Dialysis Facility Compare

Northwest Renal Network’s April 2017 Patient Bulletin is on Dialysis Facility Compare or DFC.  DFC allows patients to search for dialysis centers, compare them, and find the right one for them.  It includes dialysis center contact information, services offered, clinical quality of care measures, and patient experience of care survey results.  Find the Bulletin at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .

4/20 Feedback to CMS

CMS will hold an Open Door Forum feedback session April 20, 2017 in Baltimore MD, with virtual attendance available, on the CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, which includes the ESRD Networks.  CMS will be seeking input from stakeholders and the general public about how to implement QIO program goals of maximizing program efficiency while continuing to improve quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.  For details and registration see https://register.mitre.org/CMS_Special_Session/ .

4/19+ OHSU Transplant Class

OHSU offers a free Kidney Transplant Family Education Class every Wednesday in Portland OR.  The class is designed for patients with kidney disease and their families who want to learn more about kidney transplant as a treatment option.  Preregistration by telephone is required.  For details see the poster at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/TrFamilyEdClass.pdf .

The class is held at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on the OHSU campus in Portland’s West Hills.  For help finding it, see http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/doernbecher/visiting-doernbecher/maps-and-directions/index.cfm or call the Hospital at 503-494-8500.

4/12 CMS Feedback Webex

The CMS Quality Improvement and Innovation Group is hosting a session with Medicare beneficiaries, families, caregivers, and advocates to gather information about healthcare quality improvement integration, gaps, and ideal outcomes, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 2pm EDT, which is 11am PDT.  You can join the Webex at https://mitre.webex.com/mw3100/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=mitre&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc3100%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dmitre%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D242824642%26UID%3D0%26Host%3DQUhTSwAAAAPoyDgLCLfLHjFHMF3xlLgEaTGbwbt46gcB7K653b4OYK3brFSWysdXI47I6qwFjY4ppqs-YZaENcrmcI4mHSBk0%26FrameSet%3D2%26MTID%3Dm346742cc4264be6c6281a1ac541e94d5 , meeting number or access code 634 491 197, password QIO12SoW.  Or you can call in to 877-668-4490.

You can get Webex help at http://help.webex.com/ .  The CMS QIIG is at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/QualityImp rovementOrgs/Current.html .

5/11+ CNSW Educational Conference

The Northwest Chapter of the NKF Council of Nephrology Social Workers will hold their Spring 2017 Educational Conference on May 11-12, 2017 in Issaquah WA.  The May 11 agenda includes sessions on salt and water, fluid and sodium overload, patient and social work approaches to fluid management, and sleep disorders.  Renal dietitians are also invited to the May 11 sessions, and RD CEUs will be offered.  May 12 sessions include patient safety and grievances, Dialysis Patient Citizens, and compassion fatigue.

Find the Conference brochure and registration instructions at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CNSW.0517.pdf .  Registration must be postmarked by April 28, 2017, and early registration is recommended because of space limitations.  Payments postmarked prior to April 20, 2017 will be eligible for a prize.

4/29 Drug Disposal

The US Dept of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency Diversion Control Division will sponsor the 12th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017.  To find a location near you, see https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ .  As of today, many locations are listed in California, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, but fewer in Alaska and Washington. However, they are adding collection locations daily, so check back later in April if you don’t find a convenient dropoff site.

Alternative methods of disposal are detailed at https://archive.epa.gov/region02/capp/web/pdf/ppcpflyer.pdf .


Advance Planning Booklet

The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (http://kidneysupportivecare.org/Home.aspx) has created a booklet called Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease.  You can find a copy at http://kidneysupportivecare.org/Files/ACPforCKDbrochure3-2017.aspx .