12/8+ CCCC Education Sessions

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a December 13, 2017 webinar on 8 Mega Health Care Trends and How They Relate to Palliative Care PLUS the Year in Review.  One CEU will be available for nurses and social workers.  For details and registration see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-8-mega-health-care-trends-and-how-they-relate-to-palliative-care-plus-the-year-in-review-tickets-37258553336 .

CCCC will also present a February 8-9, 2018 live training on It Starts With A Conversation, Train-The-Trainer in San Francisco.  This course, using the standardized California POLST training curriculum, is designed to provide an understanding of the POLST Paradigm, and teach use of the POLST form to reflect a patient’s wishes.  The course is appropriate for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, LCSWs, LMFTs, and other healthcare providers working with the seriously ill and those nearing the end of life.  For details and registration see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polst-it-starts-with-a-conversation-train-the-trainer-tickets-37214580813 .

And the CCCC Annual Summit will be held April 10-11, 2018 in Anaheim, on the theme Better Together: Forging a Path to Person-Centered Care.  Registration is open and early-registration prices are available; see http://ccccsummit.org/?mc_cid=caa566746a&mc_eid=67e1ad4c31 .  Poster session submission deadline is December 8, 2017; see http://ccccsummit.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/CCCC_Call_for_Posters_2018-final.pdf for instructions.

nw18 <12/7 Fire Danger

Santa Ana winds and high fire danger are expected in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties until Thursday 7 December, 2017.  Networks are required by CMS to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.  In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Julie Aguilar at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or JAguilar@nw18.esrd.net , and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298 .

NMC Updates

CMS has added information to their web page for providers on the New Medicare Card (NMC) project to remove Social Security numbers and replace them with generic Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI) starting April 2018.  Among other things, the new information includes:

  • The recommendation that providers sign up with your Medicare Administrative Contractor’s portal now, in order to test your processes before April 2018; see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/Providers/MACs-Provider-Portals-by-State.pdf for a list or portals and links.
  • New posters and handouts in English and Spanish that you can use to remind patients of what they will need to be aware of, and do, as the NMC conversion proceeds.
  • What to do if you treat Railroad Retirement Board beneficiaries.
  • Links to past Open Door Forums and their accompanying educational materials.

The NMC Providers page with complete information can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/Providers/Providers.html .

Candida auris

Candida auris is an often-deadly, contagious, drug-resistant fungal infection that the CDC warns is an increasing comorbidity problem for people who are already seriously ill.  While so far a problem more for hospitals and nursing homes than outpatient clinics, it is a possible cause when fever and chills persist after antibiotic treatment.  CDC has summarized information about its identification and treatment at https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/candida-auris-an-emerging-global-fungal-disease/ .

New Emergency Preparedness Rule

The November 2017 issue of Network 16 News focuses on the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule for dialysis facilities.  The Rule requires two exercises per year, one of which must be full-scale.  The other can be what they’re calling a “table-top” exercise, or a disaster-response simulation.  The bulk of the News issue describes a sample table-top exercise.  The Question Corner deals with what State Surveyors will look for when assessing facility compliance with the Rule.

Another article advises that you need to know your facility’s “CCN” or CMS Certification Number.  This 6-digit number uniquely identifies your facility, and avoids the confusion of multiple or ambiguous facility names.  For instance, in CROWNWeb there are facilities that have entered their facility name as “Fresenius Medical Care” and “Pacific Northwest Renal.”  If a facility reported a name like this during a disaster, rather than their CCN, the Network would have to call fifty facilities to find the one with the emergency.

November’s News also flags the March 8-9, 2018 NWRD Annual Conference in Spokane and the April 11-14, 2018 NKF Spring Clinical Meetings in Texas in the “Hot Dates” section.  See our Facility Calendar at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/staff-education-calendar/ for more information on these and other dates.

Current and historical Network 16 News issues are online at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

KCER Newsletter 11/17

KCER has published their KCER Watch November Newsletter.  Topics include:

  • Emergency Preparedness Tabletop Exercises
  • November was Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month
  • Flu Shot Timing
  • Winter Storm Season Safety Tips
  • Federal Aid Claims

Find the November issue at http://kcercoalition.com/contentassets/8b965337d6a64a92b8d94a6e047a1727/kcerwatchnov2017final508.pdf, and past (and future) issues at http://kcercoalition.com/en/resources/kcer-watch/ .