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See What's New This Week in Washington, DC

Posted on Sep 18, 2017

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.

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New Programs Available in Free CE Series on Infection Prevention and Control

Posted on Sep 13, 2017

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:

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September Is National Preparedness Month

Posted on Aug 31, 2017

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:

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American Kidney Fund Activates Disaster Relief Program to Help Dialysis Patients Affected by Recent Hurricanes

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

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.

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ANNA Provides Comments to CMS Regarding Proposed Rule to Update Payment Policies for ESRD PPS and QIP

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

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.

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