7/18 NW18 Quality Conference

The HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 Quality Conference 2017 will be held in Los Angeles on July 18, 2017.  Onsite parking, continental breakfast, and lunch are all included in the $25 registration fee.  All Dialysis staff are invited – PCTs, RNs, SWs, dietitians, nephrologists, management, regional staff, support staff, and more will all benefit.  Main Topics include palliative care and advance care planning, violence prevention and de-escalation techniques, Alzheimer’s and dementia, emergency planning and preparedness, infection control, self care, and community resources.  Two CEs will be available to RNs and SWs.  Find full details and register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gfuz7mxab&oeidk=a07ee8xffqt1c2df4c8&oseq= .

NW <6/25 Heat Wave W WA/OR

Temperatures are currently expected on June 24-25, 2017 to range between 80 and 100°F in Western Washington and Western Oregon from Florence and Eugene north, including the mountains and Columbia Gorge through Hood River.  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.  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 .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

7/18 NW18 Quality Conference

The HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 Quality Conferene 2017 will be held in Los Angeles on July 18, 2017.  Onsite parking, continental breakfast, and lunch are all included in the $25 registration fee.  All Dialysis staff are invited – PCTs, RNs, SWs, dietitians, nephrologists, management, regional staff, support staff, and more will all benefit.  Main Topics include palliative care and advance care planning, violence prevention and de-escalation techniques, Alzheimer’s and dementia, emergency planning and preparedness, infection control, self care, and community resources.  Two CEs will be available to RNs and SWs.  Find full details and register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gfuz7mxab&oeidk=a07ee8xffqt1c2df4c8&oseq= .

SC <6/21 Heat Wave

Temperatures are currently expected to exceed 110°F in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys through June 21, 2017, and exceed 100°F in much of the rest of inland Southern and South Central California.  High-altitude snowmelt may cause flooding around Bishop.

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 .

Patients and facility staff may find these resources useful:

Survey Guidance: Emergency Preparedness

CMS has released an advance copy of Interpretive Guidelines and Survey Procedures for the new Medicare Emergency Preparedness Requirements rule that became effective on November 15, 2016 and will be implemented on November 15, 2017.  Find a copy at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Downloads/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-17-29.pdf .

Emergency Prep Call Materials

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 .

5/23 KCER Prep Rally

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 .