4/28 CNSW Ethics Workshop

The Oregon-Southwest Washington Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold a day-long Workshop on Ethical Issues in Dialysis and Transplantation April 28, 2017 in Portland OR.  Find details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW0417.pdf and maps and driving directions to the Workshop at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSWMap.pdf .

1/11 New CfC: 3rd-Party Payment

CMS has published a new rule in the Federal Register pertaining to Conditions for Coverage for ESRD Facilities – Third Party Payment.  Comments can be made until January 11, 2017.  The new Conditions will be effective January 13, 2017.  Because CMS has determined that current practices can significantly harm patients, they have shortened both the public comment period and the effective date of the rule.  Find the new rule at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/14/2016-30016/medicare-program-conditions-for-coverage-for-end-stage-renal-disease-facilities-third-party-payment .

Funding for Shared Decisionmaking Studies

The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is soliciting proposals for research projects to develop, test, and evaluate measures of shared decisionmaking for research conducted in clinical settings.  Shared decisionmaking is a collaborative process in which patients and members of their clinical team make health care decisions that are informed by scientific evidence as well as patients’ values and preferences.  For more information see http://www.ahrq.gov/news/share.html .

11/3 CCCC Advanced Care Plan Workshop

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop November 3, 2016 in Los Angeles on Let’s Talk: Promoting & Engaging in Advance Care Planning.  6 CEUs are available.  For more information see http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/community-based-advance-care-planning/ .

10/19 CCCC POLST Training

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop October 19-20, 2016 in Irvine CA on POLST: It Starts with a Conversation.  POLST – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – is to current treatment as Advance Directives are to future treatment.  10.5 CMEs and 11.5 CEUs are available.  You may know POLST as Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), Medical Orders on Scope of Treatment (MOST), Physician’s Orders on Scope of Treatment (POST) or Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP).  While the workshop will work from California’s POLST form, most of the information will apply in any state.  For details see http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4904bc4f7472f06a865fbafee&id=e6b24b0ed6&e=67e1ad4c31 .

10/7 ANNA Fall Meeting, San Diego

ANNA will host its annual Fall Meeting October 8-10, 2016 in San Diego, CA.  The ANNA Fall Meeting provides opportunities for nephrology nurses to expand their knowledge, enhance clinical skills, and widen professional networks.  There will be pre-conference workshops October 7 on critical thinking, differentials, and healthy work environments.  They offer a special $20 discount for nurses at Network facilities.  For details see https://www.annanurse.org/events/fall-meeting-2016 .

SC 10/13 CA EOL Option Act Workshop

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop October 13, 2016 in San Diego CA on California End of Life Option Act: Key Concepts and Critical Conversation Skills for Providers.  6 CEUs will be available.  For details see http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/end-of-life-option-act-conversation-training/ .