject of Living Donation, US News recently published a long article titled “Please Give Me Your Kidney: How to Crowdsource for an Organ.”  You can find it at http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-06-30/please-give-me-your-kidney-how-to-crowdsource-for-an-organ .

Disability Employment Resource

The US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy offers a Job Accommodation Network (JAN) website that centralizes information on finding employment, and on employing people with disabilities.  Their Kidney Disease page includes links to:

  • A list of Accommodation Resources
  • A list of relevant organizations
  • Information for both individuals and employers
  • Relevant publications, resources, searches, FAQs, trainings, and other topics
  • Free technical assistance and confidential consultations

Find the JAN website at http://askjan.org/media/kidn.htm .

9/6 Proposed PFS Changes Comment Period

CMS has published Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2017 in the Federal Register and is accepting public comment on its provisions until September 6, 2016.  Several of its many proposals may impact ESRD treatment, for instance:

  • Making dialysis-related and advanced-care-planning services eligible for Telehealth
  • Updates to Geographic Practice Cost Indices, particularly in California
  • Review of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Shared Savings Programs

A summary of the proposed changes can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-07-07-2.html .  The full Federal Register publication can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/07/15/2016-16097/medicare-program-revisions-to-payment-policies-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-other-revisions .