HDC on Safe Social Work and COVID-19

Home Dialysis Central has published a blog post on Dialysis Social Work During a Pandemic: Caring for Patients Safely, thoroughly reviewing what are permitted and required by:

  • CMS Conditions for Coverage,
  • Social Work licenses and training,
  • Medicare reimbursement rules and waivers,
  • Patient and staff safety,
  • Home dialysis,
  • Effective communication,
  • PPE,
  • Telehealth,
  • Comparative advantage,

all in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/361-dialysis-social-work-during-a-pandemic-caring-for-patients-safely.

CMS Summary of COVID-19 Waivers as of 4/9

On April 9, 2020 CMS published a document on COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers, summarizing relief during the current emergency from normal requirements, with the intention to allow healthcare facilities to focus more attention on treating COVID-19 patients.  Waivers for dialysis facilities are summarized on pp.17-19, and include adjustments to regulations for water quality testing, fire inspections, patient assessments, plan of care, rounds, home visits, special purpose facilities, PCT certification, transferability of professional credentials, dialysis in nursing homes, and many other details.  Find the document at https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDA0MTAuMjAwMTg1NTEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5jbXMuZ292L2ZpbGVzL2RvY3VtZW50L3N1bW1hcnktY292aWQtMTktZW1lcmdlbmN5LWRlY2xhcmF0aW9uLXdhaXZlcnMucGRmIn0.NmtjnP-P1fvfNYld0nlhqMouY3FZb10Xx7Aull2AIwA/br/77281657281-l.

3/18 Panel on Medical Harm Postponed

The OPSC/OHF panel discussion on response to medical harm, Medical Harm – Moving Beyond Deny and Defend, scheduled for March 18, 2020 in Portland OR (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2020/02/10/3-11-opsc-on-response-to-medical-harm/), has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.  For more information contact OHF Executive Director Robin Moody at robin@oregonhealthforum.org or see http://www.oregonhealthforum.org/.

3/11+ OPSC on Response to Medical Harm

The Oregon Patient Safety Commision and the Oregon Health Forum will co-host a two-hour March 18, 2020 panel discussion in Portland OR on Medical Harm – Moving Beyond Deny and Defend.  Early Bird and student discounts end March 11, 2020.  A buffet breakfast is included.  For details see http://www.oregonhealthforum.org/2020/01/29/march-18-2020-medical-harm-moving-beyond-deny-and-defend/.

11/11 Liability ANNA Education Day

The ANNA Big Sky Chapter will hold their annual Education Day November 11, 2016 in Helena MT on the theme “But Your Honor…” Liability Issues for Nurses.  Sessions, presented by nationally-known speakers, include malpractice, critical thinking, professional distance, and documentation issues.  Six and a half CNEs are offered.  They will attempt to coordinate with other ANNA chapters to live-broadcast the conference to your location.  Find: