Professional Education Symposium

Primary Care Strategies for Kidney Disease

Friday, June 6, 2014

St. Luke's Hospital
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

This Primary Care Education conference will update the busy health care practitioner on methods of identification and intervention to delay the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Primary care physicians and other health care professionals will be invited to hear experts on different topics concerning CKD.

Target Audience:

Physicians, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners

Registration Fee:

$50.00 by 5/30/14, late registration available at the rate of $60 until 6/5/14 (fee includes breakfast, meeting materials and CME/CE credits/contact hours).

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Identify how current guidelines of care impact the role of the primary care provider in medical management of CKD.
  • Recognize the importance of coordination of care between the nephrologist and primary care provider.
  • Identify two online resources for learning about a patient’s potential cultural views about renal disease.
  • Describe nutrition interventions to help slow the progression of kidney failure and other comorbidities-associated CKD.
  • Evaluate appropriate recommendations of herbs and supplements in CKD and post-transplant patients.
  • Identify how different types of dialysis can improve patient outcomes.
  • Recognize the challenges and opportunities presented to a patient with kidney disease through diagnosis and transplantation.
  • Distinguish at least two ways in which post-transplant patient's care will differ from a traditional patient.

Program at a Glance

9:00am-9:30am Registration, Breakfast and Exhibits
9:30am-10:00am Chronic Kidney Disease: Medical management and the Role of the Primary Care Provider
Hemender Vats, MD – Midwest Nephrology Consultants
10:00am-11:00 am Coordination of Care
Carol Kirila, DO – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Barry Wood, MD – Kansas City Kidney Consultants
11:10am-11:15am Break/Exhibits
11:15am-12:15pm Approaching the Renal Patient with Cultural Competence
Sarah Parrott, DO – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
12:15pm-12:45pm Nutrition Management in Chronic Kidney Disease
Rebecca Hayek, RD, LD, CSR – Fresenius Medical Care
12:45pm-1:00pm Break, Snack and Exhibits
1:00pm-1:30pm "Panacea or Poison?": CKD and Herbal Supplements
Travis Spire-Sweet, LAc, Dipl. OM – Missouri Acupuncture Services LLC
1:30pm-2:15pm Improving Patient Outcomes
Walter Bender, MD – Kidney Associates of Kansas City
2:15pm -2:30 pm From Diagnosis to Transplantation: A Kidney Patient’s Perspective Melissa Bensouda – Kidney Transplant Recipient
2:30pm-3:00pm Post-Transplant Patient Care
Ahmad Tuffaha, MD – The University of Kansas Hospital

Join us on June 6, 2014, from 9:00AM-3:00PM for a CME/CE Symposia at St. Luke’s Hospital located at 4401 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Missouri. The conference will be in the Main Hospital on Level B in Plaza Rooms A, B, & C. Parking is located in the Mid America Heart Institute underground parking on the west side of the building in parking #2.

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For out-of-town guests, a block of rooms have been set aside at the Courtyard Marriot Kansas City Country Club Plaza. The hotel is located at 4600 JC Nichols Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112. Please contact the Marriot directly at (816) 285-9755 and let them know you are attending the Primary Care Strategies for Kidney Disease symposium at St. Luke’s Hospital to receive the event rate. Please book room by May 5, 2014 in order to receive this special rate of $120.00. The hotel and conference sites are close to Country Club Plaza which offers shopping, food, entertainment, and cultural events.

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CME/CE Information:

The National Kidney Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Family Physician
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Physician Assistant
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Nurse Practitioner
This program is pending approval with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Method of Participation:

Participants will attend the live symposia and submit a completed evaluation, which will be distributed at the end of the program. A certificate of completion will be provided upon completion of the evaluation. Participants must complete an evaluation to receive a certificate.

Declaration of Disclosure:

It is the policy of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. Any individual who has control over CME/CE content is required to disclose to learners prior to the activity any relevant financial relationship(s) they may have with commercial interests supporting this activity or whose products or devices are discussed in this activity. If, on the basis of information disclosed, a perceived conflict exists, resolution will be achieved based on NKF’s Disclosure and Conflict of Interest policy.

Unlabeled/Investigational Use:

During their presentations, faculty may discuss an unlabeled use or an investigational use not approved for a commercial product. Each faculty member is required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.


The faculty and National Kidney Foundation do not recommend the use of any pharmaceutical, diagnostic test, or device outside of the labeled indications as approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. The information contained in this National Kidney Foundation (NKF) educational resource is based upon current data available at the time of publication. Information is intended to help clinicians become aware of new scientific findings and developments. This NKF educational resource is not intended to set out a preferred standard of care and should not be construed as one. Neither should the information be interpreted as prescribing an exclusive course of management. Variations in practice will inevitably and appropriately occur when clinicians take into account the needs of individual patients, available resources, and limitations unique to an institution or type of practice. Every healthcare professional making use of information in this NKF educational resource is responsible for interpreting the data as it pertains to clinical decision making in each individual patient.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Supporting Sponsors: Missouri Kidney Program, DCI, Fresenius Medical Care and Blue Cross, Blue Shield. This educational symposium is also made possible through the generous contributions from St. Luke’s Hospital.

Please email Tania Paini or contact her by phone at (913) 262-1551 for more information or if you would like to sponsor this event.

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This course may receive support, in part, by educational grants from industry. At this time, a complete listing of commercial supporters is not available. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the educational activity.

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