6/27 AAKP HealthLine on Travel on Dialysis

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/.

Diabetic Foot Care

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.

6/11 CROWNWeb Training, Newsletter, Town Hall

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/.

Notify Network of Emergencies

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.

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.