Check out the Capitol Hill Update for the latest legislative and regulatory news and activities in Washington, DC. The weekly update includes an overview of current activities on Capitol Hill that are of interest to the nursing and kidney care communities, including the Congressional schedule, legislative and regulatory updates, events, articles of interest, etc.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Medscape are collaborating on a series of free CE activities addressing the key issues surrounding infection prevention in healthcare facilities. This program assists healthcare providers in recognizing infection risks associated with medical equipment and developing an action plan to mitigate infection risk related to the clinical environment. The following programs in this six-part series are now available online:
September is National Preparedness Month. Each September since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has observed National Preparedness Month. During the month, FEMA and various local, state, and federal agencies encourage U.S. residents to become better prepared for emergencies and disasters.
For additional information about emergency preparedness, go to the following resources:
The American Kidney Fund (AKF) has activated its Disaster Relief Program to help dialysis patients who have been affected by the recent hurricanes. Dialysis patient affected by Hurricane Harvey who needs an AKF emergency grant should contact a social worker at their dialysis center for information on applying, or call the American Kidney Fund directly at 800-795-3226.
On June 29, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS 1674-P) that would update payment policies for the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2018.