4/24 TEP for Meds Reconciliation

CMS is seeking nominations for members of  Technical Expert Panel to develop one or more quality measures related to medication reconciliation and management for ESRD patients.  Nominations are due by April 24, 2017.  For details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TechnicalExpertPanels.html#ESRD%20Reconciliation .

Nat’l SW Month

March is also National Social Work month.  We’ve added web pages to the Network 16 website describing a few skills that social workers bring to patients and facilities.  Among the many things social workers do are:

  • Help manage kidney disease
  • Help assure quality of life
  • Help with rehabilitation
  • Help with education
  • Help assure satisfaction

Find the flyer for facilities in this month’s Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html and this month’s Patient Bulletin for posting or handout to patients at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .

HICN and MBI News

CMS has announced several new resources to help facilities prepare for the conversion from Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI), in order to remove Social Security Numbers from Medicare identifiers.  The conversion is called the Social Security Number Removal Initiative or SSNRI.  The resources include:

Beginning in April 2018, CMS will start sending new MBI Medicare cards to all beneficiaries.  It is recommended that facilities begin using the new Identifiers as soon as possible.  A transition period, where providers can use either HICN or MBI to exchange data with CMS, will begin no earlier than April 1, 2018, and run through December 31, 2019.

Patient-Centered Care

We’ve added a brochure to the Network 16 website called Improving Patient-Centered Care: About the In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (ICH-CAHPS).  Find the English version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia2016/ICH-CAHPS-survey-N16-v3.pdf and the Spanish version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia2016/ICH-CAHPS-survey-n16-SPANISH-v2.pdf .  We’re again using ICH-CAHPS as a major part of our 2017 Patient-Engagement Quality Improvement effort; for more information see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/ICH_CAHPS_QIA_Kickoff_021617.pdf .

For Network-18 versions of the brochure, call Eileen Boyte, MSW, Patient Services Director, at 888-268-1539.

4/28 CNSW Ethics Workshop

The Oregon-Southwest Washington Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold a day-long Workshop on Ethical Issues in Dialysis and Transplantation April 28, 2017 in Portland OR.  Find details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW0417.pdf and maps and driving directions to the Workshop at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSWMap.pdf .