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 .

7/31 Free NKDEP Publications

Between now and July 31, 2016, selected NIDDK and NKDEP publications are available free in quantities up to 250 when shipped to US addresses, as NIDDK is reducing excess inventory.  Some examples:

  • Family Reunion Health Guide: Make Kidney Health a Family Reunion Affair
  • Is My Child At Risk for Kidney Disease?
  • ¿Mi hijo corre riesgo de tener la enfermedad de los riñones?
  • Chronic Kidney Disease and Diet: Assessment, Management, and Treatment
  • Consejos para personas con la enfermedad de los riñones
    • Cómo leer la Etiqueta de los Alimentos
    • Una dieta sana parala Salud de los Riñones
    • El Fósforo
    • El Potasio
    • El Sodio
    • Las Proteínas
  • Resultados de sus pruebas de los riñones
  • La Enfermedad de los Riñones ¿Qué significa para mí?

For the full list, see https://catalog.niddk.nih.gov/bulkorder.cfm .  To order, click on the publication you want.

3/10 World Kidney Day

Today, March 10, 2016, is World Kidney Day!  Kidney disease affects an estimated 26 million people – most remain undiagnosed.  It’s crucial that we encourage more people to learn about kidney disease, get tested for the disease and live a healthy life style.  Visit https://www.aakp.org/ or https://nccd.cdc.gov/CKD/default.aspx to learn more.

12/31 Stipend Deadline for Dietititans Conference 3/3-4/16 in Troutdale OR

The Northwest Renal Dietitians will hold their 2016 Annual Conference near Portland March 3-4, 2016, hosted by the Oregon Council on Renal Nutrition.  Topics will include advance planning, nutrition assessment, appetite, acidosis, Fe-based PO4-binders, K/P transplants, marijuana, behavior change, inflammation, and diabetes.  For full details, including agenda, registration, accommodations, call for abstracts and posters, links to digital handouts, and stipend application (deadline December 31, 2015), see: