Free CKD Videos for Patients

The Medical Education Institute has announced a series of six free online video classes, called How to Have a Good Future with Kidney Disease, for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or those who want to learn more about it.  The classes are available at  The non-profit MEI created and recorded the classes, while additionally offering the slides as a toolkit for professionals who want to give live classes.  Each video class is about 15 minutes long. Topics are:

  • Coming to Terms – What does it mean to you to have kidney disease?  How can you cope?
  • Kidneys & Kidney Disease – What do kidneys do, and what happens to you if they stop?
  • Slowing Kidney Disease – How can you keep your kidneys working as long as possible?
  • Kidney Transplant – What is a kidney or kidney-pancreas transplant, and how does it work?
  • Dialysis & Your Lifestyle – How can you choose a dialysis option that best fits your life?
  • Your Money & Your Life – What financial help is there if your kidneys fail?  What are your life goals?

“We created this series because we know that many patients don’t have access to information that can help them slow their kidney disease – or prepare for kidney failure by making choices that will allow them to live as fully as possible,” says MEI Executive Director Dori Schatell.  “Now, patients can learn how to live well with CKD 24 hours a day, at their convenience.  They can visit the classes in any order – but we do hope they’ll start with Coming to Terms because it’s so vital to stay positive and take an active role in kidney care.”

The new videos are an addition to the How to Have a Good Future with Kidney Disease toolkit that includes PowerPoint slides, speaker’s notes, learning objectives, quizzes, and a “how-to” guide.  The series can be used for MIPPA CKD stage 4 education (or for any stage of CKD), one-on-one or in groups.  Download the free toolkit from  The files are large; please be patient.

NHSN Deadline Extended

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have jointly agreed to grant a one-time extension to the CMS ESRD QIP deadline for reporting of CY2012 dialysis events to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).  The primary purpose of this extension is to enable facilities that enrolled in NHSN after CDC’s operational requirement for enrollment (i.e., after December 31, 2012) an opportunity to complete their dialysis event reporting requirements for the QIP PY2014.  All facilities now have until 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on April 30, 2013 to report to NHSN three consecutive months of data for CY2012.  Any inquiries should be directed to the NHSN ( or QIP help desk (

CDC CKD Surveillance System

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) honors National Kidney Month and introduces the CDC CKD Surveillance System that monitors kidney disease in the US.  The MMWR can be found at and the CKD Surveillance System at  For instance, the graph and table at shows that progress is being made at reducing early-stage CKD, but there remains a flood of patients at stage 3.

MEI Offers Continuing Education Credits

The Medical Education Institute, to celebrate National Kidney Month, has created a new website to coordinate continuing education credits.  Initial offerings include these modules from Kidney School, Life Options, and other sources:

  • Kidneys: How They Work, How They Fail, What You Can Do
  • Treatment Options for Kidney Failure
  • Working with Your Health Care Team
  • Following Your Treatment Plan
  • Coping with Kidney Disease
  • Anemia and Kidney Disease

for nurses and technicians, and

  • Coping with Kidney Disease
  • Sexuality and Fertility
  • Patient Rights and Responsibilities
  • Using the KDQOL-36™ to Improve Quality of Life (and Meet Surveyor Expectations) 
  •  The Impact of Technology on Nephrology Social Work Practice (coming in April)

for social workers.  For details see