On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This law prevents a scheduled payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect on April 1, 2014.
The iChoose Kidney mobile app and corresponding website - ichoosekidney.emory.edu - serve as a decision support tool for nephrologists, primary care physicians, social workers, nurses, and/or patient educators to use with ESRD patients to help improve informed decision making for kidney failure treatment options. Risk prediction models for mortality on dialysis or kidney transplantation are presented.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a new educational online resource, Worker Safety in Hospitals: Caring for our Caregivers, which has extensive materials to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs, and implement safety and health management systems.
Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) has released KDIGO Clinical Guidelines for Kidney Disease iPad app. The application is supported by an educational grant from Shire International GmbH, and is available to iPad users free-of-charge through the Apple App Store. Future phases of the KDIGO Clinical Guideline app will include availability on the iPhone and Android platforms.
In 2008 the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (Network 5) partnered with the ESRD Network of New England (Network 1) to develop an innovative training and recognition program to assist dialysis providers in increasing awareness and building a culture of safety among patients and staff. The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program, which is endorsed by ANNA, is a web-based program that provides educational modules designed to train health care professional on various aspects of patient safety.