5/22 CMS/NKF Webinar on CKD Risk Reduction

CMS and NKF will present a May 22, 2019 webinar on on Population Health Strategies for Kidney Disease Risk Reduction, at noon PST.  Nephrologists, dialysis facility medical directors and renal care providers are invited and encouraged to attend. The NKF CKD Change Package will be introduced, systematic strategies for improving identification and management of CKD will be described, and a population health strategy for registry function, QI, and patient engagement for people living with CKD will be presented.  Register for the webinar at https://meetings-cms.webex.com/meetings-cms/onstage/g.php?MTID=e06e8b0a5642756b1b7a7e0998d0eeeb8.  Find the NKF CKD Change Package at https://www.kidney.org/sites/default/files/02-11-8036_JBI_CKD_ChangePackV17.pdf.

5/8-12 NKF Spring Clinical Meetings, Boston

The National Kidney Foundation 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM19) present a unique opportunity for renal health care providers to learn new developments related to all aspects of nephrology.  An important objective of SCM19 is to present the latest insights into CKD care through a combination of interesting courses, practical workshops, thought-provoking symposia and insightful debates.  SCM19 will be held May 8-12, 2019 in Boston MA.  In-person registration is allowed, but many registration fees are discounted if you register online before May 6.

Extra-cost pre-conference course topics on May 8 include dialysis success, vascular access, ultrasound, supportive care, and updates on new developments in transplant, critical care, and glomerular disease.  Topics for extra-cost lunch workshops during the conference will include vascular access, electrolytes, hyponatremia, glomerular disease, reproductive health, hypertension, communication, and board review.  For those unable to attend in person, live-streamed conference sessions will be available on burnout, obesity, safety, fluid management, opioids, social media, diabetes, community, lifestyle interventions, palliative care, and KDOQI update.

For more information and registration, see https://www.kidney.org/spring-clinical.

3/22+ CEU Courses in Spanish

The Advanced Renal Education Center offers an extensive list of recorded online courses on kidney health and treatments, some of which are also offered in Spanish, and some of which are also offered for continuing education credits.  They have scheduled Spanish-language online continuing-education webinars on Fundamentals of PD for March 22, 2019 and on Peritonitis in PD for March 28, 2019.  See https://www.advancedrenaleducation.com/elearning/all for details.  The Advanced Renal Education Center is created and maintained by Fresenius, but their courses are open to everyone.

AAKP HealthLine on MBD Secondary Hyperparathyroidism

AAKP has recorded their November HealthLine webinar, variously named as Are You at Risk for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism?  Learn the Importance of Early Detection, and The Pathogenesis and Treatment of CKD-MBD.  CKD-related Mineral Bone Disease, in this case Hypocalcemia, can cause excessive secretion of parathyroid hormone (PTH) or Secondary Hyperparathyroidism.  Tune into the webinar recording at https://www.gotostage.com/channel/6927452477730326277/recording/9cfd79d963c345628f3e38d8ba44a5ab/watch, or read more about it at https://aakp.org/blog/aakp-healthline-webinar-summary-risk-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-learn-importance-early-detection/.

NW16 10/7-8 ANNA Meet & Greets

ANNA Chapter 503 will hold evening Meet & Greet meetings in Portland OR on November 7, 2018 and in Chehalis WA November 8, 2018, providing opportunities to meet your ANNA 503 Chapter Officers and Education Planning Committee, and local Nephrology Colleagues.  Registration is required by noon on November 7 (tomorrow), but a $5 donation will buy you dinner during the scheduled talk on The Role of Parsabiv in the Treatment of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in Adult Patients on Hemodialysis.  For all the details see:

We apologize for the short notice.

9/19 QIP Preview Extended

CMS has discovered that the data file used to calculate PY2019 ESRD QIP Performance Scores omitted data on PD patients, which resulted in inaccurate Mineral Metabolism, Hypercalcemia, and Total Performance Scores for about one-third of eligible facilities.  A complete list of impacted facilities can be found at https://www.qualitynet.org/dcs/BlobServer?blobkey=id&blobnocache=true&blobwhere=1228890843976&blobheader=multipart%2Foctet-stream&blobheadername1=Content-Disposition&blobheadervalue1=attachment%3Bfilename%3DESRD_QIP_PY19_AffctdDlysFclts.pdf&blobcol=urldata&blobtable=MungoBlobs.

CMS has recalculated PY2019 Performance Score results.  Corrected PSRs and Patient List Reports will be released on or before August 24, 2018.  While only impacted facilities will see a change in their reports, all facilities will receive new reports.  In order to provide facilities with sufficient time to review their revised reports, CMS has extended the QIP Preview Period till September 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM PDT.  Try to submit your Clarification Questions by early September, so CMS has time to respond and you have time before the deadline to submit your Formal Inquiry, if necessary.

For further assistance regarding the QIP Preview, please contact the ESRD QIP Support Team using the ESRD QIP Q&A Tool at https://cms-ocsq.custhelp.com/app/homeesrdqip/p/960.  If you have questions or concerns regarding use of the ESRD QIP system, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport-esrd@hcqis.org or 866-288-8912 between 5 am and 5 pm PDT Monday through Friday.

9/10 QIP PY2021-24

CMS has released the proposed ESRD QIP Technical Specifications for PY2021, 2022, and 2024.  Proposed changes include:

  • Elimination of Pain Assessment (NOT Depression Screening as indicated earlier), NHSN Healthcare Personnel Vaccination, Anemia Management, and Serum Phosphorous in PY2021.
  • New measures for Medication Reconciliation Reporting and Existing-Patient Transplant Waitlist for PY2022.
  • A new measure for Incident-Patient Transplant Waitlist in PY2024.
The proposed Technical Specifications can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/061_TechnicalSpecifications.html.  Comments on the proposals are due by September 10, 2018.  For more information see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/cy2019-esrd-pps-proposed-rule/.