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  Dec. 19, 2014
bullet point Joe Mello Returns to DaVita as HealthCare Partners COO; Dennis Kogod Becomes HealthCare Partners President
Press release.
bullet point Potential Impact of Subsequent Entry Biologics in Nephrology Practice in Canada
Provisional abstract and full-text article (33-page pdf) from the Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.

Editor's note: Germany has four epoetins on the market. Most of Europe pays significantly less for epoetins than the U.S.

In the U.S., Amgen's lobbying and campaign contributions allow them to control the legislation regarding biologics use in dialysis care. Amgen's funding of U.S. nephrology "projects" keeps professional calls for U.S. policy changes well under control.
bullet point Amgen Announces 30 Percent Increase In 2015 First Quarter Dividend
Press release.
bullet point Amgen Leukemia Therapy Costs $178,000, Among Priciest Drugs
Article from Bloomberg.
bullet point Warn Dialysis Patients of Transport Fraud
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog posting from Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: Unfortunately, some nephrologists have financial interests in the ambulance companies.
bullet point Influenza Vaccination in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease: Systematic Review and Assessment of Quality of Evidence Related to Vaccine Efficacy, Effectiveness and Safety
Provisional abstract and full-text article (21-page pdf) from BMC Medicine.
bullet point Intensified Home Hemodialysis for Managing Severe Cardiac Failure
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study
bullet point Most States Not Ready to Handle Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Report
Article from HealthDay. Press release and report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
bullet point Public Ranks Nurses as Most Honest, Ethical Profession for 13th Straight Year
Press release from the American Nurses Association.
bullet point Televised Medical Talk Shows-What They Recommend and the Evidence to Support Their Recommendations: a Prospective Observational Study
Article from the British Medical Journal.

"Approximately half of the recommendations have either no evidence or are contradicted by the best available evidence."
bullet point Public Easily Swayed On Attitudes About Health Law, Poll Finds
Article from Kaiser Health News.
More Hospitals Improve Care, Increase Payment from Medicare
Article from The Hill.
Medicare Cuts Payments To 721 Hospitals With Highest Rates Of Infections, Injuries
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Database Will Add Industry Payments To Doctors For Medical Education Seminars
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CMS: Medical Privacy of Protected Health Information
(3-page pdf) Guide for professionals of HIPAA regulations.

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