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COVID-19 News & Updates


Please find the COVID-19 updates and educational opportunities offered during the month of March, listed below.

Updates for Patients
Educational Opportunities for Patients

Updates for Staff
Educational Opportunites for Staff

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
 

COVID-19 Updates

For Patients
March 29, 2021

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
REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
March 22, 2021 Forum of ESRD Networks Releases New Patient Resource in Spanish
The newest KPAC COVID resource Kidney Patients & the COVID-19 Vaccine is now available in Spanish.
View Resource in Spanish
View Resource in English
Additional resources are available on the Forum website at https://esrdnetworks.org/resources-news/covid-19-information-resources/resources-for-kidney-patients/.
REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:

CDC Releases New Resources

American Society of Transplantation (AST) Releases COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Fact Sheet

In response to questions from transplant professionals and the community, about the COVID-19 vaccine, AST has developed a FAQ Fact Sheet.

View Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
March 15, 2021

CDC Releases New Resources

REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:

American Society of Transplantation (AST) Releases COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Fact Sheet

In response to questions from transplant professionals and the community, about the COVID-19 vaccine, AST has developed a FAQ Fact Sheet.

View Fact Sheet

ESRD NCC Releases Pandemic Patient Resources Discussed During Recent Summit

The ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) recently held the National Patient & Family Engagement Learning Action Network (NPFE-LAN) Summit entitled Patients Partnering in a Pandemic. Several of the resources shared 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.esrdncc.org/patients or www.kidneyCOVIDinfocenter.com.

COVID Vaccine Resources for Hard to Reach Patients
Fact sheets in multiple languages to assist organizations who work with older adults, those with underlying medical conditions, racial and ethnic minorities, rural communities, people with disabilities, migrants, refugees, and other limited-English-proficient populations.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
March 8, 2021

American Society of Transplantation (AST) Releases COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Fact Sheet

In response to questions from transplant professionals and the community, about the COVID-19 vaccine, AST has developed a FAQ Fact Sheet.

View Fact Sheet

ESRD NCC Releases Pandemic Patient Resources Discussed During Recent Summit

The ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) recently held the National Patient & Family Engagement Learning Action Network (NPFE-LAN) Summit entitled Patients Partnering in a Pandemic. Several of the resources shared 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.esrdncc.org/patients or www.kidneyCOVIDinfocenter.com.

COVID Vaccine Resources for Hard to Reach Patients
Fact sheets in multiple languages to assist organizations who work with older adults, those with underlying medical conditions, racial and ethnic minorities, rural communities, people with disabilities, migrants, refugees, and other limited-English-proficient populations.
REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:
CDC Releases COVID-19 Tracker
Track cases and vaccine status
Updated Kidney Patient Resource Flyer
The National Forums of ESRD Networks’ Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) have updated their patient-created resource flyer What Kidney Patients Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
March 1, 2021 CDC Releases COVID-19 Tracker
Track cases and vaccine status
Updated Kidney Patient Resource Flyer
The National Forums of ESRD Networks’ Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) have updated their patient-created resource flyer What Kidney Patients Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine
REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 

 

For Staff
March 29, 2021

CDC Releases New Resource: Vaccinating Dialysis Patients and Healthcare Personnel
View Resource

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
REMINDERS FOR STAFF:
NHSN COVID-19 REPORTING DATA IS REQUIRED BY NETWORK 5
AND
IS DUE EACH WEEK ON WEDNESDAY BY 2:00 PM. ET
View Module
Beginning March 31, 2021, facilities will be 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 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
 
March 22, 2021 Forum of ESRD Networks Releases New Patient Resource in Spanish
The newest KPAC COVID resource Kidney Patients & the COVID-19 Vaccine is now available in Spanish.
View Resource in Spanish
View Resource in English
Additional resources are available on the Forum website at https://esrdnetworks.org/resources-news/covid-19-information-resources/resources-for-kidney-patients/.
REMINDERS FOR STAFF:

CDC Releases New Resources

American Society of Transplantation (AST) Releases COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Fact Sheet

In response to questions from transplant professionals and the community, about the COVID-19 vaccine, AST has developed a FAQ Fact Sheet.

View Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
March 15, 2021

CDC Releases New Resources

REMINDERS FOR STAFF:

American Society of Transplantation (AST) Releases COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Fact Sheet

In response to questions from transplant professionals and the community, about the COVID-19 vaccine, AST has developed a FAQ Fact Sheet.

View Fact Sheet

ESRD NCC Releases Pandemic Patient Resources Discussed During Recent Summit

The ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) recently held the National Patient & Family Engagement Learning Action Network (NPFE-LAN) Summit entitled Patients Partnering in a Pandemic. Several of the resources shared 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.esrdncc.org/patients or www.kidneyCOVIDinfocenter.com.

COVID Vaccine Resources for Hard to Reach Patients
Fact sheets in multiple languages to assist organizations who work with older adults, those with underlying medical conditions, racial and ethnic minorities, rural communities, people with disabilities, migrants, refugees, and other limited-English-proficient populations.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
March 8, 2021

American Society of Transplantation (AST) Releases COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Fact Sheet

In response to questions from transplant professionals and the community, about the COVID-19 vaccine, AST has developed a FAQ Fact Sheet.

View Fact Sheet

ESRD NCC Releases Pandemic Patient Resources Discussed During Recent Summit

The ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) recently held the National Patient & Family Engagement Learning Action Network (NPFE-LAN) Summit entitled Patients Partnering in a Pandemic. Several of the resources shared 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.esrdncc.org/patients or www.kidneyCOVIDinfocenter.com.

COVID Vaccine Resources for Hard to Reach Patients
Fact sheets in multiple languages to assist organizations who work with older adults, those with underlying medical conditions, racial and ethnic minorities, rural communities, people with disabilities, migrants, refugees, and other limited-English-proficient populations.
REMINDERS FOR STAFF:
CDC Releases COVID-19 Tracker
Track cases and vaccine status
Updated Kidney Patient Resource Flyer
The National Forums of ESRD Networks’ Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) have updated their patient-created resource flyer What Kidney Patients Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 
March 1, 2021
CDC Releases COVID-19 Tracker
Updated Kidney Patient Resource Flyer
The National Forums of ESRD Networks’ Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) have updated their patient-created resource flyer What Kidney Patients Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine
REMINDERS FOR STAFF:
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Vaccine Locations by State
 


COVID-19 Educational Opportunities

For Patients
March 29, 2021 CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event 
Increasing Patient Positive Responses to the COVID-19 Vaccine (Patient Event)
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 
March 22, 2021
Looking ahead:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Increasing Patient Positive Responses to the COVID-19 Vaccine (Patient Event)
Tuesday, March 30 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 
March 15, 2021 CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Making the COVID-19 Vaccine Decision: A Patient Panel Discussion (Patient Event)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
Big Ask Big Give
The National Kidney Foundation, University of Maryland Transplant Center, Care DX, and Horizon have partnered to offer a free educational webinar for patients and their caregivers about Learn First Steps to Transplant and/or How to Find a Living Donor
Sunday, March 21, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 
March 8, 2021 Dialysis Patient Citizens’ Monthly Support Group
The Dialysis Patient Citizen’s Education Center is pleased to announce it is offering a telephone-based support group for people living with kidney disease.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
RSVP
Join the event:
Dial: (866) 808-5953
Enter Meeting Code: 253 841 3353
Looking ahead:
Beyond Dialysis Patient Conference: A Roadmap to Kidney Success
The National Kidney Foundation, University of Maryland Transplant Center, and Horizon have partnered to offer a free educational webinar for patients and their caregivers about treatment options
Sunday, March 14, 2021 | 1:30 PM ET
Register
 
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Making the COVID-19 Vaccine Decision: A Patient Panel Discussion (Patient Event)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 
Big Ask Big Give
The National Kidney Foundation, University of Maryland Transplant Center, Care DX, and Horizon have partnered to offer a free educational webinar for patients and their caregivers about Learn First Steps to Transplant and/or How to Find a Living Donor
Sunday, March 21, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET
Register
 

 

For Staff
March 29, 2021 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds

EMS Clinician Mental Health/Wellness Challenges & Successes

Monday, March 29, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

Critical Care: Inpatient outpatient interface - outpatient therapy as inpatient surge mitigator
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

Emergency Department: Medical Student & EM Resident Perspectives
Thursday, April 1, 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:
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
 
March 22, 2021 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds

Critical Care: Triage of Scarce Resources Version 2.0

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

Outpatient Therapeutics
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 

Emergency Department: COVID-19 CLINICAL GRAND ROUNDS ONE YEAR+24 HRS ANNIVERSARY
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online
NHSN Office Hours *NEW*
The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) team is conducting office hours to help users report accurately to NHSN. Topics covered during this week’s call will focus on issues or confusion concerning the submission of COVID-19 data using the newly released weekly calendar view.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 2:00 PM ET
Register
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Avoiding COVID Complacency  (Provider Event)
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
 
March 15, 2021
HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds
 
EMS: The Year Ahead: COVID and EMS
Monday, March 15, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET

Register
 

Critical Care: Successful staffing models for severe pandemic surge: Current Update

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 

Emergency Department: School Nursing Update
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online.
RPA Annual Meeting *VIRTUAL*
March 18-20, 2021
Preliminary Agenda
Register
Looking ahead:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Avoiding COVID Complacency  (Provider Event)
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
 
March 8, 2021 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds

Critical Care

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 

Outpatient Therapeutics: Urgent Care Centers

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 

Emergency Department: Pneumothorax/Pneumomediastinum in COVID Patients
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online.
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Improving Mortality Outcomes in Dialysis Facilities During a Pandemic with Early Process Improvement (Provider Event)
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
ASN Webinar Event
Use of Monoclonal Antibodies for the Treatment of Mild to Moderate SARS-CoV-2 in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis:A Kidney Community Conversation
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
Looking ahead:
RPA Annual Meeting *VIRTUAL*
March 18-20, 2021
Preliminary Agenda
Register
 
March 1, 2021 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds

EMS: Clinician Vaccine Reluctance
Monday, March 1, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

Critical Care
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
Emergency Department: Critical Coordination of COVID, Trauma, and the Emergency Health Care System
Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register


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

Mental Health America and CDC Foundation Webinar Event
COVID-19's Impact on Mental Health and How Communities Can Move Forward
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | 2:15 PM ET
Register
Looking ahead:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Improving Mortality Outcomes in Dialysis Facilities During a Pandemic with Early Process Improvement (Provider Event)
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
 

 

Past Updates and Opportunities