1/13+ UCLA on BP, Donation, ESRD

In addition to the previously scheduled patient education webinars about Blood Pressure on January 16, 2020, about Living Kidney Donation on February 13, and the Kidney Fair at the Beach on May 17 (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2019/11/01/12-3-ucla-core-kidney-program-and-ukeep/), the UCLA Core Kidney Program has added a March 1, 2020 workshop on ESRD: What You Should Know.  Stay tuned to this blog or to https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/upcoming-events for details.

CDC HAN re Influenza

CDC has issued a HAN Health Advisory on Elevated Influenza Activity: Influenza B/Victoria and A(H1N1)pdm09 Viruses are the Predominant Viruses, summarized by:

“This health advisory notifies clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States.  Ongoing elevated activity is due to influenza B/Victoria viruses, increasing circulation of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses, and low levels of influenza B/Yamagata and influenza A(H3N2) viruses.  CDC’s influenza forecasts suggest that national influenza activity will remain elevated for several more weeks.  Because influenza activity is elevated and both influenza A and B virus infections can cause severe disease and death, this health advisory also serves as a reminder that early treatment with antiviral medications improves outcomes in patients with influenza.  Early treatment with antiviral medications is recommended for hospitalized patients and high-risk outpatients…  Clinicians should continue efforts to vaccinate patients for as long as influenza viruses are circulating, and promptly start antiviral treatment of severely ill and high-risk patients with suspected influenza without waiting for laboratory confirmation.”

Find the full HAN at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00425.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM17072.

NW16 3/1 NKF Community Symposium, Portland

NKF will present their Annual Kidney Community Symposium in Portland on March 1, 2020, featuring sessions on The Future of Kidney Care, Home Dialysis, Living Donation, and the presentation of the Elizabeth Kemble Friends of the Kidney Community Award.  For details and registration, see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/PKG2020PtSymp.pdf.

RSN Podcast on “Keep on Believing”

The Renal Support Network has published a podcast called Keep on Believing, featuring an interview with America’s Got Talent superstar and kidney transplant recipient (at age 4) Angelica Hale.  Angelica advises, “Never give up and keep on dreaming.  Keep on believing in yourself.  No matter what you are going through, you can still achieve your dreams and reach your goals.”  Find the podcast at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/keep-on-believing/.

1/1 HIC Numbers Invalid in 2020

As of today, HICNs are still being used to identify patients on 14% of Medicare claims.  Starting in four weeks, these claims will be returned, as MBIs are required after December 31, 2019.  Find all the information you need on the conversion to MBIs at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE18006.pdf.