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Dialysis Firms' Profits Are Obscene. What Will Happen If California Tries To Cap Them?
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Circumstances of Death among Undocumented Immigrants Who Rely on Emergency-Only Hemodialysis
Non-viewable CJASN Express research letter from the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Editor's note: Shame on the American Society of Nephrology for putting this article behind a paywall (since July 13). Why would a professional medical organization choose to make money from the unnecessary deaths of immigrants? These patients most often die of cardiac arrest.
Groups Suggest 5 Practices to Avoid in Pediatric Nephrology
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
B. Braun to Acquire Bloodlines Business of NxStage Medical, Inc.
Press release.

"The acquisition is subject to Federal Trade Commission approval and contingent upon the closing of the pending merger of NxStage with a subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Holdings, Inc."
Iran Pays Kidney Donors. Should the U.S. Follow?
Article and video from PBS NewsHour.
Restricting Who Gets an Organ Transplant
Article from Tufts Now.
Study Reveals Long-Term Effectiveness of Therapy for Common Cause of Kidney Failure
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
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Vanderbilt Opens Telemedicine Clinic for Kidney Transplant Screening
Press release from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
The Pregnancy Outcomes in Patients with Stage 3-4 Chronic Kidney Disease and the Effects of Pregnancy in the Long-Term Kidney Function
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
Patient Discourse on Chronic Kidney Disease Monitoring: a Qualitative Study at a Veterans Affairs Renal Clinic
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
Rethinking Regenerative Medicine From a Transplant Perspective (and Vice Versa)
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Dialysate Potassium Concentration: Should Mass Balance Trump Electrophysiology?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
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Laminate Medical Technologies Announces First Forearm Fistula Cases in Germany
Press release.
U.S. Deaths From Liver Disease Rising Rapidly
Article from HealthDay.
Merck Joins the List of Drug Makers Agreeing to Freeze or Lower Some Prices
Article from STAT.
ESRD Quality Incentive Program: CY 2019 ESRD PPS Proposed Rule Call — August 14
Tuesday, August 14 from 2 to 3 pm ET. Register here.

During this call, learn about proposals for the End Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program (ESRD QIP) in the CY 2019 ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule. Topics include:
  • ESRD QIP legislative framework
  • Proposed updates to ESRD QIP measures, domain structure, and weights
  • Proposed modifications to data submission requirements and the National Healthcare Safety Network Validation Study
  • Methods for reviewing and commenting on the proposed rule
Please note: This call will not include a question and answer session.
Proposed Rule Changes from CMS Get Mixed Reviews
Article from Medical Economics.

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