CMS has released resources from its April 27, 2017 Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call. Find a transcript at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/Downloads/2017-04-27-Emergency-Prep-Transcript.pdf and an audio recording at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/Downloads/2017-04-27-Emergency-Prep-Audio.zip .
KCER will present a Prep Rally on May 23, 2017 to kick off their Prep Rally campaign to get patients engaged in emergency preparedness. For more information on the May 23 Rally see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PrepRally517.pdf . For more information on the larger campaign see http://www.kcercoalition.com/PrepRally .
KCER and Healthcare Ready will present a May 25, 2017 webinar on the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule at 12:30 pm PDT. The webinar will cover:
- Requirements of the rule and timeline for compliance
- Meeting the training and exercise requirement
- Completing a risk assessment
- Considerations for ESRD patients and dialysis facilities
Get details and join the webinar at this link. For more information on the Rule see http://www.kcercoalition.com/en/resources/professional-resources/cms-emergency-preparedness-rule/ .
October 1, 2017 is the cutoff date on early registration for the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference to be held in Tukwila WA. Continuing Education credits will be available for nurses, technicians, social workers, and dietitians. Find preliminary details in the April 2017 Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .
The News also includes a “Question Corner” on notifying the Network about interruptions to facility operations that occur after hours or on weekends, and in the “Hot Dates” corner a note on the professional CNSW meeting on May 11-12, 2017 (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/511-cnsw-educational-conference/ ).
Save the date for the July 18, 2017 HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 Quality Conference on Improving Patient Engagement and the Patient Experience of Care. The conference will span 8am-3pm PDT at California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. Topics will include palliative care, advanced care planning tools and skills, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, and more. Continuing Education credits will be provided to RN’s, PCT’s and Social Workers. Registration information and a complete agenda will be available soon.
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 Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714. We also ask that you fill out and submit our Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .
- 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 . Instructions for the form are at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/emergency/ .
CMS will hold an Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call April 27, 2017 to discuss the implementation of the new emergency preparedness requirements, including an overview of the regulation, and training and testing requirements. Facilities must be in compliance with the new rule by November 15, 2017. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Providers and suppliers affected by the final rule; state survey agencies; health care coalitions, and state emergency preparedness officials are encouraged to attend. For details and registration see https://blh.ier.intercall.com/details/3fffe92ff39341f4935586d18895c3d3 .