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  Aug. 20, 2014
bullet point Judge Sanctions Dialysis Clinic Firm (DaVita) for Spoiling Discovery in Whistleblower Case
Article from Daily Report.

U.S. District Senior Judge Charles Pannell (Northern Georgia) issued a nine-page order on Aug. 12 that may force DaVita to reimburse the whistleblowers' attorneys as much as $2 million.

"The whistleblowers' lawyer, L. Lin Wood, said that if the suit is successful, monetary damages could approach $300 million."

See this 2012 CNN report on the case, which is Vainer v. DaVita, No. 1P:07-cv-02509.
bullet point American Society of Nephrology: New York Times Article Missing Key Facts About Kidney Disease
Press release.
bullet point RPA Comments on Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings System
Provides link to document on the Renal Physicians Association web site.
bullet point Certain Antipsychotic Meds Tied to Kidney Problems in Elderly
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Fatigue Is Associated With Serum Interleukin-6 Levels and Symptoms of Depression in Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
bullet point Efficacy of Antibiotic Therapy for Peritoneal Dialysis Associated Peritonitis: a Proportional Meta-Analysis
Provisional abstract and full-text article (25-page pdf) from BMC Infectious Diseases.
bullet point The Strong Relation between Post-Hemodialysis Blood Methylglyoxal Levels and Post-Hemodialysis Blood Glucose Concentration Rise
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Survival Benefit of Primary Deceased Donor Transplantation With High-KDPI Kidneys
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Symptomatic Hypercalcemia in a Rabies Survivor Underwent Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Prepare for Surgery - Do I Have What I Need?
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Baxter Announces Hemodialysis Dialyzer Expansion in Opelika, Alabama
bullet point CDC: Major Disparities in Opioid Prescribing Among States — Some States Crack Down on Excess Prescribing
Free full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Chinese Cyberattack Puts 4.5 Million U.S. Patients at Risk
News summary from Kaiser Health News. Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Gmate SMART Glucometer for iOS Devices Coming to U.S.
Article from MedGadget.com.
bullet point MedPAC Letter to CMS Administrator on ESRD Proposed Rules
(9-page pdf) Letter from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

"We urge that CMS delay the implementation of the Dialysis Star Ratings System in order for the agency to issue a proposal to establish the system."
bullet point CROWNWeb Clinical Months to Close Monthly in 2015

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