Dialysis Patient Citizens’ free monthly educational webinar, to be held August 17, 2017, will be on Communicating Effectively with your Health Care Team. The webinar will be presented by members of the Forum of ESRD Networks’ Kidney Patients Advisory Council. Register at http://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-seminars .
Kansas City’s Heartland Kidney Network has added another colorful poster on essential elements of communication to their excellent short course called Heartland Huddle Up to Improve Communication. This one is on “What Type of Coach Are You?” It joins earlier pages on active listening, body language, emotional awareness, words matter, shared decision-making, retaliation, and teach-back. Find them all at http://heartlandkidney.org/providers/article/heartland_huddle_up_to_improve_communication .
CMS has created a free video training module for health care providers on patients’ right of access under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The video provides an in-depth review of the components of the HIPAA right of access and ways in which it enables individuals to be more involved in their own care. It also provides helpful suggestions about how health care providers can integrate aspects of the HIPAA access into medical practice. CME and CE credits are available. Find details, and links to other useful HIPAA resources, at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/training/index.html .
March is also National Social Work month. We’ve added web pages to the Network 16 website describing a few skills that social workers bring to patients and facilities. Among the many things social workers do are: