NW16 Patient Advisory Committee

Northwest Renal Network (ESRD Network 16) has published the November edition of its patient newsletter, Consumer NewsThis issue features a Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) Member Spotlight, and includes an invitation for patients to join the PAC.  If you have any interest, or if you have questions, contact Lisa Hall at 800-262-1514 or lhall@nw16.esrd.net .  Find the newsletter and PAC invitation on the Network website at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/ncn.html .

11/21 Patients as Hostages WIHI

IHI will present a free November 21, 2017 “WIHI” audio program on When Patients Feel as Powerless as Hostages.  For full details see http://forms.ihi.org/next-wihi-on-november-21-at-2-pm-et-when-patients-feel-as-powerless-as-hostages .

11/13+ Antibiotic Awareness Week

CDC and WHO have announced that November 13-19, 2017 will be US and World Antibiotic Awareness Week, to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.  European Antibiotic Awareness Day is November 18.  CDC has updated their educational initiative Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care, and aims to engage the industry and the public in efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing and use across all health care settings.  Find the CDC announcement and links to Be Antibiotics Aware at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6644a9.htm?s_cid=mm6644a9_e and the WHO announcement at http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/.

NMC Ombudspersons

CMS has announced the appointment of a Provider Ombudsman for the New Medicare Card, to serve as a resource for the provider community.  The Ombudsman will ensure that CMS hears and understands any implementation problems experienced by clinicians, hospitals, suppliers, and other providers, will communicate about the New Medicare Card to providers, and help to develop solutions to any implementation problems that arise.  To reach the Provider Ombudsman, contact: NMCProviderQuestions@cms.hhs.gov .

The Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman and other CMS staff will address inquiries from Medicare beneficiaries and their representatives through existing inquiry processes.  For more information on the Beneficiary Ombudsman see https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11173.pdf and https://www.medicare.gov/claims-and-appeals/medicare-rights/get-help/ombudsman.html .

National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month.  Some useful resources:

<12/7 MC Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment, the period during which you’re allowed to change your Medicare coverage, is open until December 7, 2017.  Northwest Renal Network’s October 2017 Patient Bulletin briefly describes the process, and includes links to the Plan Finder, to help paying for drugs, and the Medicare Open Enrollment Toolkit.  If your facility has not given you a copy already, find the Patient Bulletin at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .