10/18+ EQRS 2.0 Training, CW Newsletter

CROWNWeb will present an October 18, 2018 training course on EQRS 2.0, and repeat the same course on October 19.  Find more information and register at http://mycrownweb.org/education_/training-calendar/, and find more information about the new features of EQRS 2.0 on pp.17ff of http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/June_Town_Hall_508_Compliant.pdf.

The CROWNWeb October Newsletter can be found at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/October_2018-Newsletter_508.pdf.  This issue contains articles on the design process for EQRS 2.0, a reminder to keep your facility contact information current in CROWNWeb because it is used in emergencies like hurricanes, ICD-10 code updates, upcoming deadlines, and announcement of an October 25, 2018 CROWNWeb Town Hall meeting.

NW18 Tropical Storm Rosa

Tropical Storm Rosa appears to be impacting Arizona more than California, but for the next few days there are still possibilities of thunderstorms that could trigger flash floods in vulnerable areas, and mudslides in places downhill from the recent fires near Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Burbank, and Sylmar.  Be alert for local weather reports and local emergency bulletins.

CMS requires Networks 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.

Disaster Preparedness

We’ve added to the Emergency Preparedness page of the Network 16 website a resource from the USC Dept. of Nursing on What Can Chronically Ill Patients Do to Brace for Natural Disasters?  Find our Preparedness page at https://www.nwrn.org/emergency-prep.html, and the USC resource at https://nursing.usc.edu/blog/chronic-conditions-natural-disaster/.

September is National Preparedness Month.  Find relevant Resources at:

NW16 10/1+ Quality Conference Agenda

Registration without late fee for the October 11, 2018 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference near the Seattle airport ends September 30, 2018.  On October 1 and later, registration is $25 higher.  If you’ve already registered but you’re no longer able to attend, your right to a refund also expires on September 30.

The agenda includes sessions on Innovation in Dialysis, Person-Centered Care, Home Dialysis, Disaster Preparedness, Transplants, and Mentoring.  The Conference fee includes 6 CEs for nurses, social workers, techs, and dietitians, plus continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.  Find the Agenda at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/QC2018/2018QCAgenda.pdf, and register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efe2a3np27c59239&llr=hakkwkrab.

7/25+ Heat/Fire Update

High temperatures are still expected and, because of nearby wildfires, Air Quality Alerts are posted “until the fires are extinguished” for:

Excessive heat remains in the forecast for most of Southern California except the coast, through July 28, 2018, with peaks nearing 120°F in the hottest places; see https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ061&warncounty=CAC065&firewxzone=CAZ261&local_place1=Palm%20Desert%20CA&product1=Excessive+Heat+Watch&lat=33.7338&lon=-116.3928.

CMS requires Networks 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.  For reporting instructions, and information on hydration, keeping cool, and preventing fires, see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/7-4-8-heat-and-fire-danger/.

7/19+ Fire Danger and Heat in WA, OR, CA

Red Flag (extreme fire danger) Warnings are posted for:

Temperatures over 100°F are expected and, because of nearby wildfires, Air Quality Alerts are posted “until the fires are extinguished” for:

Excessive heat is expected in most of Southern California, except the coastline, through July 25, 2018, especially July 23-25, with peaks well over 110°F in the usual hot spots; see https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ061&warncounty=CAC065&firewxzone=CAZ261&local_place1=Palm%20Desert%20CA&product1=Excessive+Heat+Watch&lat=33.7338&lon=-116.3928.

CMS requires Networks 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.  For reporting instructions and information on hydration, keeping cool, and preventing fires, see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/7-4-8-heat-and-fire-danger/.

7/17+ DFR Review Period, DFC Notes

The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) will post FY2019 Dialysis Facility Reports at https://dialysisdata.org/ for facility comments starting July 17, 2018.  The comment period ends on August 15, 2018.  Facilities must use their DialysisData.org Master Account Holder (MAH) password to create and/or enable staff accounts on DialysisData.org in order to review and comment on their DFR.  If you do not know your MAH password, contact your Network.

UM-KECC has also recently published an updated Technical Notes on the Updated Dialysis Facility Compare Star Rating Methodology.  Find it at https://dialysisdata.org/sites/default/files/content/Methodology/UpdatedDFCStarRatingMethodology.pdf.

CMS will suppress from public view some DFC and Star-Ratings data for impacted facilities in counties that were designated by FEMA as a major disaster area because of the 2017 wildfires.  For information on this see https://dialysisdata.org/sites/default/files/content/News/Natural%20Disaster%20Supression%20FAQs.pdf.