4/27 New Emergency Rule Call

CMS will hold an Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call April 27, 2017 to discuss the implementation of the new emergency preparedness requirements, including an overview of the regulation, and training and testing requirements.  Facilities must be in compliance with the new rule by November 15, 2017.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.  Providers and suppliers affected by the final rule; state survey agencies; health care coalitions, and state emergency preparedness officials are encouraged to attend.  For details and registration see https://blh.ier.intercall.com/details/3fffe92ff39341f4935586d18895c3d3 .

PY2020 1/17 Call Materials

On January 17, 2017, CMS conducted a National Provider Call (NPC) discussing the Payment Year 2020 (PY2020) Final Rule.  Some attendees posed questions during the questions-and-answers portion of the call
that required additional research to answer fully.  CMS asked those participants to send their questions to the ESRD QIP mailbox for further examination.  Other attendees expressed interest in receiving those answers as well.  In an effort to meet this need, CMS has provided a compilation of select questions and responses, at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/Downloads/ESRD-QIP-mailbox-QA-from-Final-Rule-NPC.pdf .

Manage Your Diabetes Booklet

The NIH/CDC National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has recently published the booklet Four Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life, available in thirteen languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, Chinese, French, Bengali, Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, and Haitian Creole.  Find them at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/toolkits/4steps.html .  An earlier edition, called Four Steps to Control Your Diabetes for Life, is also available in Japanese and Samoan; see https://search.cdc.gov/search?query=4+steps+to+control&utf8=✓&affiliate=cdc-main .

Find other useful NDEP resources on diabetes education at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/people-with-diabetes/index.html and on diabetes prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/people-risk-diabetes/index.html .

Advance Planning Booklet

The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (http://kidneysupportivecare.org/Home.aspx) has created a booklet called Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease.  You can find a copy at http://kidneysupportivecare.org/Files/ACPforCKDbrochure3-2017.aspx .

4/6 Employment Options Webinar

My Employment Options will hold a free Job Application Tips webinar, titled Job Application Workshop: Application Do’s and Don’ts, on April 6, 2017.  My Employment Options is an Employment Network that helps people with disabilities return to work as part of the free national Ticket to Work program, offering Work-At-Home and Onsite jobs in 47 states.  The webinars are open to anyone but limited in capacity, so early registration and early login on April 6 are advised.  For more information and registration, see https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/ and https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/webinar-registration-page/ .

My Employment Options also offers free personal job placement services at any time for anyone receiving SSDI or non-retirement SSI benefits; apply today on the same webpage.