6/28 CW Town Hall on EQRS2 and Goals

The June 28, 2018 CROWNWeb Town Hall, titled A Look into the Future, will include review of the CMS assessment of ESRD Quality Goals, and discussion of and screenshots of EQRS 2.0, which will combine CROWNWeb, the ESRD QIP, and REMIS.  For full details and registration, see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/crownweb-town-hall-event-a-look-into-the-future/.

QIP Q&A and ListServ

CMS QualityNet has published an ESRD QIP Q&A web page, at https://cms-ocsq.custhelp.com/app/homeesrdqip/p/960.

You may also sign up on a “ListServ” or bulletin board to receive a variety of CMS bulletins and stakeholder discussions, including those on the ESRD QIP, HAI, and others, at https://www.qualitynet.org/dcs/ContentServer?pagename=QnetPublic/ListServe/Register.

6/22 AKF Phosphorus Webinar

The American Kidney Fund will present a free June 22, 2018 webinar on Phosphorus in the Kidney Disease Diet.  The webinar is open to everyone, including patients, family, friends, and professionals.  For details and registration, see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/phosphorus-in-the-kidney.html.

6/19 CDC Webinar on Disinfection

The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition and the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety project will present a free June 19, 2018 Targeting Zero Infections CE webinar on recommendations and best practices for environmental disinfection in the dialysis unit.  The webinar will cover:

  • CDC recommendations for dialysis station environmental disinfection
  • The patient perspective on environmental cleanliness
  • Challenges and solutions for reliable implementation of best practices for environmental disinfection
  • The responsibility of the Medical Director in ensuring proper environmental disinfection in the dialysis unit 

Audio for the webinar will come through your computer speakers.  Register at https://www.asn-online.org/store/webinar.aspx?evt_key=6b3914ee-4cf4-4945-84ab-115ebb8c8fcd&g2w_key=386530404480317697.

CDC HAN re HAV

CDC has issued a Health Alert Network Advisory on Hepatitis A Virus infections, especially among drug users and homeless persons.  The HAN includes recommendations for testing, vaccination, reporting, and other healthcare facility procedures.  For details see https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00412.asp.

7/11 CDC Webinar on Emergency Communication

CDC’s Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) program will present on July 11, 2018 a free continuing-education webinar on Messages and Audiences that will provide guidance on how to understand your audience(s) in an emergency, adapt messaging to reach and promote action in different audience segments, and how to use facts to build credibility and trust.  For more information, see https://emergency.cdc.gov/cerc/training/webinar_20180711.asp.

6/19 CMS Emergency Prep Rule Webinar

CMS will host a national webinar on emergency preparedness topics and questions related to the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, the 1135 waiver and lessons learned from the past year.  Submit questions in advance to SCGEmergencyPrep@cms.hhs.gov, and register at https://events-cms.webex.com/mw3100/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=events-cms&service=6&rnd=0.8285319829141192&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fevents-cms.webex.com%2Fec3100%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b0000000244c881a0a6a61d6c14777c845c0a3dc8c38840c368ef620016a0e87c8252f63d%26siteurl%3Devents-cms%26confViewID%3D95986232972041796%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAAL_ci1ZUJdBXYPAskpP66HvkvD4Cg8AiiEnGLU9a3jh-w2%26.