7/16 KCER After-Action Report Webinar

KCER will present a July 16, 2020 webinar for dialysis facilities on The Basics of Preparing an After-Action Report for an Incident or Disaster.  The webinar presents KCER’s template for After-Action Reports (“AAR”) and includes instructions for meeting the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule for dialysis facilities, and specific guidance for AARs on your response to COVID-19.  Find more information in the flyer below.  Click HERE to register.  Contact KCER at kcerinfo@hsag.com for questions or assistance.

An AAR describes an event or process that for any reason you needed or wanted to respond to or improve, how you responded, your evaluation of the effectiveness of your response, and any improvements you recommend for “next time,” or to complete or enhance your response to the current issue.

Summer Provider Newsletters

Network Provider Newsletters for Summer 2020 have been published.  They include articles on:

  • Network Support for COVID-19.
  • The ESRD QIP.
  • New QIP website interface.
  • Staff Burnout.
  • Patient Psychosocial Needs.
  • NCC “Web Hub” for Patients (Network 16 only).
  • Seeking Volunteers for Spanish-Speaking PAC (Network 18 only).
  • Data Currency in CROWNWeb.
  • Links to Network Patient Newsletters.
  • Patient Emergency Preparedness.
  • Interruptions in Service.
  • KCER Newsletter.
  • Staff Changes.
  • Link to Events Calendar (Network 18 only).
  • Network email Updates.

Find them at:

7/9 NW16/18 COVID-19 Q&A Call

Comagine ESRD Networks 16 and 18 host a Q&A Zoom call on the second Thursday of each month.  Prior to the meeting, email your COVID-19 related questions to Barbara Dommert-Breckler at bbreckler@comagine.org.  To join the July call, link to https://comaginehealth.zoom.us/j/96776190485?pwd=bWZtSnhRM213QWE0ZjU1TXo5Zkh4UT09 a few minutes before 1pm PDT on July 9, 2020.

7/7+ CMS July COVID-19 Weekly Webinars

July’s COVID-19 CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls:

For recordings of past events, see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.

6/30+ COVID-19 Weekly Webinars

A number of organizations have been hosting weekly webinars on COVID-19.  This week:

  • ESRD NCC half-hour “Quickinars” for patients and providers.   Find the latest information, recordings of past Quickinars, and register for current presentations at https://esrdncc.org/quickinars.
      • Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 2-2:30 pm PDT, Quickinar for patients on Surviving and Coping with the Aftermath of COVID-19.
      • Wednesday, July 1, 2020, noon-1:15 pm PDT, Quickinar for providers on Dialyzing Patients in Skilled Nursing Homes During COVID-19.  Co-sponsored by CMS.  1 CEU available.
  • This week’s CMS Stakeholder Engagement Call:

For recordings of past CMS events, see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.

New COVID-19 Resources: Telehealth, Patient Safety

We’ve added several new COVID-19 resources to our collection, two for providers on Telehealth and a cartoon to explain what’s going on to patients who’ve been out of the loop about the Coronavirus:

8/24+ CCCC Summit to Be Virtual

The Coaliton for Compassionate Care of California has announced that their annual CCCC Summit on Sharpening our Vision for Compassionate Care in the Face of Serious Illness, scheduled for August 24-25, 2020, will be fully virtual.  They expect details to be released soon.  Find more information at https://ccccsummit.org/?mc_cid=067422c114&mc_eid=67e1ad4c31.

COVID-19 Adjustments to CMS Alternate Payment Models

CMS has published a web page on CMS Innovation Center COVID-19 Flexibilities detailing current and future changes to their proposed alternate payment models (Comprehensive ESRD Care, Kidney Care Choices) as a result of COVID-19.  Find the page at https://innovation.cms.gov/innovation-models/covid-19-flexibilities.

ASN KidneyNewsOnline also has an article on the subject, Significant Update from CMS on Voluntary Models and ESCOs Including Q&A, at https://www.kidneynews.org/policy-advocacy/leading-edge/significant-update-from-cms-on-voluntary-models-and-escos-including-qa.

6/23+ COVID-19 Weekly Webinars

A number of organizations have been hosting weekly webinars on COVID-19.  This week:

  • ESRD NCC half-hour “Quickinars” for patients and providers, 2-2:30 pm PDT.   Find the latest information, recordings of past Quickinars, and register for current presentations at https://esrdncc.org/quickinars.
      • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Quickinar for patients on Kidney Patient Financial Help: Before, During, and After COVID-19.
      • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Quickinar for providers on COVID-19 Dialysis Unit Strategies.
  • This week’s CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls:

For recordings of past events, see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.