4/27 New Emergency Rule Call

CMS will hold an Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call April 27, 2017 to discuss the implementation of the new emergency preparedness requirements, including an overview of the regulation, and training and testing requirements.  Facilities must be in compliance with the new rule by November 15, 2017.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.  Providers and suppliers affected by the final rule; state survey agencies; health care coalitions, and state emergency preparedness officials are encouraged to attend.  For details and registration see https://blh.ier.intercall.com/details/3fffe92ff39341f4935586d18895c3d3 .

SC 1/30+ CA Dialysis Conference

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 .

FAQ on New Emergency Preparedness Rule

CMS has added two new FAQ pages to their online information about the new Emergency Preparedness rule effective November 15, 2016 and citable after November 15, 2017.  Find the FAQs at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertEmergPrep/Emergency-Prep-Rule.html .

Video: New Emergency Preparedness Rule

CMS has added to its website a video from the October 5, 2016 National Provider Call on the new Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule.  The Rule was effective as of November 15, 2016, but facilities will not be surveyed on the new Requirements until November 15, 2017, to give everyone time to implement the Requirements.  Information about the Rule and the Call, and all supplementary materials from the Call, can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2016-10-05-Emergency-Preparedness.html .

SC 1/27 CA Dialysis Conference Exhibitor Registration Deadline

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 .

Non-Discrimination Notices

Section 1557 is the nondiscrimination provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in specified healthcare programs, including Medicare.  These requirements are introduced and summarized at http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557/index.html .

Healthcare facilities receiving funding from Medicare are required to post notices of nondiscrimination and taglines that alert individuals with limited English proficiency to the availability of language assistance services.  Samples of these notices and taglines are presented in 64 different languages at 
http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557/translated-resources/index.html .

NW-WA 10/18 Emergency Preparedness Call

Northwest Renal Network is partnering with the Washington State Department of Health to educate dialysis providers about Health Care Coalitions (HCCs).  We hope that all Washington facilities will join this webinar to hear about how your involvement can help make your community more connected and resilient, and your patients kept safe during emergencies.

  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 10am Pacific Time
  • Web link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/991998629 
  • Dial in 877-309-2073, Access code 991-998-629; Audio PIN will be provided when you join the meeting

HCCs are part of CMS’s new Emergency Preparedness final rule; see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/105-1115-new-emergency-prep-rule-cms-call/ for details on the new requirements; while the National Call referenced there is past, the link will take you to materials from the Call.  The new rule takes effect November 15, 2016.