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Kidney Disease in America: The Physician's Role in Kidney Disease Prevention

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Presented by TMF

Tuesday, Sept. 20,
11 a.m.-noon MT, 10-11 a.m. PT
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Discussion Objectives:

  • Learn which populations are most at risk for developing kidney disease
  • Get an overview of the latest kidney disease data
  • Learn about ways in which physicians can help prevent kidney failure in their communities
  • Learn more about how the American Kidney Fund can help your patients

Summary: Chronic kidney disease now affects 31 million Americans and kidney failure has risen to the ninth leading cause of death. Despite improved diagnostics for kidney disease, only about 1 in 10 people who have impaired kidney function know about it. In addition, a significant number of patients beginning renal replacement therapy have not seen a nephrologist prior to starting the therapy. Combined with increasing disparities in certain populations, the prevention and management of chronic kidney disease is now a large focus of Healthy People 2020.

About the Presenter

Michael Spigler
VP of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education

American Kidney Fund  

Michael Spigler has served as vice president of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education for the American Kidney Fund (AKF) since July 2015. Mr. Spigler oversees a spectrum of programs and services including prevention activities, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance that enables kidney patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation.

Mr. Spigler has more than 15 years of experience in creating and managing health education programs for a multitude of chronic health conditions, including kidney disease, cancer, food allergies and anxiety disorders. In 2011, he was among the first group of health educators named Master Certified Health Education Specialist, by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Prior to joining AKF, Mr. Spigler served as vice president of education for Food Allergy Research & Education, a nonprofit organization in Northern Virginia that sought to improve the quality of life and health of individuals with food allergies.

This is Mr. Spigler's second time working for the American Kidney Fund. He also served as AKF's director of public education from 2003-08 before moving to Boston to serve as the program director of the International OCD Foundation.

Please join us at this free webinar provided by the TMF QIN-QIO Health for Life/Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative.

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  4. Once approved, you will receive a confirmation email with the meeting information, registration ID, URL, phone number and password to use the day of the event. Please save this email.
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