The California Dialysis Council will present their 35th Annual Education Conference March 2-4, 2017 in Desert Hot Springs CA. The Conference will include sessions on PD, fluid management, facility ratings, staffing, worries, survey issues, HIPAA audits, CEO/CMO panel, disaster planning, legislation, and motivation. Exhibitors must register by January 30, 2017. Early attendee registration discounts, and registration cancellation refunds, are available till February 3, 2017, and room reservations at the Conference hotel till February 8, 2017. Find the Conference brochure at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CADialysis0317.pdf . Find additional information and register at http://www.californiadialysis.org/events/35th-Annual-Educational-Conference-2017-46/details .
Medicare and the Kansas City Network have released a four-page Dialysis Facility Compare Social Media Toolkit for Dialysis Centers, with sample graphics and messages appropriate for various social media. Find the Toolkit at http://www.therenalnetwork.org/home/resources/DFC_HCP_DialysisCentersStakeholderToolkit2016-12-05.pdf .
CMS seeks nominations and self-nominations for a Technical Expert Panel to recommend potential quality measures to include in the Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings. Patients and professionals with a wide variety of experience and expertise are invited, including patient and healthcare perspectives, methodology, QI and performance measurement, and disparities. Nominations are due by December 22, 2016. For more information see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TechnicalExpertPanels.html#422 .
CMS has published changes to DFC, detailed at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-10-28.html . ICH-CAHPS, Standardized BSI Ratio (SIR), and Pediatric PD Kt/V have been added to DFC, but not to the Star Ratings. Changes have been made to the way the Star Ratings are calculated, and adjustments have been made to the way the Vascular Access, Kt/V, Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR), and Hypercalcemia components of the Star Ratings are measured. All of these changes are included in the DFC update made October 28, 2016.