CROWNWeb Pain Assessment Submission

Starting March 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will no longer require facilities to submit Pain Assessment data into CROWNWeb. The Pain Assessment screen will remain active for facilities to review previously reported data in the system.

Additionally, to comply with the ESRD Quality Incentive Program, facilities that meet the requirements for Pain Assessment should continue to enter data for the current open period (July 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018) that will close on February 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT.

For information on the requirements and instructions on how to submit data on Pain Assessment in CROWNWeb, please visit the Training videos on the Education page at http://mycrownweb.org/.

2/28 AAKP HealthLine on Plant-Based Nutrition

AAKP will present a 28 February 2019 HealthLine webinar on For the Love of Plants – What to Know When Considering Plant-based Nutrition. The webinar will be led by a renal dietitian, a dialysis patient, and a transplant patient. The dialysis patient is able to maintain good health by dialyzing only twice a week, partly because of her plant-based diet.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8808677329036274689. Recordings of prior HealthLine webinars can be found at https://aakp.org/aakp-healthline/.

AAKP Nat’l Patient Meeting

The AAKP will hold their 44th Annual National Patient Meeting September 6-8, 2019 in Washington DC, and celebrate their 50th Anniversary since founding. Early Bird registration, and its $50 discount, expires June 6, 2019. Scholarship applications will be accepted through July 1, 2019. First-come, first-served registration for discounted accommodations are available until the room block fills up, or until August 16, 2019. For details see https://aakp.org/national-patient-meeting/.

NHSN Trainings

NHSN will present four training sessions in March, all at 3-4pm EST. Join any of the four by telephone only at 303.248.0285, Access Code 6393927. To join via computer (including audio):

  • Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol: NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance reporting is required for the CMS ESRD QIP. Complete introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event reporting requirements and surveillance definitions necessary to complete accurate monthly reporting. Both sessions will be held 3-4pm EST.
    o  March 5, 2019 – pre-register and attend at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/nv7i0guhmafn&eom.
    o  Repeated March 6, 2019 – pre-register and attend at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/is7rdbd8gnym&eom.
  •  Advanced NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Reporting and Introduction to NHSN Reports: Applying NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance definitions via case studies that address common reporting questions. Includes introduction to running and interpreting popular NHSN reports to review your facility’s data, including BSI rates. Both sessions will be held 3-4pm EST.
    o  March 12, 2019 – pre-register and attend at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/avggcki49p0g&eom.
    o  Repeated March 13, 2019 – pre-register and attend at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/yzbfurn4zfm2&eom.

New Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies Call: 2/14/19

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm to 3 pm ET

Registration Link: Register for Medicare Learning Network events.

About the Event: CMS implemented new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans effective January 1. The new policies include:

  • Improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy
  • Drug management programs for patients at-risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs

During this call, CMS experts discuss the new policies and answer questions.

Prior to the call, participants should review the following materials:

Target Audience: Physicians; physician assistants; nurses; nurse practitioners; dentists and other prescribers; case managers; and other interested stakeholders.

February 2019 CROWNWeb Newsletter

The CROWNWeb Newsletter for February 2019 is now available, at http://mycrownweb.org/2019/01/february-2019-newsletter/.  It features several comprehensive articles on the 2744 Annual Facility Survey, including announcement of a 2744 Training session on February 19, 2019, repeated on February 26.  In addition to the usual useful links and notes – which are much expanded in the Newsletter’s new format – a February 28 CROWNWeb Town Hall is also announced.

Webinar: Decision Making and Palliative Care for the Older Patient with ESRD

The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients is hosting a webinar, Navigating the Landscape: Decision Making and Palliative Care for the Older Patient with ESRD, on January 24, 2019, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET.

Join Vanessa Grubbs, MD, for the third webinar in the series on kidney supportive care, a companion series to articles published in Nephrology News & Issues. Dr. Grubbs will present on the best case/worst case decision aid for use with older patients with ESRD.

The webinars are free, but advance registration is required.

CROWNWeb Attestation Training

ICH CAHPS Attestation training is now available from CROWNWeb. The ICH CAHPS Attestation must be completed in CROWNWeb before February 28, 2019 by any facility that treated fewer than 30 adult HD patients during the 2017 calendar year. See http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Attestation_2019_508_Compliant.pdf for detailed instructions. Find CROWNWeb Online Help at http://mycrownweb.org/assets/crownweb/.

CROWNWeb Attestation Training

ICH CAHPS Attestation training is now available from CROWNWeb.  The ICH CAHPS Attestation must be completed in CROWNWeb before February 28, 2019 by any facility that treated fewer than 30 adult HD patients during the 2017 calendar year.  See http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Attestation_2019_508_Compliant.pdf for detailed instructions.  Find CROWNWeb Online Help at http://mycrownweb.org/assets/crownweb/.