The NKF Professional Education Resource Center has added an online webinar, free to members, on Management of Hepatitis C in Late-Stage CKD Patients: Who, How, and When to Treat?  Continuing education credits are available to most professions.  For details and registration, see http://education.kidney.org/content/management-hepatitis-c-late-stage-ckd-patients-who-how-and-when-treat# .

KDIGO Guideline on Living Kidney Donation

KDIGO has announced the publication of their Guideline for Living Kidney Donors.  Find the announcement at http://kdigo.org/kdigo-announces-publication-of-the-living-kidney-donor-guideline/ and the Guideline itself at http://kdigo.org/guidelines/ along with KDIGO Guidelines on AKI, Anemia, BP, Transplant Recipients, CKD, MBD, GN, HVC, and Lipids.

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/ .

Nat’l SW Month

March is also National Social Work month.  We’ve added web pages to the Network 16 website describing a few skills that social workers bring to patients and facilities.  Among the many things social workers do are:

  • Help manage kidney disease
  • Help assure quality of life
  • Help with rehabilitation
  • Help with education
  • Help assure satisfaction

Find the flyer for facilities in this month’s Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html and this month’s Patient Bulletin for posting or handout to patients at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .

Nat’l Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month, while World Diabetes Day is on November 14.  Websites with useful information include:


9/9 Hemodialysis University, Chicago

The International Society for Hemodialysis will host the 2016 Hemodialysis University in Chicago September 9-10 on Critical Solutions for Dialysis Care.  Fourteen CME/CEU credits will be available, and session topics include pH, phosphorus, hepatitis C, hyperkalemia, initial home dialysis, listening to patients, iron delivery, malnourishment and obesity, anemia, new technology, fluid overload, and CHF.  See http://www.ishd.org/hemodialysis-university-2016/ .

9/6 Proposed PFS Changes Comment Period

CMS has published Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2017 in the Federal Register and is accepting public comment on its provisions until September 6, 2016.  Several of its many proposals may impact ESRD treatment, for instance:

  • Making dialysis-related and advanced-care-planning services eligible for Telehealth
  • Updates to Geographic Practice Cost Indices, particularly in California
  • Review of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Shared Savings Programs

A summary of the proposed changes can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-07-07-2.html .  The full Federal Register publication can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/07/15/2016-16097/medicare-program-revisions-to-payment-policies-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-other-revisions .