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May is Mental Health Month
Be Ready, Be Prepared! Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 9-15, 2021
- Use the Emergency Patient Checklist & Communication Form to collect valuable patient information prior to a known event
- Share the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center weblink with staff and patients
- Understand the meaning of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings
- Download and print the FEMA – How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide & Checklist
- Prepare your organization for a hurricane by using the Playbook to guide your conversation
- Review the Ready.gov – Crisis Communications Plan
- Create and test your family Emergency Communication Plan
- Put together an Emergency Kit of supplies
- Sign up for local alerts on your phone, so you can stay aware if the weather gets worse by downloading the FEMA App
National Nurses Week- May 6-12, 2021
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The week was first observed in the US in October 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s pioneering work. Twenty years later, in February of 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week to be celebrated annually in May.
No matter the setting, the situation or the care specialty, nurses across the country work hard every day to keep people as safe and as healthy as possible. They are staunch advocates for their patients, expert and efficient multitaskers, and compassionate caregivers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, everyday nurses with these remarkable qualities continue to hold our communities together.
The staff at the IPRO ESRD Network Program cannot thank nurses enough for their tireless efforts, sacrifice, dedication and fortitude in caring for patients, care partners, and dialysis families everyday…and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please display the Healthcare Heroes Poster in a common area as a representation of our gratitude, and share the Staff Self-Care Tips and Checklist During the COVID-19 Pandemic with team members to help support their superhero status.
We thank you for everything you do to improve the lives of individuals with end stage renal disease!
World Hand Hygiene Day is May 5, 2021
- Using the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy.
- Engage multiple audiences, highlighting their role in achieving effective hand hygiene action at the point of care.
- Supporting implementation of the WHO 2020 recommendation for universal hand hygiene and of the WHO/UNICEF Hand Hygiene for All initiative in health care facilities.
- Utilizing the most effective actions to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Who Saves Lives: Clean Your Hands in the Context of COVID-19 promotes the WHO global hand hygiene campaign and provides rapid technical guidance.
COVID-19 Trend Maps Available
The End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC), in collaboration with Kidney Community Emergency Response, presents COVID-19 positive case rates among the general population and the ESRD population in maps. Maps are organized by ESRD Network service area and presented in PDF format, both in color and black and white, optimized for printing in grayscale. The ESRD NCC encourages sharing these maps with facilities, transplant centers, and all ESRD patients.
This overview data is meant for general illustrative purposes and should not be construed as the final and most up-to-date detailed analysis, as this includes self-reported data. For the most accurate data related to COVID-19 cases, please go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID Data Tracker webpage at covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_totalcases.
National Living Donor Assistance Center
Upcoming Vocational Rehabilitation Educational Opportunity
World Immunization Week (April 24–30)
COVID Precautions Poster Available: A High Risk Person Lives Here
April is National Donate Life Month
- More than 39,000 transplants brought renewed life to patients, families, and communities.
- 7,000 people die each year because the organs they need are not donated in time.
- 85% of patients on the waiting list are waiting for a kidney. The average waiting time is 3 to 5 years.
- More than 165 million people are registered organ, eye and tissue donors.
95% of Americans support donation, but only 60% are registered — help bridge the gap! By registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor in the National Donate Life Registry, you are helping to save lives and give hope to the more than 100,000 people in the United States currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. Any adult age 18 or older can register – regardless of age or medical history.
Implementation of Changes in the ESRD PPS and Payment for Dialysis Furnished for AKI in ESRD Facilities for CY 2021
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Medical Learning Network (MLN) Matters article #MM12188 on Implementation of Changes in the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) and Payment for Dialysis Furnished for Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in ESRD Facilities for Calendar Year (CY) 2021. The MLN Matters article is for ESRD facilities that bill Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services they provide to Medicare patients. The article tells about the Calendar Year (CY) 2021 rate updates and policies for the ESRD PPS and implements payment for renal dialysis services furnished to Medicare patients with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in ESRD facilities. Learn about rate and policy updates, and make sure billing staff are aware of these changes.