ESRD in the Budget Act of 2018

Kidney Care Partners (https://www.pr.com/press-release/744275) has summarized the ESRD-related provisions of the new budget law, H.R.1892 – Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018; the Act “will expand the use of home dialysis therapy through use of telehealth services; expedite patient access to quality dialysis care at newly certified facilities; and extend authority for Special Needs Plans (C-SNPs) without interruption in care.”  In addition, payments for non-emergency ambulance use are reduced.

While the legislation as passed and signed may not be effective until HHS converts it to administrative law, the original lawyerese can be found at:

2/15+ NWRD Conference Spokane

The payment deadline for discounted registration to the 2018 NWRD Annual Conference is February 15, 2018.  The Conference will be held March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA.  Register at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018.  Find the agenda, with includes Native American diets and disparities, disaster relief, vegetarian and vegan diets, transplant, diabetes, home hemo, new medications, EOL, and mentoring, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.pdf.

2/15+ NWRD Conference Spokane

The 2018 NWRD Annual Conference will be held March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA.  Payment received by February 15, 2018 will be discounted $50.  Register at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018.  The agenda includes CKD, disparities, and diet among Native American patients, hurricane relief, vegetarian and vegan diets, transplantation, diabetes, home hemo, new medications, EOL, mentoring, and a “3K Walk and Talk” along the Spokane River featuring best practices to “Renew, Refocus, and Refresh.”  Fourteen CPEUs are available.  Find the agenda at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.pdf.

The Conference also includes an evening networking opportunity, cooking class, and renal diet workshop called Cultivate your CKD Culinary Skills led by NKF chef instructor Duane Sunwold of the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.  Chef Sunwold, an experienced chef, culinary arts instructor, and former kidney patient, was able to put his kidney disease in remission, in part by changing his lifestyle and diet.  He will share professional techniques for teaching patients how to improve their diet.  Two additional CPEUs are offered for the evening.  Find more information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NWRD/NWRD.0318.Networking.pdf.

There is also space available for a few more poster sessions on your special project, teaching method, idea, or research; find details at http://www.nwrdonline.org/registration-2018.

Winter Safety

Home Dialysis Central, at http://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/236-emergency-planning-for-home-therapies, has published an emergency preparedness checklist for facilities with home patients.  The checklist was motivated by hurricanes, but it applies equally to serious winter storms, fire, flood, earthquake, and general bedlam.

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. 

The Kidney Foundation of Canada has also posted a list of tips to help patients survive winter storms; see https://www.kidney.ca/page.aspx?pid=2209.

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.