COVID-19 News & Updates


Please find the most recent COVID-19 updates and educational opportunities offered in December, listed below.

Updates for Patients
Educational Opportunities for Patients

Updates for Staff
Educational Opportunites for Staff

COVID-19 Updates

For Patients
December 28

Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Wishes Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

“Stay Strong”:  A Message FROM Kidney Patients TO Kidney Patients

The Forum of ESRD Networks' Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) has developed a poster to encourage fellow patients to stay strong and continue to be diligent about using COVID-19 safety precautions.  As patients themselves, understanding the challenges patients have faced in 2020, they wish to send an encouraging message to stay safe and healthy. 

CMS OMH Releases New Multi-lingual COVID-19 Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health’s (CMS OMH) initiative From Coverage to Care (C2C) has released 2 new virtually-based COVID-19 resources for patients:   

  • Coronavirus and Your Health Coverage: Get the Basics
  • Stay Safe: Getting the Care You Need, at Home (including information about coverage plans)

Both resources are available 8 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

In addition to providing these resources, C2C also has translated shareable graphics in these same 8 languages, available to post on your digital channels to help spread the word about available COVID-19 resources in an effort to help everyone remain healthy during this public health emergency.

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December 21
Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Wishes Everyone a Happy, Safe, and Healthy Holiday Season! 
News from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Sign-up for the CDC newsletter directly to your In-box!  The most recent edition strongly encourages staying home for the holidays, to ensure safety, with topics such as:
News from the Network Coordinating Center (NCC)

The ESRD NCC has announced the availability of a new resource to help kidney patients and their families through this holiday season, joyfully, while staying healthy.  This resource, A Season for Safety: Celebrating the Holidays, was developed by patients, for patients, and offers tips to celebrate the holidays while still putting safety first. 

View Resource (English, Spanish)

Additional resources (click the drop-down arrow beside ESRD NCC Patient Resources heading)

 
December 14 Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Wishes Everyone a Happy, Safe, and Healthy Holiday Season! 
News from the Network Coordinating Center (NCC)

The ESRD NCC has announced the availability of a new resource to help kidney patients and their families through this holiday season, joyfully, while staying healthy.  This resource, A Season for Safety: Celebrating the Holidays, was developed by patients, for patients, and offers tips to celebrate the holidays while still putting safety first. 

View Resource (English, Spanish)

Additional resources (click the drop-down arrow beside ESRD NCC Patient Resources heading)

News from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Sign-up for the CDC newsletter directly to your In-box!  The most recent edition strongly encourages staying home for the holidays, to ensure safety, with topics such as:  
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December 7

News from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

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For Staff
December 28 Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Wishes Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

“Stay Strong”:  A Message FROM Kidney Patients TO Kidney Patients

The Forum of ESRD Networks' Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) has developed a poster to encourage fellow patients to stay strong and continue to be diligent about using COVID-19 safety precautions.  As patients themselves, understanding the challenges patients have faced in 2020, they wish to send an encouraging message to stay safe and healthy. 

CMS OMH Releases New Multi-lingual COVID-19 Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health’s (CMS OMH) initiative From Coverage to Care (C2C) has released 2 new virtually-based COVID-19 resources for patients:   

  • Coronavirus and Your Health Coverage: Get the Basics
  • Stay Safe: Getting the Care You Need, at Home (including information about coverage plans)

Both resources are available 8 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

In addition to providing these resources, C2C also has translated shareable graphics in these same 8 languages, available to post on your digital channels to help spread the word about available COVID-19 resources in an effort to help everyone remain healthy during this public health emergency.

Access New Translated Resources & Graphics

CDC Releases New COVID-19 Vaccine Resources 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released recent COVID-19 vaccine webinar resources:

REMINDER: NHSN COVID-19 REPORTING DATA DUE EACH WEEK ON WEDNESDAY BY 2:00 PM. ET

 
December 21 Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Wishes Everyone a Happy, Safe, and Healthy Holiday Season! 

5-Diamond Patient Safety Program Extends 2020 Program Year Due to Pandemic

As we move forward together in this uniquely challenging time, Quality Insights Renal Network 5 remains committed to continuous quality improvement within our community.  Recognizing your focus at this time is on both personal safety and the safety and care of your patients, we are extending the closure of the 2020 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program Year from December 15, 2020, until February 15, 2021.  This will allow users more time to work toward achieving or renewing 5-Diamond status for 2020.  We plan to launch the 2021 Program Year in early March 2021.  The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program website at available at https://5diamondpatientsafety.org.

REMINDER: NHSN COVID-19 REPORTING DATA DUE EACH WEEK ON WEDNESDAY BY 2:00 PM. ET

 
December 14 Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Wishes Everyone a Happy, Safe, and Healthy Holiday Season! 

5-Diamond Patient Safety Program Extends 2020 Program Year Due to Pandemic

As we move forward together in this uniquely challenging time, Quality Insights Renal Network 5 remains committed to continuous quality improvement within our community.  Recognizing your focus at this time is on both personal safety and the safety and care of your patients, we are extending the closure of the 2020 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program Year from December 15, 2020, until February 15, 2021.  This will allow users more time to work toward achieving or renewing 5-Diamond status for 2020.  We plan to launch the 2021 Program Year in early March 2021.  The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program website at available at https://5diamondpatientsafety.org.
Engagement Resources to Encourage Influenza Vaccination are Available
Please be reminded, as the 2020-2021 flu season continues, a number of resources are available to share with staff and patients to encourage vaccination during this unique flu season.

NHSN COVID-19 Module NOW AVAILABLE

CMS now requires COVID-19 reporting in NHSN, to support the nation’s COVID-19 emergency response.  The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has released a NHSN COVID-19 module designed to collect certain data pertaining to in-center dialysis, home dialysis, and peritoneal dialysis patients.  All providers are required to submit data weekly.  The reporting period is Wednesday – Tuesday and data must be entered by 2:00 PM, ET on Wednesday of each week.

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CDC Partner Call: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Safety Overview Recording Released

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Partner Resource Links

If you would like to subscribe to get future COVID-19 Partner call announcements go to https://tools.cdc.gov/campaignproxyservice/subscriptions.aspx, enter your email address, and search for “COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Partners.”
 
December 7 News from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS Finalizes Permanent Expansion of Medicare Telehealth Services and Improved Payment for Time Doctors Spend with Patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the annual Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule, which prioritizes CMS’ investment in primary care and chronic disease management by increasing payments to physicians and other practitioners for the additional time they spend with patients, especially those with chronic conditions. The rule allows non-physician practitioners to provide the care they were trained and licensed to give, cutting red tape so they can practice at the top of their license and spend more time with patients instead of on completing unnecessary paperwork.
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CMS Releases ETC Final Rule & Announces Introductory Webinar Event
CMS has released the final rule for the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model to encourage greater use of home dialysis and kidney transplants for Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD, while reducing Medicare expenditures and preserving or enhancing the quality of care furnished to beneficiaries with ESRD. Information about rule can be found in the Federal Register, under ETC Model in the Specialty Care Models To Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Expenditures Final Rule, CMS-5527-F. The Model begins on January 1, 2021.
In order to help ETC Model Participants prepare, CMS is conducting an introductory webinar on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The webinar will provide an overview of the ETC Model, including:
  • Participant selection
  • The Home Dialysis Payment Adjustment
  • The Performance Payment Adjustment
  • The ETC Model timeline, including the timing of payment adjustments
  • Information about how to communicate with CMS about the ETC Model.
Click here for webinar access information
News from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

NHSN COVID-19 Module NOW AVAILABLE
CMS now requires COVID-19 reporting in NHSN, to support the nation’s COVID-19 emergency response.  The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has released a NHSN COVID-19 module designed to collect certain data pertaining to in-center dialysis, home dialysis, and peritoneal dialysis patients.
View Module
 
CDC Newsletter
Sign-up for the CDC newsletter directly to your In-box!  The most recent edition strongly encourages staying home for the holidays, to ensure safety, with topics such as: View Current Edition
Sign-up for future editions

5-Diamond Patient Safety Program Extends 2020 Program Year Due to Pandemic

As we move forward together in this uniquely challenging time, Quality Insights Renal Network 5 remains committed to continuous quality improvement within our community.  Recognizing your focus at this time is on both personal safety and the safety and care of your patients, we are extending the closure of the 2020 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program Year from December 15, 2020, until February 15, 2021.  This will allow users more time to work toward achieving or renewing 5-Diamond status for 2020.  We plan to launch the 2021 Program Year in early March 2021.  The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program website at available at https://5diamondpatientsafety.org
 


COVID-19 Educational Opportunities

For Patients
December 28 Center for Mindful Self-Compassion Webinar: Renewing Our Self-Compassion For The New Year
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 | 4:00 PM PT
Thursday, December 31, 2020 | 7:00 AM PT
Learn More
Register
Looking ahead:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Living in a COVID-19 Environment: Mental Health Support for Kidney Disease Patients & Caregivers  (Patient Event)
Tuesday, January 5, 2020 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 
December 21 Center for Mindful Self-Compassion Webinar: Renewing Our Self-Compassion For The New Year
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 | 4:00 PM PT
Thursday, December 31, 2020 | 7:00 AM PT
Learn More
Register
 
December 14 CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Home Dialysis During COVID: Lessons Learned (Patient Event)                                          Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
DPC Presents: Coping During the Holidays in the Pandemic
Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 2:00 PM ET
Register
View Flyer
Follow these instructions on the day of call at 2:00 PM ET
 
December 7 AAKP & Kindness for Kidneys International Maryland Patient Support Group Virtual Meetings
A Maryland support group hosted by Kindness for Kidneys International in conjunction with AAKP is hosting a virtual meeting on Sunday, December 13, 2020. Anyone with kidney disease is welcome to attend!
 
Sunday, December 13, 2020 | 3:30 PM ET
Join Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6400467833  
Meeting ID: 640 046 7833
or dial by your location
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Looking ahead:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Home Dialysis During COVID: Lessons Learned (Patient Event)                                          Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 4:00 PM ET
Register

DPC Presents: Coping During the Holidays in the Pandemic
Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 2:00 PM ET
Register
View Flyer
Follow these instructions on the day of call at 2:00 PM ET
 

 

For Staff
December 28 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Webinar Event
COVID-19 Vaccines: Update on Allergic Reactions, Contraindications, and Precautions
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 | 2:00 PM ET
Access Event
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
The Importance of Kidney Transplant and Referral Process During COVID-19 (Provider Event)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
Looking ahead:
HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds

Clinical Rounds: EMS
Monday, January 4, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

Clinical Rounds: Critical Care
Tuesday, January 5, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Outpatient Therapeutics Mini-Series
Wednesday, January 6, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

National COVID-19 Grand Rounds: Emergency Department
Thursday, January 7, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online.
 
December 21 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds
 
EMS: Off-Load Time Issues
Monday, December 21, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register 

Critical Care: Pediatric ICU Care of Adults
Tuesday, December 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.
Looking ahead:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
The Importance of Kidney Transplant and Referral Process During COVID-19 (Provider Event)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
 
December 14 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds
 
EMS: Crisis Care
Monday, December 14, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register 

Critical Care: 100th Clinical Rounds
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register 

Outpatient Therapeutics Mini-Series: Equitable Access
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register 

Emergency Department: Innovative PPE Strategies
Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 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:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
The Importance of Kidney Transplant and Referral Process During COVID-19 (Provider Event)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
 
December 7 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds
 
EMS: Vaccination and Infusion Activities
Monday, December 7, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register 

Critical Care: Update on COVID Patient Long Term Challenges
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

New Series: Outpatient Therapeutics Mini-Series
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
Emergency Department: Crisis Care Update
Thursday, December 10, 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 Treatment Choices (ETC) Model Introductory Webinar
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 3:00 PM ET
Click to Join (on day of event; no prior registration for the webinar is required)
  • Password: 273494
  • US: +1 669 254 5252  or +1 646 828 7666 
  • Webinar ID: 160 250 5178
The slides, recording, and transcript of the webinar will be posted to the ETC Model website. Please email the ETC Model team at ETC-CMMI@cms.hhs.gov with any questions.
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Home Dialysis During COVID: Lessons Learned and Round Two (Provider Event)
Tuesday, December 9, 2020 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
American Society of Nephrology (ASN) 2020 Diabetic Kidney Disease Collaborative Roundtable Series
 
New Approaches to Transform Outcomes for Kidney Disease and Heart Disease in Patients with Diabetes
Clinical experts will review the latest guidelines for both kidney disease and heart disease, and discuss the most recent trials and promising therapies.  A roundtable of experts from nephrology, cardiology, and endocrinology will consider implications for diabetes, kidney and heart disease treatment in 2021.
 
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 

 

Past Updates and Opportunities