New Medicare Card News

The CMS New Medicare Card (NMC) web page at https://www.medicare.gov/newcard/ keeps an ongoing tally of NMC mailings.  It shows that mailings are now underway for California, Oregon, and Alaska, but have not yet started for other Network 16 states.  The page also includes a sample of the new card, important information about what a patient should do when they receive one in the mail, and important tips on avoiding Medicare scams.

For providers, CMS has also published information on when a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI, which replaces the HICN on the card) can change, and what to do when it does.  Find a summary at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/2018-07-05-eNews.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending#_Toc518370286.

Preventing Organ Stunning

Home Dialysis Central has published a summary of “organ stunning,” where dialysis removes too much water, or removes it too quickly, and your internal organs are shocked.  This can damage your organs, and the damage may be cumulative.  The HDC article covers the causes and processes of organ stunning, and most important, describes how you can avoid it.  Find the article at https://homedialysis.org/life-at-home/articles/organ-stunning-on-hemodialysis-what-is-it-and-what-can-you-do.

8/20+ NW16 PKG 2018 Calendar

The Portland Kidney Group has published the poster for their August 26, 2018 NKF-PKG Kidney Wellness Fair & Community Picnic in Portland; RSVP by August 20.  They’ve also updated their 2018 calendar to include two new patient support groups, September 5, 2018 in Tigard OR, and October 3 in Clackamas OR, in addition to their November 11 Ninth Anniversary Holiday Gathering in Portland.  Find the revised calendar at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/P/PKG/PKGcal2018.pdf, and the new poster for the August 26 Fair and Picnic at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/P/PKG/PKGpic2018.pdf.  They don’t mention the August 20, 2018 RSVP-by date on the poster, but they have in earlier announcements, so to play it safe you may want to call in before August 20.

6/22 AKF Phosphorus Webinar

The American Kidney Fund will present a free June 22, 2018 webinar on Phosphorus in the Kidney Disease Diet.  The webinar is open to everyone, including patients, family, friends, and professionals.  For details and registration, see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/phosphorus-in-the-kidney.html.

AAKP Patient Meeting Recorded

Recordings of the 43rd AAKP National Patient Meeting, held June 8-10, 2018 in St. Petersburg FL, are now available online, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwT_eU7vwGtHSapN8PKc-Hw.  Sessions include:

  • Assessing Dialysis Facility Quality: CMS Engagement of Kidney Patients
  • Innovations in Kidney Disease Care
  • Paving the Way for a Better Tomorrow: Understanding Clinical Trials
  • Improving Kidney Care and Treatment Options – NIH Kidney Precision Medicine Project
  • Innovation, Patient Focus and Care Improvement – Veterans Administration Leadership in Kidney Care
  • Nutrition 101: Understanding & Enjoying Your Kidney-Friendly Diet
  • Patient-Centered Kidney Disease Care: How to Change the Status Quo