CKD Management Along the Continuum: Predialysis to Policy

Tuesday, April 22, 7:30am - 5:00pm
Co-Directors: Charmaine Lok, MD, MSc, FNKF, and Christopher Chan, MD, FRCPC
Session 222, 7.25 credits

Target Audience:
Designed for physicians, medical directors, nurse managers, quality managers, advanced practitioners, physician trainees, and administrators

Course Description:
This integrated course is designed to offer the attendee an update on the optimal management of CKD, from the needs for and operationalizing a CKD clinic to understanding the practical issues for dialysis facility management and quality improvement (QI). This course is taught by a diverse group of experts who will review best practices for CKD management and the transition to dialysis, the external financial and regulatory forces of managing a dialysis unit, quality and accountability issues, and the internal technical and patient management issues pertinent to deliver excellent care.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Realize the need for a multidisciplinary CKD clinic in their practice domain matching local resources and utilizing best practice to optimize it's efficiency
  • Implement best practices in the management of diabetes, hypertension, proteinuria, anemia, bone and mineral disorder, and vascular access in patients with CKD.
  • Identify the benefits of implementing technology including automation and computerized clinical decision support system to help with patient management, guideline adoption and adherence
  • Anticipate and prepare for the state and local regulatory inspections in dialysis facilities
  • Identify the financial imperatives for running a successful dialysis facility, and the impact of bundling.
  • Best position your dialysis unit to deliver safe, high quality dialysis treatment
  • Align patient-centered care with regulatory compliance.


Time Topic Faculty

7:30am – 8:00am

Continental Breakfast


8:00am – 8:05am

Welcome and Introductions

Charmaine Lok, MD, MSc, FNKF
Christopher Chan, MD, FRCPC

8:05am – 8:40am

Multidisciplinary Clinics: Is it Worth it?

Charmaine Lok, MD, MSc, FNKF

8:40am – 9:15am

Multidisciplinary Care Clinic - Putting it into Practice

Jane Davis, DNP, CRNP, MSN

9:15am – 9:50am

Update in CKD Management

Jerry Yee, MD, FASN, FNKF

9:50am – 10:05am



10:05am – 10:40am

Automation, Decision Support and Expert Systems in CKD Management

Sandeep Soman, MD, FNKF

10:40am – 11:05am

Time to Start Dialysis - Which One and How

Eveline Porter, RN, MSN

11:05am – 12:00pm

Dialysis Access: Functioning Starts for a Lifelong "Lifeline"

Cynthia Bhola, RN, MSN

12:00pm – 1:00pm



1:00pm – 1:35pm

The Benefits of Home Dialysis

Christopher Chan, MD, FRCPC

1:35pm – 2:10pm

How to Ensure Quality in ESRD Care

Alan Kliger, MD

2:10pm – 2:45pm

Accountability: CMS, the Networks, and P4P

Jay Wish, MD

2:45pm – 3:20pm

Home Dialysis and Finances

Robert Lockridge, MD

3:20pm – 4:15pm

How to Make "Real" Changes in a Dialysis Facility

Daniel Weiner, MD, MS, FNKF

4:15pm – 4:30pm

Wrap-Up, Evaluations and Burning Q&A

Christopher Chan, MD, FRCPC
Charmaine Lok, MD, MSc, FNKF

Required: Separate registration fee of $200 for NKF Members, $225 for Non-Members, $100 for Fellows and Residents. Includes syllabus, light breakfast, box lunch, and CME credits. Participation is limited, so register early.

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