KDIGO is planning a May 2021 Controversies Conference on Home Dialysis, has published a Scope of Work or draft plan for the Conference, and has requested feedback on it by January 4, 2021. The Conference intends to cover issues related to home dialysis utilization, candidacy, eligibility, outcomes, strategies for increase, patient and carer experience, support mechanisms, and financial implications. Find more information and links to the Scope of Work and Feedback Form at https://kdigo.org/conferences/hd/.
The FMC Renal Therapies Group is presenting a Medical Education Online Webex Series of daily continuing education credit webinars. Topics for November 2-6, 2020 include home dialysis prescriptions, hyperphosphatemia, medical evidence for more frequent HD, PD essentials, and tidal PD. The remainder of November includes courses on urgent start PD, the peritoneal equilibrium test, infectious and non-infectious PD complications, PD software, fluid management, simplified dosing, anemia, and other topics. Find links to everything you need to know at https://www.cvent.com/events/medical-education-webex-series/event-summary-d2ca127a10594ddfb52335b657b58bb2.aspx.
CMS has released information about the long-awaited ESRD Treatment Choices (ETC) Model, which “aims to test whether greater use of home dialysis and kidney transplantation for Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD will reduce Medicare expenditures, while preserving or enhancing the quality of care furnished to beneficiaries with ESRD.” The newly published information includes:
- Press Release – https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-transformative-new-model-care-medicare-beneficiaries-chronic-kidney-disease.
- Fact Sheet – https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/end-stage-renal-disease-treatment-choices-etc-model-fact-sheet.
- ETC Model web page – https://innovation.cms.gov/innovation-models/esrd-treatment-choices-model/.
AAKP and George Washington University will present their Second Annual Global Summit: Global Kidney Innovations – Expanding Patient Choices & Outcomes, online, on July 16-17, 2020. The full schedule (8-12 sessions per day plus evening webinars) will emphasize COVID-19 and Innovation, but many other topics as well. Find more information, including the detailed agenda, and register at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/2nd-annual-global-summit-global-kidney-innovations-expanding-patient-choices-outcomes/.
KDIGO has released a series of recorded webinars and other presentations from their collaboration with the International Society of Nephrology, including videos of:
- Update on CKD Mineral Bone Disorder KDIGO Guidelines 2017
- Diagnosis and Management of Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure in Patients with CKD
- The Kidney and HIV: Implications for Treatment and Prevention
- Hepatitis C Guideline Update
- Dialysis Initiation, Modality Choice, & Prescription
- Coronary Artery & Valvular Diseases
- Blood Pressure in CKD
- Glomerular Disease
- AKI in 2019: What Has Changed since the KDIGO Guidelines in 2012?
- Blood Pressure and Volume Management in Dialysis
- Potassium Controversies
- Kidney Problems in Oncology
- Clinical Practice Guideline on the Management of Blood Pressure in CKD
- Kidney Transplantation and Cardiac Disease
- Clinical Practice Guideline: Diabetes Management in CKD
They plan to add at least four more this year. Find them all on the KDIGO-ISN YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm7zHM_wBaPbQxRDJwyvqMg/videos.
ASN has published a video on COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting. Find it at https://www.asn-online.org/ntds/resources/Webcast_2020_04_09_COVID-19.mp4. The video is self-starting. Major topics include treatment strategies, organizational change, PPE, patient education, regulatory issues, telehealth, and cohort management. Find slides here and speaker bios here.
ASN will present an April 2, 2020 webinar on Hospital Care and Treatment Options for COVID-19 Positive Patients with ESKD and AKI that will address key areas of concern in the management of COVID-19 positive patients receiving RRT in the hospital setting, including treatment options, staffing, and safety. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4478274981960155148.
There’s no link yet, but ASN has also promised an April 9 webinar on Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting.
Recordings of the two previous ASN COVID-19 webinars are available at:
- COVID-19 Information for Providers of Dialysis Services (March 11, 2020), https://www.asn-online.org/ntds/resources/Webcast_2020_03_11_COVID-19.mp4.
- CDC Recommendations and Policy Updates for Current Challenges in the Dialysis Setting (March 26, 2020), https://www.asn-online.org/ntds/resources/Webcast_2020_03_26_COVID-19.mp4.
The US Renal Data System (USRDS) 2019 Annual Data Report: Epidemiology of Kidney Disease in the United States has been released on paper. The online version was released in November 2019. Find the Report at https://www.ajkd.org/issue/S0272-6386(19)X0003-7, and the USRDS ADR page at https://www.usrds.org/adr.aspx.
The Annual Data Report of the OPTN and SRTR (the US Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients) is now available, documenting data pertaining to the period 2007-2018. Find it at https://srtr.transplant.hrsa.gov/annual_reports/2018_ADR_Preview.aspx. Find the OPTN home page at https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/ and SRTR at https://www.srtr.org/.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has published new vision and mission statements. Find them at https://unos.org/news/introducing-unos-new-mission-and-vision/.
Kidneys Quest Foundation will present a free in-person one-day 2020 Kidney Disease Impact Conference in Los Angeles on March 4, 2020. Conference topics will include improving renal health, preventing kidney failure, expanding options for kidney patients, dialysis, home dialysis, research, clinical trials, increasing available organs for transplant, transplant support, becoming a living donor, CKD and CVD, and pediatric CKD.
Invitation is extended to renal patients, social workers, registered nurses, dietitians, dialysis technicians, medical directors, administrators and organization managers, healthcare workers, friends and family of patients, and anyone interested in kidney disease and dialysis. Attendance and onsite parking is free, and continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, dietitians, and dialysis technicians are available for a $50 fee. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Register at:
- https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egu68tk72e9b31a2&oseq=&c=&ch= for those who want CE credit.
- https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egu6bqw6f4f810f0&oseq=&c=&ch= for all others.
Find complete details, including the Conference agenda and sponsor registration information, at http://kidneysquestfoundation.org/2020-kidney-disease-impact-conference.html.
Dialysis Patient Citizens will present a November 21, 2019 webinar on Treatments and Modality Options for Kidney Disease. For details see below, and register at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/signup/.