The January 23, 2018 release of NHSN 8.8.1 will include an updated Agreement to Participate and Consent for facilities who enrolled in NHSN prior to Dec. 2, 2017. Facilities that enrolled on or after Dec. 2, 2017 have already signed the new Consent Agreement and will not need to accept it again. Primary Contacts or Facility Administrators should agree to this updated Consent form by April 14, 2018, or risk losing access to NHSN. Once the Consent form is available on January 23, 2018, an alert will appear on all NHSN component home pages, and primary contacts and facility administrators will receive an email notification. For additional information see https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/about-nhsn/faq-agreement-to-participate.html (which includes Frequently Asked Questions), and the updated NHSN purposes at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/about-nhsn/technology.html. If you have additional questions, email them to NHSN@cdc.gov with the subject line “NHSN Reconsent.”
CMS will host a January 23, 2018 conference call on provisions in the CY2018 ESRD PPS final rule, including plans for PY2019, 2020, and 2021. Topics include the ESRD QIP legislative framework; measures, standards, scoring method, and payment reduction scale for PY 2021; and Modifications to PY2019 and PY2020 policies. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Register for the call at https://blh.ier.intercall.com/details/da4411a5510d47f4b06532c60ed91974. Find the CY2018 final rule at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-01/pdf/2017-23671.pdf.
CROWNWeb will present a New User Training on December 12, 2017. For more information and to register, see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/december-crownweb-new-user-training/ .
The December 2017 CROWNWeb Newsletter has been published, featuring articles on CW updates, patient outreach, Role and Scope in CW, and FEMA Disaster Areas, plus announcement of a December 21, 2017 CROWNWeb Town Hall. Find all of the CW Newsletters at http://mycrownweb.org/news/newsletters/ .
CDC vaccination recommendations for the 2017-18 influenza season can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/indrr_2017.html . Find additional CDC resources at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/professionals/Dear-Colleague-Letter-2017-2018.pdf and https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ .
CDC and Medscape also present a continuing education (ACCME and ANCC) opportunity on these recommendations; see https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/cme/medscape_cme.html .
Northwest Renal Dietitians has published the following dates for their March 8-9, 2018 Annual Conference in Spokane WA:
- December 31, 2017 – Poster Session online signup deadline for proposals on education programs, special projects, or original research. CPEUs are available. See http://www.nwrdonline.org/abstracts-posters-2018 for details.
- December 31, 2017 – Scholarship application deadline – find details at http://www.nwrdonline.org/scholarships .
- January 15, 2018 – Online registration begins. For ongoing information about the Conference, see http://www.nwrdonline.org/conference-overview .
- March 8-9, 2018 – the Conference; find details at http://www.nwrdonline.org/conference-overview .
Topics will include the gut microbiome, hyperkalemia, KDIGO Guideline updates, vegetarian and vegan renal diets, and more. Find the Conference announcement that you can send to your colleagues at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/2018NWRD.pdf .
CROWNWeb will present a 90-minute New User Training course on October 10, 2017. For details and registration see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/october-2017-crownweb-new-user-training/ .
All NHSN data for January, February, and March 2017 must be entered into NHSN and corrected by June 30, 2017, in order for it to be included in your QIP scores. NHSN’s 3-Step Guide to Review NHSN Data might be useful; find it at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/dialysis/3-steps-to-review-de-data-2014.pdf .