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:
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 .
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
- Deadline: August 15, 2017
- Website: https://dialysisdata.org/ .
- Master Account Holder (MAH) are designated by facility; notify network for assistance in updating/creating MAH account
- Other Users are created/enabled by MAH
- Get help from your Network Data Department
- Network 16: 206-935-3994
- Network 18: 888-268-1539
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.
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 .
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 email@example.com 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.
The July Network Patient Bulletin is on “Vascular Access and Dialysis Safety.” It describes the various hemodialysis access types and their relationship to infections, and includes strategies for minimizing infection. Find a copy at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PM/VA0717.pdf .
NHSN will twice present a webinar on Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol, once on August 3, 2017 and again on August 4, 2017. NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance reporting is required for the CMS ESRD QIP. This webinar will provide a complete introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event reporting requirements and the surveillance definitions necessary to complete accurate monthly reporting. CDC subject matter experts will be available to answer questions, and continuing education credits will be provided. Pre-registration is required, at:
Continuing education credits are also available for NHSN’s recorded presentations. Find these, with instructions for obtaining CE credits, at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/Training/continuing-edu.html .