Wildfire season is here, and CMS requires all ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations, and patient access to treatment, during emergency events at all facilities. If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis, are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.
You are reminded never to put PHI or PII in an email or online form. Examples include patient name or initials, birthdate, SSN, and other identifying information.
CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) will hold an April 24, 2019 webinar on Cultural Competence in Preparedness Planning. When a disaster strikes a community, it often affects people of minority cultural backgrounds disproportionately. Cultural competency can help public health communicators reduce this disparity. Find more details and register for the webinar at https://emergency.cdc.gov/epic/learn/webinar_20190424.asp. See https://emergency.cdc.gov/epic/learn/index.asp for recordings of past EPIC webinars.
MEI’S Home Dialysis Central blog has published a post on Emergency Planning for Home Dialyzors. Find it at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/302-emergency-planning-for-home-dialyzors.
CDC’s EPIC Exchange will host a February 27, 2019 webinar on Communication for a Nuclear or Radiological Disaster. For details see https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/22ddb09.
Unusual snow and cold are afflicting most of western Washington and Oregon, and are forecast to continue for at least a week. (In the rest of Network 16 it’s not unusual.) CMS requires Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events at all facilities. If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.
CROWNWeb has announced that their next New User Training session will be held on December 11, 2018. Find details and register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/dec-2018-crownweb-new-user-training/.
The December 2018 CROWNWeb Newsletter is also available, at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/December_2018_Newsletter_V1.7-508.pdf. This issues includes articles on:
- The schedule for release of the PY2019 QIP reports and certificates:
- A Clinical FAQ on Post-Weight Dialysis Assessment date.
- Scheduled CROWNWeb Clinical Closure Dates; note that your Network may require earlier data entry in some situations.