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.
- For Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall or Ashley Thomsen at 206-923-0714, or by email at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/view.php?id=44393 (Network 18 will forward it back to Network 16).
- In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Anabel Galindo-Guerrero at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or email@example.com, and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298.
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:
- December 14, 2018 – PSRs and PSCs will be available to facility POCs on the ESRD QIP System at https://www.qualitynet.org/. PSCs must be prominently displayed in both English and Spanish within fifteen days of their availability and remain posted throughout the entire 2019 calendar year. Facilities without POCs are directed to call the QualityNet Help Desk at 866-288-8912.
CMS expects to post the Performance Score Summary Report to DFC in January 2019, and to their Public Reporting & Certificates web page at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/08_ReportandCert.html by December 29, 2018.
- Questions may be directed to the QualityNet ESRD QIP Q&A tool at https://cms-ocsq.custhelp.com/app/homeesrdqip/p/960.
- A summary of the November CROWNWeb Town Hall featuring the
Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition’s (KCER) role in emergency preparedness and disaster response coordination, and their coordination with EQRS and CROWNWeb. Slides of the meeting can be found at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/November_Town_Hall_Version_2.3_508-Compliant.pdf. More information on KCER can be found at https://www.kcercoalition.com/.
- 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.
- Announcement of a December 20, 2018 CROWNWeb Town Hall on 2018: A Retrospective Review. See http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/crownweb-town-hall-2018-a-retrospective-review/ for details and registration.
CMS requires Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events like the recent major earthquake in Alaska. 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.
- For Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16), contact Ashley Thomsen at 206-923-0714 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network 16 Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .
- In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Anabel Galindo-Guerrero at 888-268-1539 or by email at email@example.com, and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298.
Find requirements and recommendations on earthquake preparedness for patients and providers at:
The National Center for Environmental Health will present a webinar on Are you Rad-Savvy? Applying Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Principles in a Nuclear/Radiological Disaster, at 10:30 am PST on November 15, 2018. The webinar will cover how to apply emergency communications principles in a nuclear or radiological disaster. Find the webinar at https://adobeconnect.cdc.gov/rohmmm7xth21/. To join by telephone, call 888-677-5809 with Participant ID 8130407.