The Washington State Department of Health has been notified that scam artists are calling various health professionals across the state claiming suspicious activity with their license. Reports indicate that scammers are using department phone numbers as their own. This appears to be part of a larger extortion scheme related to scammers posing as government officials. This is not how WA DOH or other government or quasi-government boards, commissions, and agencies operate, and all health professionals should be skeptical of anyone making such demands. Please be aware that WA DOH, boards, and commissions will never call you asking for your DEA number, private information, or looking for payment. If you receive a call and want to know if there is a legitimate issue with your credential, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While WA DOH has issued this notice, it certainly will apply to other states as well.
CMS has published a summary of changes and other important information about the October 2019 update to Dialysis Facility Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/). Find the summary at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/End-Stage-Renal-Disease/ESRDGeneralInformation/Downloads/DFC-October-2019-Release-Q-and-A.pdf.
CROWNWeb (“CW”) has released the November edition of the CROWNWeb Newsletter. In it you’ll find articles on their new Community of Practice series detailing best practices collected from the 20,000 authorized CW users, on CW online training, on the CW Admit Patient and CW Initial 2728 Worksheets, on Clinical Closures, and they also announce the November 12, 2019 New User Training. Find the Newsletter at http://mycrownweb.org/2019/10/november-2019-newsletter/.
The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition has published a list of useful resources for patients and others dealing with the wildfires in California. The list includes links or contact information for KCER, Network 18, Cal Fire, the LA Fire Department, each dialysis provider, several Helplines and hotlines, Rx Open to locate operating pharmacies, the power companies, the California Emergency Operations Center, and a wildfire resource compendium from the HHS Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway ASPR TRACIE. Find the list at https://kcercoalition.com/en/california-fires/.
Home Dialysis Central has published a new blog post describing various insurance plans and how individuals in various situations can manage them to minimize the cost of dialysis, called Fact Sheet on Health Plans & Tips to Save Money on Dialysis Health Care. Find the blog post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/334-fact-sheet-on-health-plans-tips-to-save-money-on-dialysis-health-care and a pdf poster of the table of plans/situations and tips, at https://homedialysis.org/documents/Health-Plan-Status-&-Tips-BW-10-25-2019.pdf.
Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a November 21, 2019 webinar on Treatments and Modality Options for Kidney Disease. For details see below, and register at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/signup/.
CDC has added a twelfth module to its free-CE series of online on-demand opioid training modules, Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids: An Online Training Series for Healthcare Providers. The new module is called A Nurse’s Call to Action for Safer Opioid Prescribing. Fine the new module at https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/training/nurses-call-to-action/?s_cid=CDC-Rx-Guide-039&deliveryName=DM11240, and the other eleven modules at https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/training/online-training.html?s_cid=CDC-RX-Guide-018&deliveryName=DM11240.