CMS has published an MLN Matters on “Transition to New Medicare Numbers and Cards” that summarizes the NMC program, progress, and expectations. Find it at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/MLN-Publications-Items/ICN909365.html .
CMS has published an MLN Matters on “2017-2018 Influenza (Flu) Resources for Health Care Professionals.” Find it at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE17026.pdf .
NKF and the Portland Kidney Group will hold their Annual Holiday Party for patients, family, and friends November 5, 2017 in Portland. For details, see below:
Donate Life Northwest will sponsor training, peer support, and mentorship for dialysis patients on living donation transplants, in Portland OR November 5, 12, and 19, 2017. They will also sponsor a training for mentors on October 7, 2017. See below for details:
The numbers are not large, but deaths are being reported from West Nile Virus, with northern Los Angeles County reporting relatively more. The CDC web page on West Nile includes mosquito reduction methods and links to EPA reviews of insecticides; find it at https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/ . In most cases your state and county health departments also have their own pages on West Nile, with local instructions for reporting dead birds, which are markers for surveillance of the disease.
CMS has announced a Request For Information soliciting suggestions on how to create an affordable, accessible healthcare system that puts patients first. Find details and comment at https://survey.max.gov/429625 .
In addition to the Seattle Walk for PKD which we’ve already mentioned, Walks will also be held this fall in Portland, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
- San Diego, October 1, 2017, http://support.pkdcure.org/site/TR/Walk/WalkforPKD?fr_id=1820&pg=entry .
- Seattle, October 1, 2017, http://support.pkdcure.org/site/TR/Walk/WalkforPKD?fr_id=1766&pg=entry .
- Portland, October 7, 2017, http://support.pkdcure.org/site/TR/Walk/WalkforPKD?fr_id=1780&pg=entry .
- Los Angeles, October 22, 2017, http://support.pkdcure.org/site/TR/Walk/WalkforPKD?fr_id=1799&pg=entry .