NW Network Council Call Recordings

A recording of the January 9, 2017 Network Council Call has been placed on the Northwest Renal Network website, along with a pdf of the slides from the webinar.  The call described the current Network contract structure and obligations, with emphasis on this year’s Quality Improvement Activities and CROWNWeb requirements and protocols.  Find the recording at https://healthinsight.adobeconnect.com/p6sn4hjkmow/?proto=true and the slides at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/2017NW16NetworkCouncilPresentationFinal.pdf .

NW 1/9 Network Coordination

The December issue of Network 16 News, Northwest Renal Network’s newsletter for ESRD facilities, lists the services that Networks provide as a partner, resource, and asset for facilities.  Find a copy at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

The issue includes announcement of registration for the January 9, 2017 NWRN Network Council Call at http://www.yourconferencecenter.com/r.aspx?p=1&a=UsZwfoqVWpUKNr .  Note that the code is UsZwfoqVWpUKNr, with a q (lower case Q) in the middle; some versions of the printed News had a g in the middle instead.  

“The Question Corner” question in this edition is about patients who haven’t been seen for thirty days.  “Hot Dates” include:

NW 12/31 NWRD Conference

The 2017 Northwest Renal Dietitians Annual Conference will be held in Seattle March 2-3, 2017.   Rapidly-approaching deadlines for abstract and poster submission, scholarship application, and exhibitor registration are all December 31, 2016.  For more information see http://www.nwrdonline.org/ and http://www.nwrdonline.org/conference-overview .

NW Winter Storm OR

Another winter storm is expected to create heavy rain and danger of flooding in southwestern Oregon, and snow in the Willamette Valley, eastern Oregon, south-central Washington, and southern Idaho on Wednesday December 14, 2016.  Snow is expected to reach Eugene around 6am, Salem around 8am, Portland-Vancouver and Boise around 11am, and Tri-Cities around 1pm local time, with snow continuing all day.  Temperatures are expected to be 25-35ºF in the Willamette and Treasure Valleys, and 10-30ºF in south-central Washington and eastern Oregon.  As is often the case, wind and ice will complicate travel in and near the Columbia Gorge.  Find local information at http://forecast.weather.gov/product_sites.php?site=CRH&product=WSW and  http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/ .

Networks are required by CMS to monitor the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to receive dialysis, are impaired by weather or other issues, please fill out the Network Disaster Reporting Form at https://www.nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf and fax it to the Network at 206-923-0716.  For questions or emergency assistance contact Network 16 at 206-923-0714.

NW Snow and Ice WA/OR

Forecasters differ as to timing, but most agree that a serious if short-lived snowstorm is scheduled to hit western Oregon late Wednesday, and western Washington sometime on Thursday, with significant ice in some locations as the storm turns to sleet and rain late Thursday or early Friday.  Enter your zip code in the box at the top of the National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Watch at http://forecast.weather.Gov./showsigwx.php?warnzone=WAZ039&warncounty=WAC011&firewxzone=WAZ604&local_place1=5%20Miles%20NE%20Vancouver%20WA&product1=Winter+Storm+Watch&lat=45.6868&lon=-122.576#.WEgkfb9zeUc and check it every few hours, or another ongoing forecast of your choosing.

Networks are required by CMS to monitor the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to receive dialysis, are impaired by weather or other issues, please fill out the Network Disaster Reporting Form at https://www.nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf and fax it to the Network at 206-923-0716.  For questions or emergency assistance contact Lisa Hall, 206-923-0714, or lhall@nw16.esrd.net .

NW Oct 13-16 Storms

CMS requires that ESRD Networks monitor the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to receive dialysis, are impacted by emergency events, including fall storms and winter weather, please fill out the Network Disaster Reporting Form and fax it to your Network right away.  Find details on this at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/notify-network-of-difficulties-in-patient-access-to-care/ .

The first big storms of autumn are approaching Washington state, and the advisories issued by King County and the Northwest Healthcare Response Network not only provide some details on the current storms, but a great deal of helpful information on preparation for winter weather in general.  You may want to post or distribute selected portions of this information to your patients.  Find the advisories at:

The current October 13-16, 2016 storm system is expected to impact western Washington fairly seriously.  Heavy rain and wind, with gusts up to 55 mph, are expected to pummel Grays Harbor, Mason, Lewis, Thurston, Kitsap, Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties October 13-14, with power outages and flooding likely in places.  Because many trees still have their leaves, they will be more susceptible to wind damage.  High winds and high surf are also forecast for the Oregon and Washington coasts.  This storm will impact eastern Washington October 14-15, with gusts up to 40 mph expected in Spokane.

The October 15-16 storm is the remnants of a Pacific Hurricane or Super Typhoon, and depending on the track it takes has the potential to produce what the National Weather Service calls a “historical windstorm for nearly all of western Washington that would be long remembered,” similar to the Columbus Day Storm that hit Oregon in 1962, with winds gusting up to 70 mph, heavy rain, flooding, and 35-foot waves on coastal beaches.  Other sources say the track could move across the Oregon coast, impacting the area from San Francisco north to Canada.

Weaker storms are expected to continue into the following week, adding rainfall to cumulative flooding.

NW 11/6 PKG Holiday Gathering

The Portland Kidney Group has provided a poster/flyer you can hang or distribute in your facility, providing details on their November 6, 2016 Patient Support Group Holiday Gathering.  In this final meeting of the year, coffee, tea, and kidney-friendly snacks will be free.  Find the poster at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG1116.pdf .

PKG will not sponsor regularly scheduled patient support groups in 2017, though they will continue the traditions of their Patient Education Symposium in March along with a Young Adult Retreat, their  Wellness Fair and Summer Picnic in August, and their November Holiday Gathering.  If you’d like to volunteer to help PKG continue to offer their excellent patient support, call one of the folks listed on the poster above.