6/25 CMS Seeks Comment on Rural Hospital Payment Changes

CMS has proposed that they improve their payments to rural hospitals, in an effort to improve rural health in the US.  While this isn’t directly relevant to ESRD, it will certainly be relevant whenever a kidney patient needs services at a hospital in a rural area.  Find the Proposed Rule and Request for Comment at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-05-07/pdf/2018-08705.pdf, and a Notice of Corrections at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-06-20/pdf/2018-13152.pdf.  Comments are due by June 25, 2019.  For background information see https://www.cms.gov/blog/putting-our-rethinking-rural-health-strategy-action and https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/AcuteInpatientPPS/FY2019-IPPS-Proposed-Rule-Home-Page-Items/FY2019-IPPS-Proposed-Rule-Regulations.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=ascending.

Injection Safety, Needle Use, and HAI

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission website, while directed specifically at Oregon, includes many resources that any healthcare provider will find useful, such as:

HDC Fluid Restriction Calculator

Home Dialysis Central has published a Dialysis Fluid Restriction Calculator to answer the question, “How much can I drink between dialysis sessions?” individualized for each patient.  For the Calculator and discussion, see https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/265-a-new-dialysis-fluid-restriction-calculator.

CDC Sepsis Prevention in Spanish

GaneleCDC has announced that its free Get Ahead of Sepsis fact sheets and brochures for patients and families are now available for download in Spanish.

Sepsis is a medical emergency.  Do you know how to protect yourself, your family, and your patients from sepsis?  CDC’s new Spanish-language materials help patients and families learn the risks, spot the signs and symptoms, and act quickly if they suspect sepsis.  Start a conversation today about how to Get Ahead of Sepsis.  To learn more about sepsis and how to prevent infections, see https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/get-ahead-of-sepsis/sp/index.html. The English versions are at https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/get-ahead-of-sepsis/patient-resources.html.

<7/31 AAKP Patient Safety Award

Applications are open until July 31, 2018 for the AAKP Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award to fund an annual lecture, presentation or program that will advance patient safety by exploring innovation in health systems management.  The award was created in 2014 when the former non-profit Network of New England board of directors established an endowment to continue the patient safety work led by former executive director Jenny Kitsen.  For more information and application, see http://aakp.org/jenny-kitsen-safety-award/.