On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that will update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2015.
Ebola virus disease has topped the headlines for some time, and recent cases of health care workers infected in the United States have brought a heightened awareness for nurses and other providers. It is imperative that we remain aware of early identification strategies, care practices, and the issues surrounding this virus.
A groundbreaking study of nephrology nurses has revealed an overall culture of patient safety and teamwork; however, there is room for improvement in key areas needed to keep patients – and providers – safe. ANNA members Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, and Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN, report on a comprehensive research project they conducted for ANNA in the September/October 2014 issue of the Nephology Nursing Journal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and even death. Now is a great time to vaccinate – to protect your patients and yourself! Visit www.cdc.gov/FLU for more information.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a Special Open Door Forum call to provide information and to solicit feedback on the introduction of star ratings on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) beginning in January 2015.