CROWNWeb will present New User Training September 11, 2018. For details see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/september-crownweb-new-user-training/.
CMS has published a new Fact Sheet on Medical Privacy of Protected Health Information, a six-page summary of the major provisions of HIPAA, with extensive links to additional resources. Find it at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/MLN-Publications-Items/CMS1243325.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLFilter=Medical%20privacy&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending.
The Portland Kidney Support Group invites patients and their care partners to a 10:00-11:30am meeting on September 27, 2018 in the conference room at FKC Scholls Ferry Dialysis Clinic, 10300 SW Nimbus Ave P-A, Tigard OR 97223. Kidney friendly refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Yasuyo at 503-443-4909, as space is limited. Topics will include Feeling your best; making the most of your dialysis treatment by Dr. Gurvinder Suri, MD and Ideas for high protein snacks by Claudia Kreft, RD.
The FDA has announced a recall of one lot of Accord Healthcare Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP, 12.5 mg, Lot PW05264 (46632 Bottles, NDC 16729-182-01). Hydrochlorothiazide is used to manage hypertension. This lot is mislabeled and actually contains Spironolactone Tablets USP 25 mg, and in certain cases this substitution can lead to life-threatening hyperkalemia. For details see https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm618583.htm. If you are in possession of Accord Hydrochlorothiazide that does not match the image below, or if you are unsure, return to your pharmacy or healthcare provider for confirmation.
The Global Sepsis Alliance will present the free, online 2nd World Sepsis Congress September 5-6, 2018, featuring 100 speakers from 30 countries. For more information on both the Alliance and the Congress, see https://www.worldsepsiscongress.org/. CDC’s presentation will be September 6, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. PDT.
September 13, 2018 is World Sepsis Day, and September is Sepsis Awareness Month, the first anniversary of CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis program. Find CDC’s educational materials on Sepsis at https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/education/index.html, and their Get Ahead of Sepsis web page, in English and Spanish, at https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/.
CMS has announced the availability of an audio recording and transcript of the August 14, 2018 conference call on changes to the ESRD QIP proposed in the CY 2019 ESRD PPS Proposed Rule. For information on the August 14 call see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/8-14-cms-call-re-cy2019-proposed-rule/. For the audio recording and transcript see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/2018-08-30-eNews.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending#_Toc523298211.
Employment Options will present a September 27, 2018 webinar on Interview Tips. For details and registration see https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/webinar-registration-page/. A link on the same page provides information on their free job placement services for candidates receiving SSDI/SSI (non-retirement) benefits.
The Medication Management and Opioid Initiative Change Package Announcement that was planned for August 30, 2018 will be rescheduled in order to give CMS more time for final review. The new date and time for the Announcement will be posted as soon as it is available.
The FDA has announced a Class II recall for Baxter AMIA Automated PD Cycler (Product Code 5C9320) power cords because they may detach unexpectedly. For details see https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/index.cfm?Product=165664.
CROWNWeb will present an August 30, 2018 Town Hall webinar on The Journey to EQRS with ESRD QIP. For more information and registration, see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/crownweb-town-hall-event-the-journey-to-eqrs-with-esrd-quality-incentive-program-qip/.