Recall: Baxter/Gambro HD Blood Sets

The FDA has announced the Class II recall of the following Baxter/Gambro HD Cartridge blood sets because of potential for tubing disconnection:

1/1 HICNs No Longer Acceptable

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.

RSN Podcast on Dialysis Technicians

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/.

5/21-23 Global Patient-Centered Care Innovations Conference

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.

2/28 AAKP HealthLine on Plant-Based Nutrition

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/.

2/19+ CW Feb Newsletter, 2744 Training

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.