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 .

Warning: Kidney Damage from Canagliflozin, Dapagliflozin

The FDA has strengthened the existing warning about the risk of acute kidney injury for the type 2 diabetes medicines Canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and Dapagliflozin (Farxiga, Xigduo XR).  The labels now include information about acute kidney injury and  recommendations to minimize this risk.  For full details see http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm506554.htm .

Transitions MAC Toolkit

The Medical Advisory Council (MAC) of the Forum of ESRD Networks ( http://esrdnetworks.org/ ) publishes a series of MAC Toolkits for dialysis providers on various topics, including Vaccination, Catheter Reduction, Diabetes Care Coordination, QAPI, Medication Reconciliation, Medical Director Responsibilities, and a newly minted Toolkit on Transitions of Care.  They can be effective starting places for root cause analysis in your Quality Improvement Activities.  For instance, Chapter 8 of the new Transitions Toolkit covers hospitalization issues and how important it is to provide communication and coordination of care from dialysis facility to hospital and back, particularly when a patient goes to the ER on their own.  Find the new Toolkit at http://esrdnetworks.org/mac-toolkits-1/new-toolkit-transitions-of-care-toolkit/transitions-of-care-toolkit/at_download/file .