In an interview for Johnson & Johnson's "Campaign for Nursing's Future," ANNA President Cindy Richards discusses the unique relationship that develops between nurses and patients with a chronic condition like kidney disease. Nurses have the opportunity to provide more in-depth patient education, build stronger patient-nurse relationships over time, and empower patients and their families to manage their condition.
Language very similar to that contained in The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (H.R. 1130, S. 598), which changes Medicare policy affecting coverage and payment of dialysis services for individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI), was included in a trade bill that was signed into law by President Obama on June 29, 2015.
On June 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that will update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2016.
The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) is requesting kidney disease patients and their families to provide input on potential future treatments and innovations. KHI, a partner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), facilitates the kidney community’s collaboration to enhance patient safety and foster innovation of drugs, devices, biologics, and food products.
A new patient safety channel on AHRQ YouTube features videos of evidence-based training programs used by U.S. hospitals to improve care quality through effective communications and teamwork. The new channel includes nearly 50 videos that describe key elements of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program Toolkit (CUSP), a patient safety protocol used successfully by hospital intensive care units to reduce potentially deadly health care-acquired infections.