1/13 CMS TEP on Delaying CKD Progression

The Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation’s Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation is convening a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) on Development of a Quality Measure Assessing Delay in Progression of CKD for CMS.  Nominate yourself or others before January 13, 2020.  Find details at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TEP-Currently-Accepting-Nominations#a1213, and download nomination forms from https://www.cms.gov/files/zip/development-quality-measure-assessing-delay-progression-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd.

11/21 DPC Webinar on Treatment Options

Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a November 21, 2019 webinar on Treatments and Modality Options for Kidney Disease.  For details see below, and register at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/signup/.

New Interactive NKF CKD Education Tool

NKF has launched Kidney Pathways, an interactive education tool that uses an online kidney health assessment to provide a series of steps for people at any stage of CKD to learn about their condition and how best to respond to it.  Start the Kidney Pathways program by answering the question on the right-hand side of the screen at https://www.kidney.org/phi/1245/health.  Find a description of the tool at https://www.kidney.org/news/national-kidney-foundation-unveils-kidney-pathways-curated-kidney-health-education-curriculum.

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.

3/22+ CEU Courses in Spanish

The Advanced Renal Education Center offers an extensive list of recorded online courses on kidney health and treatments, some of which are also offered in Spanish, and some of which are also offered for continuing education credits.  They have scheduled Spanish-language online continuing-education webinars on Fundamentals of PD for March 22, 2019 and on Peritonitis in PD for March 28, 2019.  See https://www.advancedrenaleducation.com/elearning/all for details.  The Advanced Renal Education Center is created and maintained by Fresenius, but their courses are open to everyone.

“It’s Your Choice” Campaign

As we all know, many patients crash into dialysis.  This leaves them feeling poorly with no time to really learn about modality options or all the other choices that they have for optimal care that fits them best.  We want patients to know that they have choices and we want to help direct them to where they can find information or tools to help them make informed decisions regarding their dialysis care.

We are kicking off the It’s Your Choice Campaign.  We will be sending you various patient focused resources to distribute.  You can be creative in the distribution.  One month you can just print and hand them out to your patients.  Maybe the next month, you have it printed poster size and post it by the scale, depending on the resource.  It’s your choice!

We also would encourage you to let us know if you have a patient resource that has been particularly helpful in supporting optimal kidney care.  We would love to add it to our library.  In the future we plan to have a whole webpage dedicated to It’s Your Choice with a variety of resources for dialysis and CKD patients, including flyers, brochures, posters and maybe even a podcast with timely information.

NW16 10/4+ NWRD Conference, NWCRN News

NWRD Conference

Northwest Renal Dietitians have announced their 2019 Annual Conference, to be held March 7-8, 2019 in Portland OR.  Topics intended so far include cardiac dysfunction, change motivation, diabetes management, and an evening networking event.  For details see https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/412302_a994fa9b56104e058440b04e5eeab527.pdf.

To follow all Conference details as they develop, see https://www.nwrdonline.org/conference-overview.  Volunteers are welcome and appreciated.  NWRD includes renal dietitians from British Columbia, as well as the five Network 16 states.  There is no NWRD membership fee.

NKF Council on Renal Nutrition News

The Washington State Council on Renal Nutrition and the Oregon Council on Renal Nutrition, regional affiliates of the NKF Council on Renal Nutrition, are merging by January 1, 2019 to become the Northwest Council on Renal Nutrition, NWCRN.  NWCRN will be open to all renal dietitians in Network 16 – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.  The Oregon Council has closed, and until the new NWCRN website is available, any Network 16 dietitian may join the Washington State Council, at https://sites.google.com/site/washrenalnutrition/home/membership.

The Washington State Council holds bimonthly meetings, the last two of which in 2018 will be held in Seattle or by webinar on:

  • October 4, 2018 – Alkali Treatment in CKD
  • December 5, 2018 – Research for Dietitians

For more information see https://sites.google.com/site/washrenalnutrition/home, or email washcrn@gmail.comVolunteers are welcome and appreciated.  Handouts and minutes from past meetings are available at https://sites.google.com/site/washrenalnutrition/past-meetings.