3/16 NW18 UCI Health WKD Symposium

UC Irvine Health will present a free March 16, 2019 World Kidney Day symposium in Orange, CA on Kidney health, featuring leading experts in Nephrology, Urology, Transplant, and Nutrition.  Patients, providers, and community members are all invited to enjoy a day of education, health screenings, refreshments, and live entertainment.  For details see https://twitter.com/IFKF_/status/1103801441846587392 and https://www.facebook.com/events/638668909886763/?notif_t=event_invite_reminder&notif_id=1551199891724380.

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.

3/21 Free Resume Tips Webinar

My Employment Options will present a March 21, 2019 Resume Tips Workshop webinar.  Topics include Formatting Tips For Resumes, How To Create Work At Home Resumes, How to Create Onsite Job Resumes, Gaps in Employment, and Career Changes.  Register at https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/webinar-registration-form/.  My Employment Options also offers free job placement services for recipients of SSDI and SSI, including work at home.  See https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/apply-now/ for details.

3/14 World Kidney Day & National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month, and its second Thursday – March 14 in 2019 – celebrates World Kidney Day.  This year’s theme is Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere.  Sources for more information and display materials include:

CMS contributes:

DID YOU KNOW?

Each year, kidney disease kills more people than breast or prostate cancer.

Help raise awareness of chronic kidney disease.  Wear ORANGE on March 14th!

March is National Kidney Month! CMS and the ESRD Program invite you to be a part of a national campaign focusing on kidney health.  To show your support, consider one of the following activities on March 14th (World Kidney Day):

    • Wear an orange shirt, pants, dress, shoes, hair, etc. (be creative)
    • Take a selfie or have someone take a picture of you in your orange gear
    • Share information on your Twitter account about why all Americans should ask their doctors for a kidney checkup; Use #NationalKidneyMonth #Medicare
    • Post your picture and short statement to your Facebook page; Make your post public and use #NationalKidneyMonth #Medicare
    • Have fun with your posts

Show that you care!  Share your National Kidney Month pictures on March 14th.

 

2/28+ Using NHSN for Prevention Webinar

The California Department of Public Health / Center for Health Care Quality / HAI Program / California Campaign to Prevent BSIs in Hemodialysis Patients will present a February 28, 2019 webinar on Practical Guidance for Using NHSN Dialysis Infection Data for Prevention. The webinar will be repeated on March 6, 2019.  For details see https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHCQ/HAI/CDPH%20Document%20Library/2019DialysisWebinarPracticalNHSNGuidance_Approved02.19.19.pdf.  Find extensive additional BSI-prevention resources for both facility staff and patients at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHCQ/HAI/Pages/CACampaignToPreventBSIinHemodialysisPatients.aspx.

NW16 3/3 NKF/PKG Patient Symposium on Lifestyle

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.

2/21+ UCLA/UKEEP Patient Education

The UCLA Health CORE Kidney program will present a February 21, 2019 webinar on Living Kidney Donation.  For details and pre-registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/UKEEP/ucla022119.pdf.

UKEEP will host a February 24, 2019 workshop on Kidney Disease: What You Should Know in Santa Monica CA.  See https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/UKEEP/UKEEP022419.pdf for details and RSVP information.

The CORE Kidney program will also present:

Find more information, and recordings of earlier CORE Kidney and UKEEP programs, at https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/, along with information about the UCLA PKD program and other related educational outreach.