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Have questions about the scheduled teleconference topic? Have them answered during the teleconference by our guest experts

Our Reader Teleconferences connect you with others and get your questions answered from experts on a variety of topics related to living with a chronic illness. Here's how you can participate:

  • Complete the registration form to be added to our email invitation list.
  • IG Living will send you an email invitation to let you know the date and time of the next Teleconference, as well as details about the scheduled topic and the guest speaker.
  • These one-hour teleconferences will be led by the moderator along with the guest speaker. You will have real-time interaction to get your questions answered.

Need immediate answers to your questions? Contact Abbie Cornett, IG Living’s Patient Advocate, at acornett@igliving.com or (800) 843-7477, ext 1366.

The next Reader Teleconference will be Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

This teleconference, an open forum with our readers as our featured guests, will focus on Major Co-Morbid Conditions in Primary Immunodeficiencies. Our guest speaker is Terry O. Harville, MD, PhD, medical director of the Special Immunology Laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a consultant for immunodeficiencies, autoimmunities and transplantation.

To participate in the next Reader Teleconference, complete the registration form to be added to our email invitation list.

A Sampling of Previous Reader Teleconferences

April 2017

Topic: “Treating IG Side Effects”
Guest speaker: Mark Riedl, MD, MS, board-certified in allergy/immunology and an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology at the University of California, San Diego
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.


January 2017

Topic: “How the 21st Century Cures Act Impacts Immune Globulin Reimbursement”
Guest speaker: Leslie J. Vaughan, RPh
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.


September 2016

Topic: “How the 21st Century Cures Act Impacts SCIG Therapy for Patients on Medicare.”
Guest speaker: Leslie J. Vaughan, RPh


August 2016

Topic: : IVIG for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Guillain Barré Syndrome and Myositis
Guest speaker: Todd Levine, MD
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.


May 2016

Topic: Transitioning to Medicare
Guest speaker: Leslie Vaughan, RPh, NuFACTOR Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.


March 2016

Topic: The Safety of Intravenous and Subcutaneous Immune Globulin Products
Guest speaker: Keith Berman, MPH, MBA
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.


December 2015

Topic: Safety, Efficacy, Tolerability, Advantages and Disadvantages of Intravenous and Subcutaneous Immune Globulin Therapy
Guest speaker: Keith Berman, MPH, MBA
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.


September 2015

Topic: Immunology Q&A
Guest speaker: Dr. Marc Riedl.
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.


June 2015

Topic: Reimbursement
Guest speaker: Our expert guest, Leslie Vaughan, RPh, NuFACTOR Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs, has extensive experience in the clinical management of immune globulin infusions, as well as compliance on insurance and reimbursement issues.
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.


May 2015

Topic: Advances in Gene Therapy
Guest speaker: Caroline Kuo, M.D., clinical instructor of allergy and immunology at the UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif., who specializes in gene therapy research for primary immunodeficiencies.
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.


October 2014

Topic: Autoimmune Neuropathies
Reader Teleconference: Facebook Chat in partnership with Neuropathy Association www.facebook.com/NeuropathyAssociation
Guest speaker: Todd Levine, M.D. (Phoenix Neurological Associates); David Saperstein, M.D.(Phoenix Neurological Associates); Michelle Greer, R.N. (reimbursement specialist, NuFACTOR).


September 2014

Topic: Exercise Success While Living with Chronic Illness
Guest speaker: Matt Hansen, DPT, the director of therapy for Harmony Home Health and Hospice in Utah and New Mexico, and president of SOMA Health, LLC, which has produced its first home exercise video designed for individuals of all ages, physical conditions and medical diagnoses (www.freedom2move.org, email address mdhansen@freedom2move.org).
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.

Click on the links below for relevant IG Living articles written by Matt Hansen to follow up on teleconference content:


July 2014

Topic: What you should know about your disease and infusions as a new patient.
Guest speaker: Leslie Vaughn, RPh
Highlights: Help new patients gain an understanding of their disease and what takes place during an infusion.


June 2014

Topic: Why CVID Takes so Long to Diagnose.
Guest speaker: Marc Riedl, MD, MS
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.

Click on the links below for relevant IG Living articles to follow up on teleconference content:


May 2014

Topic: Teens Living with Chronic Illness or Disability.
Guest speaker: Miriam Kaufman, BSN, MD, FRCPC.
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here.


April 2014

Topic: How changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) effect people with chronic disease.
Guest speaker: Kris McFalls, manager of reimbursement at CSL Behring, and a previous patient advocate for IG Living magazine.
Highlights: To view the highlights of this meeting, click here or visit the IG Resources - Insurance


March 2014

Topic: Strategies to cope with and adapt to the stress of living with a chronic illness.
Guest speaker: Erika Lawrence, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Iowa. She conducts research of how chronic stressors, such as illness, affects couples and families. In addition, she has a private practice in which she works with individuals, couples and families experiencing depression and anxiety symptoms or simply learning to cope with stress.
Highlights: Techniques in understanding what causes stress and how to deal with them. Getting family and friends on board to understand your illness and how they can support you.

Click on the links below for relevant IG Living articles to follow up on teleconference content:


February 2014

Topic: PI and the Immune System.
Guest speaker: Marc Riedl, MD, MS, board-certified in allergy/immunology and an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology at the University of California, San Diego.
Highlights: Seasonal allergy and asthma how this affects PI patients. The length of effectiveness of IVIG and side effects.

Click on the links below for relevant IG Living articles to follow up on teleconference content:


January 2014

Topic: The Role of the Pharmacist on your IG Treatment Team.
Guest speaker: Amy Ehlers, BS, PharmD, BCPS, Director of Pharmacy for NuFACTOR Specialty Pharmacy.
Highlights: The importance of the pharmacist's role during your IG treatments.

Click on the links below for relevant IG Living articles to follow up on teleconference content:

For a free Infusion log and health diary, click here

Click here to read the latest issue of IG Living Magazine.


November 2013

Topic: Keep a Healthy Immune System with the Help of Probiotics.
Guest speaker: Mindy Hermann, MBA, RDN
Highlights: Probiotics can help with the body's natural microorganisms and boost the immune system.
Click on the link below for a recap of the teleconference content:
Keep a Healthy Immune System with the Help of Probiotics.

To read the latest IG Living article on Probiotics, click on the December-January 2014 Issue


October 2013

Topic: Demystifying the Transitioning To Medicare
Guest speaker: Leslie Vaughn, RPh
Highlights: The transition to Medicare can be scary, but it doesn't have to be. Preparing for it in advance can lessen anxiety and eliminate problems.


August 2013

Topic: Insurance denials and how to prepare an effective appeal.
Guest speaker: Leslie Vaughn, RPh
Highlights: Is it really possible to win? It seems like insurance companies have stacked the deck in their favor to greatly limit what they must cover.

Here are two IG Living articles that you may find helpful as you prepare to submit your insurance appeal.
How to Write an Effective Appeal Letter
Prepared to Appeal - How Readiness Is Next to Healthiness


July 2013

Topic: Get your PIDD questions answered.
Guest speaker: Terry Harville, MD, PHD
Highlights: Tips on maintaining a full time job while suffering with PIDD. What role does diet play in treating PIDD?


June 2013

Topic: All you ever wanted to know about IVIG, but didn't know who to ask.
Guest speaker: Michelle Greer, RN
Highlights: IVIG dosing, adminstration, side effects, insurance, and products.


May 2013

Topic: Healthy Lifestyles and Exercise for the Chronically Ill
Guest speaker: Matt Hansen
Highlights: How to promote healthy lifestyles and exercise for patients that are challenged with a chronic illness.


March 2013

Topic: Subcutaneous Immune Globulin Infusions
Guest speaker: Leslie Vaughn, RPh
Highlights: General topics covered will include basic procedural questions, transitioning from IVIG, mitigating potential side effects, product storage, and insurance concerns.


January 2013

Topic: IVIG new patients
Guest speaker: Cindy Vokey, RN
Highlights: What are the issues most new patients face? How can side effects to minimized? How can patient anxiety be reduced?


December 2012

Topic: Stress of the Holidays
Guest speaker: Erika Lawrence, PhD
Highlights: How do couples and families cope with and adapt to chronic stressors such as illness, especially during the hectic holiday season?


October 2012

Topic: Mitigating IG side effects
Guest speaker: Amy Ehlers, Director of Pharmacy for NuFACTOR Specialty Pharmacy
Highlights: What steps can be taken to lessen the side effects reported by patients undergoing IVIG and SCIG.


September 2012

Topic: Safety and Methods of IG Administratio
Guest speaker: Keith Berman, MPH, MBA, from Health Research Associates
Highlights: What are the current safety measures being taken to ensure safe supply of products? What are the benefits and effectiveness of the various current methods of administration? What new methods are on the horizon?


August 2012

Topic: Making your pharmacist a valuable member of your healthcare team
Guest speaker: Amy Ehlers, PharmD, BCPS and pharmacist-in-charge for NuFACTOR
Highlights: What role does the pharmacist play for those with a chronic illness? How can patients better utilize the talents and knowledge of a pharmacist?