FEMA Releases COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance

May 24th, 2021|

To address the challenges of managing disaster response and recovery efforts as our nation enters the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA is releasing the “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance: All-Hazards Incident Response and Recovery” to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from

CMS Increases Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

May 24th, 2021|

New payment policy for at-home administration As part of the ongoing response to address the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has increased the Medicare payment rate for administering monoclonal antibodies to treat beneficiaries with COVID-19, continuing coverage under the Medicare Part B COVID-19 vaccine benefit. Beneficiaries pay nothing out of pocket, regardless of where the service is

CROWNWeb Vascular Access Feedback Report

August 13th, 2020|

The Network continues to recommend that you use CROWNWeb and EQRS to ensure your data is submitted by the end of the month.  Each facility’s individual report will be emailed to the persons identified in CROWNWeb Personnel as Facility Administrator, Facility Manager, Facility Representative, Facility Primary Contact, Facility Head Nurse/Nurse Supervisor, and Facility CROWNWeb Data Contact.

Tips for Successfully Applying for an Emergency Grant

July 23rd, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many patients and families struggling to pay for medications, bills, and food. Many patients are reaching out to organizations that offer grants to help pay these costs. Grants come from a variety of sources, such as a foundation, corporation, or a government agency. The ESRD NCC gathered a list of

Evacuating to a Public Shelter During COVID-19

July 23rd, 2020|

A public shelter may be the only safe option for some people who have to evacuate during an emergency or disaster. Whether you are evacuating due to a wildfire, tornado, or hurricane, it is important to be prepared and take steps now to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Know a safe place to

CMS Directs Additional Resources to Nursing Homes in COVID-19 Hotspot Areas

July 23rd, 2020|

CMS announced a targeted approach to provide additional resources to nursing homes in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) hotspot areas. Specifically, CMS plans to: Deploy Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) across the country to provide immediate assistance to nursing homes in the hotspot areas as identified by the White House Coronavirus Task ForceImplement an enhanced survey process

Special COVID-19 Webex Recording Now Available Online

July 23rd, 2020|

If you missed the recent Special COVID-19 Webex, Dialyzing Patients in Skilled Nursing Homes During COVID-19, the recording is now available online. Speakers included Alice Hellebrand, Chief Nursing Officer of Dialyzer Direct; and LaKeisha Jones, Vice President of Clinical Services of Concerto Renal Services. They discussed the new structure for dialysis patients in nursing homes

Education Corner: The Opiod Crisis

June 17th, 2020|

CMS, State, and local communities, continue to promote safe and responsible pain management; however, Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), overdoses, and deaths continue to be a growing concern. The following links and tools can help you better understand the current crisis and assist your patients with effective pain management if needed. Pain Management Zone ToolCMS Roadmap:

5-Diamond Patient Safety COVID-19 Module

June 17th, 2020|

A COVID-19 module has been added to the 5 Diamond Patient Safety Program website and is available for any dialysis provider to access. The module was developed in partnership with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). Objectives for the module include: Discuss COVID-19, including what it is and how it spreads. Identify symptoms of COVID-19. Describe