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DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. 1st Quarter 2016 Results
Press release.
DaVita, Khazanah and Mitsui to Create Joint Venture to Expand Kidney Care Services in Asia Pacific
Press release.
  May 4, 2016
Study Suggests Medical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of Death in the US
Articles from HealthDay, ProPublica, and STAT.  Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine. Press release and full-text article from the BMJ.
Comparison of Turkish and US Hemodialysis Patient Mortality Rates: an Observational Cohort Study
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.

"Results: The crude mortality rate in Turkey was 95.1 per 1000 patient-years. Compared with the US reference population, the annual mortality rate for Turkey was significantly lower, irrespective of gender, age and diabetes. After adjustments for age, gender and diabetes, the mortality risk in the Turkish cohort was 50% lower than US whites [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.46–0.54, P < 0.001], 44% lower than US African-Americans (95% CI 0.52–0.61, P < 0.001) and 20% lower than Asian-Americans (95% CI 0.74–0.86, P < 0.05)."

Editor's note: First, Brazil, now Turkey. Europe and Japan have long had far better dialysis patient outcomes than the U.S.

U.S. dialysis care, which is effectively controlled by junk-bond-financed, for-profit corporations, is unnecessarily harming and killing thousands of dialysis patients each year. U.S. nephrologists would never accept for themselves the treatment regimens that the vast majority of their patients receive. Until U.S. nephrologists, the American Society of Nephrology, and the Renal Physicians Association break free from the financial ties and medical practice controls of these corporations, U.S. dialysis care will continue to be the prime example of medical materialism gone wrong... and the shame of U.S. medicine. Physicians cannot serve two masters.

By now, it should be clear to all that the standards and routine practices of U.S. dialysis care ARE — by themselves — medical errors.

Prominent Democratic Consultants Sign Up to Defeat Single Payer in Colorado
Article from The Intercept.

"The anti-single-payer effort is funded almost entirely by health care industry interests, including $500,000 from Anthem Inc., the state's largest health insurance provider; $40,000 from Cigna, another large health insurer that is current in talks to merge with Anthem; $75,000 from Davita, the dialysis company; $25,000 from Delta Dental, the largest dental insurer in the state; and $100,000 from SCL Health, the faith-based hospital chain."
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology:
Discovery's Edge: Tackling Polycystic Kidney Disease
Article from the Mayo Clinic.

Class I FDA Recalls of B Braun Dialog+ Hemodialysis Machines
All refer to potential leakage of conductivity sensors. Use the Advanced Search feature for the following recall notices:

  • Z-1531-2016 - 370 units
  • Z-1532-2016 - 40 units
  • Z-1533-2016 - 318 units
  • Z-1534-2016 - 90 units
  • Z-1535-2016 - 68 units
  • Z-1536-2016 - 147 units
Articles in Press Abstracts from Clinical Nutrition:
Published Ahead-of-Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
Study Finds High Rate of Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions in US
Press release and abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Shortages Of Essential Emergency Care Drugs Increase, Study Finds
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities
Press release.

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