6/26 PFCCpartners Webinar on Patient Engagement

Patient and Family Centered Care Partners will present a June 26, 2020 webinar on Co-Designing Through The Crisis At The Sharp End.  It will feature description of a state-wide patient engagement process set up by the Connecticut Hospital Association that involved patient and family representatives in the design of healthcare down to the bedside level, using QI processes we know well, such as rapid-cycle trials of potential improvements and state-wide spread of successes.  Find more details and register at https://pfccpartners.com/workshops/.  You’ll also find a link to archived PFCCpartners webinars there.

8/24+ CCCC Summit to Be Virtual

The Coaliton for Compassionate Care of California has announced that their annual CCCC Summit on Sharpening our Vision for Compassionate Care in the Face of Serious Illness, scheduled for August 24-25, 2020, will be fully virtual.  They expect details to be released soon.  Find more information at https://ccccsummit.org/?mc_cid=067422c114&mc_eid=67e1ad4c31.

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:

COVID-19 Adjustments to CMS Alternate Payment Models

CMS has published a web page on CMS Innovation Center COVID-19 Flexibilities detailing current and future changes to their proposed alternate payment models (Comprehensive ESRD Care, Kidney Care Choices) as a result of COVID-19.  Find the page at https://innovation.cms.gov/innovation-models/covid-19-flexibilities.

ASN KidneyNewsOnline also has an article on the subject, Significant Update from CMS on Voluntary Models and ESCOs Including Q&A, at https://www.kidneynews.org/policy-advocacy/leading-edge/significant-update-from-cms-on-voluntary-models-and-escos-including-qa.

6/23+ COVID-19 Weekly Webinars

A number of organizations have been hosting weekly webinars on COVID-19.  This week:

  • ESRD NCC half-hour “Quickinars” for patients and providers, 2-2:30 pm PDT.   Find the latest information, recordings of past Quickinars, and register for current presentations at https://esrdncc.org/quickinars.
      • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Quickinar for patients on Kidney Patient Financial Help: Before, During, and After COVID-19.
      • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Quickinar for providers on COVID-19 Dialysis Unit Strategies.
  • This week’s CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls:

For recordings of past events, see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.

6/22 KDIGO/ISN Webinar on Diabetes Guidelines

KDIGO and the International Society of Nephrology will present a June 22, 2020 webinar on KDIGO Diabetes Guideline: Looking at the Latest Evidence and Beyond.  The webinar will include segments on Living with Diabetes and CKD, Management of Diabetes in CKD, and Management of CKD in Diabetes.  For more information and registration, see https://kdigo.org/register-today-for-the-kdigo-diabetes-guideline-webinar/.

6/25 DPC Webinar on Bone Minerals

Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a June 25, 2020 webinar on Bone Mineral Disorder: Calcium, Vitamin D, and Phosphorus and its interactions with Kidney Disease and DIet.  Find more information at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-webinar/bone-mineral-disorder-calcium-vitamin-d-and-phosphorus/ and RSVP at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/signup/.