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 .  Find additional information and register at .

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 .

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 .

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 .

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 .

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 .

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: 
  • 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 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.

8/19 New QDFC Preview Deadline

CMS has discovered an error in the calculation of the Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR) that affects most facilities.  The measure has been recalculated and is available for preview in your facility’s 

  • DFC: Quarterly DFC Preview for October Report  
  • DFR: FY 2017 Dialysis Facility Report 

on .  The footer of these Reports will note the August 2016 production date.

Some planned readmissions were inadvertently excluded.  In the recalculation, 11% of facilities nationwide show an absolute difference in SRR of more than 0.05.  About 100 facilities changed SRR category on DFC.  Use the Comments & Inquiries tab on if you have questions on the SRR recalculation.

Because of this error, the Preview Period will be extended to August 19 at 5 PM ET to allow review of the updated Reports.  The SRR information is the only change to the Reports.  Refer to for more instructions if necessary.