For those facing issues like food insecurity, substance abuse, and unsafe living conditions, health care is a tremendous challenge. ANNA President Lillian Pryor and National Secretary Tanya Scott explain how nurses can help communities overcome barriers and achieve quality care in an article for American Mobile/Nursezone.
The End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center has developed three online courses focused on improving access to home dialysis. The courses address the benefits, myths, overcoming barriers, and the role of the in-center dialysis unit on increasing home dialysis referrals. The free educational modules offer 1.5 contact hours and are designed for nurses, technicians, social workers, and dietitians.
Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) released the 2021 Clinical Practice Guideline on the Management of Blood Pressure (BP) in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Topics include techniques of BP measurement, lifestyle interventions for lowering BP, and BP management in key subgroups: adults and children with CKD not receiving dialysis and kidney transplant recipients. (This guideline represents an update to the guideline published in 2012.)
On November 3, 2020, the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition published End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Community COVID-19 After-Action Report and Improvement Plan. The report identifies, assesses, and documents operations of the ESRD community through the COVID-19 pandemic to date, and examines key issue areas, challenges, and best practices.
On November 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2021.