DFC January Update

CMS has announced that new data on the care quality of dialysis facilities is now available on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC), the website that allows patients and health centers to view and compare quality data about dialysis facilities.  CMS uses this data, organized into a series of measures, to create a 5-Star Rating system that can help patients make educated decisions about where to get their dialysis treatments, as well as to assist them in speaking with their healthcare team regarding their care.

The January revision has updated information for Standardized Transfusion Ratios, Standardized Mortality Ratios, Standardized Hospitalization Ratios, Standardized Readmission Ratios, vascular access types (fistula and catheter), bloodstream infections, hemoglobin management, and the CAHPS survey on in-center hemodialysis patient experience.  The July 2017 DFC data for dialysis adequacy, hypercalcemia, serum phosphorus, and the facility Star Ratings will remain until the next update.

Find DFC at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/#.

If you’re computer-savvy, you can download supplementary DFC data from https://data.medicare.gov/data/dialysis-facility-compare.

1/10+ NW16 ANNA Renal Update

The Greater Puget Sound Chapter #503 of ANNA will present their 2018 Renal Update February 1-2, 2018 in Lynnwood WA.  Topics include incivility, surveys, iatrogenic death, teach-back, calciphylaxis, difficult conversations, passion and compassion, AKI, organ donation, ultrafiltration, lupus, hyponatremia, hyperoxaluria, and the future of dialysis.  Registration is online only, and closes on January 29, 2018.  Discounts are available until 11:30 pm PST January 10, 2018.  For more information see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/ANNA/RenalUpdate2018.pdf.

1/15+ NW16 NWRD Conference, Spokane

Northwest Renal Dietitians will hold their 2018 Annual Conference in Spokane WA March 8-9, 2018.  Registration will open January 15, 2018.  Topics will include the gut microbiome, hyperkalemia, KDIGO Guideline updates, vegetarian and vegan renal diets, and more.  For more information see http://www.nwrdonline.org/ .

8/18 NW16 NWRD Conference

Northwest Renal Dietitians will hold their 2018 Annual Conference in Spokane WA March 8-9, 2018.  Registration will open January 15, 2018.  Topics will include the gut microbiome, hyperkalemia, KDIGO Guideline updates, vegetarian and vegan renal diets, and more.  For more information see http://www.nwrdonline.org/ .

Handouts and CPE certificates from the 2017 Conference in Seattle will be available only until August 18, 2017.  See http://www.nwrdonline.org/2017-handouts-cpes .

KDIGO Guideline on Living Kidney Donation

KDIGO has announced the publication of their Guideline for Living Kidney Donors.  Find the announcement at http://kdigo.org/kdigo-announces-publication-of-the-living-kidney-donor-guideline/ and the Guideline itself at http://kdigo.org/guidelines/ along with KDIGO Guidelines on AKI, Anemia, BP, Transplant Recipients, CKD, MBD, GN, HVC, and Lipids.