April is National Donate Life Month. This month features activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate individuals who have saved lives through the gift of donation.
The Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 held a public session on March 20, 2019, in Washington, DC. This committee has been tasked by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to extend the vision for the nursing profession into 2030 and to chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center to act as quality measure developer and Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) technical content support contractor, under the Kidney Disease Quality Measure Development, Maintenance, and Support contract (contract number 75FCMC18D0041, task order number 75FCMC18F0001).
On February 19, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched CMS: Beyond the Policy, a new podcast highlighting updates and changes to policies and programs. Created as a new method to explain the agency’s policies and programs, the first episode of the podcast focuses on evaluation and management coding. New episodes will be released periodically and will welcome a range of subject matter experts.
March 10-16 is Patient Safety Awareness Week. The focus this year is on improving safety in the ambulatory setting. A free webcast entitled Advancing Patient Safety Beyond the Hospital will be held on March 13, 2019.