9/28 CMS Disaster Town Hall

CMS and CROWNWeb have announced the topic for their September 28, 2017 Town Hall conference call, “Reinforcing Processes in the Wake of Natural Disasters,” featuring discussions on how CROWNWeb can track patients and provide essential information during disasters.  Register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/crownweb-town-hall-reinforcing-processes-wake-natural-disasters/ .

Reporting Disasters & Emergencies

The September Network 16 News is on Emergency/Disaster Reporting, and includes instructions for Northwest Renal Network (Network 16) facilities to report disruption of patient treatment, as is required by CMS.  Instructions for Network 18 facilities can be found at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

The Network 16 News issue also includes a “Question Corner” on addressing patient concerns about scheduling their dialysis (see also https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PM/Schedules0817.pdf), and notes about upcoming professional meetings:

And a note welcoming Network 16’s new Quality Improvement Education Coordinator, Ashley Thomsen, RN, BSN.

Find a copy of the Network 16 News issue at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

Emergency Preparedness Training

“ASPR TRACIE” (the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway) has announced a free online training course on the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule.  The course has separate versions for Providers and Surveyors:

ASPR TRACIE has also published a new issue of their Exchange newsletter (https://asprtracie.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/tracie-the-exchange-newsletter-issue5-v10-release-508.pdf), with articles on Health Care Coalitions, Hospice and Emergency Preparedness, their Subject Matter Expert network, the Opioid Crisis, and Resources.  The last section includes links to documents such as:

September Preparedness Month

CDC, along with other organizations and agencies, declares September to be National Preparedness Month.  They urge everyone to take action before, during, and after an emergency.  Their recommendations include:

  • Every community should be ready to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, chemical spills or radiation releases, and natural disasters.
  • Public health systems should have the capacity to scale up quickly to respond to the varying demands of public health emergencies.

For more information see https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6636a1.htm .

<9/4 More Heat

Unusually warm temperatures are expected to continue to:
  • Exceed 100°F through the rest of this week in much of Southern California, and exceed  110°F in desert areas
  • Exceed 100°F into next week in inland Southwestern Oregon
  • Approach 100°F into next week in the Willamette Valley and inland Southwestern Washington
  • Be hotter than usual into next week in the rest of inland Western Washington

Fire danger will remain high, and many areas have air quality issues from existing wildfires.  Monitor your local conditions and warnings by navigating the map at http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-122.73158194273302&lat=45.50278002631191#.WahtM4U_fH8 and clicking on your specific location.

Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  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.

In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

For Washington and Oregon (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

<8/31 Heat Advisories

High temperatures this week are expected to be:

  • Well over 110°F in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys through Wednesday
  • Over 100°F in most of the rest of Southern California through Wednesday
  • Approaching 100°F in San Diego, the Owens Valley, and San Luis Obispo County through Wednesday
  • Over 100°F in Southwest Oregon through Tuesday
  • Approaching 100°F in the Willamette Valley on Monday.
  • Near or above 100°F in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington this week

While no significant wildfires appear to be causing evacuations or disrupting transportation at this time, many populated areas in the Pacific Northwest have air quality warnings from fires in their hinterlands.

Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  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.

In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

For Washington and Oregon (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful: