Cyber Crime Reporting

The following message is from CMS.

If you are the victim of ransomware or have cyber threat indicators to share

If you or your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, please contact law enforcement immediately.

  1. Contact your FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force, at https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/field-offices , immediately to report a ransomware event and request assistance.  These professionals work with state and local law enforcement and other federal and international partners to pursue cyber criminals globally and to assist victims of cyber-crime.
  2. Report cyber incidents to both of the following:
  3. For further analysis and healthcare-specific indicator sharing, please also share these indicators with the HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) via email to HCCIC_RM@hhs.gov

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 .

2/17 KCER Needs Assessment

The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER) has requested that patients and facilities volunteer to complete KCER’s Program Needs Assessment questionnaire, to ascertain whether or not they’re likely to meet your needs in an emergency.  There are three different questionnaires, one for HD patients including Home HD, one for PD patients home or in-center, and a third for dialysis facilities.  For details and to respond, see http://www.kcercoalition.com/2017NeedsAssessment .  Contact Jerome Bailey with any questions, at 813.865.3542 or JBailey@hsag.com .

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 .

New Emergency Preparedness Rule

Slides, an audio recording, and written transcript of the October 5, 2016 National Provider Call on CMS’s new Emergency Preparedness Requirements are now available, at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2016-10-05-Emergency-Preparedness.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending . The requirements go into effect November 15, 2016.

The October issue of the KCER Watch newsletter includes a
concise summary of the new CMS Requirements, along with several other useful articles.  Find it at http://kcercoalition.com/en/resources/kcer-watch/ .