8/17 Communication Courses

  • Dialysis Patient Citizens’ free monthly educational webinar, to be held August 17, 2017, will be on Communicating Effectively with your Health Care Team.  The webinar will be presented by members of the Forum of ESRD Networks’ Kidney Patients Advisory Council.  Register at http://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-seminars .
  • Kansas City’s Heartland Kidney Network has added another colorful poster on essential elements of communication to their excellent short course called Heartland Huddle Up to Improve Communication.  This one is on “What Type of Coach Are You?”  It joins earlier pages on active listening, body language, emotional awareness, words matter, shared decision-making, retaliation, and teach-back.  Find them all at http://heartlandkidney.org/providers/article/heartland_huddle_up_to_improve_communication .

7/14 CCCC Call for Presentations

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California invites professionals in palliative medicine and advance care planning to submit breakout session proposals for their April 10-11, 2018 CCCC 10th Annual Summit in Anaheim CA on Better Together: Forging a Path to Person-Centered Care.  Proposals are due by July 14, 2017.  For details see http://ccccsummit.org/cccc-annual-summit-call-for-presentations/ .

6/29+ POLST Training

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will sponsor a June 29-30, 2017 training in Long Beach CA on POLST: It Starts with a Conversation, Train-the-Trainer.  Find details at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polst-it-starts-with-a-conversation-train-the-trainer-tickets-32924764858 .  The POLST – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – paradigm is described at http://polst.org/about-the-national-polst-paradigm/ .

 

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/ .