Below is a full list of online CME/CE activities offered by the National Kidney Foundation.  The majority of these activities are hosted within PERC and utilize your PERC login information; however, some of these activities are hosted on other platforms.  Each activity hosted outside of PERC requires you to log in as a new participant.


The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study (DOPPS) Program Continues to Grow

This activity will present the learner with information from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study (DOPPS) Program. Findings from studies/patient reported data will be presented from the Chronic Kidney Disease Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (CKDopps), as well as preliminary results from the first year of the international Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (PDOPPS). The most up-to-date trends in US hemodialysis care and the patient experience, with a focus on the ESRD transition period will also be discussed.

Target audience: Physicians, Nurses and Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Bruce Robinson, MD; Daniel Weiner, MD, MS, FNKF; Francesca Tentori, MD; Jeffrey Perl, MD, SM, FRCP(C)  
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: March 15, 2019

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Treatment Options Education

This activity will discuss treatment options education. The learner will look at the history, what the current state of options utilization is, as well as the outcomes of education. Methods to provide and topics to include in this education will be discussed as  well. The learner will be provided with techniques to maximize effectiveness and resources to help provide CKD education.  

Target audience: Nurses and Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Teresa Close, RN
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: March 15, 2019

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Bugs and Drugs: Prevention of Blood Stream Infections

Many bloodstream infections in hemodialysis patients are preventable. In this activity blood stream infections (BSI) will be discussed. Recommended practices to identify the risk factors and how to prevent them in the dialysis patient population will be examined. Evidence-based strategies to reduce them as well as the current research gaps will also be reviewed.

Target audience: Nurses and Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Priti Patel, MD, MPH
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: March 15, 2019

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Gut Microbiome

Healthy adults have 100 trillion bacteria in the gut alone! This activity will inform learners about the relationship between gut microbiome, inflammation, and CKD. Diet, as well as the role of prebiotics and probiotics will be discussed using current research. Specific issues for CKD patients who have poor gut microbiome will be reviewed.  

Target audience: Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Dominic Raj, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: March 15, 2019

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How I Teach My Patients About Depression

The prevalence of major depressive disorder in individuals with kidney disease, specifically those on dialysis is significantly higher than the general population. Estimates range from a 25-33% prevalence rate in this population and the presence depression is associated with increased risks of premature death, hospitalization, nonadherence, and a decreased quality of life. Further, in lieu of the pharmacological burden, time constraints and other psychosocial barriers most CKD Stage 5 patients deal, traditional approaches to managing depression (antidepressants and psychotherapy) are often rejected by both patients and professionals. Thus, teaching CKD Stage 5 patients’ self- management approaches to overcoming depression is critical. This activity will describe interventions for patients with signs and symptoms of depression, identify the DSM V criteria for its diagnosis, and identify best practices for educating patients about depression.  

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Mark Meier, MSW, LICSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: March 15, 2019

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Strategies for Managing Persons with Dementia During Treatment

With the aging of our general population and patients living longer, dementia among some CKD patients is inevitable. Effectively recognizing the challenges and managing them before and during treatment is essential for the well-being of the patient, morale of the staff, and functioning of the clinic. This activity will provide the learner with strategies to manage behavioral expressions as well as how to utilize tools to improve communication between patients and caregivers. 

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Steve Bogatz, MSW, LCSW, NSWC; Janet Hakanson-Stacy, MSSA, LICSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: March 15, 2019

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Hyperkalemia in Chronic Kidney Disease: What is the Impact on Blood Pressure Control and CKD Progression?

This activity will address the common electrolyte disorder of hyperkalemia in CKD. Content will review pathophysiology and risk factors associated with hyperkalemia. Clinical evidence supporting treatment strategies for the management of hyperkalemia will also be presented. Finally, the program will address how a cation exchange potassium binder might impact patient care with regard to potassium concentration, blood pressure and aldosterone levels.

Target audience: Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Dietitians
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD; Edgar V. Lerma, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: February 17, 2018

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Chronic Kidney Disease and Cardiovascular Disease: Best Practices to Improve Outcomes

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are serious chronic illnesses, and each have a substantial burden on public health. In most cases, these chronic illnesses do not occur in isolation, and the impact on patient morbidity and mortality is more profound when multiple diseases are present. CVD mortality is a more likely outcome than kidney failure in patients with CKD. This activity will address the association between CKD and CVD. Evaluation and monitoring will also be addressed. Evidence-based management strategies that utilize a multifactorial approach to reducing CVD risk in patients with CKD will also be included.

Target audience: Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Peter McCullough, MD; Matthew R. Weir, MD; Paul Drawz, MD, MHS, MS
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: February 17, 2018

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Dialysis Updates

This activity will provide current evidence-based practice/research on how to maintain functionality of central venous catheters for hemodialysis, as well as methods for trouble shooting. Functions and safety features of the dialysis delivery system will be discussed, and learners will be presented with information so that they will be able to recognize signs of low blood pressure during their patients treatment and how they can prevent loss of consciousness. 

Target audience: Physicians, Nurses, Dialysis Technicians, Physician Assistants
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN; Christine Oberg, RN, CNP, AGACNP-BC, MSN
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: February 15, 2019

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Navigating Health Insurance: How Public Options, Private Coverage and Charitable Assistance Can Work Together for ESRD Patients

This educational activity addresses how charitable assistance from nonprofits can assist patients with their healthcare related costs, including health insurance premiums, transportation assistance, medications and durable medical supplies. Participants will learn about ESRD Medicare eligibility, coverage, costs, enrollment and coordination with employer insurance. Finally, what patients should consider when deciding between Medicare coverage or a Marketplace insurance plan will be discussed.

Target audience: Nurses, Dialysis Technicians, Social Workers, Dietitians
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Michael Spigler, MCHES; Frederic Riccardi, MSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: August 15, 2018

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Support of Renal Patients and Families Facing End-of-Life Care Decisions: A Nephrology Social Worker's Reflection

This activity will define advance care planning and its components related to the care of patient undergoing dialysis. Patient care situations and apply ethical principles and shared decision making guidelines to proposed alternative care will be discussed. Other discussions include examination of various clinical paradigms to clarify perspectives of patient situation.  

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Maureen O'Grady Hamre, LCSW, NSWC
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: February 15, 2019

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Protein Nitrogen Balance and Adequacy

This activity will cover a wide array of issues regarding protein nitrogen balance and adequacy. The relationship between protein intake and urea nitrogen appearance will be discussed, as well as the clinical and nutritional implications of urea kinetics and dialysis adequacy.  

Target audience: Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Andre Kaplan, MD, FACP, FASN
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: February 15, 2019

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Depression Screening Tools: Policy and Nephrology Social Work Interventions

This activity will provide required education to clinicians about how to implement depression screening tools and policies in the dialysis clinics. 

Depression is the most common psychological disorder in patients with ESRD. Depression causes suffering, a decrease in quality of life, and impairment in social and occupational functions; it is also associated with increased health care costs. Current estimates put the depression prevalence rate as high as 20 percent to 25 percent in patients with ESRD. Studies have also shown that depression and anxiety are the most common comorbid illnesses in patients with ESRD.  Moreover, depressive affect and decreased perception of social support have been associated with higher rates of mortality in the ESRD population, and some studies suggest that this association is as strong as that between medical risk factors and mortality. Nevertheless, depression and anxiety remain under-recognized and undertreated, despite the availability of reliable screening instruments.  

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Thomas Lepetich, LCSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: February 15, 2019

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An Ounce of Prevention: Vaccination Management

Vaccination schedules and hepatitis serologies can be challenging to interpret. This activity will improve the learners understanding of recommended immunizations, and viral hepatitis screening tests for hemodialysis patients. Pneumococcal and hepatitis B vaccine recommendations; hepatitis C screening recommendations; and approach to challenging viral hepatitis scenarios will be discussed. 

Target audience: Nurses, Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Priti Patel, MD, MPH
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: February 15, 2019

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Transition of Care in ESRD: Teens to Adults

Transition to adult care is a challenge for the entire healthcare team and for many different reasons. It requires time, patience, attention to detail, sensitivity to fears, and a focus on positive outcomes. The healthcare team as well as the patient and family have a very important role to create a successful transition while working together. This educational activity will provide the learners with counseling techniques, tools, and skills to improve quality of life (QOL) during this phase. Nutrient recommendations for the ESRD adolescent and factors that affect nutritional intake will be reviewed as well. 

Target audience: Dietitians, Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Aimee Jaremowicz, RD, LDN, CWCMS, FNKF; Michael Schwing, LCSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: January 18, 2019

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Pediatric Quality Assessments and Process Improvement: QAPI From Soup-to-Nuts

This educational activity explores the importance of social work involvement in Quality Assessment and Process Improvement (QAPI) specific to the pediatric setting. The dialysis facility must develop, implement, maintain, and evaluate an effective, data-driven, QAPI program with participation by the interdisciplinary team (IDT). This activity will focus on the role of the social worker within the IDT. 

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Kimberly Gusse, LMSW, ACSW; Camille Yuscak, LCSWR
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: January 18, 2019

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Motivational Interviewing in Dialysis Adherence Study

Motivational interviewing (MI) has been consistently demonstrated to be associated with positive outcomes in a variety of health domains and with a wide array of patient populations. Studies have also demonstrated MI to be effective in improving adherence and outcomes for dialysis patients specifically. Despite growing literature showing the positive effects of MI for patient health outcomes and provider satisfaction, exposure to and training in the method remains limited. The purpose of this educational activity is to provide learners with an overview of the skills and principles of MI to enhance provider communication with dialysis patients. 

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Dialysis Technicians, Dietitians, Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Nikole Cronk, PhD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: January 18, 2019

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What's New in Diabetes Management?

There has been a recent explosion of new diabetes medications on the market. How do these fit into the “old” scheme of diabetes management in the presence of underlying kidney disease? This fascinating activity will provide expert, reality based insight into how to use these medications safely in CKD and effectively to manage diabetes and make sense of this dizzying deluge of diabetes drugs.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Christine Kessler, ANP, CNS, BC-ADM, FAANP
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: January 18, 2019

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Is this Really the Last Dialysis Access Option?  How to Plan, How to Manage

This activity will provide an overview of conventional vascular access sites. The speaker will briefly discuss pathophysiology and challenges encountered with AVF maturation.  In the second half of this activity data will be presented on last access options: perception vs reality.  

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Tushar Vachharajani, MD, FASN
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: January 18, 2019

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Chronic Kidney Disease - Mineral Bone Disorder: Implications for Cardiac Outcomes (An Application-Based Activity)

This professional educational activity will address the common medical problem of CKD-MBD and the implications for cardiac outcomes. Content will review new data related to CKD-MBD published since the 2009 KDIGO guideline on CKD-MBD. Strategies to improve patient adherence and the implications of calcium levels in CKD will also be presented. Finally, the relationship between CKD-MBD and CVD and the opportunity to improve treatment and develop strategies to improve patient management and outcomes will be explored. A case study approach will facilitate application of learning to clinical practice.   

Target audience: Physicians, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, Pharmacists
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Geoffrey Block, MD; Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, MPH, PhD
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: December 16, 2017

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Dialysis Chemistries

This activity will define various terminology necessary to understanding one of the key functions performed by dialysis: the regulation of the patient's body chemistry. Learners will gain understanding of how this is accomplished using dialysate solution is necessary as part of an overall grasp of the entire process. Participants will gain perspective on why having dialysis on a routine time basis is best for the patient.

Target audience: Nurses, Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: John Sweeny, BS
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: December 21, 2018

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When Disaster Strikes

This activity will encourage healthcare professionals to prepare for both personal and patient safety during emergency situations as well as explain what their role is during various types of emergencies.

Target audience: Nurses, Dialysis Technicians, Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Mildred McManus, PhD, FNPC
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: December 21, 2018

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Ready...Set...Wait...: The Time Between Listing and Transplant

It took your patient a long, long time to get to this point, where they’re getting that longed-awaited kidney transplant.  They went through many different tests and procedures, meetings and interviews with innumerable transplant professionals, more tests and procedures – all in a process that seemed like it would never end.  Finally – FINALLY! – they get put on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney transplant.  But that is just the start of another long, sometimes seemingly endless process of waiting.  This activity will explore the transplant evaluation process as well as how you can support them during this time and minimize burnout.

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Jeff Harder, MSW, LICSW; Lara Tushla, LCSW, NSWC
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: December 21, 2018

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Potassium From Baths to Binders: How Does This Change Our Practice?

This activity will break down potassium for its learners. It will start how the body regulates potassium in a healthy person vs in the dialysis patient.  Hyperkalemia and why it is a major issue will be explained, as well as dietary recommendations and restrictions. Interactive questions within the talk will engage learners while they expand their knowledge on this important topic!

Target audience: Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Ruchir Trivedi, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: December 21, 2018

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Evidence-Based Use of Growth Hormone in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Quality Improvement Initiative for Optimizing Outcomes (An Application-Based Activity)

This web-based interactive virtual patient activity focuses on the issue of growth failure as a result of growth hormone dysfunction in chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Participants have the opportunity to review an expert discussion on the treatment of growth failure in CKD, with an emphasis on the role of growth hormone therapy in improving outcomes.  Recommendations for appropriate use of growth hormone therapy are presented, along with two virtual patient case studies through which participants learn how to assess, monitor, and treat patients with growth failure in CKD.     

Target audience: Physicians, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Bradley A. Warady, MD; John D. Mahan, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: November 16, 2017

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Vascular Access

This activity will provide the learner with current, evidence-based practices on vascular access assessment, surveillance, and cannulation to ensure adequate dialysis.

Target audience: Dietitians, Nurses, Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Lynda Ball, MSN, RN, CNN
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: November 16, 2018

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Transplant Update: Care After the Transplant

This interactive case-based activity will discuss the affect that the Kidney Allocation System has impacted which candidates have been transplanted. Care considerations in the immediate (first year) post-transplant will be explained, including rejection. Lastly, longer term considerations of transplant recipients will be reviewed.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Barbara Weis Malone, RN, CFNP; Nicole McCormick, MS, MBA, NPC, CCTC
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: November 16, 2018

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The Cardio-Renal Cross-Talk: A Focus on Arterial Stiffness

This activity will delve into the accelerated vascular aging profile in CKD. The underlying mechanisms of arterial stiffness, and its measurement approaches will be discussed, as will the determinants of arterial stiffness, and its consequences in CKD. Dr. Houry Puzantian will also discuss the importance of considering both the macro and microcirculation in the CKD population.  

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
Approved for: 0.75 **
Faculty: Houry Puzantian, PhD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: November 16, 2018

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Pulmonary Hypertension Update

Pulmonary Hypertension is an underrecognized and underdiagnosed medical problem that affects many patients with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease. With the advent of new medications that target the Pulmonary vascular circulation, patients are now better able to exercise and engage in physical activity. This activity will supply the learner with a better understanding of the relationship between the kidney and the pulmonary arteries.  An overview of the causes of Pulmonary Hypertension, the differentiation in types, and the various treatments available to improve patient quality of life will be discussed. 

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Carl Boethel, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: November 16, 2018

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Applying Palliative Care Skills to Nephrology Care

This activity will discuss common symptoms associated with dialysis and will take the learner from the path of burden of disease to increased awareness of patient’s day-to-day issues living with chronic illness.  The idea of how a “one-size fits all” approach for the management of dialysis patients is not something that can be continued, and a brief history of how the demographics of patients on dialysis has changed over time. This historical approach of advanced care planning will be reviewed as well as. Opportunities for clinicians to implement advanced care planning with their patient’s routine care will be reviewed. 

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Jennifer Scherer, MD; Nwamaka Eneanya, MD, MPH; Vanessa Grubbs, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: November 16, 2018

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Calciphylaxis: Roles of Vitamin K Deficiency and Supplementation

Calciphylaxis is a devastating complication seen in patients with advanced kidney disease. This session will address important concepts related to calciphylaxis and novel roles of vitamin K in its pathogenesis and treatment.

Target audience: Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Sagar Nigwekar, MD, MMSc
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: November 16, 2018

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Building an Inter-Professional Bridge: Dialysis Unit Social Worker-Nephrologist Collaboration

In current dialysis facility management, medical directors and social workers are often bound by and confined to traditional and nonoverlapping roles. The social worker and medical director may interact infrequently and their interaction is often limited to monthly interdisciplinary patient care meetings. A more collaborative relationship between the social worker and medical director can be a professionally enriching experience for both parties while also benefiting patients and dialysis staff.

This activity will describe the potential dynamism generated by collaboration in the following novel areas:

  • Dialysis staff education and support
  • Patient –empowered decision making, including, palliative care, and end of life support
  • Assessment of dialysis patient neurocognitive function
  • Nephrology fellowship education on conducting difficult discussions

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Andrew Cohen, MD; Sarah Stevenson, LICSW, NSWC
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: November 16, 2018

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The United States Renal Data System (USRDS) - New Findings, Challenges and Opportunities

This activity will provide highlights of recent updates on descriptive epidemiology of kidney disease (ESRD and CKD) and the Transition of Care in CKD (TC-CKD) Special Study Center in the United States. This information presented from the USRDS 2015 Annual Data Report (ADR) will cover key topics such as incidence, prevalence, mortality, hospitalization and cost. Key findings from ongoing research being conducted at the USRDS Coordinating Center, especially in the area of vascular access practices and the role of primary care among ESRD patients will be discussed. Data from this ongoing USRDS Special Study will be presented with discussion regarding contemporary national trends in patterns of care at the end-of-life among patients with ESRD. 

Target audience: Physicians, Nurses, Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Kamyar Kalantar Zadeh, MD, MPH, PhD, FNKF; Rajiv Saran, MD, MRCP, MS; Yoshio Hall, MD, MS 
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: October 19, 2017

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Social Work Collaboration: A Powerful Tool to Enhance Care for Transplant Patients

This educational activity will further educate both transplant and dialysis social workers on how they can better collaborate together along with the importance of this and how directly relates to improved patient outcomes.

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Noelle Dimitri, LICSW, CCTSW; Colleen Satarino, LMSW, CCTSWC
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: October 19, 2018

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Evidence-Based Social Work Practice: Utilizing STI to Create Institutional Change

This educational activity will further educate social workers how evidenced based social work practice (STI) and measurable outcomes created institutional change for nephrology social work. Learners will be given a brief history of STI, how it was implemented, the training process, and how tracking/reported is done.   

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Shaun Boyd, LCSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: October 19, 2018

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CKD-Related Anemia and Cardiovascular Disease: What Does the Future Hold? (A Knowledge-Based Activity)

This activity will address the common medical problem of CKD related anemia and the risk of cardiovascular events. The benefits and limitations of established anemia therapies will be discussed, as well as emerging strategies for anemia management. 

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, and Pharmacists
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Steven Fishbane, MD; Peter McCullough, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: September 21, 2017

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Nephropathic Cystinosis: New Insights and Approaches to Care (A Knowledge-Based Activity)

This activity will address the pathogenesis and management of nephropathic cystinosis (NC). Recognition, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment will be discussed. Evidence-based management strategies, clinical evidence for available treatment options, and possible directions of future research, will also be included.

Target audience: Physicians, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, and Dietitians
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Craig B. Langman, MD; Sandra Amaral, MD, MHS; Frederick Kaskell, MD, PhD
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: September 21, 2017

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Western Diets: Are We Killing Our Patients?

This activity will address how the westernization of diet has affected CKD patients. A brief history of the industrialization of the United States will be reviewed and linked to the changes in farming practices and how these developments have changed both the products as well as the prices for consumers. In turn, what is easily accessible and affordable for this specific patient population has changed drastically and altered the overall American diet.  Activity content includes a review of the obesity, which is referred to as the “greatest threat of public health in this century” which has the potential to roll back many advancements medicine has made in recent history, as well as the specific daily dietary guidelines for CKD patients. 

Target audience: Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Holly Kramer, MD, MPH
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: September 21, 2018

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Ethical Implications: When Family Function and Dynamics Interfere with the Transplant Plans

This educational activity will further educate nephrology social workers on interacting with families who find themselves at the intersection of treatment choice and dynamics. It will delve into discussion on how the support system can interfere with a person's transplant candidacy and the role of the social worker in these situations. 

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Kristin Stockard, LICSW; Lara Tushla, LCSW, NSWC
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: September 21, 2017

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BP Measurements, Devices and Timing of Medication

This activity is a comprehensive review of the diagnosis and monitoring of hypertension in chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring for accurate diagnosis is discussed, along with guidelines for recognizing the differences in accuracy among devices that measure blood pressure.   The significance of masked hypertension in CKD and its effects on target organ damage, as well as the importance of chronotherapy in mitigating such damage, is also discussed. 

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Aldo Peixoto, MD; Mahboob Rahman, MD; Paul Drawz, MD, MHS, MS
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: September 21, 2017

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Cardiorenal

This activity will address monitoring and management of cardiometabolic disease in patients with kidney disease. Blood gas monitoring and hemodynamic analysis will also be addressed.

Target audience: Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: David Ciceri, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: September 21, 2017

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Urgent and Non-Urgent Hyperkalemia (A Knowledge-Based Activity)

This activity will address the some of the considerations that inform clinical judgments essential to the evaluation and management of hyperkalemia as encountered in the outpatient arena. Program content includes a review of the cellular mechanisms that normally ensure potassium homeostasis, how these are affected by RAAS inhibitors, hyperkalemic risk assessment based on clinical trials, and characteristics of the ideal, current and emerging oral ion exchangers.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, and Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Ishir Bhan, MD, MPH; Linda Fried, MD, MPH, FNKF; Csaba Kovesdy, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: August 17, 2017

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"Get Linked in" - Defining and Integrating the Social Work Role within the Dialysis Team

This educational activity will empower Social Workers to utilize theoretical frameworks and expertise within the interdisciplinary team to improve the dialysis patient's quality outcomes and quality of life.  

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Felicia Speed, LMSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: August 17, 2018

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Psychosocial Aspects of Living Kidney Donations and Role of the Living Donor Advocate

This educational activity will help social workers to understand the landscape of live donor kidney transplantation. Participants will learn the latest evidence about quality of life outcomes for kidney donors, & new standards to ensure their decisions & autonomy are honored. The psychosocial outcomes of live donors will be reviewed as well as the evolution of the paired kidney exchange.  

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Rebecca Hays, APSW, NSWC
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: August 17, 2018

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CKDinform: Early Detection and Prevention (A Knowledge-Based Activity)

This activity will address the evaluation and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) within the primary care setting. The burden of CKD to the population, modifiable CKD risk factors, and vital screening methods and interpretation of test results will be discussed. Evidence-based treatment recommendations and management plans for CKD will be presented. Topics will also include indications for renal replacement therapy and referral and education for patients with progressive CKD.

Target audience: Physicians, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, and Pharmacists
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Kirk Campbell, MD; Alexis Chettiar, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC; Sumeska Thavarajah, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: July 1, 2017

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Management Strategies for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in CKD: Vitamin D Supplementation (A Knowledge-Based Activity)

This activity will address the clinical challenge of preventing and treating secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with CKD. Content will include an update on vitamin D, and will discuss the pathophysiology and consequences of SHPT. Expert faculty will also explore current and emerging strategies for the management of SHPT in CKD.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, and Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Myles Wolf, MD, MMSc; Glenville Jones, PhD; Ishir Bhan, MD, MPH; Michael Melamed, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: July 12, 2017

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Improving Global Outcomes in Patients with Hepatitis C Infection in Late Stage Chronic Kidney Disease (A Knowledge-Based Activity)

This activity will address the management of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD). Screening and treatment will be discussed. Clinical evidence for novel antivirals will also be included.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, and Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Matthew Weir, MD; David Roth, MD; Roy Bloom, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: July 12, 2017

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CKD-MBD: State-of-the-Art Considerations for Optimal Outcomes (A Knowledge-Based Activity)

This activity will address the most recent developments in understanding and managing chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD). Expert faculty will discuss new insights regarding pathogenesis, along with best practice options for diagnosis and treatment.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, and Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Rajnish Mehrotra, MD, MS, FNKF; Ranjani Moorthi, MD, MBBS, MPH, MS; Francesca Tentori, MD, MS
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: July 12, 2017

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Management of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Chronic Kidney Disease

This activity will address the clinical challenge of preventing and treating SHPT in patients with CKD. Content will review pathophysiology and consequences of SHPT, and address modifiable causes and management goals for improved patient outcomes. The activity will examine the safety and efficacy of current treatment options, and will provide insight to recent clinical evidence for a novel peptide agonist of the calcium sensing receptor for the management of SHPT in patients with CKD.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, and Dietitians
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Geoffrey A. Block, MD; Linda McCann, RD, CSR
Cost: Free for NKF Members and non-members
Available through: May 12, 2017

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Water: Crucial Levels and Interventions

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.

Target audience: Nurses and Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Danilo Concepcion, CBNT, CCHT-A, FNKF
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: December 16, 2017

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Guiding Hispanics and African Americans Towards Transplant and Home Modalities

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.
 

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Nicole Mendez Pinkerton, MA, MFT; Charlonda Thrower, LMSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: December 1, 2017

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Albumin - Marker of Malnutrition or Inflammation?

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.

Target audience: Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Alison Steiber, PhD, RDN
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: December 1, 2017

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Polypharmacy

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.  

Target audience: Dietitians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Wendy St. Peter, PharmD, FNKF, FASN, FCCP
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: December 1, 2017

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Creating a Culture of Patient Safety in our Dialysis Facilties

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.

Target audience: Nurses, Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Deborah Cote, MSN, RN, CNN, NE-BC
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: October 15, 2017

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Transplant and Dialysis Social Workers Collaborating to Overcome Barriers

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.

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Nicole Chicos (Baune), MSW, LICSW; Jeff Harder, MSW, LICSW, NSW-C
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: October 15, 2017

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Dialysis Access: A Fragile Lifeline

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.  

Target audience: Physicians, Nurses, Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Michael Allon, MD; Charmaine Lok, MD, FNKF; Tushar Vachharajani, MD, FASN
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: August 25, 2017

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

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.

Target audience: Physicians, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists
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
Available through: Jun 26, 2017

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Pathogenesis and Management of Nephrotic Syndrome in Primary Podocytopathies (A Knowledge-Based Activity)

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.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Laurence Beck, MD, PhD, Brad Rovin, MD, Fernando Fervenza, MD, PhD
Cost: Free for members and non-members
Available through: Jun 26, 2017

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Journal of Nephrology Social Work (JNSW) Online CE Program

This web-based series of CE activities is based on single articles published in the Journal of Nephrology Social Work (JNSW).

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.0**
Cost: Free for CNSW members  
Available through: Each article is available for credit for two (2) years from its original posting.

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Journal of Renal Nutrition (JRN) Online CPE Program

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

Target audience: Dietitians
Approved for: Varies (1.0 or 2.0) **
Cost: Free for CRN members / Fees apply per article through JRN
Available through: Each article is available for credit for two (2) years from its original posting.

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**All Physician credits are AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. All Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacist, and Dialysis Technician credits are measured in contact hours. All Social Worker credits are continuing education clock hours. All Dietitian credits are measured in CPEUs. Family Physician allows up to that many Prescribed Credits. For Physician Assistants, up to that many hours of Category I credit. For Case Managers, credits are measured in clock hours.

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CME Program Mission Statement

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Continuing Education (CE) Program is to assist members of the interprofessional healthcare team in nephrology and other specialties impacted by kidney disease in their pursuit of life-long learning toward providing high quality healthcare. See More…

CME Program Accreditation

NKF has been granted Joint Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide accredited continuing education for the healthcare team.

NKF is also accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) as a provider of continuing education for dieticians and socials workers. In addition, NKF will facilitate approval for advanced care practice nurses and family physicians through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Family Physicians respectively.