Emergency/Disaster Reporting

Northwest Renal Network’s February Network 16 News is about Emergency and Disaster Reporting Requirements.  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.  

You can find a copy of the February Network 16 News online at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .  We’ve included with your Network 16 News a copy of a page from the ESRD NCC Fistula First program called It only takes a minute to save your [vascular access] lifeline, but we’ll talk about that in a separate post.

2/17 KCER Needs Assessment

The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER) has requested that patients and facilities volunteer to complete KCER’s Program Needs Assessment questionnaire, to ascertain whether or not they’re likely to meet your needs in an emergency.  There are three different questionnaires, one for HD patients including Home HD, one for PD patients home or in-center, and a third for dialysis facilities.  For details and to respond, see http://www.kcercoalition.com/2017NeedsAssessment .  Contact Jerome Bailey with any questions, at 813.865.3542 or JBailey@hsag.com .

NW Lowland Snow

Networks are required by CMS to monitor the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  The Northwest Renal Network office is closed today because of heavy snow but Network staff are monitoring conditions remotely.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to receive dialysis, are impaired by weather or other issues this week, please notify Network Patient Services Director Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net and fill out the Network Disaster Reporting Form at https://www.nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .  Fax the form to Network 16 at 206-923-0716.  For questions or emergency assistance contact Lisa at LHall@nw16.esrd.net .

NW Network Council Call Recordings

A recording of the January 9, 2017 Network Council Call has been placed on the Northwest Renal Network website, along with a pdf of the slides from the webinar.  The call described the current Network contract structure and obligations, with emphasis on this year’s Quality Improvement Activities and CROWNWeb requirements and protocols.  Find the recording at https://healthinsight.adobeconnect.com/p6sn4hjkmow/?proto=true and the slides at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/2017NW16NetworkCouncilPresentationFinal.pdf .

SC 1/30+ CA Dialysis Conference

The California Dialysis Council will present their 35th Annual Education Conference March 2-4, 2017 in Desert Hot Springs CA.  The Conference will include sessions on PD, fluid management, facility ratings, staffing, worries, survey issues, HIPAA audits, CEO/CMO panel, disaster planning, legislation, and motivation.  Exhibitors must register by January 30, 2017.  Early attendee registration discounts, and registration cancellation refunds, are available till February 3, 2017, and room reservations at the Conference hotel till February 8, 2017.  Find the Conference brochure at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CADialysis0317.pdf .  Find additional information and register at http://www.californiadialysis.org/events/35th-Annual-Educational-Conference-2017-46/details .

Winter Storms

Networks are required by CMS to monitor the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to receive dialysis, are impaired by weather or other issues, please fill out the Network Disaster Reporting Form:

Travel is compromised because parts of Oregon and Idaho are receiving more snow and ice than usual from the current storms, and parts of Southwest Oregon, Southern Idaho, and the San Joaquin Valley are under flood watch.