Medicare Education Benefits

Program Description

Completion of this course will increase health care professionals' knowledge of, and referral to, patient education services available to Medicare beneficiaries with kidney disease.


We would like to thank Abbott Nutrition for their support of this educational activity.

Learning objectives

As a result of this course, participants should be better able to:

•Summarize the KDE, MNT and DSMT education benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries with kidney disease,

•Explain the referral processes for these benefits,

•Identify strategies to increase the awareness of these benefits among patients and other providers, and

•Identify educational resources for providing these benefits.

Target audience

Dietitians and Nutrition Professionals

This program is approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (Provider # AM003) for 2.0 CPEUs.


The American Association of Diabetes Educators is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program provides 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEU’s) of continuing education credit.

ACPE Universal Program Number: 0069-9999-13-461-H01-P

Effective Date: 6/25/2013 to 6/25/2016


American Kidney Fund

Medicare Patient Education Benefits Enduring Material

Release Date: April 30, 2013 * Expiration Date: April 30, 2015



The incidence of kidney disease and related illnesses continues to rise each year.  Improvements are needed expand screening and awareness of this serious condition.  Medical intervention is critical to slow the progression of the diseases.


American Kidney Fund (AKF), in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Nephrology Nurses Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, and Renal Physicians Association, offers this online course for medical professionals focusing on the patient education benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries with kidney disease.

This is a timely and relevant topic given that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) added a new education benefit for kidney disease education (KDE) in January 2010; however, anecdotal evidence suggests that many health professionals are not aware of this benefit or of the other benefits available to patients with kidney disease, including Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) or Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT). Because of this, patients are often not referred for education, and when they are, they may have trouble finding a practitioner available to provide this needed service.

Additionally, the rates of kidney disease are projected to continue to rise. As screening and awareness improves, more and more patients will be identified. Education on disease self-management is critical to slow the progression of chronic disease and improve outcomes and quality of life for patients.


Content will be organized by discipline and will include modules for:

  • Physicians who specialize in Nephrology, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, both in practice and training
  • Dietitians and Nutrition Professionals
  • Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Clinicians–Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  • Pharmacists


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to …

  • Describe the benefits of kidney disease education (KDE), medical nutrition therapy (MNT) and diabetes self-management training (DSMT).
  • Discuss eligibility criteria and referral process for KDE, MNT and DSMT. 
  • Delineate billing steps and procedures for Medicare kidney patient services.
  • Identify strategies to increase awareness of KDE, MNT and DSMT among Medicare kidney patients and providers.
  • Identify resources available and process for providing KDE, MNT and DSMT Medicare services.


Predicted Changes in Practice as a result of participating in this activity include the ability to increase…

  • Participation of Medicare kidney patient services across all treatment/education scenarios.
  • Total number of kidney patients who are eligible for medical care, treatment and education.
  • Type and scope of Medicare kidney patients’ services provided and billed.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Tulane University Health Sciences Center and the American Kidney Fund.  Tulane University Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Tulane University Health Sciences Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Tulane University Health Sciences Center presents this activity for educational purposes only and does not endorse any product, content of presentation or exhibit. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected because of their recognized expertise.


An electronic survey will allow you to evaluate this educational activity in addition to requesting your AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  

You will receive the link in at the end of the course.  Please contact Tulane CME if you have questions at


This conference may address elements of physician competencies identified by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Institute of Medicine:

ABMS Competencies

Patient Care
Medical Knowledge      
Practice-based Learning and Improvement   
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
IOM Competencies
Provide patient-centered care
Work in interdisciplinary teams
Employ evidence-based practice
Apply quality improvement
Utilize informatics


It is the policy of the Center for Continuing Education at Tulane University Health Sciences Center to plan and implement all of its educational activities in accordance with the ACCME's Essential Areas and Policies to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor.  In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support, everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM is required to disclose all financial relationships with any commercial interests within the past 12 months that creates a real or apparent conflict of interest.  Individuals who do not disclose are disqualified from participating in a CME activity.  Individuals with potential for influence or control of CME content include planners and planning committee members, authors, teachers, educational activity directors, educational partners, and others who participate, e.g. facilitators and moderators.  This disclosure pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic. Any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of the presentations must be resolved prior to the educational activity.  Disclosure of off-label, experimental or investigational use of drugs or devices must also be made known to the audience. 

Listed below is information disclosed by presenters.  Any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentations have been resolved.


Last Name

First Name

Role in the Activity




Planning Committee

Nothing to disclose



Planning Committee

Nothing to disclose



Director, Tulane CME

Grants: Bristol Myers Squibb



Planning Committee

Nothing to disclose



Evaluation Manager, Tulane CME

Nothing to disclose



Planning Committee

Nothing to disclose



Planning Committee

Nothing to disclose



Grants Coordinator, Tulane CME

Nothing to disclose



Faculty Liaison, Tulane CME

Consultant: Gilead Sciences, Amgen; Speakers Bureau: Gilead Sciences; Board of Directors-National Kidney Foundation of LA, Board of Trustees-American Kidney Fund, Board of Governors-Orleans Parish Medical Society



CME Liaison - AKF

Nothing to disclose



Activity Director, AKF

Nothing to disclose



Asst Director, Tulane CME

Nothing to disclose



Planning Committee

Nothing to disclose



Grant Coordinator, AKF

Nothing to disclose



Planning Committee

Nothing to disclose



Finance, Tulane CME

Nothing to disclose



Planning Committee

Nothing to disclose



Chair, Tulane CME Advisory Committee

Nothing to disclose

The Center for Continuing Education has also required that all faculty disclose their intent to discuss any unlabeled/ unapproved usage of drugs and/or devices during their presentations.   No off-label discussions were planned by the faculty prior to printing. 


Course Length 
1.5 hours + test and evaluation

Course details

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) : 2.00
  • Attendance: 1.50
  • Course opens: Tue, Apr 30 2013
  • Course expires: Wed, Apr 29 2015
  • Cost: $0.00
This activity closed on April 29th, 2015 and is no longer available for enrollments.