The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host 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.
The Kidney Health Initiative, a partnership between the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was established in 2012 to foster innovation and patient safety in kidney disease. One of the KHI projects is working to recommend clinical trial endpoints in dialysis vascular access. The KHI core committee developed a survey to assess the current status of clinical trials and their endpoints.
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!