4/5 DFC Technical Expert Panel Nominations

CMS has commissioned UM-KECC to assemble 10-20 volunteers for a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to formulate a process for periodically resetting ESRD clinical quality Star-Rating criteria so that the Ratings continue to differentiate facility quality of care when treatment-quality trends reduce the variation between facilities.  Volunteers will include patients, caregivers, ESRD subject matter experts, methodologists, and specialists working on dialysis QI and healthcare disparities.  The TEP will require a one-day in-person meeting in Baltimore in June, plus 3-7 conference calls before and after.  Nominations must be submitted by April 5, 2019.  The current call for nominations doesn’t mention it, but past TEPs have reimbursed travel expenses.  For details and nomination forms, see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TEP-Currently-Accepting-Nominations.html#a0305.

3/21 Free Resume Tips Webinar

My Employment Options will present a March 21, 2019 Resume Tips Workshop webinar.  Topics include Formatting Tips For Resumes, How To Create Work At Home Resumes, How to Create Onsite Job Resumes, Gaps in Employment, and Career Changes.  Register at https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/webinar-registration-form/.  My Employment Options also offers free job placement services for recipients of SSDI and SSI, including work at home.  See https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/apply-now/ for details.

New Tools in Depression Toolkit

The Forum of ESRD Networks has added a recording and slides from their October 4, 2018 live webinar on Depression & Dialysis: Removing the Stigma and Strengthening our Mental Health.  The event was hosted by patient leaders from the the Forum in collaboration with AAKP and NKF.  Find these resources, plus ancillary tools, at http://esrdnetworks.org/education/quality-conference/quality-conference-webinar-series-2018-2019.

NW16 11/11 NKF/PKG Holiday Party

NKF and the Portland Kidney Group will hold their Annual Holiday Party on November 11, 2018.  Light kidney-friendly food and drinks will be provided, so you need only bring your family, your friends, and your appetite.  However, please RSVP before November 4 with the number of people you expect to bring, so an appropriate amount of food can be stocked!  A renal dietitian will talk about hearty but kidney-friendly holiday cooking.  Volunteers to help with the Party will be welcomed.  Find all the details you’ll need at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/PKG.Holiday.Party.2018.pdf.

10/23+ NW16 W WA Kidney Support Group

The Road Back to Life is a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to dialysis patients, patient support groups, and award-winning CKD classes.  They offer patient support groups in Lynnwood WA on October 23, November 27, and December 25, 2018, and in both Monroe and Mountlake Terrace WA on November 13 and December 11.  They also provide November 8, December 6, and December 13, 2018 courses on HOPE (or Healthy Options) in Mountlake Terrace, and a six-part course November 7-December 19 on Survive and Thrive with CKD in Lynnwood WA.  For details see https://www.kidneysupportgroup.com/calendar/.  For more information on The Road Back to Life see https://www.kidneysupportgroup.com/.

10/30 NW16 PKG Support Group

The Portland Kidney Group invites patients and care partners to their October 30, 2018 Support Group Meeting in Milwaukie OR.  Topics of discussion will include treatment options and holiday coping strategies.  Kidney-friendly refreshments will be provided, but RSVP is requested.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/PKG1018.pdf.