11/7+ NW16 CNSW Transplant Conference

The CNSW Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter will present a November 8, 2017 Workshop near the Portland International Airport on Increasing Access to Kidney Transplantation.  Sessions will include transplant access, allocation, and education.  Three Intermediate Level CEUs are anticipated.  The conference fee includes breakfast and lunch.  Advance registration is discounted.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW1117.pdf .

7/27 AKF Laughter Webinar

The American Kidney Fund will present a free 27 July, 2017 webinar on Laughter Therapy in Dialysis: Exercise, Activity, and Wellness.  The webinar will cover recent research exploring laughter therapy during dialysis and provide demonstrations and recommendations on how to introduce laughter therapy into a dialysis or CKD treatment program.  Laughter therapy consists of breathing and stretching exercises followed by intentional laughter exercises and laughter meditation.  It is a safe, low-intensity form of physical activity during dialysis that has potential to reduce chronic pain and depression.  While the webinar is aimed toward dialysis patients and their families, health professionals are encouraged to attend to learn more about integrating laughter therapy into a dialysis center or practice.  For more information and registration, and access to recordings of past AKF webinars, see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/ .

8/15 Free NIDDK Brochures

The NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is depleting their stock of hard copy publications on diabetes, digestive diseases, nutrition, and kidney disease, in English and Spanish.  Up to 25 copies of most titles are available to order free of charge if shipped to addresses within the United States, until August 15, 2017.  See NIDDK’s Online Catalog at https://catalog.niddk.nih.gov/Catalog/ .

Texting Orders Banned

JCAHO and CMS have issued a new ruling that texting of medical orders from a personal mobile device (such as a smartphone) is no longer permitted, whether or not the texting service claims to be secure.  The preferred method is to enter orders directly into the Electronic Health Record.  Written order are still permitted, as are verbal orders when neither EHR nor written orders are feasible.

This is the headline article in the June 2017 issue of Network 16 News.  This issue also contains:

Find all Network 16 News issues at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

DFC Toolkits

Medicare has published a Dialysis Facility Compare Social Media Toolkit brochure in three versions (for patients or consumers, for dialysis facilities, and for physicians) and two languages (English and Spanish).  They provide graphic and text suggestions for sharing and promoting DFC on social media.  Find copies of them at:

5/23 KCER Prep Rally

KCER will present a Prep Rally on May 23, 2017 to kick off their Prep Rally campaign to get patients engaged in emergency preparedness.  For more information on the May 23 Rally see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PrepRally517.pdf .   For more information on the larger campaign see http://www.kcercoalition.com/PrepRally .

4/26+ CDC Nat’l Diabetes Prevention Program

CDC has a five-year initiative is to build out the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) infrastructure in underserved areas, to ensure that all adults with prediabetes or at high risk for type 2 diabetes have the opportunity to enroll in a CDC-recognized evidence-based lifestyle change program.  Applicants for funding to collaborate in this initiative must be national or regional organizations with affiliate sites in at least three states, have experience offering either the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program or equivalent, be able to enroll at least 1000 participants in underserved areas in year 1, and have experience working with Medicare beneficiaries and at least one minority group.  Find full details at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/programs/national-dpp-foa/index.html .

CDC will hold an Applicant Orientation Webinar April 26, 2017, and a DPP Informational Webinar May 3, z017.  Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1705foa .