IHS ESRD Reduction

Over the last two decades the US Indian Health Service has reduced kidney failure from diabetes by more than half among Native Americans, using a suite of seven protocols that are summarized at https://wire.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/systems-approach-slashes-kidney-failure-among-native-americans .

NKF PERC Education for Professionals

NKF offers a number of webinars under their Professional Education Resource Center or PERC, many of which offer free continuing education credits for multiple disciplines.  Some examples:

  • Social Work Collaboration for Transplant Patients
  • Evidence-Based Social Work
  • Anemia and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Nephropathic Cystinosis 
  • Western Diets: Are We Killing Our Patients?
  • Ethical Issues When Family Interferes with Transplant
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Cardiometabolic Diseases
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Living Kidney Donations
  • Early Detection and Prevention
  • Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hepatitis C
  • Mineral and Bone Disorder
  • Water
  • Minorities, Transplant, and Home Dialysis
  • ESRD Core Survey
  • Polypharmacy
  • Albumin
  • Depression and Pain
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Lipid Management
  • Journal of Renal Nutrition articles

See http://education.kidney.org/courses for information and registration.

11/14 CMS Disparities Webinar

On November 14, 2016, CMS will present a webinar on new resources developed under the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare, often referred to as Reducing Disparities in Healthcare.  The webinar will cover tools to help you better collect and analyze your data, and programs and initiatives across CMS that have the potential to promote equality of care for all beneficiaries.  Find more information on the webinar, and register, at https://www.conferenceplus.com/confcenter/PinCode/Pin_Code.aspx?100722&o=UyLrHIuSeCeSxX .  For information on the CMS Equity Plan, see https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/OMH/equity-initiatives/equity-plan.html .

8/16 Communication Workshop

The Advance Care Planning Forum (APF) of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) will host a conference call August 16, 2016 for clinicians and advance care planning champions on Facilitating Culturally Congruent Conversations.  The call will feature practical tips and tools for improving advance care planning with diverse and underserved populations, presented by Frances Nedjat-Haiem, PhD, LCSW and Bridget Sumser, MSW.   The CCCC APF sponsors conference calls on the third Tuesday of each month from June to December.  For more information see http://coalitionccc.org/get-involved/acp_forum/ .

8/18 Compassionate Care Webinar

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) will present an August 18, 2016 webinar on The End of the Rainbow: What matters most to LGBTQ persons during serious illness.  The webinar will cover key components of diversity, challenges of managing a diverse staff, and skills in creating protocols.  One CEU will be available for nurses and social workers.  Find more information and register at http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/webinars/ .

The same web page includes descriptions of and links to previous webinars and their recordings, including sessions on advance planning, intimacy, delirium, palliative care, communication, reimbursement, depression, California’s new EOL law, and POLST*.  Many more webinars, tools, and resources can be found at http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/

The CCCC Annual Palliative Care Summit will be held in Sacramento CA March 13-14, 2017, and CCCC is now calling for presentations.   Find out more at http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/annual-conference/cccc-annual-summit-call-presentations/ ,  http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/annual-conference/ (including links to presentations from earlier Summits),  and http://ccccsummit.org/ .

* POLST, or Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, serve the same function for current-time treatment, as Advance Directives do for future treatment.  For more information on POLST, see http://www.polst.org/advance-care-planning/polst-and-advance-directives/ .

3/17 Minority Health Webinar Online

The HHS Office of Minority Health will feature Director J. Nadine Gracia, MD in the first webinar in their National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care series, to be held online at noon PST on March 17, 2016, on “Fundamentals of the National CLAS Standards.”

Culturally and linguistically appropriate services – CLAS – means that services are respectful of and responsive to individual cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels, and communication needs. Implementing CLAS helps individuals and organizations respond to demographic changes, reduce health disparities, improve quality, meet regulatory mandates, gain competitive advantage, and decrease liability.  The National CLAS Standards provide a blueprint for individuals and healthcare organizations provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to increasingly diverse communities.

See the following links for more information:

Comments till 2/5 on QIP Measures for VA, Transplant

CMS has called for public comment on potential new QIP measures for vascular access and transplantation.  The comment period expires February 5, 2016.  For details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/CallforPublicComment.html .