Warning: Syringe Pumps

The FDA is warning healthcare providers who use Programmable Syringe Pumps from any manufacturer, that the FDA has been advised of many adverse events resulting from inconsistent delivery of therapeutic fluids when used at flow rates of less than 5 mL per hour, and especially at rates less than 0.5 mL per hour.  Find details and FDA recommendations at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm518074.htm .

Emergency Care Coalitions

We encourage all renal service providers to connect or reconnect with their local Health Care Coalition (HCC) to ensure continuity of patient care and broader community collaboration during emergencies.  Organized by state or local public health agencies and funded by federal grants, HCCs work closely with local emergency management organizations to provide an integrated approach to planning and response.  It’s important that you make them aware, and keep them aware (they have staff turnover too), of the specialized needs of dialysis patients.

Northwest Renal Network is partnering with the Washington State Department of Health to present a webinar on Healthcare Coalitions and Renal Services: Partnering for Emergency Patient Care.  Learn how your involvement can help make your community more connected and more resilient.  The webinar will be at  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/991998629 on October 18, 2016 at 10 am PDT.  Audio dial-in information can be found on the webinar website.

CDC Sepsis Campaign

CDC’s Making Health Care Safer program is focusing on sepsis.  Sepsis  can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. It’s difficult to diagnose, happens quickly, and can be confused with other conditions early on.  Sepsis is a medical emergency.  Time matters.  When sepsis is quickly recognized and treated, lives are saved.  Healthcare providers are the critical link to preventing, recognizing, and treating sepsis.  For more information and resources on sepsis, see http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/sepsis/index.html .

8/30-9/13 HIPAA Audit Prep Webinar

HealthInsight will present webinars and conference calls on 

  • August 30, 2016: Introduction to Preparing for a HIPAA Audit 
  • September 13, 2016: One-Day HIPAA Privacy and Security Boot Camp

For details see http://healthinsight.org/hipaapass#events .  The same web page also links to recordings of previous webinars on 

  • Introduction to Essential Steps for HIPAA Compliance 
  • Introduction to Building and Governing Your HIPAA Compliance Program
  • Enforcement, Breach Notification and Business Associates

The website, http://healthinsight.org/hipaapass , introduces HealthInsight’s HIPAA Privacy and Security Solutions, offering risk assessment and consultingand provides other useful information and tools for HIPAA compliance.

AKF Insurance Assistance

If you are on dialysis and have health insurance coverage but are unable to afford the cost of your premiums, the American Kidney Fund’s Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP) may be able to help.  Patients may qualify for this program if they have insufficient income and savings to pay their premium bills.  HIPP covers premiums for Part B Medicare, Medigap, commercial plans including Marketplace plans, employer group plans, and COBRA plans.  For more information, see http://www.kidneyfund.org/financial-assistance/information-for-patients/health-insurance-premium-program/ .

SC 8/24-28 LA Kidney Walk Luncheon

NKF invites all who are interested to a free lunch and informative presentation to kick off the August 28, 2016 Los Angeles Kidney Walk at Griffith Park.  In addition to organization of the Walk, the presentation will include a talk on new approaches to overcoming immunological barriers to living donation by UCLA professor Erik Lum, MD.  However, you must RSVP by August 24, 2016.  For details see http://bit.ly/2aNFrSx .