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April 16, 2019
Helping Patients Work Using SSA Work Incentives | View Recording

Presenter: Beth Witten, MSW, ASCW, LSCSW

Biography: Ms. Witten is a nephrology social worker and founder of Witten and Associates, LLC, a consulting business that provides kidney disease education headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Describe ways to identify dialysis patients on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) that can return to work without losing income from Social Security.
  • Explain various work incentive programs including:
    • SSDI Only Work Incentives
    • SSI Only Work Incentives
    • SSI & SSDI Work Incentives

March 7, 2019
Ticket to Work | View Recording

Presenter: Pam Walker, BS

Biography: Ms. Walker is the founder and chief executive officer of Alliance Professional Services, LLC headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Highlight Social Security disability benefits.
  • Provide overview of Social Security's Ticket to Work program.
  • Identify Social Security work incentives.
  • Discuss attendees' employment team options.
  • Highlight Ticket to Work success stories.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

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February 28, 2019
Approaches to Reducing Hospitalizations in ESRD Patients | View Recording

Presenter: Rahul Dhawan, DO

Biography: Dr. Dhawan is a transplant nephrologist and an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the division of nephrology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Improve quality of care for end stage renal disease patients through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of promising practices.
  • Facilitate change in current processes, identify barriers to meeting the established Quality Improvement Activity goal and spread successful interventions.

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).

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February 21, 2019
Depression in Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Renal Disease: Similarities and Differences in Diagnosis, Epidemiology, and Management | View Recording

Presenter: Shayan Shirazian, MD

Biography: Dr. Shirazian is a board-certified general internist and nephrologist. He serves as an assistant professor of medicine in the division of nephrology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, New York.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Explore depression in end stage renal disease as related to diagnosis, epidemiology, and management of the illness process. Focusing specifically on:
    • Screening techniques and tools
    • Prevalence
    • Outcomes
    • Etiology
    • Treatment
    • The “Columbia University Experience” with treating depression

One Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:

Click here if you are already registered in the Learning Management Center (LMC).

Click here to register for the LMC and then access the course.

September 27, 2018
QIA C: Support Gainful Employment of ESRD Patients | View Recording

Presenters: Maureen O’Grady-Hamre, LCSW, NSW-C, BCD and Joan Wickizer, LSW, NSW-C

Biographies: Ms. O’Grady-Hamre is a social worker at American Renal Associates in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Ms. Wickizer is the patient services director at ESRD Network 3, servicing New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Improve quality of care for end stage renal disease patients through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of promising practices.
  • Facilitate change in current processes, identify barriers to meeting the established Quality Improvement Activity goal and spread successful interventions.

September 20, 2018
QIA B: Positively Impact the Quality of Life of the ESRD Patient with a Focus on Mental Health | View Recording

Presenters: Audrey Broaddus, BA, CCHT, Cathy Cooper, LSW, Sarah McCarley, LCSW, and Susan Waldron, MA, CPHQ

Biographies: Ms. Broaddus is the quality improvement director at ESRD Network 10, servicing Illinois.

Ms. Cooper is a social worker at Fresenius Kidney Care in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

Ms. McCarley is a social worker at Fresenius Kidney Care in Amite, Louisiana.

Ms. Waldron is the quality improvement manager at ESRD Network 13, servicing Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Improve quality of care for end stage renal disease patients through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of promising practices.
  • Facilitate change in current processes, identify barriers to meeting the established Quality Improvement Activity goal and spread successful interventions.

September 18, 2018
QIA D: Positively Impact the Quality of Life of the ESRD Patient with a Focus on Pain Management | View Recording

Presenters: Cristal Burce, Ryan Espresion, RN, Patricia Feeley, RN, BSN, Karen Garvin, RN, and Jane Wilson, MSN, RN, CNN, RD

Biographies: Ms. Burce is the facility administrator at Kapahulu Dialysis Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mr. Espresion is a clinical coordinator at Kapahulu Dialysis Center.

Ms. Feeley is the facility administrator at North Boynton Beach Dialysis Center in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Ms. Garvin is the staff nurse at North Boynton Beach Dialysis Center.

Ms. Wilson is the quality improvement director at ESRD Network 17, servicing American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, and Northern California.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Improve quality of care for end stage renal disease patients through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of promising practices.
  • Facilitate change in current processes, identify barriers to meeting the established Quality Improvement Activity goal and spread successful interventions.

June 13, 2018
Pain Management for Patients Living with End Stage Renal Disease | View Recording

Presenter: Amar Bansal, MD

Biography: Dr. Bansal is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Identify tools that could be used for screening and assessment of pain.
  • Discuss pain medications used for renal patients.
  • Consider non-medication techniques for managing pain in renal patients.

June 7, 2018
Ticket to Work | View Recording

Presenter: Pam Walker, BS

Biography: Ms. Walker is the founder and chief executive officer of Alliance Professional Services, LLC headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Highlight Social Security disability benefits.
  • Provide overview of Social Security's Ticket to Work program.
  • Identify Social Security work incentives.
  • Discuss attendees' employment team options.
  • Highlight Ticket to Work success stories.

March 27, 2018
Addressing Depression in Dialysis Patients | View Recording

Presenter: Celeste Bostic, MIM, RN, BSN, Delia Houseal, PhD, MPH, Bridget Carson, and Audrey Broaddus, BA, CCHT

Biography: Ms. Bostic is a nurse consultant for the Division of Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Houseal is the ESRD Quality Incentive Program policy lead at the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ms. Carson is the executive director at ESRD Network 10, servicing Illinois.

Ms. Broaddus is the quality improvement director at ESRD Network 10.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the importance of screening and treatment for clinical depression in beneficiaries with end stage renal disease (ESRD).
  • Explain the ESRD Quality Incentive Program’s Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up reporting measure.
  • Provide an overview of ESRD Network 10's Initiation Phase of Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) B: Positively Impact the Quality of Life of the ESRD Patient with a Focus on Mental Health.
  • Describe ESRD Network 10's patient subject matter expert involvement with QIA B.