COVID-19 News & Updates


Please find the COVID-19 updates and educational opportunities offered in May 2020, listed below.

Updates for Patients
Educational Opportunities for Patients

Updates for Staff
Educational Opportunites for Staff
 

COVID-19 Updates

For Patients
 
May 8 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance on Re-Opening America
 
May 1 World Hand Hygiene Day is May 5
Declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), May 5, 2020, is World Hand Hygiene Day. The WHO encourages patients and their family members to join health workers in their efforts to practice good hand hygiene. This year’s World Hand Hygiene Day is more significant as people from around the world attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Learn about hand hygiene from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website 
Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic
Read Full Press Release
HHS Launched a Telehealth Website to Expand Health Care Access  Telehealth.hhs.gov was built for patients and providers to find all the updates and information about the latest efforts to support and promote telehealth services.
Visit website
ESRD National Coordinating Center’s COVID-19 Website
Visit website

Where to Find Credible Information about the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Fact Sheet
View Fact Sheet in English
View Fact Sheet in Spanish

Patient COVID-19 Resources
View Resources
In case you missed it, webinar recordings:
Dialysis Patient Citizens Education Center
COVID-19 Explosion – Lessons Learned from NY
https://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-webinar/the-covid-19-explosion-lessons-from-new-york-what-kidney-patients-should-know/

What COVID-19 Means for Kidney Patients
https://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-webinar/what-the-covid-19-means-for-kidney-patients/
 

 

For Staff
May 8 CMS Issues New Interim Final Rule on Waivers
CMS to Issue New Guidance on Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Home Facilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance on Re-Opening America
Additional Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance      
CMS mlnconnects Resources
Health Care Supply Chain, Provider Self-Care, and Emergency Preparedness Resources
In case you missed it, webinar recordings:
American Society of Nephrology COVID-19 Webinar Series
  • Overcoming Challenges to the Provision of Acute Dialysis for COVID-19 Positive Patients
  • Challenges in Kidney Transplant in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Patients & Referring Providers
  • COVID-19 Associated AKI Recognition and Management
  • COVID-19 International Roundtable: Recommendations and Lessons Learned
  • Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting
  • Hospital Care and Treatment Options for COVID-19 Positive Patients with ESKD and AKI
  • CDC Recommendations and Policy Updates for Current Challenges in the Dialysis Setting
  • COVID-19 Information for Providers of Dialysis Services
https://www.asn-online.org/covid-19/ASN#Webinars
 
May 1 World Hand Hygiene Day is May 5
Declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), May 5, 2020, is World Hand Hygiene Day. The WHO encourages patients and their family members to join health workers in their efforts to practice good hand hygiene. This year’s World Hand Hygiene Day is more significant as people from around the world attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Learn about hand hygiene from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website
Trump Administration Issues Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic
Read Full Press Release
CMS Adds New COVID-19 Clinical Trials Improvement Activity to the Quality Payment Program
Read letter
HHS Launched a Telehealth Website to Expand Health Care Access  Telehealth.hhs.gov was built for patients and providers to find all the updates and information about the latest efforts to support and promote telehealth services.
Visit website
Contact Tracing: Part of a Multipronged Approach to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new information on contact tracing, as part of the strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.  Communities must scale up and train a large contact tracer workforce and work collaboratively across public and private agencies to stop the transmission of COVID-19.
View new information
ESRD National Coordinating Center’s COVID-19 Website
Visit website

Where to Find Credible Information about the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Fact Sheet
View Fact Sheet in English
View Fact Sheet in Spanish

Patient COVID-19 Resources
View Resources 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Conducting Contact Tracing to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
View Resources
Dorlee Michaeli’s COVID-19 Anxiety and Stress: 30 Free Self-Care Tools
View Tools
Social Work Career’s COVID-19 Best in Mental Health
View Resources
Resources for Social Workers and Therapists
View Resources
Psych Central’s COVID-19 Resources for Helping Professionals and Patients
View Resources
In case you missed it, webinar recordings:
American Society of Nephrology COVID-19 Webinar Series
  • COVID-19 International Roundtable: Recommendations and Lessons Learned
  • Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting
  • Hospital Care and Treatment Options for COVID-19 Positive Patients with ESKD and AKI
  • CDC Recommendations and Policy Updates for Current Challenges in the Dialysis Setting
  • COVID-19 Information for Providers of Dialysis Services
https://www.asn-online.org/covid-19/ASN#Webinars
 


COVID-19 Educational Opportunities

For Patients
 
May 18
Network 5 and AAKP HealthLine Webinar Event
Telemedicine Utilization in the COVID-19 Era: What Patients Should Know
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 1:00 PM ET
Register

 

CMS & ESRD NCC’s Weekly COVID-19 Quickinars
CMS and the ESRD National Coordinating Center offer short 30 minute webinars to share success stories from the dialysis community.
 
Caregiving During COVID-19: Tips from Kidney Caregivers (Patient Event)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET
Register
PFCC Partners: Patient Family Engagement During a Pandemic
Friday, May 22, 2020 |3:00 PM ET
Workshop will highlight the many benefits of engaging Patient Family Advisors (PFAs) into a pandemic response. Join us to learn how to leverage partnership with your patient family advisory programs to co-design innovations and meet the needs of your community.
Discover how University Hospitals Health System and Los Angeles County Department of Health are partnering with patients and families to co-design their COVID 19 response.
Looking ahead to next week:
Dialysis Patient Citizens’ (DPC’s) Webinar Event:  Living Well During COVID-19: How to Cope and Manage Your Emotions
Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 12:30 PM ET
To Access Event:
1.     Call: 1-877-399-5186
2.      Enter meeting code: 433 459 5474
3.      Online presentation: https://dialysispatients.adobeconnect.com/webinar/
 
May 11 CMS & ESRD NCC’s Weekly COVID-19 Quickinars
CMS and the ESRD National Coordinating Center offer short 30 minute webinars to share success stories from the dialysis community.
 
Pathways to Increase Nephrologist Comfort Managing Home Dialysis Patients During COVID-19
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET
Register
 
May 4 CMS & ESRD NCC’s Weekly COVID-19 Quickinars
CMS and the ESRD National Coordinating Center offer short 30 minute webinars to share success stories from the dialysis community.
 
Maintaining Balance in an Unbalanced Time (for Patients)
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET
Register

 

For Staff
 
May 18
 
HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds
 
Critical Care: Focus on Coagulation Challenges
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

Emergency Department: Patient Care and Clinical Operations
Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

Special Session: COVID-19 and Pediatrics
Friday, May 22, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

 

If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online.
CMS & ESRD NCC’s Weekly COVID-19 Quickinars
CMS and the ESRD National Coordinating Center offer short 30 minute webinars to share success stories from the dialysis community.
 
What to Do and Say to Support Psychological Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Provider Event)
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET
Register
CMS COVID-19: Dialysis Organization Call
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 5:30 PM ET
These calls provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. Leaders in the field also share best practices. There is an opportunity to ask questions if time allows.

To Participate on May 20: Conference lines are limited; we encourage you to join via audio webcast or call 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 3287645
CMS COVID-19: Lessons from the Front Lines
Friday May 22, 2020 |12:30 PM ET
Joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians: Share your experience, ideas, strategies, and insights related to your COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions.

To Participate on May 22: Conference lines are limited; we encourage you to join via audio webcast or call 877-251-0301; Access Code: 6086125
PFCC Partners: Patient Family Engagement During a Pandemic
Friday, May 22, 2020 |3:00 PM ET
Workshop will highlight the many benefits of engaging Patient Family Advisors (PFAs) into a pandemic response. Join us to learn how to leverage partnership with your patient family advisory programs to co-design innovations and meet the needs of your community.
Discover how University Hospitals Health System and Los Angeles County Department of Health are partnering with patients and families to co-design their COVID 19 response.
 
May 11
COVID-19 CLINICAL ROUNDS

First Responder Resiliency TeleECHO Program
Led by a team of subject matter experts, the First Responder Resiliency ECHO is aimed at increasing self-care and resiliency in crisis.
 
Monday, May 11, 2020 | 4:00 PM ET (this event is re-curring each Monday)
Register
 
Critical Care: Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations
A Peer to Peer Virtual Community of Practice
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
In case you missed it: 
Innovative PPE Preservation Strategies A Peer to Peer Virtual Community of Practice
View Webinar Slides
Network 5 & MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute Webinar Event: Updates in Transplantation at MGTI During COVID-19: What to Expect for Patients and Providers
The clinical team at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute (MGTI) will share the current status of candidate evaluations and transplantation, describe the safety measures instituted at MGTI to continue to facilitate the bridge to transplant for patients, provide answers to several key questions we have received throughout the last several months, and respond to additional questions during designated Q&A time.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 5/11/20
CMS hosts weekly calls for certain types of organizations to provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows.

Dialysis Organizations
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 5:30 PM ET
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; 
Access Passcode: 6772827
Audio Webcast

 

CMS & ESRD NCC’s Weekly COVID-19 Quickinars
CMS and the ESRD National Coordinating Center offer short 30 minute webinars to share success stories from the dialysis community.
 
Pathways to Increase Nephrologist Comfort Managing Home Dialysis Patients During COVID-19
Tushar Chopra, MD, FASN, will discuss ways to increase comfort with managing home dialysis patients during COVID-19.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET
Register
American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Free COVID-19 Webinar
Surviving COVID-19: Mental Health Support for Kidney Disease Professionals
Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 
May 8 ASPR TRACIE in collaboration with the HHS/FEMA Healthcare Resilience Task Force: Webinar Event
COVID-19: Healthcare System Operations Strategies and Experiences
Monday, May 11, 2020 | 2:00 PM ET
Download flyer
Register
 
May 4

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 5/04/20

Home Health and Hospice (Tuesdays at 3:00 PM Eastern)
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 7844154
 
Nursing Homes
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 4:30 PM ET
Register
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 8899983
 
Dialysis Organizations
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 5:30 PM ET
Register
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 8278522
 
Nurses
Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; Access Passcode: 5486361
COVID-19 CLINICAL ROUNDS

First Responder Resiliency TeleECHO Program
Led by a team of subject matter experts, the First Responder Resiliency ECHO is aimed at increasing self-care and resiliency in crisis.
Monday, May 5, 2020 | 4:00 PM ET (this event is re-curing each Monday)
Register
 
Lifesaving Treatment and Clinical Operations: Critical Care A Peer to Peer Virtual Community of Practice
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
CMS & ESRD NCC’s Weekly COVID-19 Quickinars
CMS and the ESRD National Coordinating Center offer short 30 minute webinars to share success stories from the dialysis community.
 
Helping Patients Make Treatment Decisions: Goals of Care Conversation
Alvin Moss, MD, and Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD, will explain how the kidney care team can succinctly conduct a goal of care conversation and how COVID-19 increases the importance of goal of care conversations.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET
Register
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Webinar: Grief and Loss in a Pandemic: Supporting Social Workers as Helpers & Grievers
Sandra Isabel A. López, LCSW-S, ACSW, DCSW, LCSW, will discuss his supporting social workers in managing their our own grief while also recognizing their strengths and resilience as individuals and as social work professionals.  This webinar offers 1.5 social work continuing education credits from the NASW. Registration is required.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
The Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC) and the Managed Care Technical Assistance Center of New York (MCTAC) Webinar: Family Treatment During The COVID-19 Pandemic Part 1: Building Your Skills as a Contextual Coach: Interventions from Family Therapy
This webinar will help practitioners understand and use contextual coaching strategies that can be used virtually, to teach families important skills for responding to behaviors such as oppositional behavior, self-injury, bed wetting, anxiety, and obsessive thinking and behavior. Universal skills to practice with families including Role-Play and Rehearsal techniques, Planned Ignoring, Validation, and Caregiver Self-Soothing and Self-Management techniques will be covered.
Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register


 

Past Updates and Opportunities


April 2020 COVID-19 Updates and Educational Opportunities
March 2020 COVID-19 Updates