COVID-19 Vaccine & Kidney Patients in Spanish

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/.

3/14+ Patient Safety Week

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.

Info For Patients on COVID-19 and the Vaccines

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 https://esrdnetworks.org/resources-news/covid-19-information-resources/resources-for-kidney-patients/.

3/4+ UKEEP Webinars on Kidney Disease & Empowerment

The UCLA CORE Kidney Program will present a March 4, 2021 UKEEP webinar on Kidney Disease: What You Should Know. For details and registration, see the poster below, or https://uclahs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hjcPosQgSieUDGL3CIzAqw. They will also present a March 21, 2021 Virtual Kidney Conference on Educating, Empowering, and Inspiring Hope. Find more information about the Conference, and register, at https://uclahs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZgPWycdXR_OXq26FbQZp4A.

3/2 CCCC Webinar on Why Words Matter

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a 2 March 2021 webinar on Moral Injury & Resilience During COVID: Why Words Matter. The webinar will explain how pandemic Moral Distress differs from Burn-Out and present strategies for mitigating Moral Distress. One CEU will be available for nurses and social workers. Find more information and register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-moral-injury-resilience-during-covid-why-words-matter-tickets-141383023429?mc_eid=67e1ad4c31&mc_cid=01d0038bbc.

HDC and CMS re Health Insurance

MEI’s Home Dialysis Central has published a blog post on Medicare Advantage Plan Pros & Cons – and a Fix for Buyers’ Remorse. The post includes a comparison of costs between Medicare Advantage (“MA”) and “Original Medicare,” types of MA plans, advantages and disadvantages of MA plans, and a discussion of how Medigap interacts with each. Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/415-medicare-advantage-plan-pros-&-cons-and-a-fix-for-buyer-remorse.

CMS has also recently added an email bulletin on What Partners Need to Know Now about Health Insurance Coverage during the Pandemic. For basic information the bulletin recommends the CMS COVID-19 Partner Resources page at https://www.cms.gov/outreach-education/partner-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-partner-resources and the HHS COVID Education Campaign page at https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/education-campaign/index.html. It also recommends CDC’s new Community-Based Organizations COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/toolkits/community-organization.html, the February 15 to May 15, 2021 Special Enrollment Period for individuals and families to enroll in the health insurance coverage they need (see https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2021-special-enrollment-period-response-covid-19-emergency), and the CMS Roadmaps to Better Care in up to nine different languages at https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/OMH/equity-initiatives/c2c/consumerresources/roadmap-to-better-care.

HD and COVID-19 Antibodies Study Seeks Volunteers

NKF and the Johns Hopkins University Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation are seeking adult volunteers on hemodialysis who plan to get a COVID-19 vaccination, to participate in an observational study on COVID-19 antibodies. Participation will involve giving blood samples before and after vaccination. For details on eligibility, enrollment, and the study, see https://covidesrd.org/.

2/23+ CMS COVID-19 Office Hours

CMS will hold one-hour COVID-19 “Office Hours” calls at 2pm PST on February 23, March 16, and April 6, 2021. Details:

>> February 23, 2021, 833-614-0820, Passcode 2528725, audio weblink https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/axk4c6k7.

>> March 16, 2021, 833-614-0820, Passcode 4177586, audio weblink https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/43t5sh6e.

>> April 6, 2021, 833-614-0820, Passcode: 2769397, audio weblink https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/bg6zv6xk.

For more information see https://www.cms.gov/outreach-education/partner-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-partner-resources.

COVID-19 and Dialysis Podcast and Webinar

The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute have introduced a new series of podcasts called The Elephant in the Room. The first episode, Fear & Uncertainty During COVID-19, with dialysis patients sharing their real life issues with the COVID-19 pandemic, has been published. Find it at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1642372.

AAKP has also produced a HealthLine webinar on Kidney Patients and the COVID-19 Vaccine. Find it and the entire HealthLine catalog at https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/.