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Please find the most recent COVID-19 updates for and this month’s educational opportunities below.

Updates for Patients
Educational Opportunities for Patients

Updates for Staff
Educational Opportunites for Staff

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
 

COVID-19 Updates

For Patients
 
April 5, 2021 REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:

FTC Warns of Bogus Vaccine Survey
There have been an increase in reported scams related to the COVID-19 vaccine.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a warning regarding these scams, what to look for, and what to do if you are contacted by a scammer.

Read FTC Warning

ESRD NCC Releases New Resources 
The ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) has released additional resources to support patient care and well-being, and is currently updating their website with new resources based on the recommendations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), ESRD Networks, and patient subject matter experts.  Several new resources are linked below, so that you may save and share them with your dialysis facility, transplant center, support groups, kidney community, and others.

For additional resources, visit www.kidneyCOVIDinfocenter.com
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 

 

For Staff
April 12, 2021 REMINDERS FOR STAFF:

New Resources from the CDC

WEEKLY NHSN REPORTING IS REQUIRED BY NETWORK 5 COVID-19 CASES AND VACCINATIONS
MUST BE REPORTED BY WEDNESDAY AT 2:00 PM. ET
 
All facilities are required to report all patient and healthcare providers’ COVID-19 cases and vaccination statuses weekly in NHSN. The reporting week runs Wednesday through Tuesday and facilities are expected to report the information by no later than 2pm every Wednesday for the previous week.
 
Information on how to report the vaccination data can be found here:
 
April 5, 2021

New Resources from the CDC

REMINDERS FOR STAFF:

ESRD NCC Releases New Resources 
The ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) has released additional resources to support patient care and well-being, and is currently updating their website with new resources based on the recommendations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), ESRD Networks, and patient subject matter experts.  Several new resources are linked below, so that you may save and share them with your dialysis facility, transplant center, support groups, kidney community, and others.

For additional resources, visit www.kidneyCOVIDinfocenter.com.
COVID-19 Variants
The FDA has indicated that the sustained increase in SARS-CoV-2 viral variants in the United States that are resistant to bamlanivimab administered alone, the U.S. Government, in coordination with Eli Lilly and Company, stopped the distribution of bamlanivimab alone on March 24, 2021.  Using an alternative authorized monoclonal antibody therapy, such as bamlanivimab and etesevimab together with REGEN-COV, may reduce the risk of treatment failure should a patient be infected with a SARS-CoV-2 viral variant that is resistant to bamlanivimab alone. The FDA recently updated the following:
Authorized Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Regarding Emergency Use of bamlanivimab
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) 90 - bamlanivimab
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) 91 – REGEN-COV
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) 94 - bamlanivimab and etesevimab administered in combination
The National Forum of ESRD Networks Releases New LTCF/Dialysis COVID-19 Communication Form
This form, developed by Paul Palevsky, MD and his colleagues in PA, has been used in the Forum's Sharing Highly Effective Practices program and widely in the renal community, has recently been updated to include COVID-19 Vaccination Status and the new CDC guidelines regarding when to discontinue transmission-based isolation.
 
View LTCF to Dialysis Facility COVID-19 Communication Form
NHSN COVID-19 REPORTING DATA IS REQUIRED BY NETWORK 5
AND
IS DUE EACH WEEK ON WEDNESDAY BY 2:00 PM. ET
 
Beginning March 31, 2021, facilities are required to report all patient and healthcare providers vaccination statuses weekly in NHSN. The reporting week runs Wednesday through Tuesday and facilities are expected to report the information by no later than 2pm every Wednesday for the previous week.

Information on how to report the vaccination data can be found here:
Weekly Patient COVID-19 Vaccination
Weekly HCP COVID-19 Vaccination
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 


COVID-19 Educational Opportunities

For Patients
April 12, 2021 Dialysis Patient Citizens’ Support Group Call
Kidney Transplants with guest speaker from the Kidney Transplant Program at Christiana Care
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
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Join the call:
  • Dial: (866) 808-5953 
  • Enter Meeting Code: 253 841 3353
Choosing to Change Kidney Treatment Options During COVID-19: A Panel Discussion (Patient Event)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 
April 5, 2021
Looking ahead:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Choosing to Change Kidney Treatment Options During COVID-19: A Panel Discussion (Patient Event)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 

 

For Staff
April 12, 2021 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds
 
EMS: What’s Working, and What’s Not Working in the EMS Workforce In April 2021?

Monday, April 12, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register 

Critical Care: COVID-19 long haul syndrome
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register 

Emergency Department: Updates on Challenges and Successes
Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET 
Register 

If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online.

Looking ahead:
Renal Healthcare Association’s Webinar Wednesdays
Where Do We Go from Here? A Discussion of Living Through COVID-19 and After-Action Reports (Provider Event)
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register

HRSA’s Telehealth Learning Webinar Series
Federal Broadband Programs and Resources (Provider Event)
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register

CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Home Dialysis Program (Provider Event)
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
 
 
April 5, 2021 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds
 
EMS Education Impacts from COVID

Monday, April 5, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 

Critical Care: COVID-19: Ventilation support strategies a year later 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 

Emergency Department
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online
Renal Healthcare Association’s Webinar Wednesdays
Strategies for Leading Through the Stress of the Pandemic (Provider Event)
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event 
Psychosocial Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Hemodialysis Patients (Provider Event)
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
Looking ahead:
Renal Healthcare Association’s Webinar Wednesdays
Where Do We Go from Here? A Discussion of Living Through COVID-19 and After-Action Reports (Provider Event)
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
 
 

 

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