4/9+ IHI 2018 National Forum

The 2018 IHI National Forum will be held December 9-12, 2018 in Orlando FL, with the theme Making Better Healthcare for All.  Speaker proposals will be accepted through April 9, 2018.  Early registration discounts expire September 28, 2018.  Academic scholarships and special discounts are also available.  Find more information and register at http://www.ihi.org/education/Conferences/National-Forum-2018/Pages/default.aspx.

3/20 New Medicare Card Call

On March 20, 2018 from 11am to noon Pacific Time, CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum to give providers an opportunity to ask questions about the New Medicare Card Project.  Use this call to get answers to your questions, so you are ready to accept the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier starting April 1, 2018.  For more information see https://www.cms.gov/medicare/new-medicare-card/nmc-home.html.  Address questions to NewMedicareCardSSNRemoval@cms.hhs.gov.

Participation Instructions: participant dial-in number: 800-837-1935; Conference ID #: 4588156.  TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired; dial 7-1-1 or 800-855-2880.

A transcript and audio recording will be at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.html a few days after the call.

3/16 ANA/CDC Online Webinar

CDC and the ANA will present a free one-hour March 16, 2018 webinar on Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Disaster Preparedness Through the Seasons.  Continuing education credit is included.  The session is billed as “Disaster Preparedness means you’ll be ready whether it’s an infectious disease outbreak or a natural disaster” and topics include slowing down the spread of flu, identifying when mold remediation is needed, and other safety strategies.  Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=27vwu3bmj32c&campaign=93rso6jbhnai.

Recordings of previous webinars in the CDC/ANA Safe Healthcare series can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/training/safe-healthcare-webinars.html.

NW18 3/27+ Infection Prevention Classes

Over the next few months the California Department of Public Health will present in-person six-hour Basics of Infection Prevention in Outpatient Hemodialysis Centers courses for dialysis facility administrators and staff.  Courses in Network 18 will be held in:

  • Irvine March 27, 2018
  • Orange April 4, 2018
  • Rancho Cucamonga April 10, 2018
  • Glendale April 22, 2018

For full details, including course dates in Northern California, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/HAI/CADPH.HD.IPClass.pdf.  Pre-registration is required, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HAI_Hemodialysis.

3/15+ BONENT Regional Seminar

BONENT will hold its 2018 Western Regional Seminar at the San Francisco airport April 22, 2018.  BONENT members, and facilities that send five or more employees, receive discounts until March 15, 2018.  There is an added fee for onsite registration.  The Seminar will include two separate tracks, one for CHTs and CHNs, and the other for CHBTs and BioMed Technicians.  Eight continuing education hours are available.  For details see http://www.bonent.org/seminar-western-2018.php.  Other BONENT Regional Seminars will be held June 10, 2018 in Chicago IL, and August 19, 2018 in Newark NJ; see http://www.bonent.org/.

New Medicare Cards News

CMS has updated and expanded their NMC website for providers, at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/Providers/Providers.html to include information on how remittance advices with HICNs or MBIs will be handled.  They’ve also published an NMC Mailing Strategy document, at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/NMC-Mailing-Strategy.pdf.  New cards will be mailed to Alaska, California, and Oregon between April and June 2018, and to Idaho, Montana, and Washington in July 2018 and beyond.

They’ve also published Guidance on how to talk to patients about their new cards, with suggested language to use to keep everyone on the same page and avoid confusion, at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/New-Medicare-Card-Messaging-Guidelines-July-2017.pdf.  The NMC Overview web page at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/index.html has also been updated.