New Medicare Card

CMS has renamed their Social Security Number Removal Initiative or SSNRI to New Medicare Card or NMC, and created three new web pages for it:

10/22 NW16 Quality Conference

We’ve added the July issue of Network 16 News to our website.  This edition summarizes the recent Network 18 Quality Conference that featured sessions on palliative care and violence prevention, and announces that registration is open for the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Quality Conference in Tukwila WA (Southcenter), at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ee1vuqhebf5c5af8&llr=hakkwkrab .  The Network 16 Conference will feature sessions on mental health, fluid control, survey readiness, AKI, residual function, and palliative care.

The Network 16 News issue also links to the August 20, 2017 NKF Annual Community Picnic & Wellness Fair in Portland, the September 24, 2017 Strut Your Kidney run/walk in Portland, and the September 23-25, 2017 ANNA Nephrology Nursing Practices, Management & Leadership Conference in Miami FL.  Find more information about these events by clicking on “Facility Calendar” at the top of this page.

You can find current and past Network 16 News issues at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

8/15+ QIP/DFR Previews

The preview periods for QIP Performance Score Reports (PSR), Dialysis Facility Reports (DFR), and Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) are all now open.  These are distinct reports accessed through two different websites, with different preview periods. PSRs must be reviewed and commented upon by August 18, 2017; DFRs and QDFC must be reviewed and commented upon by August 15, 2017.  If you’re waiting till the last day to submit your comments, verify the time of the deadline with CMS; some CMS deadlines are now 5:00 pm ET (2:00 pm PT) rather than the usual 11:59 ET (8:59 PT).  Note that the following are not in order by date.

Preview QIP PY2018 Performance Score Reports

Preview Dialysis Facility Reports (DFR) and Quarterly October 2017 Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) report

NW16 Heat Wave 7/30-8/5

This week, temperatures are expected to exceed 110°F in Southwestern Oregon, and exceed 100°F in: the I-5 corridor from Olympia south, other normally hotter areas in Western Washington and Oregon, and much of Eastern Oregon and Washington.  The heat is forecast to begin on July 30, 2017 in Southwestern Oregon, and on August 1 or 2, 2017 in the other areas indicated.  In many areas it is expected to be hotter than it has ever been in recorded history, and very dry, with high fire danger.  For the predicted timing in your specific area, click on your location on the map at http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.85889512632667&lat=42.34189190003943#.WX2J04U_fH8 .

Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events of any kind, please let your Network know right away.  For Network 16, contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

8/16+ NW16 PKD Events, Seattle

The Seattle Chapter of the PKD Foundation will host an August 16, 2017 Coffee Chat in Factoria (Bellevue WA) to promote networking among people affected by PKD.  The discussion is informal, but a topic or guest speaker is usual.  For details and to sign up, see http://support.pkdcure.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101732 .  These events are held more or less monthly; the next one will be September 10, 2017.  Watch https://pkdcure.org/chapter/seattle/ for details.

The PKD Foundation will also sponsor an August 19, 2017 Seattle Friends & Family Potluck Picnic & Lemonade Stand, in Seward Park (Seattle).  Find more information at http://support.pkdcure.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101846 .

The Foundation will also sponsor the three-mile Seattle Walk for PKD on October 1, 2017 at Green Lake (Seattle).  For details, posters, to register for the Walk or the associated Penny Kids Dash, and to donate, see http://support.pkdcure.org/site/TR/Walk/WalkforPKD?fr_id=1766&pg=entry .  So far they have pledges of $10,000 for the Walk, and they seek at lease $45,000 more to support PKD research and create better lives for those impacted by polycystic kidney disease.

Right to Self-Cannulate

Home Dialysis Central  has published a thorough summary of the right that a patient has to “be informed about and participate, if desired, in all aspects of his or her care” [42 CFR 494.70(a)(5)], including self-cannulation.  A facility that denies a competent patient the right to be trained to self-cannulate is vulnerable to state survey citation tags V456, V512, and V585.  Find the summary at http://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/214-self-cannulation-a-patient-right-and-cms-expectation-for-interested-and-trained-patients .

9/24 NW16 Kidney Kids Event

On September 24, 2017, NW Kidney Kids will sponsor a benefit 5K, 10K, and Family Run/Walk in Portland.  This first-annual event will celebrate all people impacted by kidney disease and bring together the community to support children living with chronic kidney disease.  You can create your own team to raise donations, join an existing team, register to participate in one of the races or Run/Walk, or simply make a donation, all at https://www.crowdrise.com/strutyourkidney .  Find a colorful poster announcing the event at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWKKstrut0917.pdf .  If you have questions or want to get involved in the event or organization, contact Race Director Lauren Lynn at lauren@nwkidneykids.org or 541-499-2018.  NW Kidney Kids is the only organization in the Northwest focused on serving children and teens with chronic kidney disease and their families.