August Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.  Communities use August each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.  For details see https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html .

PY2020 Correction on Personnel Vaccination

As part of the SNF PPS proposed rule released last week (see https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-04/pdf/2017-08521.pdf ), CMS proposed to correct the performance period for the NHSN Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Reporting Measure for PY2020 to October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.  You can comment on this or other elements of the SNF PPS proposed rule at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2017-0060-0002 until June 26, 2017.  Contact esrdqip@cms.hhs.gov if you have any other questions or concerns.  This performance period was incorrectly specified in the CY2017 ESRD PPS final rule as October 2016 through March 2017, which was a repeat of the PY2019 period.

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 .

NW Network Council Call Recordings

A recording of the January 9, 2017 Network Council Call has been placed on the Northwest Renal Network website, along with a pdf of the slides from the webinar.  The call described the current Network contract structure and obligations, with emphasis on this year’s Quality Improvement Activities and CROWNWeb requirements and protocols.  Find the recording at https://healthinsight.adobeconnect.com/p6sn4hjkmow/?proto=true and the slides at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/2017NW16NetworkCouncilPresentationFinal.pdf .

Pneumonia Vaccines

The October issue of Network 16 News has been posted to the Northwest Renal Network website.  The front-page article covers the essentials of Pneumonia Vaccines – why, which ones, when.  The “Question Corner” concerns patient and family engagement in their care, and the “Hot Dates” section highlights the November 9, 2016 free CE webinar on Patient and Provider Engagement.  You can find a copy of the October issue at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html