3/14 UCLA Virtual Kidney Fair

UCLA tells us: “Second ever Virtual Kidney Fair on March 14th, 2021 from 11am-1:00pm PST. This is a FREE event! With many joining from all over the world, this truly is going to be a global event! We will have different guest speakers, fun activites, our popular 2K/5K Spirit Walk/Run… virtual style, and much more! Also, we will be introducing our mascot – Mr. Bean… you won’t want to miss out! Mark your calendars! Registration coming soon.” Get the latest news at https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/upcoming-events.

12/1 DFC Becomes Care Compare

Making its debut December 1, 2020, Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) has been expanded and combined with other Medicare quality comparison websites, and will now be called Care Compare. Find it at https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/. Find an introduction to Care Compare at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-care-compare-empowers-patients-when-making-important-health-care-decisions.

3/4+ NWRD Annual Conference

Northwest Renal Dietitians will hold their 2021 Annual Conference online March 4-5, 2021 on the theme Looking into the Future. Topics will include KDOQI Nutrition, Cannabis & CBD, Obesity, Soul Food, Malnutrition, Disparities, New Hyperkalemia Diet, Diabetes, Keto Diets, Bone Disease, the Future of Dialysis, and Attendee Tips for the Best Virtual Experience. Up to 14 CEUs will be available. The Deadline for submitting online posters and applications for online exhibitors or scholarships is December 31, 2020. Registration begins January 15, 2021. Find everything you need at https://www.nwrdonline.org/conference-overview.

12/21 KDIGO Genetics Controversies Feedback Request

KDIGO is planning a March 2021 Genetics in CKD Controversies Conference, has published a Scope of Work or draft plan for the Conference, and has requested feedback on it by December 21, 2020. The Conference intends to cover issues related to monogenic and complex kidney diseases, applying genetic findings in clinical medicine, and using genomics for defining and stratifying CKD. KDIGO has prepared three webinars to introduce the issues, on Genetics in Kidney Disease, in Glomerular Diseases, and in Hereditary Kidney Diseases. Find more information and links to the Scope of Work, Feedback Form, and webinars at https://kdigo.org/conferences/genetics-in-ckd/.

12/1 Zoom Support Group

Bob Crabtree and Don Chriscaden, founders of The Road Back to Life, are starting a Zoom kidney patient support group on December 1, 2020 at 2pm PST, with a calendar of future meetings to be posted. By way of introduction, Don says, “This is intended to be a time when we can feel free to talk about anything, from just saying hello to discussing what life has brought your way. This will be a time to talk to friends or make new friends in an informal environment. Let us learn to talk to people and laugh, cry or whatever is appropriate again.” Join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88934911182.

HDC Post on Implicit Bias

MEI’s Home Dialysis Central blog has published a post on Combating Implicit Bias in Home Dialysis, summarizing research and tools on implicit bias, and how we might become more aware of our own implicit bias, which we all have. From the post:

“Our human tendency is to treat people outside of our own in-group(s) as ‘other,’ and therein lie our interpersonal and intergroup challenges. In the early days of humans, ‘others’ may well have been rivals for food or territory, but today many of us live close together in enormous population clusters. Some of our most urgent existential threats are only likely to be successfully addressed by collaboration, not competition. We need to learn new ways to work together, perhaps even to survive as a species. And, in healthcare particularly, we need to rid ourselves of biases that could harm patients.”

In one example from research, dialysis staff responded to cardiac arrest with CPR for 91% of white patients but only 85% of black patients and 77% of Asian patients. In another, home dialysis was offered more often to white patients than to others. Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/399-combatting-implicit-bias-in-home-dialysis.

New Kidney School Module on Work

MEI has added a new module (#17) to Kidney School on Kidney Failure and Your Work Life, covering work-friendly treatment options, how to keep a job or get back to work, talking to an employer about health issues, ways to deal with symptoms, accommodations and how to ask for them, and what to do about discrimination. Find MEI’s Kidney School at https://kidneyschool.org/mods/ and scroll down to find the new modules.

11/23+ OPTN Organ Allocation Changes

The OPTN Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Committees will host a November 23, 2020 webinar on Information for Transplant Candidates about Upcoming Changes to Kidney and Pancreas Policies. These changes are intended to create more consistent access to kidney, pancreas, and kidney-pancreas transplants. The new policies include updates to the definition of medical urgency, and changes to the allocation of organs and prioritization of candidates, which will be based on distance rather than regions. Organs from Alaska will be allocated based on distance from Seattle.

The new policies will take effect December 15, 2020, and transplant centers can revise their candidate urgency information to take advantage of the new policies starting December 1. Find details about the changes at https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/news/pre-implementation-notice-removal-of-dsa-and-region-from-kidney-and-pancreas-allocation-to-go-into-effect-dec-15/ and register for the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2542491307617944591.