5/11+ CNSW Educational Conference

The Northwest Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold their Spring 2017 Educational Conference on May 11-12, 2017 in Issaquah WA.  The May 11 agenda includes sessions on salt and water, fluid and sodium overload, patient and social work approaches to fluid management, and sleep disorders.  Renal dietitians are also invited to the May 11 sessions, and RD CEUs will be offered.  May 12 sessions include patient safety and grievances, Dialysis Patient Citizens, and compassion fatigue.

Find the Conference brochure and registration instructions at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW.0517.pdf .  Registration must be postmarked by April 28, 2017, and early registration is recommended because of space limitations.  Payments postmarked prior to April 20, 2017 will be eligible for a prize.

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 .