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  July 29, 2015
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Dialysis Patients May Be Unprepared for Natural Disasters
Article from HealthDay. CJASN Express abstract and press release from the American Society of Nephrology.

Editor's note: It should be noted by all that Fresenius Medical Care chose not participate in this analysis.

I remember that in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy I could not find information on either the KCER or ESRD Network web sites as to which LDO clinics in Lower Manhattan were closed, even though at least one was. Controlling patients with private insurance, as well as controlling corporate images, seem to be the primary goals during natural disasters. Information is hoarded, corporate public relations departments tout the excellent job the for-profit corporations are doing, and all mistakes are hidden so we only find out about the problems years later in articles like these.

How many more years is this cycle of dialysis disaster news stories going to continue?

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VA System ESRD Patients Start Dialysis Later
Article from Renal & Urology News. CJASN Express abstract.

bullet point To Boost Patient Health, Rehab Sometimes Starts Before Cancer Treatment
Article from Kaiser Helath News.

Editor's note: After 50 years, U.S. dialysis care still has no rehabilitation programs. What kind of medicine is being practiced?
bullet point Understanding the Physical and Emotional Impact of Early-Stage ADPKD: Experiences and Perspectives of Patients and Physicians
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
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bullet point How Coordinated Care Gives Patients with Chronic Illnesses the Freedom to Stay at Home
Article from PBS Newshour.
bullet point Comparative Efficacy of Interventions to Promote Hand Hygiene in Hospital: Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis
Article from the BMJ.
bullet point For Women, No Link Between Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis
Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Press release from Yale University.

"Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. Meanwhile, spending on inpatient care showed the same pattern.

Researchers called the findings striking."
bullet point Companies Stall on Reporting Drug Deaths
Research letter extract from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from Medscape News (registration required).
CMS: Health Spending to Grow Average 5.8% Annually through 2024
News brief from AHANewsNow. CMS press release.
Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
On Its 50th Anniversary, More Than 55 Million Americans Covered by Medicare
CMS press release.

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