Advances in Dialysis Technology

The May 2017 Northwest Renal Network Patient Bulletin or Monthly Patient Flyer, titled “Dialysis News,” is about current and future advances in dialysis technology, including the wireless Outset Medical Tabio HD System that is designed for ease of use and remote monitoring, the web-based Baxter AMIA PD Cycler also designed for remote monitoring, and the implantable bioartificial kidneys being developed at the University of California, San Francisco and at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The issue also includes a note about the free online My Life, My Dialysis Choice decision aid from MEI.

Find the NWRN Monthly Patient Flyers at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .

DFC Toolkits

Medicare has published a Dialysis Facility Compare Social Media Toolkit brochure in three versions (for patients or consumers, for dialysis facilities, and for physicians) and two languages (English and Spanish).  They provide graphic and text suggestions for sharing and promoting DFC on social media.  Find copies of them at:

HIPAA Identifiers

The May issue of Network 16 News is titled What to Know about HIPAA, and it includes a list of the 18 patient identifiers that, when any one or more of which are present, create Personally Identifiable information that must be protected according to HIPAA rules.

The “Question Corner” this month is about the most common patient concerns.  The “Hot Dates” section lists the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference in Tukwila WA (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/nw-101-nw16-quality-conference/ ), and the September 23-25, 2017 ANNA Management & Leadership Conference sin Miami FL (see https://www.annanurse.org/events/nephrology-nursing-practice-management-leadership-conference ).

Find Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

Emergency Prep Call Materials

CMS has released resources from its April 27, 2017 Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call.  Find a transcript at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/Downloads/2017-04-27-Emergency-Prep-Transcript.pdf and an audio recording at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/Downloads/2017-04-27-Emergency-Prep-Audio.zip .

5/23 KCER Prep Rally

KCER will present a Prep Rally on May 23, 2017 to kick off their Prep Rally campaign to get patients engaged in emergency preparedness.  For more information on the May 23 Rally see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PrepRally517.pdf .   For more information on the larger campaign see http://www.kcercoalition.com/PrepRally .

Cyber Crime Reporting

The following message is from CMS.

If you are the victim of ransomware or have cyber threat indicators to share

If you or your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, please contact law enforcement immediately.

  1. Contact your FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force, at https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/field-offices , immediately to report a ransomware event and request assistance.  These professionals work with state and local law enforcement and other federal and international partners to pursue cyber criminals globally and to assist victims of cyber-crime.
  2. Report cyber incidents to both of the following:
  3. For further analysis and healthcare-specific indicator sharing, please also share these indicators with the HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) via email to HCCIC_RM@hhs.gov