ANNA has joined the Alliance for Home Dialysis, a group that promotes activities and policies that facilitate treatment choice in dialysis care. This Alliance seeks to identify and address systematic barriers that limit access for patients and their families to the many benefits of home dialysis therapy. The Alliance includes work groups focused on the following four areas: Accessibility, Accountability, Reimbursement, and Innovation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a new continuing education course, Infection Prevention in Dialysis Settings, for outpatient hemodialysis health care workers, including technicians and nurses. The 1-hour self-guided training course reviews the following topic areas:
An article in USA Today spotlights the risk of unsafe injection practices. Don't put your patient's health at risk by re-entering single use vials. USA Today reports: "Since 2001, more than 150,000 patients nationwide have been victims of unsafe injection practices, and two-thirds of those risky shots were administered in just the past 4 years, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
ANNA is participating with several other kidney community groups in talking with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about recent changes in Medicare payment practices specific to outpatient treatment of acute kidney injury patients.
ANNA recently became a “pioneer member” of the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), a collaborative group of stakeholders in the kidney community seeking to help foster optimum therapies for diseases that affect the kidney.