5/9 TMF Sepsis Webinar

The TMF Quality Innovation Network will offer a free May 9, 2017 webinar on Sepsis: Early Detection and Treatment as part of their virtual Annual Conference.  Continuing education credits are available.  The May 9-11, 2017 Conference also includes sessions on the CMS National Quality Strategy, the Social Determinants of Health, Opioid Misuse and Reduction Strategies, and Antibiotic Stewardship.  For full details and registration, see https://www.tmfqin.org/2017-Virtual-LAN-Event .  The TMF Quality Innovation Network is the QIO-QIN for Texas and nearby states.

4/29 Drug Disposal

The US Dept of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency Diversion Control Division will sponsor the 12th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017.  To find a location near you, see https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ .  As of today, many locations are listed in California, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, but fewer in Alaska and Washington. However, they are adding collection locations daily, so check back later in April if you don’t find a convenient dropoff site.

Alternative methods of disposal are detailed at https://archive.epa.gov/region02/capp/web/pdf/ppcpflyer.pdf .

 

4/24 TEP for Meds Reconciliation

CMS is seeking nominations for members of  Technical Expert Panel to develop one or more quality measures related to medication reconciliation and management for ESRD patients.  Nominations are due by April 24, 2017.  For details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TechnicalExpertPanels.html#ESRD%20Reconciliation .

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 1/20 ANNA Renal Update

ANNA Greater Puget Sound Chapter 503 will host the Renal Update 2017 conference in Lynnwood WA on March 2-3, 2017.  Topics include htn, hospitalization reduction, medical marijuana, vascular access, peritonitis, poverty, living donation, pediatric PD and AKI, ethics, dialysis outcomes, Ca/PO4/PTH, and challenging personalities.  There will be no on-site or mail-in registration, so registration must be completed online by 11:30 pm PST on February 23, 2017.  There is a discount for registration completed before 11:30 pm PST January 20, 2017.  For the full agenda and registration details, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/2017RenalUpdate.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.

Free CE Courses

The American Kidney Fund offers a number of free NANT, NASW, and CDR continuing education credits on depression, self-care, relationship-building, and a number of other topics. See http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/online-cmece-opportunities/ for more information.

The NKF Professional Education Resource Center also presents free continuing-education courses, for most kidney-related health professions.  Just a few of these courses include prevention, hepatitis (see below), water, cultural sensitivity, pain management, hyperkalemia, and other mineral imbalances.  For more information see http://education.kidney.org/courses .

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, by the way; for more information see http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6528a1.htm .