The Northwest Renal Network September 2017 Patient Bulletin is all about Flu Shots – it’s Vaccination Time of the year. Find the Bulletin at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
CDC, along with other organizations and agencies, declares September to be National Preparedness Month. They urge everyone to take action before, during, and after an emergency. Their recommendations include:
- Every community should be ready to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, chemical spills or radiation releases, and natural disasters.
- Public health systems should have the capacity to scale up quickly to respond to the varying demands of public health emergencies.
For more information see https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6636a1.htm .
Legacy Transplant Services will present two evening classes open to anyone who wants to learn about kidney transplantation and donation, especially patients, family, and friends. The sessions will be held live at Legacy Good Samaritan downtown, and telecast to FMC Maywood Park near the Portland airport, on September 20 and November 16, 2017. Find more information and registration instructions at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N2/LegacyTrx17.pdf .
OHSU also hosts a transplant class in Portland on Wednesday evenings; see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/419-ohsu-transplant-class/ .
UNOS has published instructions for transplant centers, and for patients scheduled for transplant surgery, on disruptions caused by disasters. For details see https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/news/information-on-disaster-relief-and-assistance-for-patients/ .
The Patient Driven Support Group will hold a patient support group meeting in Ontario CA on September 24, 2017. Details follow:
CMS has unveiled the design for the new Medicare cards that will be mailed to beneficiaries between April 2018 and April 2019. For security, the new cards will not contain Social Security Numbers, but a randomly-assigned number instead. The old cards should be shredded or otherwise destroyed. For the CMS press release on the design of the new cards, see https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2017-Press-releases-items/2017-09-14.html .
Employment Options will hold a free September 28, 2017 online webinar on Jobs Fair Tips and Tricks, and an October 12, 2017 online Jobs Fair. Find full details and register at https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/webinar-registration-page/ for the September 28 webinar and at https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/register-for-virtual-job-fair/ for the October 12 Jobs Fair.