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.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Chronological COVID-19 Updates

  • CMS COVID-19 Flexibilities webpage
  • 3/30/2020 1135 Waiver and Rule Change FAQ
  • 3/30/2020 CMS Temporary Regulatory 1135 Waivers Press Release
  • Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls
  • Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce
  • Put Patients Over Paperwork
  • Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare
  • 3/27/2020 CMS Relief from QIP-related Reporting Requirements Additional Bulletin (ESRD/NHSN pp. 9-10) here
  • 3/22/2020 CMS Relief from QIP-related Reporting Requirements. Find the full CMS press release here  
  • 3/20/2020 CMS ESRD Provider Telehealth Toolkit

It is very important that your facility report any COVID-19 Impact on your facility (Including staff shortages, need to alter treatments, any Persons Under Investigation (PUI) or Confirmed COVID-19 Positive, as we report to CMS daily.

If you have any patients or staff that are being tested (PUI) or that are unable to access the dialysis facility due to voluntary 14-day isolation, or confirmed COVID-19. Please submit this brief online Network reporting form.
Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:00 PM
NYC DOHMH Update on COVID-19 for New York City Healthcare Providers
Register for Webex here

Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:00 PM
American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Webinar on Hospital Care and Treatment Options for COVID-19 Positive Patients with ESRD and AKI  that will address key areas of concern in the management of COVID-19 positive patients receiving RRT in the hospital setting, including treatment options, staffing, and safety.  Register here
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
COVID-19 W ebinar Recordings

Ma rch 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

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, New York State has over 4,000 Active COVID-19 (+) positive patients. The COVID-19 virus has impacted the dialysis community and 18 ESRD patients have now tested positive for COVID-19, 28 ESRD Patients Under Investigation (PUI) and multiple staff members are in voluntary 14-day isolation and 9 staff members are awaiting test outcomes.  

COVID-19 has created a strain on resources, which includes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shortages. In following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Additional Guidance for Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities.

Please continue to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) per guidelines:
  • 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

These shortages are being addressed daily on a National level, and we will share any future updates.
COVID-19 Community Resources:

Patient Resources: