HHS has published a new Fact Sheet on Direct Liability of Business Associates under HIPAA. You can find it at https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/guidance/business-associates/index.html.
CDC has announced their expectation of a shortage of Tuberculin Skin Tests for the next year or so. For details see the Health Alert Network bulletin at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00420.asp. The HAN includes CDC’s recommendations for coping with the projected shortage.
AAKP has announced a June 27, 2019 HealthLine webinar on Yes, You CAN Travel While on Dialysis! featuring a social worker who specializes in travel and dialysis, and two patient travelers, one on PD and the other on HD. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5850218096053668620. To connect by telephone without a computer, call 631-992-3221 and enter the access code 560-565-165. For recordings of previous AAKP HealthLine Webinars see https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/.
We’ve updated the list of dialysis facilities and transplant centers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Find the new lists at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/nwfacs.html.
A recent study published in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) journal Diabetes Care (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2019/05/28/dc19-0296) using 2000-2015 USRDS data has shown that the rates of nontraumatic lower-extremity amputation (NLEA) among adults with ESRD and diabetes fell 44% between 2000 and 2013 from 7.5 to 4.2 NLEA per 100 person-years, while NLEA among ESRD patients without diabetes declined 31% over the same period, from 1.6 to 1.1 per 100 person-years. Both reductions were highly statistically significant. However, both rates flat-lined after 2013.
We want to stress the importance of improving patient and staff education on diabetes self-management and preventive foot care, in order to resume the reductions in these rates. CDC’s recommendations on diabetic foot care can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesfoothealth/index.html. The ADA’s input is at http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/foot-complications/foot-care.html in English and http://www.diabetes.org/es/vivir-con-diabetes/complicaciones/el-cuidado-de-los-pies.html in Spanish.
CROWNWeb has announced that their June New User Training session will occur on June 11, 2019; register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/june-2019-new-user-training/.
The June CROWNWeb News is also now available, at http://mycrownweb.org/2019/05/june-2019-newsletter/, including articles on Frequently Asked Questions, Depression Screening, catching up on a missed CROWNWeb event, and CMS Clinical Closure deadlines (your Network may ask you to submit earlier), as well as the usual comprehensive list of links to useful resources, tools, events, and past issues of the News.
The June CROWNWeb Town Hall will be held June 27, 2019. Register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/june-2019-town-hall/.
Wildfire season is here, and CMS requires all ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations, and patient access to treatment, during emergency events at all facilities. 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.
- For Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall or Ashley Thomsen at 206-923-0714, or by email at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or email@example.com. We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/view.php?id=44393 (Network 18 will forward it back to Network 16).
- In Southern and South-Central California (Network 18), contact Eileen Rhodes or Anabel Galindo-Guerrero at 888-268-1539 or by email at ERhodes@nw18.esrd.net or firstname.lastname@example.org, and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298.
You are reminded never to put PHI or PII in an email or online form. Examples include patient name or initials, birthdate, SSN, and other identifying information.