Value Institute Fall Symposium 2017

Engaging Stakeholders for a Patient-Centered Agenda for
Chronic Kidney Disease in Delaware


Friday, September 15, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
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Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Continuing education credits available.


John H. Ammon Medical Education Center 
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE 19718

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Kate Smith, MD, MPH 

Target Audience

  • Patients, their families, and their caregivers
  • Payers (representatives from insurance companies, Medicare/Medicaid, and similar groups)
  • Providers including, but not limited to, primary care physicians, nephrologists, nurses, physician assistants, social work and public health
  • Researchers
  • Policy makers
  • Healthcare administrators

Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Medical Society of Delaware and Christiana Care Health System. The Medical Society of Delaware is accredited by the ACCME to provide CME activities for physicians.

The Medical Society of Delaware designates this live continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

It is the policy of the Medical Society of Delaware to comply with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education. In keeping with these standards, all faculty participating in continuing medical education activities jointly provided by the Medical Society of Delaware are expected to disclose to the activity audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.

Joint providership of CME by the Medical Society of Delaware in no way implies endorsement or recommendation of any product or service.


Offsite guests are invited to park in Lot C1 or C2, and enter through the front entrance directly into the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center.  Please do not park in the new garage as it is reserved for patients and their visitors.

Christiana Care physicians and staff should park in their usual location.


7:30 AM

8:00 AM
Welcome and Updates
Claudine T. Jurkovitz, MD, MPH
Partners in Research Program Director
Senior Physician Scientist
Value Institute, 
Christiana Care Health System

8:10 AM
Addressing Challenges of Transition in Pediatric CKD Patients
Joshua J. Zaritsky, MD, PhD
Chief of Pediatric Nephrology
Nemours / Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

9:05 AM
Patient Experience at Christiana Care
Shawn R. Smith, MBA
Vice President, Patient Experience
Christiana Care Health System

9:20 AM

9:30 AM
Caregiver Experiences
Margaret R. Poppiti, RN, BSN, MS
Patient Advocate

9:40 AM
Understanding the Patient Experience of Kidney Disease
Amar D. Bansal, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

10:35 AM

10:45 AM
Exercise for Rehabilitation in Chronic Kidney Disease (Renal Rehab)
David G. Edwards, PhD
Professor, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology Department
University of Delaware

11:40 AM
Patient Speaker
Living with PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease)

Vincent R. Skrezyna, Sr.

11:55 AM

12:25 PM
PREPARE NOW: Putting Patients at the Center of Kidney Care
Jamie A. Green, MD, MS
Nephrologist / Clinical Investigator
Geisinger Health System

Claudine T. Jurkovitz, MD, MPH
Partners in Research Program Director
Senior Physician Scientist 
Value Institute, 
Christiana Care Health System

About this conference

Join your colleagues and partners in care for the second stakeholder engagement conference as we address the impact and burden of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in Delaware.  CKD and ESRD are serious and costly diseases that consume nearly 25 percent of the Medicare budget and affect more than 20 million adults, most over 60 years of age.  Diabetes and hypertension are the most frequent causes of CKD in the United States.  In Delaware in 2013, there were 2,287 patients in chronic renal replacement therapy.  Patients and their supporters, community members, providers, payers, researchers, and policy makers are all encouraged to attend this event.

We will begin a discussion about:

  • The patients and caregivers experience
  • Transitions of care from childhood to adulthood
  • Shared decision-making and end of life care
  • Exercise for patients with CKD or end stage renal disease (ESRD)

“This program is partially funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington Engagement Award 3426.”