CMS has announced in the Federal Register that Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. has applied to be recognized as an approved national accrediting organization for ESRD facilities. CMS is requesting comments about their application, with a deadline of December 3, 2018. For details see https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/11/02/2018-23925/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-accreditation-commission-for-health-care-inc-achc-for-approval-of-its.
Beginning January 1, 2018, Washington State DOH will include provider quality of care as a tie-breaker between competing applications for Certificate of Need that have otherwise met the basic CofN criteria. The methodology for considering quality of care is described on pp.15-19 of https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/2300/2017/CoNkidneydialysis103.pdf.
CMS has proposed new fire protection guidelines for dialysis facilities. Public comment is solicited until January 3, 2017. It updates reference to the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code to the 2012 edition, and addresses construction, protection, and operation of dialysis facilities to provide safety for Medicare beneficiaries from fire and smoke. Some of the primary requirements include self-closing doors to hazardous areas, location of alcohol based hand rub dispensers, provisions for when a sprinkler system is out of service, and requirements for facilities that do not have grade-level exits from the treatment area. Find the proposed rule at ttps://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-04/html/2016-26583.htm and the CMS press release at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2016-Press-releases-items/2016-11-03.html .
Online registration is now open for the for the March 2-4, 2017 California Dialysis Council’s Annual Educational Conference in Desert Springs CA. Exhibitors must register by January 27, 2017. Early registration discounts for attendees expire February 3, 2017. The hotel registration deadline for group rates is February 8, 2017. Planned topics for the Conference include hypertension, fluid control, facility ratings, Network 18 update, staffing shortages, common survey issues, HIPAA audits, new technology, and motivation. For full details see http://www.californiadialysis.org/cdc-events/annual-conference.aspx .
The Washington State Department of Health has published a Proposed Rule that modifies the way Certificate of Need applications for new dialysis facilities are evaluated. Comments are due to WA DOH by October 25, 2016, and a public hearing will also be held on that date. Find the Proposed Rule, hearing details, and comment form at https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/policyreview/Documents/1619038conkidney102final.pdf , and a Legislative Analysis of the Rule at https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/policyreview/Documents/slacertificateofneedkidneydialysis.pdf .
We’ve added the September 2015 Modality Reports (Patient Census) to the Network website at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/im/mode/modeq115.html . This year there are 4.5% more dialysis patients than a year ago.
On October 7-9, 2015 in Orlando FL, the National Renal Administrators Association will hold their Annual Conference (October 8-9) and Facility Leaders Workshop (October 7). Attendees include administrators, nurse managers, medical directors, nephrologists, technicians, and finance managers. Major topics in the Facility Leaders Workshop include staffing, productivity, cost reporting, water failure, conflict resolution, and compliance. Major topics in the Annual Conference include integrated care, patient engagement, disaster response, NHSN, QIP, Conditions for Coverage updates, legal and policy issues, and home dialysis. For details see http://www.nraa.org/index.php/news-a-meetings/569-2015-annual-conference-a-workshop .
Immediately following the Annual Conference, on October 9-10, the NRAA and Renal Physicians Association will jointly sponsor their Medical Directors Dialysis Facility Symposium; see http://www.nraa.org/index.php/meetings/medical-directors-symposium for details.