Pillars of Kidney and Cardiovascular Protective Interventions in Chronic Kidney Disease

Activity description

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a complex condition requiring comprehensive management that includes appropriate medication therapy and interdisciplinary care coordination. This activity will discuss kidney- and cardiovascular-protective interventions for CKD and examine the roles of risk stratification, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and urinary albumin creatinine ratio (uACR). In addition, considerations for the use of SGLT-2 inhibitors will be discussed, including heart failure status and adverse effects. Approaches to interdisciplinary care coordination for CKD that integrates nephrologists, primary care physicians, dietitians, and other health care professionals (HCPs) will be highlighted. 

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This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Optum Health, Clinical Performance.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other HCPs who have an interest in learning about kidney and cardiovascular protective interventions in chronic kidney disease.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify how kidney- and cardiovascular-protective interventions in CKD are based on risk stratification or heat map using eGFR and uACR.
  • Discuss SGLT-2 inhibitor-class medications for CKD, including considerations such as eGFR, uACR, heart-failure status, and risk of adverse effects.
  • Describe approaches to interdisciplinary care coordination for CKD that may include dietitians, pharmacists, nephrologists, and other health care professionals.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Activity expires: 

Joshua Jacobs, MD, FAAFP
National Medical Director
Optum Health


Joseph Vassalotti, MD
Chief Medical Officer
National Kidney Foundation
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology
Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

About the presenter
Dr. Vassalotti is the Chief Medical Officer of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. At NKF, his major focus is implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in chronic kidney disease (CKD). He led collaborations to develop the Kidney Health Evaluation for Adults with Diabetes quality measure to improve evidenced based estimated glomerular filtration rate and albuminuria testing to guide detection, risk stratification and interventions proportional to risk in the U.S. He also served as PI for an AARP-funded Kidney Health Evaluation for Adults with Diabetes to analyze quality measure satisfaction with detection, evidenced-based therapies and health equity. Currently, he serves as Principal Investigator for the Kidney Score Platform, an NKF educational project funded by the Veterans Administration Center for Innovation to improve awareness and education among Veterans with and at risk for CKD in the primary care setting. He is also a co-investigator for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s CKD Surveillance Project. Dr. Vassalotti typically sees approximately 40 patients per week and has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education

Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
Optum Health Education

Joshua Jacobs, MD, FAAFP
National Medical Director
Optum Health

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum Health, Clinical Performance. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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