8/15 Free NIDDK Brochures

The NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is depleting their stock of hard copy publications on diabetes, digestive diseases, nutrition, and kidney disease, in English and Spanish.  Up to 25 copies of most titles are available to order free of charge if shipped to addresses within the United States, until August 15, 2017.  See NIDDK’s Online Catalog at https://catalog.niddk.nih.gov/Catalog/ .

HIPAA Training Video

CMS has created a free video training module for health care providers on patients’ right of access under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  The video provides an in-depth review of the components of the HIPAA right of access and ways in which it enables individuals to be more involved in their own care.  It also provides helpful suggestions about how health care providers can integrate aspects of the HIPAA access into medical practice.  CME and CE credits are available.  Find details, and links to other useful HIPAA resources, at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/training/index.html .

10/23 NHSN Beta Testing

CDC is soliciting volunteer clinics to beta test version 8.8 of NHSN, currently scheduled for full release on December 9, 2017.  The beta testing period will be open from October 23, 2017 to November 3, 2017.  During this time, dummy data will be populated into the beta website for testers to manipulate within NHSN 8.8.  New data will be available each morning after a purge of all data submitted the previous day.  Beta testing will provide an opportunity for NHSN users to explore new NHSN features and potentially identify issues that can be resolved prior to the full release.  If you have any questions or want to volunteer for beta testing, contact NHSNBeta@cdc.gov with “Dialysis Component” in the subject line.

7/14 CCCC Summit

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s Tenth Annual Summit, on “Better Together: Forging a Path to Person-Centered Care,” will be held April 10-11, 2018 in Anaheim CA.  Professionals in palliative medicine and CCCC members are invited to submit proposals for breakout sessions.  The deadline is July 14, 2017.  For full details see http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/annual-conference/cccc-annual-summit-call-presentations/ .

7/13 IHI Self-Care Audio

IHI will sponsor a free July 13, 2017 audio presentation on “Greater Satisfaction, Outcomes, and Savings with Self-Administered Care,” reporting on recent improvements in outcomes when patients are trained to do their own dialysis or other health care.  Find full details and register at http://www.ihi.org/education/AudioVideo/WIHI/greater-satisfaction-outcomes-and-savings-with-self-administered-care/Pages/default.aspx/ .

SC Heat Wave 7/6-8+

Temperatures are expected to be well over 110°F in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys, and well over 100°F in the San Joaquin Valley, Antelope Valley, the southern foothills of the Transverse Ranges from Santa Barbara to Riverside, and the I-15 corridor into San Diego County.  While the hottest temperatures are expected to be Friday and Saturday, the heat will continue into next week.

Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful: