Sent to all dialysis facility leadership and disaster contacts in NY State with valid email addresses in CROWNWeb, and all Emergency partners and stakeholders in the Network Service Area.
CMS Call For Comments on the Flexibility Changes in Medicare Rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period on the Flexibility changes in Medicare rules made on March 31, 2020. The Comment Period will expire June 1, 2020. For details and comment see Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency at  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2020-0032-0013 .
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DHMH)

  • NEW 4/10 COVID-19 Social Distancing and Face Covering Link
  • 4/1 HAN #9 Conserve all Personal Protective Equipment NOW Link

Friday, April 17, 2020 2:00 PM
NYC DOHMH Update on COVID-19 for New York City Healthcare Providers
Click here to register
New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH)

  • NEW 4/15 Interim Guidance on Executive Order 202.16 Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees Interacting with the Public During the COVID-19 Outbreak Link
  • NEW 4/10 Guidance for retail stores to implement dedicated shopping hours for seniors and people with vulnerable illnesses Link
  • 4/7 Health Advisory: COVID-19 Guidance for Dialysis Treatment Link
  • 4/2 Options When PPE in Short Supply Link
Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:00 PM
NYS Department of Health COVID-19 update for healthcare providers
To accommodate the large number of participants, webinar will be streaming via YouTube Live: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/weekly-healthcare-provider-update
For audio only, please dial in: 844-512-2950

Thursday, April 16, 2020 4:00 PM
American Society of Nephrology COVID-19 International Roundtable: Recommendations and Lessons Learned Click here to register

Friday, April 17, 2020 11:00 AM
National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) COVID-19 Webinar Series: Masks and Healthcare Workers: The what, how, and why of masks for healthcare workers caring for patients during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to register.

Friday, April 17, 2020 12:00 PM
Free Renal Physicians Association (RPA) Webinar: The Advocate for Excellence in Nephrology Practice - Learn the latest information about options available to support practice operations including insight to the Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program released by CMS on March 28, 2020. Click here to register.

Friday, April 17, 2020 2:00 PM
NYC DOHMH Update on COVID-19 for New York City Healthcare Providers
Click here to register
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

  • NEW COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility (LTC) Transfer Scenarios Link


  • Coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health departments - We ask all dialysis facilities to monitor the CDC website for information and resources and to contact their local health department if needed for local information. (CDC Resources for Health Care Facilities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/index.html). 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • 4/3 Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators Link
  • 4/1 Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control FAQs for COVID-19 Link
  • 4/1 Stress and Coping Link
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
COVID-19 W ebinar Recordings

American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Podcasts connect everything in nephrology, including interviews with experts and discussions about cutting-edge advances in research and care and COVID-19 updates. Click here to listen.

4/2: Hospital Care and Treatment Options for COVID-19 Positive Patients with ESRD and AKI


3/11: COVID-19 Information for Providers of Dialysis Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Guidance and Advisories

  • CDC Checklist: COVID-19 Outpatient Dialysis Facility Preparedness Assessment Tool Link
  • Disposition of Non-Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 Link
  • Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings Interim Guidance
  • How is our dialysis facility keeping patients safe from COVID-19 Printable Fact Sheet
  • HAN: Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat COVID-19. Link
  • Return to Work Criteria for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Link
  • Screening and Triage at Intake Screening Dialysis Patients for COVID-19 Link
PPE Conservation Guidance

  • CDC: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE including sections on eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks, and N95 respirators Link
  • NYC DOHMH: Strategies for the Conservation of Respiratory PPE Link
  • FDA: Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies - Letter to Healthcare Providers Link
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