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April 5, 2016 
MARC e-lerts 
The Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (MARC) distributes MARC e-lerts to share important information affecting the Network 5 renal community.  We hope you find this edition's reminders, educational opportunities, tools, and resources helpful.  
 
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Message from the Director
ESRD and dialysis are life-altering for our patients, and we strive to provide support that can help them continue to live their best lives. This issue of MARC elerts is all about them. There is important information about ICH CAHPS (the spring survey begins this month), and we've included resources related to vocational rehabilitation, depression, HIPAA, and Medicare that we encourage you to share with your patients. We also highlight several educational opportunities, including a transplantation program for patients and professionals in Maryland and two national patient meetings. As always, we have educational opportunities for professionals as well. 

We hope you enjoy this issue.   



Nancy Armistead
Executive Director, MARC

Quality Incentive Program
CMS Uses CROWNWeb for Reporting Depression, Pain
View this online article , published by Renal & Urology News , which discusses the new reporting measures in CMS' Payment Year (PY) 2018 ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP). Further information regarding the ESRD QIP can be obtained from the CMS website , which provides a wide variety of information, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, detailed discussions about the rules for each PY, samples of facility Performance Score Certificates, and other helpful references.
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Transplantation Education is Available for Professionals and Patients
On April 9, the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation and the Capitol Association of Diabetes Educators will jointly host two concurrent educational programs on Transplantation: An Option. One session is for professionals (with CEs) and one is for patients. Both sessions will take place at the Greenbelt Marriott in Greenbelt, MD. 

 

ICHCAHPSICH-CAHPS
ICH-CAHPS Encourages All Facilities to Verify Facility Name with Patients
The name of each in-center dialysis facility included on the sample file provided by the ICH CAHPS Coordination Team is the name specified on the CROWNWeb file as the facility's "Doing Business As" (DBA) name. ICH-CAHPS provides the DBA name instead of the legal name as these can differ significantly. Some sample patients might not recognize a facility's legal name. In most cases, sample patients should recognize the DBA name that is provided on the sample file. However, all facilities are strongly encouraged to check with patients to determine the facility name that is known and recognized. If that facility name is different from your DBA name, you should include it in your cover letters, mail questionnaires, and telephone scripts. Please contact the ICH CAHPS Coordination Team at (866) 245-8083 or via e-mail at ichcahps@rti.org if you have any questions.
2016 Spring Survey Begins This Month
Data collection for the 2016 Spring Survey will begin with distribution of the pre-notification letter on April 22, 2016. Contact the Coordination Team via e-mail at ichcahps@rti.org or (866) 245-8083 for more information about the 2016 ICH CAHPS Spring Survey.
Patient Services
MARC's Patient Advisory Committee Chair is on TV
View a great interview on The Balancing Act, which aired on the Lifetime Channel March 14, 2016, in support of Kidney Disease Awareness Month. To help bring awareness to the disease and its effect on kidney patients and their families, MARC PAC Chair David White talks about how kidney disease has affected his life and how he hopes to make more people aware of the disease.
PatientResourcesPatient Resources
Vocational Rehabilitation
The Ticket to Work program is for individuals, age 18 to 64, who are receiving disability benefits and need support re-entering the workforce or working for the first time.

The Red Book serves as a general reference for employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.

Depression
The Face It Foundation provides support, education, and tools to help men recover from depression. 

Read this NKF-CNSW article by Tom Lepetich, MSW, LCSW, about depression and screening.

Health
Free Ultrafiltration Rate Calculator- Released by the Medical Education Institute (MEI) during National Kidney Month.

HIPAA
The following are good references regarding HIPAA compliance and patient rights:
How to Work with Health Information Organizations
Patients' Rights to Access Health Records Clarified

Medicare
CMS has released a new educational tool, Medicare Costs at a Glance: 2016, to help inform you and your patients about Medicare A, B, C, and D.

PatientMeetingsPKD National Convention 2016
The Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) National Convention will occur at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, June 24-26. General registration is open through May 5. Learn more about registration and special financial aid opportunities.
 
AAKP Hosts National Patient Meeting
The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) will hold its 2016 National Patient Meeting in Nashville, TN, September 23-25. AAKP is looking forward to returning to Tennessee to build on the excitement, success, and education of last year's meeting. Registration opens in early spring.

EducationEducation
NKF Offers PERC
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF)'s Professional Education Resource Center (PERC) and all of its content is available FREE to members. It's as easy as creating an account and getting access to CEUs you can take any time. Register now.
Register for NKF's 2016 SCM
Registration is now open. The National Kidney Foundation's SCM16 presents a unique opportunity for busy renal health care providers to learn new developments related to all aspects of nephrology. 

47th ANNA National Symposium Will Be Held in May
ANNA will be hosting its 47th National Symposium May 1 - 4 at the Marriott Louisville and Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY. The symposium provides opportunities for nephrology nurses to expand their knowledge, enhance clinical skills, and widen professional networks. For more information, visit www.annasymposium.org
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