This year, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is partnering with organizations to promote flu vaccination with a #SleeveUp to #FightFlu campaign. ANNA is joining in the campaign and encouraging nephrology nurses to roll up their sleeves for an annual flu vaccine and to promote flu vaccination to their families, patients, and communities.
ANNA has heard from organizations and providers across the United States about the need for nephrology staff to care for patients with kidney failure (including dialysis) in COVID-19 hot spots. ANNA has developed a tool to identify areas in need of nephrology nurses, advanced practice nurses, and patient care technicians.
On November 3, 2020, the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition published End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Community COVID-19 After-Action Report and Improvement Plan. The report identifies, assesses, and documents operations of the ESRD community through the COVID-19 pandemic to date, and examines key issue areas, challenges, and best practices.
On November 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates 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, 2021.
Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) released the 2020 Clinical Practice Guideline for Diabetes Management in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The first KDIGO guideline on this subject, the document covers topics such as comprehensive care, glycemic monitoring and targets, lifestyle and antihyperglycemic interventions, and approaches to self-management and optimal models of care. The new guideline, along with an Executive Summary, is available online.