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Disclosure, Mission Statement, CME Policies

Updated July 14, 2003
HDCN is published by Medtext, Inc., 15W560 89th St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527. HDCN has a licensing agreement with the American Society of Nephrology and the Renal Physicians Association to post symposia and selected abstracts from these societies' scientific meetings. HDCN is an official educational program of these societies. Content development is overseen by the HDCN editorial board as well as by an ASN/RPA oversight committee. HDCN also works informally with other professional and local societies in the field to provide web extensions of key talks from their scientific meetings, including the National Kidney Foundation, the American Society of Hypertension, the New York Society of Nephrology, and the University of Missouri through their Annual Dialysis Meeting.

Mission Statement:
The mission of HDCN is to provide nephrologists and health care providers who treat patients with hypertension and kidney disease with access to the latest literature and advances in the field.

CME Purpose:
To do this, HDCN provides, in a digestible format, a weekly update of information, usually including links to 5-20 key clinical articles that have appeared, all from major top-tier scientific journals, one or more slide/audio lectures, drawn from those given at a recent major national scientific meeting, and/or selected abstracts from one of the major kidney disease or hypertension meetings. The purpose is to allow busy nephrologists and other providers who often do not have time to attend scientific meetings, to be exposed to new advances in the field from the comfort of their home, and yet to participate in some of the audiovisual enhancements associated with lectures and interactive quizzes.

CME Content:
HDCN is divided into 3 content areas: (1) Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease, (2) Chronic kidney disease and dialysis, and (3) Clinical Nephrology. A breakdown by topic can be found at http://www.hdcn.com/inbytop.htm A breakdown of slide/audio lectures can be found at http://www.hdcn.com/inslide.htm .

Target audience:
The target audience includes (1) Nephrologists, (2) Other physicians interested in renal and cardiovascular medicine, and (3) nurses and dialysis technologists involved in the care of renal patients. CE-accredited content is provided on HDCN in cooperation with the American Nephrology Nurses' Association and the Renal Education Association. Programs intended for nurses are clearly marked as such and are not intended for physicians. HDCN also occasionally posts CE programs for dietitians and pharmacists created by accredited providers.

General activities and services provided:
  1. Lectures. See http://www.hdcn.com/inslide.htm for a list
  2. Articles. See http://www.hdcn.com/tt/week98.htm for a list
  3. Abstracts See http://www.hdcn.com/inbymeet.htm for a list
  4. Interactive quizzes: See http://www.hdcn.com/ch/trans/ for an example
  5. Nursing education: See http://www.hdcn.com/symp/01nsg/com/comply1.htm for an example

Parent organization and ownership: HDCN has no ownership nor Board of Director links with any pharmaceutical firm or provider of medical equipment or services. There is no parent organization.

Continuing Medical Education Policies at HDCN
In accord with the policies of HDCN, and the Essential Areas and Policies and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the ethical opinions of the American Medical Association (AMA), the Guidelines of the Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC), the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), and all other professional organizations as applicable, all programs offered by HDCN shall exhibit fair content balance, providing the audience with information of different perspectives from which to develop an informed opinion. All faculty participating in any CME- or CE-granting HDCN sponsored/co-sponsored program are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest during the past two years that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the continuing education program. This pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the therapeutic areas to be discussed.

Accreditation
HDCN is currently not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians, nor by the ANCC. HDCN currently works with the American Society of Nephrology and other ACCME- accredited providers to make available ACCME- accredited content on the internet. Also, HDCN works with the American Nephrology Nurses' Association and the Renal Education Association, to provide CE-accredited content for nurses and technicians.

HDCN Conflict of Interest Policy
It is intended that any potential conflict should be identified openly so that the listeners may form their own judgements about the presentation(s) with full disclosure of the facts. It remains for the audience to determine whether the outside interests of the faculty reflect a possible bias in either the materials or the conclusions presented. The opinions and recommendations presented do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor, grantor, or producer.

Indications and methods of use for pharmaceutical agents and other products in this program may not be necessarily the same as those indicated in the package insert for the product and may reflect the clinical experience, the professional literature or other clinical sources

HDCN Privacy Policy
HDCN does not disclose any individual information pertaining to its registered users or paid subscribers to anyone. Aggregate data are given to potential supporters of educational symposia as well as to potential advertisers. When an HDCN user takes an evaluation or other quiz, individual quiz results are not disclosed to any third party. In fact, individual quiz data are not collected unless specified on a particular quiz. Login IDs are sometimes requested on quizzes and polls to restrict counting of results from desired subgroups of HDCN users such as physicians, nurses, or dialysis technicians.