We’ve updated the list of dialysis facilities and transplant centers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Find the new lists at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/nwfacs.html.
The Washington State Department of Health will hold a 1pm PDT June 28, 2019 meeting and webinar on the legality of the sale, delivery, and possession of specific preparations of heparin, dialysate, and KCL or NaCl for injection (“legend drugs”: see https://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=246-905-020), and other drugs, by dialysis clinics. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and clarify the kinds of licensing required by Washington State law. For details see https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WADOH/2019/05/23/file_attachments/1217215/20190422%20Kidney%20Dialysis%20Center%20Memo%20%28002%29.pdf.
From a meeting announcement memo: “The [Washington State] Pharmacy Commission has been asked by the [Washington] DOH Office of Health System Oversight (OHSO) for guidance on the statutory authority of ESRD or Kidney Dialysis Centers to sell, deliver, or possess legend drugs. The Pharmacy Commission and OHSO staff would like to hold a stakeholder meeting to present initial findings from the staff research and obtain input from stakeholders. Following the stakeholder meeting the Pharmacy Commission and OHSO staff will prepare an Interpretive Statement to provide guidance to the provider community and [DOH].”
To attend the meeting in person: Room 158, Town Center 2, Tumwater campus, 111 Israel Rd SE, Tumwater WA 98501. To attend the meeting by webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9064752490396634881; further instructions will be sent to you by email. For questions or comments contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CNSW Northwest Chapter will hold their Spring 2019 Educational Conference in Issaquah WA May 16-17, 2019. Topics include self care, low mood, depression, rage, despair, suicide, and involuntary discharge. Find Conference details and registration by check at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW0519.Brochure.pdf, and registration by credit card at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW0519.Register.pdf. Registration must be postmarked by May 10, 2019.
NKF and PKG will present a March 3, 2019 Patient & Community Education Symposium in Portland OR on Lifestyle Makes a Difference: Controlling What You Can. Registration is recommended because space is limited. For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/NKF.EdSym.PKG0319.pdf.
The CNSW OR-SW WA Chapter will present a March 13, 2019 Workshop in Portland on Ethics: It’s All about You. Topics will include medical ethics and professional values, racial disparities, healthcare access, and advocacy. Six CEUs are pending. For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CNSW/CNSW.ORWAMar2019Ethics.pdf.
We’ve established a new form for Network 16 facilities to report Involuntary Discharge or Transfer. Find the form and instructions for using it at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/patient-services/ivd.html.
The Conditions for Coverage (CfC) require all facilities to notify both the Network and your State Survey Agency, within specified time parameters, of all involuntary discharges and transfers. Better yet, if you’re considering an involuntary discharge or transfer, first contact the Network Patient Services Coordinator, Lisa Hall (email@example.com or 206-923-0714), to help you negotiate a better outcome.
For Network 18 facilities, see http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/providers/patient-services/.
Northwest Renal Dietitians will hold their 2019 Annual Conference March 7-8, 2019 in Portland OR. Topics include cardiac dysfunction, change motivation, diabetes management, and an evening networking event. For details see https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/412302_a994fa9b56104e058440b04e5eeab527.pdf.
- The online-only registration deadline is February 15, 2019, with a late fee after that date. See https://www.nwrdonline.org/registration.
- The deadline for room discounts at the Conference venue is also February 15, 2019. See https://www.nwrdonline.org/accommodations for details.
Find Conference details at https://www.nwrdonline.org/conference-overview. Volunteers are welcome and appreciated. NWRD includes renal dietitians from British Columbia, as well as the five Network 16 states. There is no NWRD membership fee.