HIPAA Identifiers

The May issue of Network 16 News is titled What to Know about HIPAA, and it includes a list of the 18 patient identifiers that, when any one or more of which are present, create Personally Identifiable information that must be protected according to HIPAA rules.

The “Question Corner” this month is about the most common patient concerns.  The “Hot Dates” section lists the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference in Tukwila WA (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/nw-101-nw16-quality-conference/ ), and the September 23-25, 2017 ANNA Management & Leadership Conference sin Miami FL (see https://www.annanurse.org/events/nephrology-nursing-practice-management-leadership-conference ).

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

NW 10/1+ NW16 Quality Conference

October 1, 2017 is the cutoff date on early registration for the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference to be held in Tukwila WA.  Continuing Education credits will be available for nurses, technicians, social workers, and dietitians.  Find preliminary details in the April 2017 Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

The News also includes a “Question Corner” on notifying the Network about interruptions to facility operations that occur after hours or on weekends, and in the “Hot Dates” corner a note on the professional CNSW meeting on May 11-12, 2017 (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/511-cnsw-educational-conference/ ).

SC 7/18 NW18 Quality Conference

Save the date for the July 18, 2017 HealthInsight ESRD Network 18 Quality Conference on Improving Patient Engagement and the Patient Experience of Care.  The conference will span 8am-3pm PDT at California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles.  Topics will include palliative care, advanced care planning tools and skills, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, and more.  Continuing Education credits will be provided to RN’s, PCT’s and Social Workers.  Registration information and a complete agenda will be available soon.

4/20 Feedback to CMS

CMS will hold an Open Door Forum feedback session April 20, 2017 in Baltimore MD, with virtual attendance available, on the CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, which includes the ESRD Networks.  CMS will be seeking input from stakeholders and the general public about how to implement QIO program goals of maximizing program efficiency while continuing to improve quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.  For details and registration see https://register.mitre.org/CMS_Special_Session/ .

5/11+ CNSW Educational Conference

The Northwest Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold their Spring 2017 Educational Conference on May 11-12, 2017 in Issaquah WA.  The May 11 agenda includes sessions on salt and water, fluid and sodium overload, patient and social work approaches to fluid management, and sleep disorders.  Renal dietitians are also invited to the May 11 sessions, and RD CEUs will be offered.  May 12 sessions include patient safety and grievances, Dialysis Patient Citizens, and compassion fatigue.

Find the Conference brochure and registration instructions at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW.0517.pdf .  Registration must be postmarked by April 28, 2017, and early registration is recommended because of space limitations.  Payments postmarked prior to April 20, 2017 will be eligible for a prize.