The April 26, 2018 CROWNWeb Town Hall Meeting will be on the new version of EQRS, vs 1.2. For details see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/crownweb-town-hall-event-new-crownweb-release-eqrs-1-2/.
ANNA has announced that CDC will present four NHSN training webinars during May. Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol will be held May 8, 2018 and repeated May 9. Advanced NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Reporting and Introduction to NHSN Reports will be held May 14, 2018 and repeated on May 15. For details and links to registration see https://www.annanurse.org/article/cdc-host-four-nhsn-dialysis-event-surveillance-training-webinars-may-2018-april-11-18.
Dialysis Patient Citizens will present an April 26, 2018 webinar on A Livable, Lovable Approach to Kidney Disease Nutrition. The webinar will include information on using food to slow progression and reduce complications of kidney disease, on reducing confusion in kidney-friendly diets, and on making them more enjoyable. For details and registration see http://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-seminars.
DPC will also present educational webinars on May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, November 22, and December 27, 2018. The May and July webinars will be on kidney transplantation.
The FDA has announced a recall of 3,440 units of Baxter Prismaflex high permeability Dialyzer Control Units, with or without a sealed dialysate system, because of software errors and an apparent likelihood of operator errors. For product codes and other information, see https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/index.cfm?Product=153275.
The National Forum of ESRD Networks will present a May 2, 2018 webinar for dialysis facility staff on The Grievance Toolkit: Fostering Communication and Improving Quality. Continuing education credit will be available for nurses, technicians, and social workers. Find more information and register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/417211176479162113. Find copies of the Toolkit in English and Spanish at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits/dialysis-patient-grievance-toolkit-1.
CMS has published information about helping patients avoid fraud and scams, which may be particularly important with the release of the New Medicare Cards.
Medicare will never call beneficiaries uninvited and ask for personal or private information to get their new Medicare Number and card. Scam artists may try to get personal information (like their current Medicare Number) by contacting them about their new card. If your Medicare patient is asked for their information, for money, or someone threatens to cancel their health benefits if they don’t share their personal information, have them call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
The new Medicare Number is also called the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) and is replacing the current Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on Medicare health insurance cards. Medicare will continue to accept the HICN through the transition period; see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/index.html#target. Identity theft resources for people with Medicare can be found at https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-and-resources/identity-theft/identity-theft.html.
The FDA has announced a Class II recall of 127 Fresenius 2008 K2 Hemodialysis Machines with software version 5.40, Models: (1) Hemodialysis SYS OLC/Diasafe PLS 190610, UDI 00840861100859 (+Serial Number), and (2) Machine Short Cap, OLC.DP HP 190630, UDI 00840861100866 (+Serial Number) indicated for acute and chronic dialysis therapy because of software errors. For serial numbers and other details see https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/index.cfm?Product=162434.