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    The Role of Allied Health Professionals in Kidney Disease Screening and Management

     

    The Role of Allied Health Professionals in Kidney Disease Screening and Management


    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are significant public health problems in the United States and a major source of suffering and poor quality of life for those afflicted. Nearly 25% of the Medicare budget is used to treat people with CKD, ESRD, and related comorbidities. To get a better sense of ways in which allied health professionals can work with physicians to better manage CKD in their practice, Medical Economics sat down with Michael Spigler, Vice President of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education for the American Kidney Fund (AKF), a nonprofit organization that oversees a spectrum of programs and services for patients with kidney disease. AKF works closely with American Medical Technologists (AMT), a certifying agency and membership society for allied health professionals.