To honor National Kidney Month (March), HHS, ASN, NKF, and private partners including CVS Kidney Care, have launched a nationwide campaign to reach the 33% of American adults who are at risk of kidney disease, and to help them avoid further development of the disease. Find more information at https://www.kidney.org/news/nationwide-kidney-risk-campaign-launched-nkf-hhs-and-asn. They plan to also launch a Spanish-language version on September 15, 2020 for National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15).
We include links to earlier issues at the end of this post. Most content is the same for both Networks, but not all. We’ve marked where they differ, and we’ve used blue type where information in one version also applies to the other Network. The Fall 2019 issue feature articles on:
2020 Quality Improvement Activities, which we expect to begin before Christmas.
Changes to the ESRD QIP, which include changes to measures for the Transplant Waitlist, Medication Reconciliation, Transfusions, and BSIs. We’ve scheduled a December 12, 2019 webinar to summarize these QIP changes (and the many other measures that aren’t changing).
Opioid Awareness and Pain Management.
Managing Patient Expectations to help create a calm and conflict-free environment.
The Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit.
Patient Newsletters in English and Spanish for each Network.
The importance of Keeping Patient Information Up to Date, especially patient addresses, which are critical for tracking everyone in emergencies and disasters, for identifying home facilities and transplant centers near the patient, for receiving notices like the New ESRD Patient Orientation Packet, and for monitoring patient clusters so your organization can effectively plan where to locate new facilities.
A mini-lesson on how to admit a new patient into CROWNWeb if they do not have an SSN or MBI.
Fire Danger Power Shutoffs and Fire Resources in California (NW18 version).
The new ESRD Facility Emergency Preparedness Final Rule that went into effect on November 29, 2019 (NW18 version but also relevant to NW16).
New KCER document on Emergency Disconnect Procedure for In-Center Hemodialysis Patients (NW16 version but also relevant to NW18).
Notify the Network of any Interruptions in Service.
Notify the Network of any Personnel Changes.
We also list events of interest to Dialysis Facilities, Transplant Centers, and staff, on our Facility Calendar, via the link at the top of this page.
Home Dialysis Central has published a blog post on Traditional Dialysis vs. Transitional Care for Urgent Starts. Transitional Care for Urgent Starts (TCU) provides a gentler and more supportive introduction to dialysis for people whose kidneys fail with little warning, helping them get past the shock of a “sudden” change of just about everything in their life, and helping them make informed decisions about treatment modality. Of course kidneys don’t fail suddenly, but sometimes it seems that way to the person whose kidneys have failed. Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/330-traditional-dialysis-vs-transitional-care-for-urgent-starts.
September is Pain Awareness Month. CMS is committed to reducing opioid misuse by promoting person-centered care that encourages safe and effective pain management including opioid and non-opioid pain treatments. Medicare Part B helps pay for physical therapy, occupational therapy, manual manipulation of the spine (when medically necessary), and behavioral health services like depression screening, that may help your patients manage their pain. Prescription pain drugs can also be used to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain. For More Information see: