NW16 8/25 NKF/PKG Wellness Fair, Free BBQ Picnic

NKF and the Portland Kidney Group will present NKF’S Annual Kidney Wellness Fair & BBQ Picnic in Portland OR on August 25, 2019, featuring wellness exhibits, an art show, resources, prizes, and a free BBQ lunch.  Volunteers to help arrange the festivities are requested.  Find full details and registration information at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/PKG082519.pdf.

NW16 8/25 NKF/PKG Wellness Fair, Free BBQ Picnic

NKF and the Portland Kidney Group will present NKF’S Annual Kidney Wellness Fair & BBQ Picnic in Portland OR on August 25, 2019, featuring wellness exhibits, an art show, resources, prizes, and a free BBQ lunch.  Volunteers to help arrange the festivities are requested.  Find full details and register at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/PKG082519.pdf.

7/4 NW18 UCLA CORE Kidney Program Festival

The UCLA CORE Kidney Program has announced that they’ll be participating in the 115th Annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade & Festival.  For more information on this and other UCLA CORE Kidney and UKEEP events, see https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/upcoming-events.  For instance, their webinar on Alport Syndrome is coming up on July 11, 2019, as well as UKEEP’s patient meeting on High Blood Pressure on July 14.  Recordings of past UCLA CORE Kidney and UKEEP webinars, on topics such as Transplantation, Fabry’s Disease, Adult PKD, and more, can be found at https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/past-events.

They’ve also announced the date for their 2020 UCLA Kidney Health Fair & Spirit Walk for Kidney Disease, May 17, 2020.  Find more information at https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/kidney-health-fair.

2019 Kidney Walks

NKF has scheduled 2019 Kidney Walks for the following places and dates:

There appear to be none scheduled for Washington, Oregon, Montana, or Alaska.  For more information on Kidney Walks, see https://secure2.convio.net/nkf/site/SPageNavigator/kidney_walk_splash.html.

5/1 New KDIGO Methods Committee

KDIGO seeks volunteers and nominations for membership in their new Methods Comittee, which will be a small group providing oversight and guidance to future guideline work groups and evidence review teams.  It will also help to codify KDIGO’s processes in a Methods Manual.  It will report to the Executive Committee through its chair, who holds an ex officio Executive Committee seat.  Qualified candidates should have experience with guideline methodology, the GRADE System, and the appraisal and rating of evidence in guidelines.  The focus will be on scientific rigor and the needs of clinicians caring for kidney patients around the world.  The Committee will meet once each year and have conference calls to conduct its work.  If you’re interested, email kdigocommunications@kdigo.org by May 1, 2019.  KDIGO will choose five to seven experts who will be invited to join its Methods Committee.  For details see https://kdigo.org/call-for-methods-committee-nominations/.

4/5 DFC Technical Expert Panel Nominations

CMS has commissioned UM-KECC to assemble 10-20 volunteers for a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to formulate a process for periodically resetting ESRD clinical quality Star-Rating criteria so that the Ratings continue to differentiate facility quality of care when treatment-quality trends reduce the variation between facilities.  Volunteers will include patients, caregivers, ESRD subject matter experts, methodologists, and specialists working on dialysis QI and healthcare disparities.  The TEP will require a one-day in-person meeting in Baltimore in June, plus 3-7 conference calls before and after.  Nominations must be submitted by April 5, 2019.  The current call for nominations doesn’t mention it, but past TEPs have reimbursed travel expenses.  For details and nomination forms, see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TEP-Currently-Accepting-Nominations.html#a0305.

NW16 11/11 NKF/PKG Holiday Party

NKF and the Portland Kidney Group will hold their Annual Holiday Party on November 11, 2018.  Light kidney-friendly food and drinks will be provided, so you need only bring your family, your friends, and your appetite.  However, please RSVP before November 4 with the number of people you expect to bring, so an appropriate amount of food can be stocked!  A renal dietitian will talk about hearty but kidney-friendly holiday cooking.  Volunteers to help with the Party will be welcomed.  Find all the details you’ll need at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/PKG.Holiday.Party.2018.pdf.