5/14 AAKP HealthLine on SHPT

AAKP will present a May 14, 2019 webinar on Understanding Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) – What is it?  How can it be managed?  Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8410471602615141899.  Future HealthLine webinars will discuss Traveling While on Dialysis in June, and Exercise and Physical Rehabilitation in July.  AAKP’s HealthLine page at https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/ includes a link to their long list of past HealthLine webinars.

CDC and CMS Opioid Guidelines

CDC’s comprehensive resources on Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids: An Online Training Series for Healthcare Providers can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/training/online-training.html.

CMS has published “Myths and Facts” about their new Medicare Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies that became effective effective January 1, 2019 (https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovContra/RxUtilization.html).

Myth: “Medicare is forcing all Part D enrollees to taper prescription opioids below a certain amount.”


    • Prescribers and their patients must carefully consider decisions to taper or stop prescription opioids
    • It can be especially challenging to taper opioid use in patients who have been on high dosages of opioids for many years
    • The intent of the new opioid policies is to address opioid overuse without a negative impact on the patient-doctor relationship
    • Medicare Part D opioid policies are not prescribing limits
    • In general they do not apply to enrollees who have cancer; get hospice, palliative, or end-of-life care; or who live in a long-term care facility
    • The new policies encourage collaboration and care coordination among Medicare drug plans, pharmacies, prescribers, and patients to improve opioid management, prevent opioid misuse, and promote safer prescribing practices.

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5/14+ NHSN Help Desk and Training

Help Desk: NHSN is now using a help desk management system for all NHSN inquiries.  Each message will now be assigned a ticket number for tracking.  When you contact NHSN@cdc.gov, you will receive a notification that your incident has been assigned a ticket number and all correspondence on that subject will be tracked by that number.  The appropriate subject matter expert will respond to your message as soon as possible.

Training Needs Assessment: If you have already taken the NHSN Dialysis Event Module Training Needs Assessment, and the survey only allowed you to complete the ‘Demographics’ section, please retake the Assessment, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DialysisEventTNA, by May 31, 2019.

Training Webinars: NHSN will provide free webinars for new and experienced NHSN users.  CDC subject matter experts will be available to answer your questions about NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance.

For any of the webinars, Listen-only audio will be available through your computer speakers.  For dial-in audio access, call 303-248-0285 and use Access Code 6393927.  Please contact NHSN@cdc.gov with “Dialysis” in the subject line with any questions.

NW18 5/5 The KIDney Zone at Santa Monica Beach

Featuring the KIDney Zone: Fun for the Family!
Sunday, May 5th, 2019,  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Dorothy Green Park, Santa Monica Beach Park #1
Ocean Park Blvd & Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, May 5th at Dorothy Green Park in beautiful Santa Monica beach.  We highly encourage that you RSVP (instructions found below) so you can stay up to date with all of the latest on the fair.   As always, we have a special section dedicated to fun for the kids called the KIDney Zone.   Feel free to drop off your child at the KIDney Zone when you arrive so that you can enjoy the entertainment and educational aspects of our fair.  Our team has been working hard to make sure that your kids will have a blast at the KIDney Zone with the following activities featured:
Don’t miss out on the chance to board a real firetruck as we welcome the Los Angeles Fire Department to our fair! They will be at the event from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM so make sure you plan ahead for these hours for this wonderful photo-op.
The UCLA People-Animal Connection (https://www.uclahealth.org/PAC/default.cfm) is one of the most comprehensive Animal-Assisted Therapy and Activity Programs in the nation.  These therapy dogs are trained to interact with a variety of people. They have very stable temperaments and a friendly, easy-going personality and they’ll be hanging out next to the KIDney Zone for the entirety of the fair.
We are excited to welcome Build-a-Bear Radio as a partner for our fair!  This year, they will be streaming their radio station throughout the event as well as giving away bears throughout the event.  Make sure to come early if you want to check out what they have to offer!
Braid Bar – Nine Zero One Salon
Pioneering Poles & Ropes Activity & Pine Wood Derby – Boy Scouts of America
Arts & Crafts/Face Painting – Bruin Beans Health Club
Don’t miss out on our KIDney Zone this year!
RSVP is highly preferred and encouraged!  There are options to pre-register, as well as on-site registration.  Pre-registered guests will receive a UCLA souvenir upon entry.  all us at (310) 954-2692 or email us at COREKidney@mednet.ucla.edu.
Donations are tax-deductible.  UCLA is a public, non-profit educational institution exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.  We hope that you can all make it on Sunday, May 5th to our Kidney Health Fair at the Beach.  If you are unable to come, we hope that you can still consider supporting our cause. Visit our new UCLA Spark crowdfunding page at https://spark.ucla.edu/project/15493 to learn more about our campaign and share with other advocates to help generate more interest and to see our progress as we strive to reach our goal of $150,000.  Our ultimate goal is to set up a Kidney Center at UCLA that provides comprehensive care to kidney patients and their families, from pre-diagnosis to transplant.
We look forward to seeing you there!

6/3 EMR Interoperability Comment Period Extension

CMS has announced that the comment period for their Proposed Rules on Interoperability of Electronic Medical Records has been extended to June 3, 2019.  The Proposed Rules are aimed at promoting the ability of different health information technologies to communicate with one another, and at enabling patients to electronically access their health information.  Find the Proposed Rules at https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/02/11/hhs-proposes-new-rules-improve-interoperability-electronic-health-information.html.

The extension of the public comment period coincides with release, from the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, of:

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5/22 HSAG Webinar on Dialysis During Disasters

The Health Services Advisory Group will present a May 22, 2019 webinar on Dialysis During Disasters: The KCER Program.  Find more information and register at https://hsagonline.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=hsagonline&service=6&rnd=0.7966972207752958&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fhsagonline.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b0000000456969e3e20f1f1940b9e65cd56c9568a782ca4a89f6fee4fd1541f22ca06dc52%26siteurl%3Dhsagonline%26confViewID%3D124175975841833421%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAAQNV5M70e-J8VlqfacdON7uct5Kw2Gna-3JdJWrLP2NBw2%26.