3RNet, the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, is a nonprofit organization that connects health care facilities in rural or underserved areas and health professionals looking for work. They have representatives or “members” in all fifty states, the Mariana Islands, the Veterans Administration, and the Indian Health Service. Find these representatives, and full details about the organization for both facilities and professionals, at https://www.3rnet.org/. The web pages specific to Networks 16 and 18 states are:
NKF and CDC will co-host a free September 30, 2020 webinar on Protecting Yourself and Your Patients: Preventing Influenza in the COVID-19 Era, focused on taking the steps to prevent influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. Influenza can be associated with serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths, especially in people with certain chronic medical conditions, such as those with CKD at any stage, including patients on dialysis and transplant recipients. This webinar will provide an overview of the implications of influenza vaccinations among healthcare professionals caring for kidney patients. Also, strategies for encouraging influenza vaccination among patients and others will be discussed. The webinar offers 0.50 CME credit. Find full details and register at https://education.kidney.org/content/webinar-protecting-yourself-and-your-patients-preventing-influenza-covid-19-era.
CDC has launched a new web page on Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19, to provide information on how people can stay safe during and after natural disasters during the COVID-19 response. The page and a few of its useful links follow:
Pack Your Go Kit: If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available), and two masks for each person. Masks should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Keep Your Distance: When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
The supplement the September 16, 2020 NCC COVID-19 webinar on Living in a Multi-Generational Household, NCC has produced one-page tip sheets in English and Spanish on Staying Safe in Multigenerational Households (Cómo mantenerse seguro en un hogar mul generacional). Find more details and register for the webinar at https://esrdncc.org/en/events/2020/september-2020/covid09162020/?date=9/1/2020. Find the tip sheets below:
ANNA Chapter 503 will present their 2020 Fall Workshop via Zoom on September 20, 2020 from 10am till noon PDT. The Workshop will feature Nephrologists Sarah Struthers, MD sharing her experience of working in New Orleans during the coronavirus surge, and Kate Butler, MD sharing her research focus on ethical allocation of limited resources during a pandemic. Cost is $20 for ANNA members & students, and $35 for non-members. The course has been approved by the California State Board of Nursing for 2.0 CE’s. Register, before 11:30 pm PDT September 18, at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anna-503-virtual-fall-workshop-2020-tickets-114236426226. Full details follow:
The time for the September 9, 2020 CMS Dialysis Facility COVID-19 Call was incorrect in our recent post on 9/8+ September CMS COVID-19 Calls. The correct time is 2:30-3:00 pm PDT. The correct September 9 entry is:
CROWNWeb has also published their September 2020 Newsletter, with articles on:
The elimination of the transient patient category. They ask that no transient patients be entered into CROWNWeb after September 30, 2020. The Newsletter describes the replacement procedures.
COVID-19 ICD Codes.
Reminders in the EQRS Facility Dashboard.
The usual links to recent news, Clinical Closures (unchanged from last month’s Newsletter), and useful resources.
Find the September Newsletter at https://mycrownweb.org/2020/08/september-2020-newsletter/. According to the schedule published last November, there will be a CROWNWeb Town Hall on September 17, 2020, though it’s not mentioned in this Newsletter; see the “Facility Calendar” link at the top of this page.