NCC COVID-19 Mental Health Handbook

The ESRD National Coordinating Center has published a new 17-page booklet called The COVID-19 Mental Health Toolkit: Helping Renal Professionals Support the Well-Being of the ESRD Community.  It was developed by Network professionals and patient volunteers to serve as a guide for renal healthcare staff to help patients manage their well-being, and includes sections on taking action, increasing awareness, building community capacity, incorporating telemedicine, and getting ahead of the issues.  Find a copy at https://esrdncc.org/contentassets/abe8671eadac49c691c0f40eef52ef18/covid19mhtoolkit07312020508.pdf.

7/16+ AAKP/GWU Virtual Summit on Innovation

AAKP and George Washington University will present their Second Annual Global Summit: Global Kidney Innovations – Expanding Patient Choices & Outcomes, online, on July 16-17, 2020.  The full schedule (8-12 sessions per day plus evening webinars) will emphasize COVID-19 and Innovation, but many other topics as well.  Find more information, including the detailed agenda, and register at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/2nd-annual-global-summit-global-kidney-innovations-expanding-patient-choices-outcomes/.

New COVID-19 Resources: Telehealth, Patient Safety

We’ve added several new COVID-19 resources to our collection, two for providers on Telehealth and a cartoon to explain what’s going on to patients who’ve been out of the loop about the Coronavirus:

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.

5/26+ CMS Shareholder Engagement Calls

CMS is hosting weekly Stakeholder Engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19.  These sessions are open to the healthcare community and provide updates, share best practices, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.  Conference lines are limited so we encourage you to join via audio webcast on your computer or smartphone web browser.  You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and professional networks, but these calls are not intended for the press.  Call recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page at: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.

Targeted Updates for Dialysis Organizations on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance, also featuring leaders in the field sharing best practices, with an opportunity to ask questions if time allows.  Wednesday May 27, 2020, 2:30-3:00 pm PDT, toll-free 833-614-0820, passcode 6152699, audio webcast link https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=2123#/main/simplify.

COVID-19 Office Hours Calls are an opportunity for providers to ask questions of CMS officials about temporary actions that allow increased capacity, expanded workforce, patient priority, and telehealth.  Tuesday May 26, 2020, 2-3pm PDT, toll-free 833-614-0820, passcode 8977438, audio webcast link https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=2012#/main/simplify.

Lessons from the Front Lines with representatives from CMS, FDA, and the Coronavirus Task Force, along with front-line clinicians.  Friday May 29, 2020, 9:30-11:00 am PDT,  toll-free 877-251-0301, passcode 6350189, audio webcast link https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5779&seid=2075#/main/simplify.

ASN COVID-19 Home Dialysis Video

ASN has published a video on COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting.  Find it at https://www.asn-online.org/ntds/resources/Webcast_2020_04_09_COVID-19.mp4.  The video is self-starting.  Major topics include treatment strategies, organizational change, PPE, patient education, regulatory issues, telehealth, and cohort management.  Find slides here and speaker bios here.

CMS Video: Telehealth Coverage, Payment, Billing

CMS has released a video providing answers to common questions about the Medicare telehealth services benefit coverage, payment, and billing.  CMS is expanding this benefit on a temporary and emergency basis under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.  Find the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdb9NKtybzo.

4/9+ NCC Webinar on Telehealth & COVID-19

The ESRD National Coordinating Center will present a half-hour “quickinar” for providers on COVID-19 and Telehealth at 2pm PDT on April 9, 2020.  During the session, use the Q&A panel to submit questions for the presenter, and the chat box for technical or other questions.  Find details and register at https://hsagonline.webex.com/hsagonline/onstage/g.php?MTID=efc3182ec8f5ad585611d81164610dd60.  For any questions or technical assistance, contact the NCC at nccinfo@hsag.com.  They refer to it as Weekly, so it may end up being recurring.

3/26 ASN Webinar on CDC COVID-19 Updates

ASN will present a March 26, 2020 webinar on COVID-19: CDC Recommendations and Policy Updates for Current Challenges in the Dialysis Setting.  Topics will include personal protective equipment, discontinuation of isolation, variation in interpretation by states and potential lack of uniform application of CDC recommendations, patient transportation challenges, telemedicine waivers, and QIP waivers.  Find more information and register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6032221362410158859.

You can find a recording of ASN’s March 11, 2020 webinar on COVID-19 Information for Providers of Dialysis Services at https://www.asn-online.org/ntds/resources/Webcast_2020_03_11_COVID-19.mp4.