4/4 Transplant Choices Conference

Chi Franciscan Health Nephrology Services and St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma WA will hold a free conference on Transplantation Choices for Patients with CKD on April 4, 2014.  Sessions will include living donor process evaluation, transplant process evaluation from the surgical perspective, care and feeding of a transplant, and a patient panel.  RSVP requested.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/SJTransplant0417.pdf .

3/12 SC UCI Transplant Education

The Saddleback Kidney Support Group will present an Educational Seminar on Revitalization of the UCI Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program March 12, 2017 in Mission Viejo CA.  Medical Director Uttam Reddy, MD and key transplant team members will describe how they have revamped the UC Irvine program.  Patients, dialysis facility staff, and nephrologists are invited.  RSVP requested.  For details see http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/docs-events/UCI_Transplant_Revitilization.pdf .

4/4 Transplant Choices Conference

Chi Franciscan Health Nephrology Services and St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma WA will hold a free conference on Transplantation Choices for Patients with CKD on April 4, 2014.  Sessions will include living donor process evaluation, transplant process evaluation from the surgical perspective, care and feeding of a transplant, and a patient panel.  RSVP requested.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/SJTransplant0417.pdf .

1/11 New CfC: 3rd-Party Payment

CMS has published a new rule in the Federal Register pertaining to Conditions for Coverage for ESRD Facilities – Third Party Payment.  Comments can be made until January 11, 2017.  The new Conditions will be effective January 13, 2017.  Because CMS has determined that current practices can significantly harm patients, they have shortened both the public comment period and the effective date of the rule.  Find the new rule at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/14/2016-30016/medicare-program-conditions-for-coverage-for-end-stage-renal-disease-facilities-third-party-payment .

Access to Dialysis; AAKP Meeting

We’ve placed the September 2016 issue of Network Consumer News, the Northwest Renal Network patient newsletter, on the Network 16 website at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/ncn.html .  This issue covers access to care, involuntary discharge, and Network 16’s grievance process.  This month we’ve included a Spanish edition, a large-print version, a feedback form, and a flyer about the September 23-25, 2016 AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville.

For more information on the following details about the AAKP Meeting, see https://www.aakp.org/images/downloads/AAKP_ConvBroch_2016_online.pdf 

  • AAKP is partnering with the Living Kidney Donor Network to present a free September 22, 2016 workshop on Having Your Donor Find You 
  • To arrange for dialysis while in Nashville, schedule it by August 31, 2016
  • To  receive conference rates at the AAKP Meeting hotel, you must reserve your accommodations by August 31, 2016
  • To receive discounted airfare from Southwest Airlines, make reservations by September 7, 2016
  • Continuing Education credits are available for RNs, MSWs, and RDs

SC 8/24-28 LA Kidney Walk Luncheon

NKF invites all who are interested to a free lunch and informative presentation to kick off the August 28, 2016 Los Angeles Kidney Walk at Griffith Park.  In addition to organization of the Walk, the presentation will include a talk on new approaches to overcoming immunological barriers to living donation by UCLA professor Erik Lum, MD.  However, you must RSVP by August 24, 2016.  For details see http://bit.ly/2aNFrSx .

9/22-23 AAKP Patient Meeting

There’s still time to register for the AAKP National Patient Meeting in Nashville September 23-25, 2016 on the theme Explore Your Future Today.  Topics include transplantation and living donation, patient engagement, diet and nutrition, treatment options and medications, and patient safety.  AAKP and the Living Kidney Donor Network, a national non-profit organization, will host a hands-on workshop Having Your Donor Find You! on Sept. 22, 2016.  For complete details, see https://www.aakp.org/community/programs-events/aakp-national-patient-meeting.html .