Editor's note: In 2015, this is what a dialysis machine should look like.
Technical Expert Panel (TEP) Nomination Period Open (Scroll down page approximately 25%) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) to evaluate the potential of including prevalent comorbidities in the Standardized Hospitalization Ratio (SHR) and the Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR) risk adjustment models for end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Nomination period closes June 18.
""In absolute terms, our findings suggest that giving 1000 adults with diabetes and kidney disease a combination of an ACE inhibitor and an ARB for 1 year might prevent 14 patients developing end-stage kidney disease and induce regression of albuminuria in 208, at the cost of 55 patients having acute kidney injury and 135 developing hyperkalemia," says contributing author, Professor Jonathan Craig, a renal physician and professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Sydney."
GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments, Designates Chair Press release. Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of a new member to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of five current members and the designation of the Commission’s Chair.