The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the ASN Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) group have partnered to develop a new online learning module, Managing Infection in an Outpatient Dialysis Facility. Find it at https://www.asn-online.org/ntds/olm.aspx.
Current NHSN Dialysis Component Bugs: Contrary to the software’s response, Denominator Data is not actually saved after making updates. CMS analysis reports within NHSN are not functioning as expected. On February 11, 2020, NHSN reported that “our technical team is working to resolve [these issues] as soon as possible. We will provide an update shortly.” Find the NHSN Current Defects List at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/releasemgt/index.html.
The 2020 Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey: Beginning February 8, 2020, users with administrative rights will be able to complete and save this survey by using the ‘Save as Complete’ button. Facilities must complete the Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey by May 1, 2020 in order to be allowed to enter data into the NHSN Dialysis Component. Completion by February 28 is recommended. For convenience, a paper version of the 2020 annual survey can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/forms/57.500_OutpatientDialysisSurv_BLANK.pdf. Enter the information online after you log in to NHSN for your facility.
2020 NHSN Data Deadlines for QIP Credit: To receive QIP credit, NHSN data for your facility must be entered and corrected by the deadlines in the following table. For QIA purposes, your Network may require earlier due dates.
Data for October-December 2019 must be entered and corrected by March 31, 2020.
Data for January-March 2020 must be entered and corrected by June 30, 2020.
Data for April-June 2020 must be entered and corrected by September 30, 2020.
Data for July-September 2020 must be entered and corrected by December 31, 2020.
Before each QIP deadline, to insure proper credit, each facility should:
The Medical Education Institute has published a Home Dialysis Central blog post on Medicare Waivers: The Best Kept Secret in Dialysis Home Health Care, which describes a program that allows people who don’t normally qualify for Medicaid, but who have fragile health, to get Medicaid funding for home care anyway. The program doesn’t cover dialysis itself, but it does cover home health care aides and other useful services. State agencies administer waiver programs that help seniors and people with disabilities, to ensure that these vulnerable populations can live independently in their homes and communities, and/or age in place. Thanks to these waivers, states can provide services to their residents that wouldn’t usually be covered by Medicaid. If you are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, you can have and use both for the services you need. The services they cover are not always the same. For example, Medicaid offers coverage for things like personal care services while Medicare does not. Find the MEI blog post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/346-medicare-waivers-the-best-kept-secret-in-dialysis-home-health-care.
We’ve published our Patient Newsletters for Winter 2020. They feature articles on treatment options, flu shots, grievances, access to care, how to stay informed by the Network, and how to help the Network improve patient care. Find them at:
NKF and Swedish Medical Center will present an April 25, 2020 four-hour workshop on Lifestyle & Kidney Health: Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss and Beyond. Topics will include nutrition, diabetes, blood pressure, fitness, and transplant preparation. Lunch will be provided. See below for full details: