This section describes education and outreach to health professionals of the Federal government related to chronic kidney disease.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Initiative provides public health strategies to promote kidney health. CDC disseminates CKD prevention messages via social media and GovDelivery “Are You Aware?” e-mails throughout the year, and in particular in conjunction with public health events such as March Is Kidney Month. In addition, CDC showcases the work of the CKD Initiative at professional conferences and meetings.
CDC works in close collaboration with the National Kidney Disease Education Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NKDEP) to disseminate CKD prevention messages via CDC channels such as CDC’s CKD Initiative website, CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation Facebook and Twitter accounts, and CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). In the MMWR and in peer review journals, CDC has published articles related to CKD in the United States. In addition, CDC publishes theNational Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet , a collaborative effort of CDC, other federal agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations. The fact sheet provides information to the public, kidney health advocates, and researchers on CKD prevalence, health consequences, risk factors, and prevention and treatment strategies. The fact sheet is not subject to copyright restrictions and can be duplicated, adapted, and distributed freely. CDC has also published the Chronic Kidney Disease Issue Brief that is intended to increase the visibility of the CKD Initiative and educate public health officials, medical practitioners, and policy makers about CDC’s role in preventing CKD. This 12-page pamphlet highlights the activities and achievements of CDC’s CKD Initiative in promoting kidney health and outlines a path for the future.
Nilka Ríos Burrows, MPH, MT (ASCP)
CKD Initiative Team Lead
CDC Division of Diabetes Translation
Last Updated: July 6, 2016
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Medicare Learning Network: As a means to reach professionals, the End Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program (QIP) team utilizes the Medicare Learning Network (MLN) to provide an overview of the Proposed and Final Rule for the QIP. CMS provides outreach, communication, and training on important QIP matters. These include Town-hall meetings, WebEx seminars, publication of important notifications via memorandums and official letters to the Networks and dialysis facilities, and yearly calls to the facilities to explain its preliminary Performance Score Report. CMS also utilizes the Medicare website to provide updates and information on the QIP regularly during the course of the year. Contact Information
- Quality Net: Yearly CMS joins nearly 1,000 thought leaders in American health care quality improvement at a premier Federal learning and action event called “Quality Net”. In addition to MLN described above, CMS also engages and reaches providers through “Quality Net”, in which solutions are engineered regarding healthcare quality improvement. Together, patients, advocates, researchers, and thought leaders in health care quality improvement catalyze grassroots, and develop “real-world” solutions to some of America’s biggest health system challenges. Contact Information
- ESRD Networks: The current ESRD Network Organization Statement of Work (SOW) contract performance objectives are delineated into tasks to be conducted by ESRD Network contractors in support of achieving national quality improvement goals and statutory requirements. The Network promotes better care for individuals through beneficiary and family centered care, better health for the ESRD population, and reducing costs of ESRD care by improving care. To achieve this, the Networks serves as partners in quality improvement with beneficiaries, practitioners, health care providers, other health care organizations, and other stakeholders; and disseminate best practices, including those related to clinical care, quality improvement techniques, and data collection. Contact Information
- Learning and Action Network (LAN) Methodology: CMS educates consumers and professionals through LANs, mechanisms that are large scale and sustainable methodologies. The ESRD Network plans to convene and support two LANs. The Patient Engagement LAN focuses on consumers and plans to recruit Patient Subject Matter Experts to provide a patient perspective for Network improvement activities, including identifying ways to spread best practices and design and implement Quality Improvement Activities. The Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) LAN focuses on providers and facilities and will promote quality improvement by collaborating with facility management, training and educating staff and patients, and facilitating easy access to infection control policy and procedure. Networks will use the overarching recommendations resulting from the LAN for the prevention of HAI’s in ESRD facilities. Contact Information
Teresa Titus- Howard
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Department of Defense (DoD)
The DoD, in collaboration with the Veteran's Administration (VA), created the first evidenced based clinical practice guideline pertaining to the management of chronic kidney disease within the primary care setting in the US. The VA/DoD chronic kidney disease (CKD) guideline, initially issued in 2001, was recently revised and reissued in 2008 to reflect current research.
DoD has been actively collaborating with NIDDK since 2009 in the development of healthcare provider education materials pertaining to CKD. The purpose of such efforts is to promote provider understanding of CKD and its treatment, and foster adoption and implementation of the VA/DoD CKD clinical practice guideline. These materials will be widely available to DoD primary care and specialty care providers via the Army Medical Department CPG shopping cart and website at https://www.qmo.amedd.army.mil. Continuing education programs for physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nutrition professionals, pharmacists, and laboratory professionals are available. The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Chronic Kidney Disease has also developed a concise summary of evidence-based recommendations on treatment of CKD and complications. DoD also promotes case management of CKD within their systems. An annual Case Management Society of America meeting is available and open to any health professional who is interested and has the support of his/her supervisor to implement change.
James Ellzy, CDR, US Navy
Director of Clinical Quality
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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
The National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)
NKDEP provides information, tools, and materials for a variety of health professionals to improve their knowledge and practice related to kidney disease detection, education, and treatment. Online tools include
NKDEP activities also include
Andrew S. Narva, MD, FACP, FASN
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Veterans Affairs (VA)
The VA is widely recognized as the largest provider of graduate medical education (GME) in the United States. The Undersecretary for Health of the Veterans Health Administration is a statutory member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education. Graduate medical education has traditionally been supported and centered in VA medical facilities associated with academic affiliates.
The VA also provides professional education through the development and dissemination of clinical practice guidelines (CPG). The VA in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DoD), created the first evidenced-based (CPG) pertaining to the management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) within the primary care setting in the United States. The VA/DoD CKD guideline, initially issued in 2001 and reissued in 2008, is under subsequent revision to reflect current research.
VA has also been actively collaborating with NIDDK since 2009 in the development of healthcare provider education materials pertaining to CKD. The purpose of such efforts is to promote provider understanding of CKD and its treatment, and foster adoption and implementation of the VA/DoD CKD CPG. These materials are available to VA specialty and primary care providers via VA's HealthQuality website and the DoD’s clinical practice guideline shopping cart website .
The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Chronic Kidney Disease also provides a concise summary of evidence-based recommendations on treatment of CKD and complications. The VA collaborated with DoD in developing a continuing education program pertaining to the CKD CPG for physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants.
VHA National Kidney Program
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This information was reviewed by KICC agency representatives. It may not reflect new or future agency activities. For more information, please contact the listed representatives.