ASN will present an April 9, 2020 webinar on COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting. Find details and register at https://www.asn-online.org/store/webinar.aspx?evt_key=2bcac956-6fda-4802-994b-c8f498020e27&g2w_key=4469573447087888396.
ASN will present an April 2, 2020 webinar on Hospital Care and Treatment Options for COVID-19 Positive Patients with ESKD and AKI that will address key areas of concern in the management of COVID-19 positive patients receiving RRT in the hospital setting, including treatment options, staffing, and safety. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4478274981960155148.
There’s no link yet, but ASN has also promised an April 9 webinar on Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting.
Recordings of the two previous ASN COVID-19 webinars are available at:
- COVID-19 Information for Providers of Dialysis Services (March 11, 2020), https://www.asn-online.org/ntds/resources/Webcast_2020_03_11_COVID-19.mp4.
- CDC Recommendations and Policy Updates for Current Challenges in the Dialysis Setting (March 26, 2020), https://www.asn-online.org/ntds/resources/Webcast_2020_03_26_COVID-19.mp4.
Home Dialysis Central has added a very thorough post to their blog on How to Support Home Dialysis Patients During a Pandemic. Find it at https://www.homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/351-how-to-support-home-dialysis-patients-during-a-pandemic.
CDC has released a number of new Guidance protocols today on:
- Return to Work Criteria for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19, at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/hcp-return-work.html, including sections on Return to Work Practices and Work Restrictions, and Crisis Strategies to Mitigate Staffing Shortages.
- Strategies to Optimize Personal Protective Equipment Supply, at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/index.html, including sections on eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks, and N95 respirators.
- Disposition of Non-Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19, at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html, which provides various protocols for allowing patients to discontinue home isolation.
The Medical Education Institute has published a Home Dialysis Central blog post on Medicare Waivers: The Best Kept Secret in Dialysis Home Health Care, which describes a program that allows people who don’t normally qualify for Medicaid, but who have fragile health, to get Medicaid funding for home care anyway. The program doesn’t cover dialysis itself, but it does cover home health care aides and other useful services. State agencies administer waiver programs that help seniors and people with disabilities, to ensure that these vulnerable populations can live independently in their homes and communities, and/or age in place. Thanks to these waivers, states can provide services to their residents that wouldn’t usually be covered by Medicaid. If you are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, you can have and use both for the services you need. The services they cover are not always the same. For example, Medicaid offers coverage for things like personal care services while Medicare does not. Find the MEI blog post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/346-medicare-waivers-the-best-kept-secret-in-dialysis-home-health-care.
Kidneys Quest Foundation will present a free in-person one-day 2020 Kidney Disease Impact Conference in Los Angeles on March 4, 2020. Conference topics will include improving renal health, preventing kidney failure, expanding options for kidney patients, dialysis, home dialysis, research, clinical trials, increasing available organs for transplant, transplant support, becoming a living donor, CKD and CVD, and pediatric CKD.
Invitation is extended to renal patients, social workers, registered nurses, dietitians, dialysis technicians, medical directors, administrators and organization managers, healthcare workers, friends and family of patients, and anyone interested in kidney disease and dialysis. Attendance and onsite parking is free, and continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, dietitians, and dialysis technicians are available for a $50 fee. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Register at:
- https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egu68tk72e9b31a2&oseq=&c=&ch= for those who want CE credit.
- https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egu6bqw6f4f810f0&oseq=&c=&ch= for all others.
Find complete details, including the Conference agenda and sponsor registration information, at http://kidneysquestfoundation.org/2020-kidney-disease-impact-conference.html.
The California Dialysis Council will hold their 38th Annual Educational Conference 2020 in Rancho Mirage CA on April 2-4, 2020. Topics include home dialysis, palliative care, nephrology social work, living with CKD, adherence, mental health, transplant, CEO and CMO panels, a legislative update, and a Network update. Continuing education credits are offered for nurses, dietitians, and social workers. Critical dates include:
- Early registration deadline March 1, 2020.
- Exhibitor registration deadline March 2, 2020.
- Room reservation deadline March 12, 2020.
- Online registration deadline March 27, 2020.
- Conference April 2-4, 2020.
On-site registration at the conference is allowed. For full details see https://www.californiadialysis.org/annual-conference.html.