COVID-19 Information Hub

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We are following the developments of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and the monitoring by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We will continue to collect and share information and resources on this page to support our renal healthcare professionals and facilities.  


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Latest News 

January 25  - [CMS] Preliminary Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot

January 19 - [ACEP] COVID-19 in U.S. Emergency Departments - Data Visualization Map

January 12  - [CMS] CMS Releases Comprehensive Pandemic Plan to Chronicle Key Lessons and Strengthen Agency's Resiliency to Future Pandemic Virus Events

January 12 - [CDC] COVID-19 Vaccine Updates 

December 30 - [CMS] Revised COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey Tool for Acute and Continuing Care


Upcoming Events


CDC Foundation: Moving the Needle on COVID-19 Vaccination: Learning from National Public Health Experts and Community-Based Organizations
January 28, 2021  |  12 pm ET 
Register here 

CMS COVID-19 Office Hour Call
February 2, 2021  |  5-6 pm ET 
Dial In: 833-614-0820, Access Code: 4956655
Audio Webcast Link 



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CDC Resources


CDC Situation Summary 
This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. Updated daily.

CDC Information for Healthcare Professionals 
Includes information and guidance for persons under investigation (PUI), clinical care, infection control, protective equipment, and home care guidance. 

Nursing Home COVID-19 Data Dashboard - updated 1/20/21


    CDC Information and Resources for Hemodialysis Facilities and Patients 



    CDC Information for Healthcare Facilities 
    Resources for clinics and healthcare facilities to prepare and respond to the community spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 


    Additional CDC Resource Links
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    CMS Resources


    CMS Current Emergencies Website 
    Visit this page to keep up with the important work CMS is doing in response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

    CMS - Re-Opening Healthcare Facilities 

    CMS - Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities 

    CMS Relief for Quality Reporting Programs - CROWNWeb and QIP info included
    • Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System Updates - FAQ - 4/24/20
    • Announcement - 3/22/20
    • Provider Enrollment Relief FAQ - 3/23/20
    • The NRAA government affairs team has outlined details included in reference to CROWNWeb and QIP reporting:
      • For 2019, deadlines for October 1, 2019 -December 31, 2019 (Q4) data submissions are optional. If Q4 data is submitted, it will be used to calculate payment (where appropriate). If Q4 data is not able to be submitted, then 2019 performance will be calculated based on data from January 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (Q1 - Q3) and available data.
      • For 2020, CMS will not count data from January 1, 2020 through January 30, 2020 (Q1 - Q2) for performance or payment programs. Therefore, facilities do NOT need to submit data for this time period.

    CMS New Targeted Plan for Healthcare Facility Inspections - 3/23/20

    CMS Clinical and Technical Guidance for Health Care Facilities


    Medicare and Other Coverage Guidance

    Medicaid and Childrens' Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Resources

    CMS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit
     - updated 3/19/20
    CMS has developed this toolkit to help you stay informed on CMS and HHS materials available on the COVID-19. Please share these materials, bookmark the page, and check back often for the most up-to-date information. 

    CMS Podcasts and Transcripts 
    Page to listen to the audio files and read transcripts for the COVID-19 Stakeholder calls.

    For CMS Issued Materials on Medicare Telehealth - Click Here 

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    Telehealth Guidance


    As you know, telemedicine and virtual care has become a key resource in the COVID-19 strategy. CMS and private payers have taken significant steps in recent days to provide coverage, privacy and payment guidance on the use of telemedicine (including phone calls).  The NRAA team has assembled the following list of resources:

    Press Releases

    The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) released an Express message that includes: 

    CMS Issued Materials on Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth:

    CMS Issued Materials on Medicare Telehealth: 


    HIPAA:  Effective immediately, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will exercise enforcement discretion and waive penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients in good faith through everyday communications technologies, such as FaceTime or Skype, during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. 


    Telehealth Legal Resources 


    Practice Guidelines & Additional Telehealth Resources

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    Other Resources


    Agency Updates 

    CARES Act 
    Attestation Portal is Open - 4/16/20 
    • Providers who have been allocated a payment from the initial $30 billion general distribution must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds. 
    HHS Announces Immediate Infusion of $30 Billion into Healthcare System - 4/9/20

    Other Resources

    Transportation and Cleaning 
    resources received from Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER)


    Training Materials

    National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC)
    Collaboration between Emory University, University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine and the New York Health and Hospital Corporation, Bellevue Hospital Center. 

    NETEC offers a variety of online training and resources including: 

    Online Training - World Health Organization (Free, must create an OpenWHO account)


    Infection Prevention 

    CDC Resources 

    Other Resources
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    Mental Wellness


    FOR EVERYONE

    FOR COMMUNITIES

    FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

    FOR PATIENTS

    The Coalition for Supportive Care for Kidney Patients has developed communication tools and resources to help clinicians respond to patients who are feeling stress, vulnerable, and scared during this pandemic.

    Additional Communication Tools for Patients and Families


    FOR PROVIDERS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS


    FOR FIRST RESPONDERS 



    PAST EVENTS

    PCSS Clinical Roundtable - Taking Care of Yourself Using Mindfulness and Other Techniques = 4/23/20

    Managing Your Healthcare Providers' Mental and Physical Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 - 4/29/20
    Presented by Sepsis Alliance 

    CDC: Psychological First Aid: Addressing Mental Health Distress During Disasters - 4/22/20
    Hosted by CDC Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC)
    Presentation Slides 

    Managing Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic - 4/7/20
    Presented by Society of Critical Care Medicine
    Recording Available Here 

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    Latest Discussions List

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      RE: QAPI Tool

      Posted in: Voices Community

      We use the NRAA QAPI tool also. The new QAPI does not have the vaccination tool. We use the new QAPI but we just keep updating the old vaccination tool each month. 'This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      The Renal Healthcare Association's Board of Directors has begun the process to update the association's strategic plan. This project gives us the road map on how we continue to deliver value to our members and advance our mission. The Member needs assessment ... More

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      RE: QAPI Tool

      Posted in: Voices Community

      The pediatric QAPI tool has those tabs. More

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      QAPI Tool

      Posted in: Voices Community

      We are using the NRAA QAPI Tool. Two things, there isn't a place for PD patients and we can not enter vaccinations into the tool. Does anyone else have these problems? ------------------------------ Gerri Lewis Desert Cities Dialysis Victorville CA (760) ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      CDC Foundation Webinar: Moving the Needle on COVID-19 Vaccination, Learning from National Experts and Community-Based Organizations Thursday, January 28, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) At this event, CDC COVID-19 Response Vaccine Task Force Chief ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      The next CMS Physicians, Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum is scheduled for:   Date:  Thursday, January 21, 2021 Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) ; Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      That is fantastic!! Congratulations! Cindy Locklear, RN, BSN Chief Clinical Officer 211 Commerce Ct Pottstown, PA 19464 Cell Number: 334-221-5374 clocklear@phychoice.com More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Wow...that is fantastic!!!! Peggy Bushey BSN RN CDN Renal Nurse Supervisor Home Dialysis Program University of VT Medical Center Burlington, VT 05403 802 847-1524 This message and any attachments may contain information ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      CMS Long-Term Services and Supports Open Door Forum scheduled for:   Date:  Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Start Time:  2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET); Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Jodie Sumeracki, ... More

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      RE: COVID19 Vaccine

      Posted in: Voices Community

      This is great. Can we send this to our various contacts in the state? Should all of the providers have this so they can send it to their local health department contacts when they are having conversations? Should we try to get something in the ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      71 % of my clinic outpatients consented and vaccinated with the first dose of Covid -19 Vaccines, it was provided by the state of Maryland to the hospital my unit is affiliated with. More patients sign consent to be vaccinated next week when the second ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      In Minnesota we have been working as a coalition with all dialysis providers during the pandemic. Over a month ago we had the dialysis providers and nephrology clinics write a letter to our governor asking to prioritize dialysis patients due to their ... More

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      RE: COVID19 Vaccine

      Posted in: Voices Community

      Our clinic has patients who were vaccinated in our clinic by the IHS (Indian Health Service) clinic in our area. About 68% of the patients for our 2 clinics are their patients and they came to the clinic and vaccinated all of the mutual patients who would ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      We applied to be a vaccine location last week with PA DOH so that we can obtain vaccine for our patients. The form required us to list our fridge type/model. Its medical grade w/ a temp range of 2-8 degrees F and was acceptable. We have heard nothing ... More

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      RE: COVID19 Vaccine

      Posted in: Voices Community

      I am back on vaccines folks, I just found out one of our members was able to vaccinate patients in her clinic.  I am curious as to how many of you have been able to get vaccines in your clinic and how you managed that?  Did your state prioritize your ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      ESRD National Coordinating Center COVID-19 W ebinar  E vent Should Patients with Chronic Renal Disease Get the Vaccine Against COVID-19 January 19, 2021  4:00 pm ET  Join Jeffrey Silvers, MD and Lance Salazar, PharmD from Sutter Healthdiscuss ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Making Dialysis Safer for Patients: Optimizing Antibiotic Use in Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities Thursday, January 21  2 - 3 pm ET  CDC and the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition invite you to join a webinar reviewing strategies for ... More