CME/CE Activity

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation, an accredited provider by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and an accredited provider by the Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education to physicians, nurses/dialysis technicians, dietitians and social workers respectively. In addition, individual activities are approved on an activity specific basis for family physicians, advanced practitioners (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), pharmacists, certified case managers, transplant coordinators, and other specialties.

System Requirements for Participation

Water: Crucial Levels and Interventions

Available through: Dec 16, 2017

Water treatment systems used in dialysis are critical to the overall care received by dialysis patients; they also provide one of the greatest hazards to the patients if they are not functioning properly.  To maintain patient safety, the water system must be maintained and monitored by dialysis staff according to AAMI and CMS standards and procedures.   This activity will help dialysis technicians and nurses learn how to responsibly operate and monitor water treatment and dialysate preparation systems.

Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Danilo Concepcion, CBNT, CCHT-A, FNKF
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Guiding Hispanics and African Americans Towards Transplant and Home Modalities

Available through: Dec 01, 2017

This educational activity will provide nephrology social workers with communication strategies in an effort to assist in providing transplant and home modality education for Hispanic & African American patients.  It will cover ways to effectively communicate and provide education to these special populations about the treatment option for kidney transplantation. 

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Nicole Mendez Pinkerton, MA, MFT; Charlonda Thrower, LMSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

The ESRD Core Survey: Working Together to Improve Care

Available through: Dec 01, 2016

This educational activity will help the dialysis healthcare team understand the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) core survey for the End-Stage Renal Disease Program.  Dialysis facilities are evaluated by CMS to ensure that standards for patient safety and quality of care are being met. The ESRD survey defines the criteria used by CMS to inspect, evaluate, and cite dialysis facilities.  

Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Kelly Frank, RN, BSN; Judith Kari, ACSW, LICSW; Joe Messana, BS, MD; Teri Spencer, RN, AD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Albumin - Marker of Malnutrition or Inflammation?

Available through: Dec 01, 2016

This activity focuses on albumin as a biochemical marker which is greatly influenced by inflammation. It also provides guidance on how dietitians can assess and accurately diagnose malnutrition/protein energy wasting, as well as the importance of knowing the underlying cause.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Alison Steiber, PhD, RDN
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Polypharmacy

Available through: Dec 01, 2016

This activity defines “polypharmacy” and demonstrates how it harms dialysis patients and contributes to non-adherence.  Essential information on drug-drug and drug-food interactions is presented, along with a discussion of the high pill burden encountered in dialysis.  Factors that contribute to polypharmacy are reviewed and viable solutions are described, including medication reconciliation programs, medication therapy management, and integrated pharmacy services.  

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Wendy St. Peter, PharmD, FNKF, FASN, FCCP
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Depression and Pain Management in CKD

Available through: Dec 01, 2016

Depression is very common but often undiagnosed and insufficiently treated in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Depression is associated with worse outcomes, including increased morbidity and mortality. Pain management is an ongoing challenge, along with comorbid depression. This activity will discuss approaches to depression and pain management.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Frederic Finkelstein, MD, FNKF; Aaron Van Wright, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Transplant and Dialysis Social Workers Collaborating to Overcome Barriers

Available through: Oct 14, 2016

This educational activity will help nephrology social workers overcome the most common psychosocial barriers that can keep dialysis patients from receiving a transplant referral and workup.  The dialysis patient’s rights and responsibilities in regard to transplant education will be reviewed.  Barriers to education, referral, and workup will be discussed from both a dialysis facility perspective and a patient perspective. Changes in the Kidney Transplant Allocation System and how it impacts patients on the waiting list for a kidney will be explored.  New, collaborative methods and interventions to overcome the psychosocial barriers to kidney transplantation will be presented.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Nicole Baurne, MSW, LICSW and Jeff Harder, MSW, LICSW, NSW-C
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Creating a Culture of Patient Safety in our Dialysis Facilities

Available through: Oct 14, 2016

This activity will address the crucial issue of patient safety. Strategies to develop a culture of patient safety within the dialysis clinic will be discussed.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Deborah A. Cote, MSN, RN, CNN
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Understanding Urinalysis

Available through: Oct 14, 2016

The goal of this activity is to help advanced practitioners interpret urinalysis, learn how to evaluate the results, and relate the results to clinical practice.  The program also helps clinicians understand the importance of proteinuria including causes and mechanisms, diagnosis and detection, and clinical relevance and treatment.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Denise Link, MPAS, PA-C and Robert Toto, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

To Dose or Not to Dose

Available through: Oct 14, 2016

This activity focuses on renal pharmacology and will highlight the impact, etiologies, and mechanisms of drug-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) in both the hospital and community settings.  A variety of case studies presented will increase the clinician application of the necessary precautions in renal dosing for avoiding drug-induced AKI. 

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Amy Barton Pai, PharmD and Cheryl Gilmartin, PharmD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Substance Abuse: A 2015 Primer

Available through: Aug 25, 2016

This continuing education activity is designed to help nephrology social workers detect and assess substance abuse in patients with chronic kidney disease or kidney failure. The new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders will be explained and reviewed.  Participants will learn about the different classes of abused substances and their physiological and psychological impact on this population, with a special emphasis on the newer substances of abuse.  Screening and assessment tools to help determine an appropriate intervention and treatment plan will be presented.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Jane Kwatcher, MSW, LCSW; Mathais Stricherz, EdD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Are Electrolytes Really Important?

Available through: Aug 25, 2016

This activity will address maintenance of sodium balance during fluid removal in dialysis treatments. Treatment strategies for addressing imbalances of sodium and other electrolytes as well as associated pathologies will also be discussed.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Jeff Giullian, MD, MBA
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Dialysis Access: A Fragile Lifeline

Available through: Aug 25, 2016

This activity will address the tale of the neglected aneurysm, the pros and cons of forearm arteriovenous graft (AVG) before upper arm arteriovenous fistula (AVF), and the pros and cons of buttonhole cannulation.  

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Michael Allon, MD; Charmaine Lok, MD, MSc, FNKF; Tushar Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

Connecting Hospice, Dialysis, and Healthcare Reform

Available through: Aug 25, 2016

The goal of this program is to encourage the early incorporation of hospice and palliative care discussions in care planning, and to underscore the need for, and benefits of, closer collaboration between hospices and dialysis clinics in the context of healthcare reform.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Carlos T. Gravern
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members

The Potassium Challenge in CKD: Managing Acute & Chronic Hyperkalemia (A Knowledge-Based Program)

Available through: Jun 26, 2017

This CME/CE Activity focuses on the pathophysiologic consequences of hyperkalemia, the limitations of current therapeutic strategies, and the risks associated with suboptimal dosing or discontinuation of RAAS therapy as a result of persistent hyperkalemia.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Robert D. Toto, MD; Peter McCullough, MD, MPH, FNKF; Kamyar Kalantar-Zedeh, MD, MPH, PhD
Cost: Free for members and non-members

Getting Ahead of Metabolic and Mineral Disturbances in the Management of CKD-MBD: A Focus on Management Strategies

Available through: Jun 25, 2016

This activity will review the pathophysiology of mineral and bone disorder in chronic kidney disease (CKD-MBD), as well as its relationship to cardiovascular risk and other comorbidities.  Current and emerging strategies to proactively manage CKD-MBD will be explored.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Kathleen Hill Gallant, PhD, RD; Ellie Kelepouris, MD, FAHA; Rajnish Mehrotra, MD, FNKF
Cost: Free for members and non-members

Pathogenesis and Management of Nephrotic Syndrome in Primary Podocytopathies (A knowledge-based program)

Available through: Jun 26, 2017

This CME/CE Activity will address the ongoing medical problem of nephrotic syndrome, including the management of proteinuria. Content will review the pathogenesis and etiologies of nephrotic syndrome. Evaluation, management strategies, and treatment options will also be addressed.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Laurence Beck, MD, PhD, Brad Rovin, MD, Fernando Fervenza, MD, PhD

Challenges in Lipid Management: Addressing the High-Risk Patient and the Potential for Novel Therapies (A Knowledge-based Program)

Available through: Feb 27, 2017

This CME/CE Activity will address clinical gaps and barriers to optimal lipid management, and how to manage high-risk patients. An overview of research on novel therapies, such as PCSK9 inhibitors, will also be discussed. This activity will include online slide presentations with 3-D animated simulation segments to actively educate and engage participants.

Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Martin Quan, MD, Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, Christie M. Ballantyne, MD
Cost: Free for members and non-members

NKF Kidney Talks Video Series

Available through: Aug 15, 2016

This CME/CE NKF Kidney Talks Learning Activity enables the participant to learn from renowned speakers through short, visually engaging animated presentations. This program is comprised of three stand-alone video presentations that inform clinicians of current science about treating proteinuria as it relates to membranous nephropathy.

Membranous Nephropathy: New Insights Regarding Pathogenesis

Membranous Nephropathy: New Insights Regarding Diagnosis

Membranous Nephropathy: New Insights Regarding Treatment

Approved for: Each course is approved for .25 **
Faculty: Laurence H. Beck, Jr., MD, PhD; Fernando C. Fervenza, MD, PhD
Cost: Free for members and non-members

Heart-Kidney Interaction & the Role of Vasopressin and Hyponatremia in Heart Failure

Available through: Aug 15, 2016

This program will address the common medical problem of hyponatremia in heart failure (HF), and its clinical management in the presence of kidney disease. Content will review mechanistic responses to disequilibrium in the heart-kidney interaction that lead to alterations in water and sodium balance, the role of vasopressin in the pathogenesis of hyponatremia, and the relationship between hyponatremia and mortality risk. Expert faculty will address differential diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of hyponatremia in HF patients, and will provide insight into clinical evidence for available treatment options, including the benefits and limitations of vasopressin receptor antagonists.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Mathew R. Weir, MD; Joseph G. Verbalis, MD; James E. Udelson, MD
Cost: Free for members and non-members

Clinical Aspects of Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 in Chronic Kidney Disease

Available through: Aug 15, 2016

This program will provide current information about the emerging clinical significance of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), a major modifier of bone mineral metabolism. Studies linking FGF23 to adverse renal and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) will be discussed.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD, FASN; Myles S. Wolf, MD, MMSc; Orlando M. Gutierrez, MS, MMSc
Cost: Free for members and non-members

New Insights Into the Role of Phosphorus Balance in Chronic Kidney Disease

Available through: Aug 15, 2016

This program will improve learners’ strategies for managing serum phosphorus and anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or kidney failure.

Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Myles S. Wolf, MD, MMSc; Geoffrey A. Block, MD, CCRI; Sylvia E. Rosas, MD, MSCE, FNKF
Cost: Free for members and non-members

Journal of Renal Nutrition (JRN) Online CPE Program

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Available through: Each article is available for credit for two (2) years from its original posting.

This web-based series of CPE activities is based on single articles published in the Journal of Renal Nutrition (JRN). 

Approved for: Varies (1.0 or 2.0) **
Faculty: Varies