EQRS has published their April
News letter, featuring articles on
Continuing the January 29, 2021 advice to suspend entry of Clinical Data, ICH CAHPS Attestation, and Depression Screening/Follow-Up into EQRS until further notice. Find details at https://mycrownweb.org/2021/01/eqrs-system-announcement-jan-2021/. Overview of KCER’s participation in the March 2021 EQRS Town Hall. Emergency Preparedness Checklist. A note on how EQRS data supports CMS and the ESRD NCC. A reminder that Clinical Data submissions have been suspended. Notice of New User Training on April 20, 2021.
And the usual comprehensive list of relevant resources. Find the
News at https://mycrownweb.org/2021/03/april-2021-newsletter/.
The National Forum of ESRD Networks has published their flyer on
What Kidney Patients Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine in Spanish. A link to it has been added to the Forum’s web page on Resources & Links for Kidney Patients, along with the English version and many other documents on COVID-19 and CKD. Find it at https://esrdnetworks.org/resources-news/covid-19-information-resources/resources-for-kidney-patients/.
Dialysis Patient Citizens has begun hosting a one-hour Support Group call for CKD patients, at noon PT on the second Tuesday of each month. Find details and register at
https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/news/join-us-for-our-new-patient-support-group/. Find more information and a link to a downloadable poster at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2021/03/02/3-9-new-dpc-telephone-support-group/.
National Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) is March 14-20, 2021. Some useful resource collections:
The ESRD 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program, assisting dialysis facilities to improve both staff and patient awareness of specific patient safety areas, promoting patient safety values, and building a culture of patient safety in every dialysis facility, https://5diamondpatientsafety.org/Home.aspx. The Program includes a COVID-19 Module.
March is National Kidney Month, and March 11, 2021 is World Kidney Day. The theme for this year’s World Kidney Day is
Living Well with Kidney Disease, aimed toward increasing education and awareness about effective symptom management and patient empowerment, with the ultimate goal of encouraging life participation. Find our more at https://www.worldkidneyday.org/2021-campaign/. This year’s National Kidney Month is focused around taking charge of your health and the many factors that go into managing your kidney disease. Find out more about National Kidney Month at https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/community-health-outreach/national-kidney-month.
NKF and OHSU will co-sponsor a March 14, 2021 webinar on
The Big Ask, the Big Give: Finding a Living Donor for a kidney transplant. Find information below, and register at https://kidney.secure.force.com/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=7013a000002EDcTAAW&form=00P3a00001ZHrYXEA1&.
The webinar will be presented again by NKF on March 28, 2021; register for the March 28 version at
The CMS National Training Program’s March 11, 2021 webinar will include a presentation on Medicare for people with ESRD, March updates on Medicare, and National Kidney Month. Register at
Dialysis Patient Citizens is initiating a new patient support group via telephone, on the second Tuesday of every month at noon PT. Each call will be facilitated by a person living with CKD and a healthcare practitioner. To join a call, dial 866-808-5953 and enter meeting code 253 841 3353. Find more information at
https://www.dpcedcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/DPC-Support-Group-by-Telephone-Flyer-2.pdf and below:
The National Forum of ESRD Networks has assembled from various sources a library of useful factual information for people with kidney disease about COV-19 and the vaccines. Find it at