Grievance Toolkit in Spanish

The National Forum of ESRD Networks has created a Spanish version of its new Dialysis Patient Grievance Toolkit.  Find it at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits/dialysis-patient-grievance-toolkit-1 .  It joins the catalog of Forum Medical Advisory Council (MAC) and Patient Toolkits, which now include:

  • Home Dialysis
  • Transitions of Care
  • Medical Director
  • QAPI
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Catheter Reduction
  • Assurance of Diabetes Care Coordination
  • Vaccination

Find them all, along with the MAC Speaker’s Bureau Brochure, at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/mac-toolkits-1 .

SC 1/28 NAACP ACE Home Dialysis Panel

The NAACP ACE Dialysis Health Imperative for Access, Choice, and Equity will sponsor a panel presentation about how to access home dialysis treatment options, on January 28, 2017 in Los Angeles.  Patients, family, caregivers, clinicians, community members, and health advocates are invited to attend.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NAACP.ACE.Forum117.pdf .

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.

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.

10/16 Mid-Columbia Nephrology, Richland WA

This year’s Mid-Columbia Nephrology Seminar in Richland WA will be held October 16, 2016.  Discounts to the registration fee are available until October 1, 2016.  Topics include dialysis access, organ stunning, empathy, new technologies, and home dialysis.  Nine hours of CEUs will be available for RNs and PCTs.  For detail see  https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/MidCol16.pdf .

A BONENT PCT certification exam will be held on October 15, 2016 in Richland; for details see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/8319151013-bonent-certification/ .