COVID-19 Information Hub


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 

May 17 - [FEMA] Release of the COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance: All-Hazards Incident Response and Recovery
>> FEMA Webinars on Pandemic Operational Guidance, June 2021

May 15 - [CDC] Pediatric Healthcare Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit

May 14 - [CMS] Fact Sheet: Medicaid & CHIP and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

May 13 - [CDC] Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

Vaccine Information Page - Click Here

Upcoming Events

HHS We Can Do This Campaign - COVID-19 Vaccine
Rural Communities Toolkit Webinars
June 15 - July 8, 2021
View Campaign Details Here

COVID-19 Partner Update

A Call to Action: Mobilizing American to Vaccine Against COVID-19
Monday, June 21  |  3 - 4 pm ET
Click here to register

CDC Webinar: Motivate to Vaccinate: National Month of Action for COVID-19 Vaccinations
Thursday, June 24  |  1 - 2:30 pm ET
Click here to register 


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

    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 


    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


    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

    Mental Wellness





    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




    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 


    Latest Discussions List

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Ninette, this is another good question. Going to give you my personal view point, which I believe is defendable. First, regardless, you can't double dip funding sources, so if you already received dollars to cover COVID costs, such as SBA forgiveable ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Another question still related to the use of Covid Funds. The FAQs section, specifically Q17 and Q18 under Use of Funds, seem to suggest that Covid funds can be used to cover payroll and fringe benefits for all employees. I twice contacted the phone ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Correct, as long as they are not attached (under the same provider number) to a cost based reimbursed hospital. If you are a free-standing Outpatient ESRD Facility, this will not apply. More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      This was officially posted in the Federal Register yesterday (6/21/21); all healthcare facilities with >10 employees will need a COVID plan that contains the elements in the ETS by July 5th. There is a template of a plan on the Cal Osha website. If you ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      In other words Dave, this section cannot be applied to outpatient ESRD facilities---right?? Ninette On 06-22-2021 12:49 PM, David Oppenlander via Renal Healthcare Association wrote: Ninette, good question. This question relates to providers ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Ninette, good question. This question relates to providers that are cost based reimbursed such as CAH's, FQHC's, Sole Community Hospitals, to name a few. Since they can include the COVID costs on their cost reports and be reimbursed, then they can't ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Hi everyone: I was looking through the FAQs under the Use of Funds for reporting requirements related to the HHS covid relief fund, and the second QA completely confused me. This is a copy and paste of that Q & A Q - How does cost-based reimbursement ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      CDC WEBINAR: MOTIVATE TO VACCINATE: National Month of Action for COVID-19 Vaccinations As the CDC continues to support President Biden's goal for 70% of the U.S. adult population to have at least one vaccine shot and 160 million U.S. adults to be fully ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Review Reminders from Renal Watch from last week: There is a new emergency temporary standard being enacted by OSHA that has specific requirements of healthcare entities in relation to what healthcare entities need to provide for their workers.  Each ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      We worked with our local hospital (at their request) to develop standard protocols to include our dialysis baths, dialyzers, flow rates, etc. using drop down windows for the physicians to make the treatment selections.  The Nephrologists still have to ... More

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      Surplus Supply

      Posted in: Voices Community

      Hello members, Angelini Pharma, Inc. has a surplus of short-dated Bleach Wipes. These individually-packaged wipes are 1:10 (5000ppm) dilution of chlorine. They expire in December 2021. These wipes are EPA-registered and have a broad spectrum of microbe ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Hi Amy, We require the acute orders to be written each treatment based on the acuity and condition of the patient at that time. With that being said, we obtain a copy of the OP Kardex with medications and treatment orders for the Nephrologists ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Hi Amy, I have not used a protocol for this either. Because of the inherent "unstable " clinical presentation with ESRD inpatient admissions, we require the nephrologist to assess the patient first and if the nephrologist sees no contraindications, ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      We have Nephrologists in the City (Twin Cities), who want to use this, though to date we have not allowed.  Daily assessments and orders need to be written, based on patient acuity and changes in patient status.  We do try to get patient close to their ... More

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      Posted in: Voices Community

      Hi,  One of our clinics was selected for the ETC model and unfortunately does not fall into the HRR of the hospital with our Home program. When reviewing the ETC model it indicates that half credit will be given for incenter patients that meet a certain ... More

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      acute Tx protocol

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      ​Hi, I was wondering if anyone had heard of, or utilized a protocol for inpatient treatment orders for patients established in outpatient centers when admitted to the hospital. Thanks, ------------------------------ Amy Marthenze MBA, BSN, RN System ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      COVID-19 Partner Update - June 21, 2021 A Call to Action: Mobilizing America to Vaccinate Against COVID-19  Please join our monthly partner call for updates on the COVID-19 response, including new resources for the private sector and the general ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      HHS We Can Do This Campaign Thursday, June 17 th , 1:00-1:30 pm ET: Rural Communities Toolkit The HHS   We Can Do This   campaign is a national initiative working hand in hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      When you submit your patient Data and Vaccination, you select "dialysis" under the 'Select Component' on the initial page. To enter staff vaccination, you must select "Healthcare Personnel Safety" under the 'Select Component'. It opens up to a page where ... More

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      Posted in: Voices Community

      I am so sorry I didn’t clarify my post You are correct There are 3 areas to report Patient and healthcare worker vaccination and weekly Covid testing Sent from my iPhone More