Annual Dialysis Conference

Friday, March 5, 2021

Presentation times shown below are in Central Standard Time

Networking for all participants

9 am to 10 am

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10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Welcome: Leonor Ponferrada, BSN, RN

Moderator: Joel Glickman, MD

10:00 am         US Trends in Home Dialysis During 2020: The Aftermath of an Acquisition, an Executive Order and a Virus - Eric Weinhandl, PhD, MS

10:30-12:00 pm          Home Dialysis: What Influences Patients’ Modality Choice?

10:30 am         Emerging Trends in Home Dialysis Uptake:  Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic – Suzanne Watnick, MD

10:50 am         Myths and Barriers Related to Home Dialysis: How Can We Overcome Them?     Brigitte Schiller, MD

11:10 am         Delivery of Care through Telehealth:  Will This Be the Standard For Home Dialysis Patients in the Future and Will It Be a Factor in Modality Choice? – Brent Miller, MD

11:30 am     Q and A

12:00 pm              Break

Home Dialysis Program Planning and Development

Moderator: Preethi Yerram, MD

12:30 pm         Strategies to Build and Maintain an Engaging Home Dialysis Program - Nupur Gupta, DO, MPH 

12:50 pm         Workforce Development and Models of Care in Home Dialysis – Michael Kraus, MD, FACP

1:10 pm           Standardized Patient Education on Kidney Disease: What Are the Benefits and Challenges in Program Implementation? - Ashutosh Shukla, M.D.

1:40 pm           Discussion

2:00 pm           Break 

Improving Access to Home Dialysis

Moderator: Sarah Eve Schaeffer, MBA, MA, RD

2:30 pm           Novel Education Strategies in Home Dialysis – Christopher Chan, MD, FRCPC

3:00 pm           Collaboration with Community Providers Through Virtual Mentorship - Kunal Malhotra, MD, MBA, FASN, FNKF

3:30 pm           How Effective Is a Peer Mentoring Program and How Is It Implemented? - Marissa Argentina, MSW

4:00 pm           Q and A

4:30 pm           Adjourn

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10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Welcome: Madhukar Misra, MD, FRCP (UK)

Moderator: Martin Schreiber, MD, FASC

10:00 am         How to Choose a Dialyzer – Andrew Davenport, MD

10:25 am         Hypotension on Dialysis – John Daugirdas, MD, FASN, FACP

10:50 am         Anticoagulation in Patients on DOAC/ Coumadin: Challenges and Pitfalls – Sagar Nigwekar, MD, MMSc

11:15 am         Ultrafiltration in HD: Not So Fast - Jenny Flythe MD

11:45 am         Discussion

12:00 pm         Break

Moderator: Laura Hesemann, MD

12:30 pm         What Is New in Iron Therapy of HD Patients? – Jay Wish, MD

1:05 pm           Keeping Patients Less Hungry on Dialysis: A Worthwhile Goal? – Kam Kalantar Zadeh, MD, MPH, PhD

1:40 pm           Discussion

2:00 pm           Break

Moderator: Stephen Ash, MD

2:30 pm           New Methods of AV Access Creation/Stabilization - Anil Agarwal, MD

2:55 pm           How to Predict Problems in AV Access:  Tushar Vachharajani, MD

3:20 pm           What Do We Gain By Higher Cut-off Dialyzers? – Daniel Weiner, MD

3:45 pm           Therapeutic Plasmapheresis for the Nephrologist – Laura Hesemann,  MD

4:10 pm           Discussion

4:30 pm           Adjourn

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12:30–2:00 pm

Program Description: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a public health issue. The majority of people at risk for CKD - 60% of patients with diabetes and 90% of patients with hypertension - do not receive recommended testing for CKD. Over 80% of the 37 million Americans with CKD remain undiagnosed in primary care, including almost 50% of people with advanced CKD. These breakdowns in testing and recognition prevent opportunities for early intervention and timely nephrology referral, which has been shown to improve downstream outcomes and reduced costs of care.

In partnership with the National Committee on Quality Assurance, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has developed the Kidney Health Evaluation for Patient with Diabetes HEDIS measure.  The goal of this measure is to improve CKD testing among people with diabetes.

This session discusses the current state of CKD testing and the implications of the Kidney Health Evaluation measure for improving CKD care in primary care.  This session will also provide a primary care clinician’s perspectives on the implementation of a community-based CKD program and the impact of measures designed to improve CKD testing.  The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion of implementation strategies for the Kidney Health Evaluation HEDIS measure.

Moderator: Laurie Hines, JD

Speakers:         Kevin Schendel, MD

                        Elizabeth Montgomery, BS

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10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Program DescriptionChild Life Specialists (CLS) are members of the health care team who provide support for patients and their family members throughout their hospital journey. Their services and support vary depending on the needs of each individual patient and family that they encounter. CLS have special expertise to educate and work alongside the interdisciplinary team.  Some of their activities include utilizing therapeutic play to allow the child to understand their time in the hospital system,  preparing patients for what they are going to experience in the hospital to promote positive coping, assisting with pain management techniques and how to empower a patient to do difficult tasks in addition to supporting the family throughout this journey.  All these interactions are guided by the CLS’s knowledge of child development. 

The goal of this special program is to provide a forum to share information of the roles of Child Life Specialists (CLS) in Nephrology with fellow Nephrology Practitioners and foster an exchange of ideas on how this group of professionals can best support and serve the unique patient population they care for.

10:00 am         Welcome – Amanda Porter, MS, CCLS and Robin Davis, CCLS

10:15 am         A Day in the Life of a Nephrology Child Life Specialist – Judith Ross, CCLS

11:00 am         Child Life and Dialysis Support – Nilu Rahman, MS, CCLS

11:45pm          The Forgotten Child:  Supporting Siblings - Amanda Porter, MS, CCLS

12:30 pm         Discussion

12:45pm          Break

1:30 pm           Preparing and Supporting the Child and Family for a Kidney Transplant -Robin Davis, CCLS

2:15 pm           Recreational Activities and Camp Involvement – Bonnie Ferguson, CCLS

3:00 pm           Interactive Discussion and Networking – Amanda Porter, MS, CCLS and Robin Davis, CCLS

4:00 pm           Adjourn

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2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Moderator: Isaac Teitelbaum, MD, FACP

2:30 pm           PD Prescription and Adequacy Management - Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD

3:00 pm           Volume Management - Sagar Nigwekar, MD, MMSc

3:30 pm           Urgent Start PD - Martin Schreiber, MD, FACS

4:00 pm           Q and A

4:30 pm           Adjourn


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4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

4:30 pm          A Blueprint for the PD Nurse - Brenda Wiggins

PD Excellence Academy CEU credit will be issued from another provider outside of the Annual Dialysis Conference.  Please make sure to follow instructions in that session to acquire CEU credit.

4:30 pm Networking Lounge for all participants


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