7/16 KCER After-Action Report Webinar

KCER will present a July 16, 2020 webinar for dialysis facilities on The Basics of Preparing an After-Action Report for an Incident or Disaster.  The webinar presents KCER’s template for After-Action Reports (“AAR”) and includes instructions for meeting the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule for dialysis facilities, and specific guidance for AARs on your response to COVID-19.  Find more information in the flyer below.  Click HERE to register.  Contact KCER at kcerinfo@hsag.com for questions or assistance.

An AAR describes an event or process that for any reason you needed or wanted to respond to or improve, how you responded, your evaluation of the effectiveness of your response, and any improvements you recommend for “next time,” or to complete or enhance your response to the current issue.

New USPHS Guidelines for Infection and Transplant

The CDC MMWR has published a document entitled Assessing Solid Organ Donors and Monitoring Transplant Recipients for HIV, HBV, and HCV Infection — U.S. Public Health Service Guideline, 2020., describing advances in infection detection and treatment since the previous 2013 edition, with recommendations for organ procurement organizations and transplant centers.  It doesn’t cover COVID-19 organ damage or transmission.  Find the Guideline at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/rr/rr6904a1.htm?s_cid=rr6904a1_w.

7/9 NW16/18 COVID-19 Q&A Call

Comagine ESRD Networks 16 and 18 host a Q&A Zoom call on the second Thursday of each month.  Prior to the meeting, email your COVID-19 related questions to Barbara Dommert-Breckler at bbreckler@comagine.org.  To join the July call, link to https://comaginehealth.zoom.us/j/96776190485?pwd=bWZtSnhRM213QWE0ZjU1TXo5Zkh4UT09 a few minutes before 1pm PDT on July 9, 2020.

7/7+ CMS July COVID-19 Weekly Webinars

July’s COVID-19 CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls:

For recordings of past events, see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.

6/30+ COVID-19 Weekly Webinars

A number of organizations have been hosting weekly webinars on COVID-19.  This week:

  • ESRD NCC half-hour “Quickinars” for patients and providers.   Find the latest information, recordings of past Quickinars, and register for current presentations at https://esrdncc.org/quickinars.
      • Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 2-2:30 pm PDT, Quickinar for patients on Surviving and Coping with the Aftermath of COVID-19.
      • Wednesday, July 1, 2020, noon-1:15 pm PDT, Quickinar for providers on Dialyzing Patients in Skilled Nursing Homes During COVID-19.  Co-sponsored by CMS.  1 CEU available.
  • This week’s CMS Stakeholder Engagement Call:

For recordings of past CMS events, see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.

6/23+ COVID-19 Weekly Webinars

A number of organizations have been hosting weekly webinars on COVID-19.  This week:

  • ESRD NCC half-hour “Quickinars” for patients and providers, 2-2:30 pm PDT.   Find the latest information, recordings of past Quickinars, and register for current presentations at https://esrdncc.org/quickinars.
      • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Quickinar for patients on Kidney Patient Financial Help: Before, During, and After COVID-19.
      • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Quickinar for providers on COVID-19 Dialysis Unit Strategies.
  • This week’s CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls:

For recordings of past events, see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.

6/16+ COVID-19 Weekly Webinars

A number of organizations have been hosting weekly webinars on COVID-19.  This week:

  • ESRD NCC half-hour “Quickinars” for patients and providers, 2-2:30 pm PDT.   Find the latest information, recordings of past Quickinars, and register for current presentations at https://esrdncc.org/quickinars.
      • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Quickinar for patients on How Facilities are Keeping Patients Safe from COVID-19.
      • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Quickinar for providers on COVID-19 Infection Prevention Resources for Dialysis Staff.
  • This week’s CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls:

For recordings of past events, see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.

6/9+ COVID-19 Weekly Webinars

A number of organizations have been hosting weekly webinars on COVID-19, but they now seem to be winding down.  This week:

  • ESRD NCC half-hour June 10, 2020 “Quickinar” for providers is on the ASN COVID-19 Response.   Find the latest information, recordings of past Quickinars, and register for current presentations at https://esrdncc.org/quickinars.
  • This week’s CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls:

For recordings of past events, see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.

  • While they haven’t announced that they’ve discontinued their series, topics for this week’s Coalition for Compassionate Care of California hour-long COVID Conversations haven’t been announced.  For recordings of past events, and additional CCCC resources, see https://coalitionccc.org/covid-conversations-education/.

HDC on Safe Social Work and COVID-19

Home Dialysis Central has published a blog post on Dialysis Social Work During a Pandemic: Caring for Patients Safely, thoroughly reviewing what are permitted and required by:

  • CMS Conditions for Coverage,
  • Social Work licenses and training,
  • Medicare reimbursement rules and waivers,
  • Patient and staff safety,
  • Home dialysis,
  • Effective communication,
  • PPE,
  • Telehealth,
  • Comparative advantage,

all in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/361-dialysis-social-work-during-a-pandemic-caring-for-patients-safely.

6/2+ COVID-19 Weekly Webinars

A number of organizations have been hosting weekly webinars on COVID-19, but they’re now winding down.  This week:

  • This week’s CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls have been announced, but they don’t mention a dialysis-specific call this week.  The only calls they’ve announced are:

For recordings of past events, see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts0/4-21-cms-shareholder-engagement-calls/.

  • While they haven’t announced that they’ve discontinued their series, topics for this week’s Coalition for Compassionate Care of California hour-long COVID Conversations haven’t been announced.  For recordings of past events, and additional CCCC resources, see https://coalitionccc.org/covid-conversations-education/.
  • ESRD NCC half-hour “Quickinars” for providers and patients are about hurricanes this week, a problem which seldom bothers us here on the West Coast.   Find the latest information, recordings of past Quickinars, and register for current presentations at https://esrdncc.org/quickinars.

It sounds like these resources are winding down.