Advance Planning Booklet

The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (http://kidneysupportivecare.org/Home.aspx) has created a booklet called Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease.  You can find a copy at http://kidneysupportivecare.org/Files/ACPforCKDbrochure3-2017.aspx .

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 .

Funding for Shared Decisionmaking Studies

The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is soliciting proposals for research projects to develop, test, and evaluate measures of shared decisionmaking for research conducted in clinical settings.  Shared decisionmaking is a collaborative process in which patients and members of their clinical team make health care decisions that are informed by scientific evidence as well as patients’ values and preferences.  For more information see http://www.ahrq.gov/news/share.html .

Choosing a Facility

We’ve added the November Monthly Patient Bulletin to the Network 16 website.  This issue is all about selecting a facility for dialysis, with an emphasis on Medicare’s Dialysis Facility Compare website, https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/ .  If you haven’t gotten a copy of the Monthly Patient Bulletin, you can find one at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .

11/3 CCCC Advanced Care Plan Workshop

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop November 3, 2016 in Los Angeles on Let’s Talk: Promoting & Engaging in Advance Care Planning.  6 CEUs are available.  For more information see http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/community-based-advance-care-planning/ .

10/19 CCCC POLST Training

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop October 19-20, 2016 in Irvine CA on POLST: It Starts with a Conversation.  POLST – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – is to current treatment as Advance Directives are to future treatment.  10.5 CMEs and 11.5 CEUs are available.  You may know POLST as Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), Medical Orders on Scope of Treatment (MOST), Physician’s Orders on Scope of Treatment (POST) or Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP).  While the workshop will work from California’s POLST form, most of the information will apply in any state.  For details see http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4904bc4f7472f06a865fbafee&id=e6b24b0ed6&e=67e1ad4c31 .

SC 10/13 CA EOL Option Act Workshop

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop October 13, 2016 in San Diego CA on California End of Life Option Act: Key Concepts and Critical Conversation Skills for Providers.  6 CEUs will be available.  For details see http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/end-of-life-option-act-conversation-training/ .