The FDA has announced the Class II recall of the following Baxter/Gambro HD Cartridge blood sets because of potential for tubing disconnection:
- Gambro Cartridge Blood Set Prime Line, Product Code 101025, UDI 37332414007837, 56 lots; see https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/index.cfm?Product=181127.
- Gambro Cartridge Blood Transport System for Hemodialysis Blood Set, Product Code 109536, UDI 37332414085217, 4 lots; see https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/index.cfm?Product=181241.
- Gambro Cartridge Low Volume Blood Transport System for Hemodialysis Blood Set, Product Code 114434, UDI 47332414112395, 5 lots; see https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/index.cfm?Product=181242.
- Gambro Cartridge Low Weight-Low Volume Blood Transport System for Hemodialysis Blood Set, Product Code 114435, UDI 37332414112401, 3 lots; see https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ires/index.cfm?Product=181243.
CROWNWeb has formally announced their November 12, 2019 New User Training. For details see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/new-user-training-november/.
Starting January 1, 2020, with few exceptions, all Medicare billing must use the new MBIs, Medicare Beneficiary Identifers, rather than the old Health Insurance Claim Numbers or HICNs. Make sure your patients’ old Medicare cards have been shredded, to avoid exposing their Social Security Number to scammers. Find instructions for billing, helping patients who haven’t gotten a new card, and other details of the transition, at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/-2019-10-24-eNews.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending#_Toc22641919.
As part of last week’s National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/10-14-technician-technologist-appreciation-week/), the Renal Support Network’s KidneyTalk podcast series has published an audio recording called Dialysis Techs: The Front-Line Care, where an experienced Dialysis Technician talks about what their day is like. Find the podcast at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/dialysis-techs-front-line-care/.
We mistakenly used the Kent remit address rather than the Issaquah Conference address in the previous bulletin announcing the November 8, 2019 CNSW NW Fall Educational Conference that will be held in Issaquah. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
CROWNWeb has announced at May 23, 2019 Town Hall meeting. Register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/may-2019-town-hall/.
UCLA Health will present a webinar on Peritoneal Dialysis: What You Should Know at 11:30 am PT April 3, 2019. For details and registration see https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg4kczil240ae932&oseq=&c=&ch=.
AAKP and George Washington University will hold the inaugural Global Innovations in Patient-Centered Kidney Care Conference May 21-23, 2019 in Washington DC. The aim is to gather healthcare professionals, academics, government leaders and regulators, industry experts, entrepreneurs, and patient advocates to promote better kidney disease treatment. Attendance is free to kidney patients and medical students. Find more information and registration at https://aakp.org/global-summit/, and the tentative agenda at https://aakp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/GLOBAL-SUMMIT-AGENDA_ONLINE-3-12-19.pdf.
AAKP will present a 28 February 2019 HealthLine webinar on For the Love of Plants – What to Know When Considering Plant-based Nutrition. The webinar will be led by a renal dietitian, a dialysis patient, and a transplant patient. The dialysis patient is able to maintain good health by dialyzing only twice a week, partly because of her plant-based diet. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8808677329036274689. Recordings of prior HealthLine webinars can be found at https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/.
The CROWNWeb Newsletter for February 2019 is now available, at http://mycrownweb.org/2019/01/february-2019-newsletter/. It features several comprehensive articles on the 2744 Annual Facility Survey, including announcement of a 2744 Training session on February 19, 2019, repeated on February 26. In addition to the usual useful links and notes – which are much expanded in the Newsletter’s new format, a February 28 CROWNWeb Town Hall is also announced.