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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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

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Bridget, Thanks for posting this info here, and you are correct, partnering with the CDC Dialysis Coalition is a wonderful idea. I believe that the issues and strategies that are discussed at the meetings along with the knowledge of available resources ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Tomorrow! CDC EPIC Webinar: Monkeypox 101 Join us on   Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. ET to 3:00 p.m. ET  to learn more about the basics of monkeypox and CDC's response to the current outbreak. You will learn about the signs and symptoms ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      See this update from the Making Dialysis Safer Coalition, if you are not a member, consider signing up with our partners at CDC!   Colleagues,   CDC updated the following infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance documents for U.S. healthcare ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      They never have the form updated in time, I do exactly what Julie is suggesting, use last year's form and change the dates. When submitting the form via email, ask for their acknowledgment of receipt. CGS always confirms receipt for me. Hold on to ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Hello RHA !   You should have received your CMS letter regarding the 2023 Low Volume Payment Adjustor.  There is not a form for you to complete but I have attached a document I found to get you started but you need to make changes: CHANGE THE DATE to ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      We use a process very similar to Alice with a reusable heavy blue impervious gown. There are many vendors and I am sure pricing is varied based on organization. - Samples - Standard Textile, Cintas, Medline, Aramark, Crown Laundry...and many more you ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      We also are looking for a different lab coat, currently (all) the hospital can get are the long heavy blue ones that tie in the back. Did the other brands come back after CoVid - the blue ones are very heavy.... ------------------------------ Lynn Riesenberg ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      We actually just changed from a very heavy labcoat with the knit cuffs to the lighter weight with elastic. Julie Williams, Administrator Branson Nephrology & Dialysis (417) 334-8288 Fax (417) 334-6966 More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      I have a contract with Alsco for our jackets. They collect them weekly and dry clean them. They keep track of the wash number and replace as needed. Staff wear one coat per day and, if still clean, wear it a second day. Cost about $400 per month. ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Julie, do your coats have knit cuffs or elastic? Maria Regnier, MSN, RN, CNN Senior Director Dialysis Services-System Sanford Health Direct: 701-234-5500 Mobile: 701-238-0639 More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      We use disposable lab coats we purchase from Metro.  We have had so many issues between the price skyrocketing during COVID to back orders, etc..  This is true with all of our ancillary suppliers unfortunately.  Normally we ask the staff to wear one coat ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      Hi, I am looking to the community to learn more about what types of impervious coats you are using in your dialysis departments. Washable coats or throwable? If washable, how do you follow manufacturers recommendation to 'count' the number of washes (most ... More

    • Posted in: Voices Community

      First, remember it is not too late to race to reconnect with us in Indianapolis! Also, know that we are working hard already to plan our virtual education events for 2023. So many people participated that we have decided to continue this spring session. ... More