Kidney Disease ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)

Do you wish you had more time to consult with specialty services, to engage in effective collaboration, to reach out to other colleagues for insights and opinions about your patients?

For a minimum of 35 minutes of your time, you can get expert advice and consultation from a multi-disciplinary team of experts – nephrology, pharmacy, social work, nutrition, transplant, trained patient advocates – at your desk or workspace through ZOOM videoconferencing, for your patients with CKD!

Join us on the first and third Thursdays of the month through April to:

  1. Present a case live – your best option.
  2. Submit a case for the Hub team to present for you – if you prefer not being the presenter of your case at first.
  3. Participate by listening – always available.

Why Kidney ECHO is valuable to your practice and patients!

  • One in seven American adults are estimated to have CKD
  • Low perceived susceptibility and asymptomatic nature of CKD – 97% of patients with moderate to severe CKD have mostly asymptomatic stage 3 disease.
  • Even at Stage 3, CKD bears a two to four-fold risk in cardiovascular disease, and a significant increase in all-cause mortality.
  • One in four adults with diabetes have kidney disease.
  • The costs of advanced kidney disease care are high, with poor health outcomes. (More than 100,000 Americans begin dialysis each year- 20% die within 1 year, 50% die within 5 years)
  • 94% of patients with hypertension and 61% of patients with diabetes are not receiving the lab tests necessary to diagnose CKD.
  • Kidney disease care is the major focus of federal innovations and initiatives.

The Kidney Disease ECHO may be the most accessible, high impact, no-cost approach to:

  • The lack of specialty care access and disparities of care in rural Missouri.
  • Expanding competencies and skills of physicians already in our communities
  • Improving outcomes for patients with CKD
  • Faster identification of patients at high risk of CKD
  • Improving management of complex patients with CKD
  • Improving early referrals for CKD patients in stages 4-5