11/13 AAKP HealthLine Webinar on Veterans Care

AAKP will present a November 13, 2019 webinar on The Veteran’s Perspective: AAKP’s Veteran’s Health Initiative, when AAKP Ambassadors and veterans discuss private sector kidney care for veterans, how to obtain VA (US Department of Veterans Affairs) assistance, and care across the Department of Defense (DoD) and VA.  Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4555638814973772300.  Find more information about the AAKP Veteran’s Health Initiative at https://aakp.org/center-for-patient-engagement-and-advocacy/veterans-health-initiative/.

12/3+ UCLA CORE Kidney Program and UKEEP

UCLA’s CORE Kidney Program has announced the timing of their next several webinars, UKEEP meetings, and annual Kidney Fair at the Beach.  They will present:

  • A December 3, 2019 webinar on the UCLA CORE Kidney Program itself called Giving Tuesday; find a poster about it, with registration information, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/UKEEP/UCLACore120719.pdf.
  • A December 8, 2019 UKEEP meeting on Drugs and Medications: What You Need to Know.
  • A January 16, 2020 webinar on High Blood Pressure: What You Need to Know.
  • A February 13, 2020 webinar on Living Kidney Donation.
  • Their May 17, 2020 Kidney Fair at the Beach.

For more information on these and to RSVP, see https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/upcoming-events.

HDC Poster on Minimizing Cost of Dialysis

Home Dialysis Central has published a new blog post describing various insurance plans and how individuals in various situations can manage them to minimize the cost of dialysis, called Fact Sheet on Health Plans & Tips to Save Money on Dialysis Health Care.  Find the blog post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/334-fact-sheet-on-health-plans-tips-to-save-money-on-dialysis-health-care and a pdf poster of the table of plans/situations and tips, at https://homedialysis.org/documents/Health-Plan-Status-&-Tips-BW-10-25-2019.pdf.

11/21 DPC Webinar on Treatment Options

Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a November 21, 2019 webinar on Treatments and Modality Options for Kidney Disease.  For details see below, and register at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/signup/.

11/14 National Diabetes and Caregiver Months

November is National Diabetes Month and National Family Caregivers Month, and November 14, 2019 is World Diabetes Day.  The theme for both Diabetes Month and Diabetes Day this year is Family and Diabetes.  The theme for 2019 Family Caregivers Month is Caregiving Around the Clock.  To find out more, see:

1/1 HICNs No Longer Acceptable

Starting January 1, 2020, with few exceptions, all Medicare billing must use the new MBIs, Medicare Beneficiary Identifers, rather than the old Health Insurance Claim Numbers or HICNs.  Make sure your patients’ old Medicare cards have been shredded, to avoid exposing their Social Security Number to scammers.  Find instructions for billing, helping patients who haven’t gotten a new card, and other details of the transition, at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/-2019-10-24-eNews.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending#_Toc22641919.

CDC Opioids Online Training

CDC has added a twelfth module to its free-CE series of online on-demand opioid training modules, Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids: An Online Training Series for Healthcare Providers.  The new module is called A Nurse’s Call to Action for Safer Opioid Prescribing.  Fine the new module at https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/training/nurses-call-to-action/?s_cid=CDC-Rx-Guide-039&deliveryName=DM11240, and the other eleven modules at https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/training/online-training.html?s_cid=CDC-RX-Guide-018&deliveryName=DM11240.