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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus (COVID-19) How to Stay Protected and What to Do If You Are Sick? 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ESRD Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

Network 14 Texas ESRD Emergency Coalition (TEEC) toll-free hotline is here to support you during COVID-19. Please call TEEC at 866-407-3773 (press 2 for Spanish) for assistance. If this is a medical emergency, please hang up and call 911. Our ESRD Network of Texas staff are here to assist with basic questions concerning the COVID-19 virus. For example:

  • Inability to eat during treatment
  • Change of dialysis treatment times for social distancing
  • What to do about public transportation?
  • What happens if patient decline to wear a mask?
  • What happens if I run out of PPE supplies?

Your call will be answered in the order of receipt. Please note the ESRD Network of Texas staff are not medically trained to provide medical advice. You can also find information and resources on the TEEC website at Texasteec.org or the ESRD Network of Texas news links below.

Disaster Announcement and Government Resources

CMS Offers Comprehensive Support for Louisiana and Texas with Hurricane Laura


Texas Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Centers


Texas COVID-19 Mental Health Hotline 1-833-986-1919 additional information available here


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) and Requests

Webinar Announcements


Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR)

HPH Sector Engagement Opportunities August 17-27, 2020

HPH Sector Engagement Opportunities August 25th- September 24, 2020

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS Telemedicine Hack: A 10-week learning community to accelerate telemedicine implementation for ambulatory providers July 22nd- Sep. 23rd

ESRD Network of Texas Webinars:

 COVID-19 Webinar Home Dialysis in the COVID-19 Era: The Bittersweet Combo Bittersweet Combo August 19, 2020 at 2-3 pm CST


American Society of Nephrology

New NTDS Targeting Zero Infections FREE Webinar: Standardizing the Blood Culture Collection Process in the Outpatient Dialysis Facility 

American Society of Nephrology and Diabetic Kidney Disease Collaborative 2020 Videoconference Series beginning August 18, 2020- December 10, 2020




HRSA Public Health Webinar Series: National Minority Donor Awareness Month- Aug 24, 2020 from 2 to 3:30 pm EST / 1-2:30 CST REGISTER HERE

Join the COVID-19 Bi-weekly Quickinars for People with Kidney Disease Register Here

  • These 30-minute events feature patient advocates and subject matters experts presenting on timely Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) topics and answering your questions.

Additional Webinars

AAKP Back to School: COVID-19 Considerations for Pediatric Kidney Patients & Kidney Patient Households

AAKP Coronavirus and Kidney Patients Update - A CDC Expert Webinar hosted by AAKP- August 25, 2020 - 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT Register Here

AAKP Understanding Genetic Conditions: What You Need to Know August 14, 2020 - 1:00 to 2:00 pm EST Register Today

AAKP Patient Voice Patient Choice National Patient Meeting September 11-12, 2020 Register Today

Houston Methodist Monthly Transplant Education Webinar Series: Kidney Transplant Power to Choose for Patients and Support Team  Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 4pm

Houston Methodist Monthly Transplant Education Webinar Series: Kidney Transplant Updates For The Healthcare Providers  Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10am

Need To Know

This month's "Need to Know"...

KCER Watch FDA MedWatch

FDA MedWatch Alerts:

Special Alerts & Recalls

New Medicare Card Project Special Open Door Forum — Tuesday, January 23rd from 2 PM to 3 PM ET

This call will educate State Medicaid Agencies, Medicaid providers, Managed Care Organizations, Medicaid partners, and other Medicaid stakeholders about the change from Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers to new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). A question and answer session follows the presentation. This is the same presentation given on November 9.

CMS discusses:

  • Background and implementation
  • MBI format
  • Timeline and milestones, including the transition period
  • Beneficiary outreach and education
  • How to get ready for the new number

Dial in at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call.

  • Dial-In Number: 800-837-1935; conference ID #: 8259057
  • TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 800-855-2880

For More Information

Provider Ombudsman, Dr. Eugene Freund: NMCProviderQuestions@cms.hhs.gov 


Low Volume Appeals Initiative- National Provider Call (NPC): CMS will host a Medicare Learning Network event on Tuesday January 9, 2018 from 1:30 to 2:30pm. This NPC will cover the logistics of this settlement process.  Please submit your questions in advance to MedicareSettlementFAQs@cms.hhs.gov and include “Low Volume Appeal Settlement Process January NPC” in the subject line.  Questions received in advance may be addressed during the call or referenced in materials following the call. Registration details will be available here: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events.html.

Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on efforts to address impact of IV fluid shortages following hurricane destruction and resolve manufacturing shortfalls - November 2017 Update on the efforts by the FDA to address IV fluid shortages exacerbated by Hurricane Maria and advice for hospitals in managing the shortage

Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP, 750 mg/vial by Hospira: Recall - Presence of Particulate Matter - September 2017 Hospira is voluntarily recalling one lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP, 750 mg/vial (NDC 0409-6531-02) lot 632153A, to the hospital/retailer level. The recall was due to a confirmed customer report for the presence of particulate matter, confirmed as glass, within a single vial. To date, Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for this lot. Hospira has initiated an investigation to determine the root cause and corrective and preventive actions.

Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in Patients with Multiple Myeloma: FDA Statement - August 2017 Based on data from two recently halted clinical trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is issuing this statement to inform the public, health care professionals, and oncology clinical investigators about the risks associated with the use of Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in combination with dexamethasone and an immunomodulatory agent (lenalidomide or pomalidomide) for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is not approved for treatment of multiple myeloma.

Pravastatin Sodium Tablets by International Laboratories: Recall – Mislabeling - August 2017 International Laboratories, LLC is voluntarily recalling one (1) Lot of Pravastatin Sodium Tablets USP 40 mg packaged in bottles of 30 tablets, to the consumer level due to mislabeling. The product is labeled as Pravastatin Sodium Tablets USP 40 mg but contained Bupropion Hydrochloride XL 300 mg tablets. The affected product is NDC# 54458-925-16; Lot# 115698A

Liquid Drug Products Manufactured by PharmaTech and Distributed by Rugby Laboratories and Possibly Other Companies: FDA Advisory - Not to Use - August 2017 FDA is advising health care professionals and patients not to use any liquid product manufactured by PharmaTech LLC, Davie, Florida, due to Burkholderia cepacia contamination and the potential for severe patient infection. Rugby Laboratories, Livonia, Michigan, announced a voluntary recall on August 3, 2017, of two such products – Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup, both oral liquid docusate products – manufactured by PharmaTech.

Novo Nordisk Recalls Cartridge Holders In Certain Novopen Echo® Insulin Delivery Devices Due to Potential Health Risks -  July 2017 Novo Nordisk is initiating a recall of insulin cartridge holders used in a small number of NovoPen Echo batches because they may crack or break if exposed to certain chemicals, like certain cleaning agents. Using a device with a cracked/broken cartridge holder may result in the device delivering a reduced dose of insulin which could potentially lead to high blood sugar.

Clindamycin Injection ADD-Vantage Vials by Alvogen Recall - Lack of Sterility Assurance - June 2017 Alvogen is voluntarily recalling seven lots of Clindamycin Injection USP ADD-Vantage Vials to the hospital/retail level due to microbial growth detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing process, which represents the potential introduction of microorganisms into the product. Clindamycin Injection is manufactured for Alvogen by Hospira Inc., a Pfizer Company.

Physio-Control Inc. Recalls LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator Due to an Electrical Issue Which May Cause the Device to Shut Down Unexpectedly - March 2017

Chlorhexidine Gluconate: Drug Safety Communication – Rare but Serious Allergic Reactions - February 2017 FDA is warning that rare but serious allergic reactions have been reported with the widely used skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate. Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years.

Recall for Over 205,000 Fresenius 2008 Dialysis Machines due to UF Rate Errors - January 2017 When the UF Rate, Goal or Time is adjusted using the up and down arrow keys, and the change is cancelled by using the esc key, the cancelled UF Rate is actually being executed rather than rate displayed on the machine.

Tego Connector Recall - January 2017 The Tego Needle Free Access Device is intended for use as an accessory to a vascular access device (catheter) used in Hemodialysis or as an accessory to an Intravascular Administration Set for the administration or withdrawal of fluids to a patient through a cannula or needle placed in the vein or artery. The Tego is a needle-free capping device which closes the end of the catheter. The Tego will permit access to the catheter without the use of needles and therefore passively aid in the reduction of needle stick injuries.