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.
The American Nurses Association’s new HealthyNurse™ Health Risk Appraisal enables nurses to evaluate their health and improve their wellness. Nurses can compare their health, safety, and wellness to the overall U.S. population and other nurses within demographic categories, including nursing specialty, by completing the appraisal.
On November 22, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates Medicare policies and payment rates for 2014 for dialysis facilities paid under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS). CMS decided to implement a 3- to 4-year transition for the drug utilization adjustment to the base rate mandated by Congress as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, and overall payments for 2014 will see a 0% change.