CMS has released a proposed rule for the CY2019 ESRD PPS, titled Proposed Updates to Policies and Payment Rates for the ESRD PPS, … QIP; and Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with AKI and a fact sheet summarizing it. The ellipsis in the title refers to durable medical equipment changes included in the same proposed rule. Find the fact sheet at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2018-Fact-sheets-items/2018-07-11.html.
The fact sheet includes summaries of:
- Removing the Healthcare Personnel Vaccination, Pain Assessment, Anemia Management, and Serum Phosphorus reporting measures from the PY2021 QIP.
- Restructuring domains and weights in the PY2021 QIP.
- Expanding NHSN validation in both PY2021 and PY2022.
- Adding measures for Percentage of Patients Waitlisted and Medication Reconciliation to the PY2022 QIP.
- Adding a measure on Standardized First Transplant Waitlist Ratio for Incident Patients to the PY2024 QIP.
The proposed rule can be found on the Federal Register at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-14986.pdf. Comments must be received by September 10, 2018.
CDC has issued a Health Alert Network Advisory on Hepatitis A Virus infections, especially among drug users and homeless persons. The HAN includes recommendations for testing, vaccination, reporting, and other healthcare facility procedures. For details see https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00412.asp.
CDC will present a free February 22, 2018 webinar on Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Exploring Best Practices in Injection Safety. For details and registration, see https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=g3qmrx0o1rdc&campaign=j5n63qeujgek. For recordings of previous webinars, see https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/training/safe-healthcare-webinars.html.
CDC has issued a “HAN” Health Advisory on increased influenza A(H3N2) activity and its clinical implications. The HAN also includes a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations, an update about approved treatment drugs and current supply, and background information for patients about influenza treatment. Find the HAN at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00409.asp.
CMS has also recently published a list of flu vaccine resources, at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/2016-12-08-eNews.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending#_Toc468862699.
CDC vaccination recommendations for the 2017-18 influenza season can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/indrr_2017.html . Find additional CDC resources at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/professionals/Dear-Colleague-Letter-2017-2018.pdf and https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ .
CDC and Medscape also present a continuing education (ACCME and ANCC) opportunity on these recommendations; see https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/cme/medscape_cme.html .
KCER has published their October 2017 Newsletter, with articles on the following:
- Emergency Preparedness Requirements Go into Effect November 15, 2017
- Flu Season is Here: Time for a Shot
- How to Prepare for a Wildfire
- Emotional Support After a Disaster
- Protecting Your Dialysis Vascular Access
- Handwashing After a Disaster
Find the Newsletter at http://kcercoalition.com/contentassets/1fc6b84d9aeb48818c8a1fc8ea2830c9/102017kcerwatchoct2017fnl508.pdf .
CMS has published an MLN Matters on “2017-2018 Influenza (Flu) Resources for Health Care Professionals.” Find it at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE17026.pdf .