NW16 3/14+ Donate Life NW

Donate Life Northwest reminds us that April is National Donate Life Month – see https://www.donatelife.net/ndlm/ for details and resources.

They’ve also announced many new volunteer training sessions and other community events:

  • March 14, 2018 – Donate Life 101 and 301 in La Grande OR
  • March 19, 2018 – New Ambassador Orientation, Portland OR
  • April 11, 2018 – Happy Hour, Medford OR
  • April 12, 2018 – Donate Life 101 and 301 in Medford OR
  • April 13-14, 2018 – Pear Blossom Festival Parade, Medford OR
  • April 15, 2018 – Quilt Unveiling, Medford OR
  • April 22, 2018 – Quilt Unveiling, Portland OR
  • May 7, 2018 – New Ambassador Orientation, Portland OR
  • May 26, 2018 – Tabor Trot run/walk, Portland OR

Find more information about any of these at https://www.donatelifenw.org/news-and-events/calendar, along with more information about previously announced trainings in Portland March 18, March 25, and April 1, 2018, and the previously announced Trailblazers basketball game group tickets on March 30, 2018 (see also the Patient Calendar above).

3/8 World Kidney Day

In concert with International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018 is World Kidney Day, with the theme of Kidneys & Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower.  Find the WKD website at http://www.worldkidneyday.org/2018-campaign/2018-wkd-theme/.  CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation has also contributed their own website, on the topic of Is CKD Worse for Women, at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/1dffd90.  Find a comprehensive graphic on CKD at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/wkd2018.pdf.

New Medicare Cards News

CMS has updated and expanded their NMC website for providers, at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/Providers/Providers.html to include information on how remittance advices with HICNs or MBIs will be handled.  They’ve also published an NMC Mailing Strategy document, at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/NMC-Mailing-Strategy.pdf.  New cards will be mailed to Alaska, California, and Oregon between April and June 2018, and to Idaho, Montana, and Washington in July 2018 and beyond.

They’ve also published Guidance on how to talk to patients about their new cards, with suggested language to use to keep everyone on the same page and avoid confusion, at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/New-Medicare-Card-Messaging-Guidelines-July-2017.pdf.  The NMC Overview web page at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/index.html has also been updated.

3/7+ NW16 Legacy Transplant Class

Legacy Transplant Services will present four classes on Is Kidney Transplant Right for You? in Portland during 2018, on March 7, May 3, September 12, and November 8.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/Legacy/LegacyTrx0318.pdf, and register at http://www.legacyhealthevents.org.

PATH-D Home Care Partner Guide

MEI has released a Spanish edition of their Partner Agreement on Tasks for Home Dialysis (PATH-D), or Acuerdo del Compañero sobre tareas para la Diálisis en el hogar.  Find it, for either PD or HHD, along with other useful home care resources, at https://www.homedialysis.org/life-at-home/care-partners.

3/8 Mindfulness & Patient Safety WIHI

IHI will present a March 8, 2018 “WIHI” on Mindfulness and Patient Safety.  When we’re “mindful” we’re paying attention to what’s happening in the Present Moment instead of reviewing the past or planning the future.  Mindfulness is also a powerful stress reduction and self-care technique.  Find more information, sample exercises, and relevant links, and register, at http://www.ihi.org/education/AudioVideo/WIHI/mindfulness-and-patient-safety/Pages/default.aspx.  Find ten introductory exercises at http://www.ihi.org/communities/blogs/10-mindfulness-exercises-for-the-health-care-workplace.