Medicaid Waivers for Home Patients

The Medical Education Institute has published a Home Dialysis Central blog post on Medicare Waivers: The Best Kept Secret in Dialysis Home Health Care, which describes a program that allows people who don’t normally qualify for Medicaid, but who have fragile health, to get Medicaid funding for home care anyway.  The program doesn’t cover dialysis itself, but it does cover home health care aides and other useful services.  State agencies administer waiver programs that help seniors and people with disabilities, to ensure that these vulnerable populations can live independently in their homes and communities, and/or age in place.  Thanks to these waivers, states can provide services to their residents that wouldn’t usually be covered by Medicaid.  If you are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, you can have and use both for the services you need.  The services they cover are not always the same.  For example, Medicaid offers coverage for things like personal care services while Medicare does not.  Find the MEI blog post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/346-medicare-waivers-the-best-kept-secret-in-dialysis-home-health-care.

3/4 KQF Kidney Disease Impact Conference

Kidneys Quest Foundation will present a free in-person one-day 2020 Kidney Disease Impact Conference in Los Angeles on March 4, 2020.  Conference topics will include improving renal health, preventing kidney failure, expanding options for kidney patients, dialysis, home dialysis, research, clinical trials, increasing available organs for transplant, transplant support, becoming a living donor, CKD and CVD, and pediatric CKD.

Invitation is extended to renal patients, social workers, registered nurses, dietitians, dialysis technicians, medical directors, administrators and organization managers, healthcare workers, friends and family of patients, and anyone interested in kidney disease and dialysis.  Attendance and onsite parking is free, and continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, dietitians, and dialysis technicians are available for a $50 fee.  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.  Register at:

Find complete details, including the Conference agenda and sponsor registration information, at http://kidneysquestfoundation.org/2020-kidney-disease-impact-conference.html.

2/5+ CCCC Annual Summit

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and the Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition will host their 2020 Annual Summit 5-6 May, 2020 in Sacramento, under the theme of Sharpening our Vision for Compassionate Care in the Face of Serious Illness.  Continuing education credits are available for nurses, social workers, physicians, pharmacists, chaplains, and nursing home administrators.  Summit timelines include:

For registration see https://ccccsummit.org/registration/.  For full details on the Annual Summit, see https://mailchi.mp/coalitionccc.org/2020summitsponsorship-745671?e=67e1ad4c31.

CCCC and CHPCC are merging; for details see https://coalitionccc.org/2015/11/childrens-hospice-and-palliative-care-coalition-becomes-program-of-cccc/.

3/1+ CA Dialysis Council Educational Conference

The California Dialysis Council will hold their 38th Annual Educational Conference 2020 in Rancho Mirage CA on April 2-4, 2020.  Topics include home dialysis, palliative care, nephrology social work, living with CKD, adherence, mental health, transplant, CEO and CMO panels, a legislative update, and a Network update.  Continuing education credits are offered for nurses, dietitians, and social workers.  Critical dates include:

  • Early registration deadline March 1, 2020.
  • Exhibitor registration deadline March 2, 2020.
  • Room reservation deadline March 12, 2020.
  • Online registration deadline March 27, 2020.
  • Conference April 2-4, 2020.

On-site registration at the conference is allowed.  For full details see https://www.californiadialysis.org/annual-conference.html.

2/4 CCCC Webinar on Unrepresented

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a February 4, 2020 webinar on Unbefriended and Unrepresented: Medical Decision Making for the Incapacitated and Alone.  The webinar will provide continuing education credits for nurses and social workers.  Find details and register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-unbefriended-and-unrepresented-medical-decision-making-for-the-incapacitated-tickets-77153499193.