4/2+ ASN COVID-19 Webinars on Hospitalization and Home

ASN will present an April 2, 2020 webinar on Hospital Care and Treatment Options for COVID-19 Positive Patients with ESKD and AKI that will address key areas of concern in the management of COVID-19 positive patients receiving RRT in the hospital setting, including treatment options, staffing, and safety.  Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4478274981960155148.

There’s no link yet, but ASN has also promised an April 9 webinar on Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting. 

Recordings of the two previous ASN COVID-19 webinars are available at:

12/18 NHSN Maintenance, Vs 9.4, Newsletter

The NHSN Dialysis Component will be down for “several hours” on December 18, 2019, starting at 6am PST, for scheduled maintenance.

NHSN Version 9.4 was released on December 7, 2019.  It includes many additions and changes, including analysis updates.  Review pages 1 (all Components) and 4-5 (Dialysis Component) of the Version 9.4 Release Notes at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NHSN/NHSN9.4ReleaseNotes.pdf for important details.  The new analysis output options require regeneration of datasets.  Email all questions to the NHSN Helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov.

The December 2019 NHSN Newsletter has been published.  It includes no dialysis-specific articles, but there are relevant general articles on pages 14ff covering NHSN Training in 2020 and CDA changes for Version 9.4.  Find it at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/newsletters/nhsn-nl-dec19-508.pdf.

Slides from the December 4-5 NHSN Dialysis Surveillance Call can be found at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NHSN/NHSNDialysisEventUpdates2020.pdf.  They include sections on AKI, Data Quality Checks, Annual Training, Missing SIRs, Data Review, QIP Updates, and Version 9.4.

Recall: Baxter AKI Prismaflex Control Unit

The FDA has announced Class II recalls of Baxter Prismaflex Control Units for AKI Recovery (https://www.baxter.com/healthcare-professionals/critical-care/prismaflex-system-critical-care) with software versions below 7.21 because of communication errors that may interrupt or delay therapy or result in blood loss.  Product Codes and Lot Numbers recalled include:

9/27 CMS Proposed Changes to Dialysis Reimbursements

CMS will publish in the Federal Register on August 6, 2019 a Proposed Rule that includes changes to the CY2020 ESRD PPS, ESRD QIP, AKI payments, and many other details, including adjustments to the PY2022 NHSN and STrR measures, and provisions for new and innovative treatments.  The Proposed Rule also includes requests for public comment on the case-mix adjustment model and wage indices.  Comments will be due by September 27, 2019.  Find:

ANNA Fact Sheets on PD, AKI

The ANNA Special Practice Networks have published a series of several-page Fact Sheets on a number of topics:

NHSN Updates

NHSN was updated to Version 9.3 on April 27, 2019.  There have been many additions and changes with this release, including the following updates to the Dialysis Component:

  • CDA Dialysis Monthly Summary – the CDA for version R3D3 of the Dialysis Monthly Summary was updated to allow “Report No Events”.  The functionality is available for both manual CDA import and Direct CDA submissions.
  • Analysis and Reporting:
    • Updated dialysis aggregate data from 2016-2017 for rate tables and run charts.
    • Created a new TAP report type and changed report icon for Excess Infections.  A new Excess Infections report type allows for modifications to the TAP report without disturbing functionality used by other NHSN components.
    • In 2018, the Dialysis Component began collecting data using an AKI location.  Now that some data have been collected, data reported to that AKI location are included in dialysis rate tables and run charts so facilities and groups can review AKI-specific rates for the various dialysis event measures.

In order to use any of the new analysis output options you must first regenerate datasets.  As always, send all questions to the NHSN Helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov.

5/22 CMS/NKF Webinar on CKD Risk Reduction

CMS and NKF will present a May 22, 2019 webinar on on Population Health Strategies for Kidney Disease Risk Reduction, at noon PST.  Nephrologists, dialysis facility medical directors and renal care providers are invited and encouraged to attend. The NKF CKD Change Package will be introduced, systematic strategies for improving identification and management of CKD will be described, and a population health strategy for registry function, QI, and patient engagement for people living with CKD will be presented.  Register for the webinar at https://meetings-cms.webex.com/meetings-cms/onstage/g.php?MTID=e06e8b0a5642756b1b7a7e0998d0eeeb8.  Find the NKF CKD Change Package at https://www.kidney.org/sites/default/files/02-11-8036_JBI_CKD_ChangePackV17.pdf.