September 1 marked the start of the 11th annual National Preparedness Month. Each September since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has observed National Preparedness Month. During the month, FEMA and various local, state, and federal agencies encourage U.S. residents to become better prepared for emergencies and disasters. In addition, September 21-27 has been designated as Kidney Patient Disaster Awareness Week.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will delay the implementation of the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Five-Star Quality Rating System from October 2014 to January 2015. CMS presented information on the Star Rating System for dialysis facilities to the public during a national provider call in July.
The Nursing Community will host a webinar entitled The 2014 Midterm Federal Elections: What Nurses Need to Know from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on October 9, 2014. With 2014 midterm elections quickly approaching, it is important that nurses understand the political dynamics that will impact the election cycle. The webinar will focus on how to stay informed of the election process and how potential outcomes may impact nursing and health care policy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created videos to promote safe injection practices through its One & Only Campaign in conjunction with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition. The One & Only Campaign urges health care providers to recognize the differences between single-dose vials and multi-dose vials and to understand appropriate uses of each container type. The two videos are entitled "Check Your Steps!
On July 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would 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. This proposal would introduce new quality and performance measures to improve the quality of care by outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD and proposes to implement the Affordabl