12/8+ CCCC Education Sessions

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a December 13, 2017 webinar on 8 Mega Health Care Trends and How They Relate to Palliative Care PLUS the Year in Review.  One CEU will be available for nurses and social workers.  For details and registration see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-8-mega-health-care-trends-and-how-they-relate-to-palliative-care-plus-the-year-in-review-tickets-37258553336 .

CCCC will also present a February 8-9, 2018 live training on It Starts With A Conversation, Train-The-Trainer in San Francisco.  This course, using the standardized California POLST training curriculum, is designed to provide an understanding of the POLST Paradigm, and teach use of the POLST form to reflect a patient’s wishes.  The course is appropriate for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, LCSWs, LMFTs, and other healthcare providers working with the seriously ill and those nearing the end of life.  For details and registration see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polst-it-starts-with-a-conversation-train-the-trainer-tickets-37214580813 .

And the CCCC Annual Summit will be held April 10-11, 2018 in Anaheim, on the theme Better Together: Forging a Path to Person-Centered Care.  Registration is open and early-registration prices are available; see http://ccccsummit.org/?mc_cid=caa566746a&mc_eid=67e1ad4c31 .  Poster session submission deadline is December 8, 2017; see http://ccccsummit.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/CCCC_Call_for_Posters_2018-final.pdf for instructions.

New Emergency Preparedness Rule

The November 2017 issue of Network 16 News focuses on the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule for dialysis facilities.  The Rule requires two exercises per year, one of which must be full-scale.  The other can be what they’re calling a “table-top” exercise, or a disaster-response simulation.  The bulk of the News issue describes a sample table-top exercise.  The Question Corner deals with what State Surveyors will look for when assessing facility compliance with the Rule.

Another article advises that you need to know your facility’s “CCN” or CMS Certification Number.  This 6-digit number uniquely identifies your facility, and avoids the confusion of multiple or ambiguous facility names.  For instance, in CROWNWeb there are facilities that have entered their facility name as “Fresenius Medical Care” and “Pacific Northwest Renal.”  If a facility reported a name like this during a disaster, rather than their CCN, the Network would have to call fifty facilities to find the one with the emergency.

November’s News also flags the March 8-9, 2018 NWRD Annual Conference in Spokane and the April 11-14, 2018 NKF Spring Clinical Meetings in Texas in the “Hot Dates” section.  See our Facility Calendar at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/staff-education-calendar/ for more information on these and other dates.

Current and historical Network 16 News issues are online at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

NW16 Exemplary Facilities

The October issue of Network 16 News features Congratulations for the 2017 Exemplary Practice Awards, presented at the NW16 Annual Quality Conference in Seattle October 22, 2017.  Awards were given for Patient Engagement, Quality Innovation in reducing long-term catheters and hospital acquired infections, and Data Accuracy and Timeliness.  The Awards went to Northwest Kidney Centers, North Spokane Renal Center, McMinnville Dialysis, St. Peters Hospital, and the Fort Peck Tribal Dialysis Unit.

This issue also includes a “Question Corner” on the NW16 2018 Quality Improvement Activities, and a “Hot Dates” list that includes:

  • CNSW NW Chapter Fall Educational Conference November 3, 2017 in Issaquah WA
  • CNSW OR SW-WA Chapter Workshop November 8, 2017 in Portland OR
  • NWRN Annual Conference March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA
  • NKF Spring Clinical Meetings April 11-14, 2018 in Austin TX

Find more information about these Hot Dates on our Facility Calendar at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/staff-education-calendar/ .  A copy of this issue of Network 16 News resides at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/Nw16N/Exemplary1017.pdf , and a full catalog of back issues at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

4/10+ NKF Spring Clinicals

The 2018 National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM) will be held in Austin TX April 10-14, 2018.  The SCM website features a comprehensive preliminary program, a call for abstracts, a signup for news, and a link to the NKF Professional Education Resource Center (PERC) that will have many free-to-members courses based on the 2017 SCM.  SCM includes separate pre-conference workshops and conference tracks for physicians, pharmacists, advanced practitioners, nurses, technicians, dietitians, social workers, and transplant professionals.  Registration is now open, and discounted advance registration closes January 26, 2018.  Find everything you need to know about SCM at https://www.kidney.org/spring-clinical .

10/22 NW16 Quality Conference

The Network 16 Annual Quality Conference will be held October 22, 2017 in Tukwila WA, near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  The Conference will feature sessions on mental illness, fluid control, new CMS rules, AKI and residual function, and palliative care.  The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, airport shuttle, and five CE credits for nurses, social workers, technicians, and dietitians.  Find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NW16QC.Agenda.pdf .

11/3 CNSW NW Educational Conference

The Northwest Chapter of CNSW will hold their Fall 2017 Educational Conference on November 3, 2017 in Issaquah WA.  The all-day topic is Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  5.25 CEUs are pending.  For full details and registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N2/CNSW1117.pdf .

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 .