8/17 Communication Courses

  • Dialysis Patient Citizens’ free monthly educational webinar, to be held August 17, 2017, will be on Communicating Effectively with your Health Care Team.  The webinar will be presented by members of the Forum of ESRD Networks’ Kidney Patients Advisory Council.  Register at http://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-seminars .
  • Kansas City’s Heartland Kidney Network has added another colorful poster on essential elements of communication to their excellent short course called Heartland Huddle Up to Improve Communication.  This one is on “What Type of Coach Are You?”  It joins earlier pages on active listening, body language, emotional awareness, words matter, shared decision-making, retaliation, and teach-back.  Find them all at http://heartlandkidney.org/providers/article/heartland_huddle_up_to_improve_communication .

8/21 NW16 Heavy Traffic

We expect the northern half of Oregon and the southern half of Idaho to be heavily impacted by the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.  Newsweek magazine foresees a possible “disaster-like” scenario, with extensive traffic jams and cellphone overloads in places that may not be prepared for them; see http://www.newsweek.com/solar-eclipse-space-national-disaster-solar-eclipse-prep-643766 .  Some facilities have rescheduled patients to keep Monday August 21 open, but in some places the flood of visitors could also cause travel problems on the days before and after the eclipse.  We included details of the eclipse path in our post at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/nw16-821-heavy-eclipse-traffic/ .

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 of any kind, please let your Network know right away.  For Network 16, contact Lisa Hall at LHall@nw16.esrd.net or 206-923-0714.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form, which you can find at https://nwrn.org/files/E/Interruptions.pdf .

8/31 Ticket to Work Webinar

Employment Options will present a free August 31, 2017 webinar on Myths and Facts about the Ticket to Work Program for patients on SSDI and SSI.  Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=346r6myw26vz&campaign=2ju8b1lssy7f .  The webinar is open to anyone, but capacity is limited, so even if you’re registered, you must still be among the first 250 people to join in on the event day.

8/28 PY2019 Comments Due

CMS has posted the audio recording and transcript of their July 26, 2017 Listening Session on the ESRD QIP Proposed Rule for PY2021; see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2017-07-26-ESRD-QIP.html .  The material discusses plans for PY2019, PY2020, and PY2021.  Comments on the Proposed Rule are due by August 28, 2017.

8/21 CDC Infection Webinar

CDC and the ANA will sponsor an August 21, 2017 free CE webinar on Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: The Importance of Collaboration between Nurses and Environmental [Janitorial] Services.  Find information about the presenters, and register, at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=346r6myw26vz&campaign=2ju8b1lssy7f We expect CDC to update their Safe Healthcare Webinars page with more details soon; see https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/training/safe-healthcare-webinars.html .  This web page also includes information on Continuing Education credits, and on recordings of past webinars in the Safe Healthcare series.

8/16+ AAKP Hotel Deadline

The deadline to receive the group rate for your stay at the conference hotel for the 2017 AAKP Patient Meeting is August 16, 2017.  The Meeting will be held in St. Petersburg FL September 8-10, 2017.

Up to 10.5 continuing education credits are available to nurses, social workers, technicians and dietitians who attend.