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 .

NKF PERC Education for Professionals

NKF offers a number of webinars under their Professional Education Resource Center or PERC, many of which offer free continuing education credits for multiple disciplines.  Some examples:

  • Social Work Collaboration for Transplant Patients
  • Evidence-Based Social Work
  • Anemia and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Nephropathic Cystinosis 
  • Western Diets: Are We Killing Our Patients?
  • Ethical Issues When Family Interferes with Transplant
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Cardiometabolic Diseases
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Living Kidney Donations
  • Early Detection and Prevention
  • Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hepatitis C
  • Mineral and Bone Disorder
  • Water
  • Minorities, Transplant, and Home Dialysis
  • ESRD Core Survey
  • Polypharmacy
  • Albumin
  • Depression and Pain
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Lipid Management
  • Journal of Renal Nutrition articles

See http://education.kidney.org/courses for information and registration.

QIP Final Rule Published

CMS has published the final version of the QIP for CY2017 and PY2019-20, summarized at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-10-28-2.html .  Major changes include:

  • Changes for CY2017 include adjustments to the Outlier Policy, Home/Self-Dialysis Training Add-On Payment, and Acute Kidney Injury provisions.  
  • PY2019 will see two NHSN measures – DE reporting and BSI clinical – combined into a new Patient Safety Domain, and substantive changes to the Hypercalcemia clinical measure.  
  • For PY2020, the Standardized Hospitalization Rate clinical measure and Ultrafiltration Rate reporting measure will be added, and the Mineral Metabolism reporting measure will be replaced by a reporting measure for Serum Phosphorus.

SC 1/27 CA Dialysis Conference Exhibitor Registration Deadline

Online registration is now open for the for the March 2-4, 2017 California Dialysis Council’s Annual Educational Conference in Desert Springs CA.  Exhibitors must register by January 27, 2017.  Early registration discounts for attendees expire February 3, 2017.  The hotel registration deadline for group rates is February 8, 2017.  Planned topics for the Conference include hypertension, fluid control, facility ratings, Network 18 update, staffing shortages, common survey issues, HIPAA audits, new technology, and motivation.  For full details see http://www.californiadialysis.org/cdc-events/annual-conference.aspx .

10/16 Mid-Columbia Nephrology Seminar

The Mid-Columbia Nephrology Seminar in Richland WA will be held October 16, 2016.  Topics include dialysis access, organ stunning, new technologies, empathy, and home dialysis.  Nine hours of CEUs will be available for RNs and PCTs.  See https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/MidCol16.pdf for details.

9/15 DOPPS Webinar

The Arbor Research Collaborative for Health will present a webinar September 15, 2016 on trends in hemodialysis shown by their DOPPS Practice Monitor surveys.  The webinar will emphasize anemia management and intradialytic weight loss.  For more information and registration, see http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1106091886730&ca=1836217f-032c-488e-b4bd-000c397fcdbd .

Excessive Heat Warning Through 8/20

The National Weather Service has declared an Extreme Heat Warning through August 20, 2016 in western Oregon and western Washington south of Everett, except for coastal areas.  Temperatures are expected to exceed 100°F in western Oregon, and also in the San Joaquin, Coachella, and Imperial Valleys in California.  With low humidity and unstable air vulnerable to thunderstorms, many areas (including western Washington north of Everett) are also subject to a Red Flag Warning signifying increased risk of fire.

Northwest Renal Network’s Monthly Patient Bulletin for August, Keep Calm and Get Prepared, is on the importance of emergency preparedness – September is National Preparedness Month.  The poster/flyer includes a link to an online social media game called “30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge” and a list of important considerations for your personal preparedness plan.  Find the Monthly Patient Bulletin at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PM/Emer0816.pdf .

It’s important not just for dialysis patients, but for everyone else as well, to stay hydrated in such conditions.  Heat stroke can kill anyone.  See our previous posts at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/category/facility-staff/emergency-preparedness-staff/ and https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/sc-extreme-heat-fluid-control/ for a number of strategies to keep cool, stay safe, and at the same time keep fluids within a range that’s healthy for dialysis patients.