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Fri/Sat, Oct. 4-5

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 Oct. 4, 2019
Association between Patient Psychosocial Characteristics and Receipt of In-Center Nocturnal Hemodialysis among Prevalent Dialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.

Editor's note: If U.S. nephrology is ever going to get serious about renal rehabilitation and the importance of dialysis patient employment, this modality must once again become a norm.
Preemptive Kidney Transplants: Why Aren't They More Popular
Article from the Chronic Disease Coalition.
Traditional Dialysis vs. Transitional Care for Urgent Starts
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Kidney Function May Affect Risks Associated with Prescription Opioids
Press release and Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay. Related tweetorial from Tessa Novick, MD.
UIC Researchers Tackle Opioid Use among Kidney Disease Patients — NIH Awards UIC $2.8 Million
Press release from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mass. Man on Dialysis Trains EMS Providers on Home Hemodialysis Machine
Article via EMS1.com.
NephTalk Episode on Exercise during Dialysis
Tweet and video from Satellite Healthcare.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
UK Renal Transplant Outcomes in Low and High BMI Recipients: the Need for a National Policy
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Online First Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Short-term Probiotics Regimen May Help Treat Gout, Kidney Disease
Press release from the International Union of Physiological Sciences.
The Diabetes Pandemic and the Promise of Connected Care
Press release from the Joslin Diabetes Center.
Philippines: 'Ghost Dialysis' Scam Whistle-Blowers Arrested
Articles from GMA News and Rappler.com.
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“It’s Very Unethical”: Audio Shows Hospital Kept Vegetative Patient on Life Support to Boost Survival Rates
Article from ProPublica.
Just Putting Patients At The Center Of Health Care Is Not Enough To Improve Care
Posting from Health Affairs blog.
Patient Engagement Buzz Survey: PROMs Use Is Growing, but Implementation Takes Effort
Article from NEJM Catalyst.
Articles from Medical Economics:
Trump Woos Seniors with Order To Boost Medicare Health Program
Article from Reuters. Executive order and CMS statement. News brief from the American Hospital Association.
An Unconventional Health Care Speech: Trump Wishes Pharma Stocks Would Drop, and Implies Drug Industry Is Behind Impeachment
Article from STAT.

Medicare Fraud: Feds Indict 35 in Alleged $2.1 Billion Fraud Scheme Involving Telemedicine
Article from Medical Economics.



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Thursday, Oct. 3

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 Oct. 3, 2019
Most Kidney Transplants between People with HIV Have Long-Term Success
News release from the National Institutes of Health. Article from HealthDay. Correspondence extract from The New England Journal of Medicine.
How Opt-Out Organ Donation Could Affect US Waiting Lists
Press release from the University of Michigan.
VA Health Care: Additional Training Could Improve Organ Transplant Referral and Evaluation Processes
Fast facts on GAO report. Also see highlights (1-page pdf) and full report (52-page pdf).
Move Over Davita: Meet The Company Revolutionizing Kidney Care
Article from Forbes. (HLM link)
Outset Medical Receives U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Contract to Provide Tablo Dialysis Systems for Disaster Recovery Response
Press release.
The #NephJCKidney & @CJASN Nominees for Best #VisualAbstract
Tweet from Swapnil Hiremath, MD, MPH. Posting from Nephrology Journal Club.
Nephrologist Quits Day Job To Write
Posting by Vanessa Grubbs, MD.
Researchers: ESRD Should Not Preclude Weight Loss Surgery
Article from Renal & Urology News. Related posting from Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page. Related abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Advance Articles from NDT:
Hepatitis B Virus Mutant Infections in Hemodialysis Patients: A Case Series
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Vascular Access Type Was Not Associated with Mortality and the Predictors for Cardiovascular Death in Elderly Chinese Patients on Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
National Feasibility Survey of Peritoneal Dialysis Key Performance Indicators in Thailand from Provider Perspective
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Monitoring HTN Med Adherence Does Not Improve BP Control
Article from HealthDay.
Diabetic Kidney Disease: New Clinical and Therapeutic Issues. Joint Position Statement of the Italian Diabetes Society and the Italian Society of Nephrology on "the Natural History of Diabetic Kidney Disease and Treatment of Hyperglycemia in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Impaired Renal Function"
Free, full-text, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
14th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Cardiorenal Forum (UK) Oct. 4
Notice of programme (1-page pdf) from The Renal Association (UK).
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Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Walmart To Give Workers Financial Incentives To Use Higher-Quality Doctors
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Federal Judge Rules First US Supervised Opioid Injection Site Is Legal
Article from The Hill.
Trump To Unveil Order Aiming to Boost Medicare Health Program, Woo Seniors
Article from Reuters.


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Wednesday, Oct. 2

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 Oct. 2, 2019
FDA Informs Patients, Providers and Manufacturers about Potential Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities for Connected Medical Devices and Health Care Networks That Use Certain Communication Software
FDA news release. Articles from The Hill and HealthDay.
Articles from Healio (registration required):
Early Mortality Rates after Commencement of Maintenance Hemodialysis: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN Articles:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine Improves Survival in Dialysis Patients by Preventing Cardiac Events
Free, full-text article from Vaccine.
The Gut Microbiota and Its Relationship with Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Use of Highly Individualized Complement Blockade Has Revolutionized Clinical Outcomes after Kidney Transplantation and Renal Epidemiology of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract.
Chronic Kidney Disease Diagnosis and Management — A Review
Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Baxter Touts Sharesource Home Dialysis Study (from Columbia)
Article from MassDevice.
Survey Snapshot: Treating Chronic Disease Proactively
Article from NEJM Catalyst.
Food Insecurity in Young Adults Raises Risk for Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Asthma
Press release from UC San Francisco.
Could Vitamin C Infusions Save Patients With Sepsis?
Article from HealthDay.
Health System Uses Epic EHR, Communications Tech to Reduce Sepsis Mortality Rate by 20%
Article from Healthcare IT News.
Nipro Medical
FDA's Research Guidance Will Help Take Guesswork out of Drug Dosing in Newborns
Article from STAT.
The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves And Have-Nots
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CROWNWeb New User Training Oct. 15
Registration now open.
Medicare's ACO Program, Which Offers Doctors, Hospitals Rewards For Better Care, Saved $740M Last Year
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Oct. 1

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 Oct. 1, 2019
Medicare Makes Bold Move to Increase Access to Transplants
Article from Kidney News Online.
An Astounding Summer of Advocacy!
Posting from the National Kidney Foundation Advocacy in Action blog.
A Single Number for Advocacy and Communication—Worldwide More Than 850 Million Individuals Have Kidney Diseases
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
October 2019 Schedule of Events from the ESRD National Coordinating Center
There are currently 8 events scheduled for October.
Troubleshooting Two Vascular Access Cases – Early Cannulation Graft and the HeRO Graft
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Role of Physical Performance Assessments and Need for a Standardized Protocol for Candidacy Selection of Older Kidney Transplant Candidates
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Use of Electronic Patient Reported Outcomes in Clinical Nephrology Practice: A Qualitative Pilot Study
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
October 2019 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal
20 free, full-text articles.
The Relationship between R Wave Peak Time and Left Ventricular Mass Index in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease on Hemodialysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Recurrent Hyperkalemia Management and Use of Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Inhibitors: a European Multinational Targeted Chart Review
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Full-Text JASN Articles:
U.S. FDA Approves INVOKANA® (canagliflozin) to Treat Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD) and Reduce the Risk of Hospitalization for Heart Failure in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and DKD
Press release from Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. News brief from NEJM Journal Watch. Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Type 2 Diabetes Remission Possible with 'Achievable' Weight Loss, Say Researchers
Press release from University of Cambridge.
First-time Pregnancy Complications Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension Later in Life
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
Dravon Medical
Carnivores' Comeback: Review Supports Red Meat in Diet
Article and Physician's Briefing (with links) from HealthDay.
The Risk and Cost of Limited Clinician and Patient Accountability in Health Care
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Boston Scientific's Connected Patient Challenge Calls for Digital Health Solutions for Managing Chronic Conditions
Article from Medical Economics.
CVS Halts Sales of Heartburn Drug Zantac over Cancer Concerns
Article from The Hill.
Variation in Prescription Drug Prices by Retail Pharmacy Type: A National Cross-sectional Study
Latest Article abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
New Round of Medicare Readmission Penalties Hits 2,583 Hospitals
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Expanding Medicaid Means Chronic Health Problems Get Found & Health Improves, Study Finds
Press release from the University of Michigan.
Study: Low-income Medicare Enrollees More Likely To Report Food Insecurity
News brief from the American Hospital Association.


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Monday, Sept. 30

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 Sept. 30, 2019
China Is Accused of Harvesting Tens of Thousands of Organs to Serve a Thriving Global Market
Article from QUARTZ.
The Association of Atrial Fibrillation and Ischemic Stroke in Patients on Hemodialysis: A Competing Risk Analysis
Free, Open Access Article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
The Implications of the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative for Kidney Transplant Centers
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
A Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Kidney Replacement Therapies
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract. RRT Technology Roadmap (34-page pdf) and patient edition (8-page pdf).
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Articles from Healio:
An Early Experience of Check List to Improve Patient Self-care and Product Defect Report in Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CLIP-SP) Study
OnlineFirst abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Could Drug Burden Be Associated with Severe Periodontitis in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis?
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Two-Year Cumulative Patency of Endovascular Arteriovenous Fistula
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Simulations Characterize Turbulence Caused by Common Connection (Fistula) for Dialysis
Press release from American Institute of Physics.
New Patient Information Leaflets (Booklets)
Resources from The Renal Association (UK).
Nephrotoxic Drug Burden among 1001 Critically Ill Patients: Impact on Acute Kidney Injury
Free, Open Access article from Annals of Intensive Care.
Machine Learning Versus Physicians' Prediction of Acute Kidney Injury in Critically Ill Adults — A Prospective Evaluation of the AKIpredictor
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from Critical Care via Medscape Nephrology.
Heart, Kidney Disease Risk Factors for Adverse Effects from Gout Medication
Press release from the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Affordable Care Act Insured Millions of Uninsured Diabetics
Article from HealthDay.
Patient Hurt in Wreck on Way to Dialysis – $750,000 Settlement
Article extract from Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
Better Water
Nationwide Genetic Testing Fraud
Notice and video from the HHS Office of Inspector General.
Renal Physicians Association's Comments on:
CMS Finalizes Removing 1-Year Post-Transplant Survival Reporting
Tweet from NKF Advocacy. Final rule published in The Federal Register.
Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies, and Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care
Final rule published in The Federal Register.

Editor's note: "Dialysis" is mentioned seven times in the document.


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 27-28

Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
A Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Kidney Replacement Therapies
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract. RRT Technology Roadmap (34-page pdf) and patient edition (8-page pdf).
Simulations Characterize Turbulence Caused by Common Connection (Fistula) for Dialysis
Press release from American Institute of Physics.
Articles from Healio:
Affordable Care Act Insured Millions of Uninsured Diabetics
Article from HealthDay.
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 Sept. 27, 2019
Research Shows Racial Disparities in Pregnant Women on Dialysis
Press release from the University of Cincinnati. Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract.
Disparities Persist in Early Kidney Transplantation Despite Policy Changes
Press release and Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstracts from the American Society of Nephrology:
Free, Full-Text, Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
I Want To Go Home
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Thinking Volume First: Developing a Multifaceted Systematic Approach to Volume Management in Hemodialysis
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Uremic Toxins and their Relation to Dialysis Efficacy
Free, full-text, Online First review article from Blood Purification.
A Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and Meta-Regression of the Efficacy and Safety of Endovascular Arteriovenous Fistula Creation
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Evaluation of Hemodynamic Impact of Absorbable Sutures in Native Arteriovenous Fistulas: a Retrospective Study
Online First abstract from International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Current State of Vascular Access in Singapore
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Have a Nephrology Question? There Might Be A #Tweetorial For That!
List from the Renal Fellow Network.
CDC Releases Last Courses in STRIVE Series to Prevent Infections
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
Human Kidney Map Charts Our Growing Immune Defense
Press release from Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
AmeriWater
Climate Change Represents Public Health Crisis, Damaging World's Oceans, Reports Warn
Report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Article from The BMJ.
FDA Clarifies How It Will Regulate Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence
Article from STAT.
Brexit May Have 'Gravest of Consequences' for Health: UK Lawmaker
Article from Reuters.
CMS Press Releases:
Benefits for Mind, Body and Work Ability Seen in Medicaid Expansion Study
Press release from the University of Michigan.


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Thursday, Sept. 26

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 Sept. 26, 2019
Distribution and Association of Cancer with Mortality in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients Receiving Dialysis
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
Kidney Injury Biomarkers with Clinical Utility: Has Godot Finally Arrived?
Free, full-text, Online First editorial from American Journal of Nephrology.
Racial Differences and Factors Associated with Pregnancy in End Stage Kidney Disease Patients on Dialysis in the United States
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract.
Preoperative Noncoronary Cardiovascular Assessment and Management of Kidney Transplant Candidates
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Community-Acquired versus Hospital-Acquired Acute Kidney Injury: A Meta-Analysis
Free, full-text, Online First meta-analysis from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
The Epidemiologic Burden of Tacrolimus Variability among Kidney Transplant Recipients in the United States
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Iron Chelation as a Potential Therapeutic Strategy for AKI Prevention
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract.
Better Water
Stress of U.S. Politics Taking Mental, Physical Toll on Americans
Article from HealthDay.
Integrating Social Care Into the Delivery of Health Care
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
As Health Care Costs Rise, Workers At Low-Wage Firms May Pay A Larger Share
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Uber And Lyft Ride-Sharing Services Hitch Onto Medicaid
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Wednesday, Sept. 25

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 Sept. 25, 2019
ASN Weighs in on ESRD Treatment Choice Model in Letter to CMS
Article and letter (13-page pdf) from Kidney News Online.
Dialysis Firms Try to Strong-Arm Gov. Newsom into Vetoing a Bill Capping Their Profits
Article from Los Angeles Times.
Healionics Raises $4.5M To Fund First-in-Human Trial of STARgraft Vascular Graft
(1-page pdf) Press release.
Patients' Experiences of Community House Hemodialysis: A Qualitative Study
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine.
A Healthy Diet May Help Prevent Kidney Disease
Press release and free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN articles from the American Society of Nephrology:
Cardiovascular Disease Is Common in Older US Adults and Is the Leading Cause of Death in People With Chronic Kidney Disease
Topic from the CDC's Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System.
Needs Around Dialysis Treatment from Different Perspectives (NADIP): Results of the Exploratory German Multicenter Survey
Free, Open Access, Online First article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Effect of Dialyzer Membrane Materials on Survival in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients: Results from the Annual Survey of the Japanese Nationwide Dialysis Registry
Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.
Dialysis Catheter Insertion with Extended Ultrasound Monitoring
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Is the Future of Diabetes Treatment Better Drugs or Better Care?
Deep Dive article from Healthcare DIVE.
Survey Suggests Elderly Patients with Diabetes May Favor More Aggressive Blood Sugar Control
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Hurricanes Up Mortality Risk for Seniors With Diabetes
Article from HealthDay.
Green Vegetables, Herbs, and Oils May Help Stabilize Patients Taking Warfarin
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CDC Highlights Sepsis Educational Resources
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
Myron L Company
‘Ticking Time Bomb’: Cases Of Mumps Among Detained Immigrants Along U.S. Border Jump From Five To 900
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
'Self-Silencing' Can Be Potentially Deadly for Women
Article from HealthDay.
 


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Tuesday, Sept. 24

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 Sept. 24, 2019
United Nations General Assembly 2019: Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Kidney Health Higher on the Global Policy Agenda
Press release, statement (1-page pdf), and tweet from the International Society of Nephrology. News brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
12th Annual UK Dialysis Conference
Notice and agenda (3-page pdf) from the Renal Association of September 25-27 meeting in Manchester.
DaVita Loses Another Suit Over Insurance Coverage for Dialysis
Article extract from Bloomberg Law.
Taxonomy of the Patient Voice
Article from NEJM Catalyst.
Mortality after Amputation in Dialysis Patients Is High but Not Modified by Diabetes Status
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) 2017 Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD) Guideline Update Implementation: Asia Summit Conference Report
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Value of Magnetic Resonance/Computed Tomography Peritoneography Technique in the Evaluation of Dialysate Leakage and Hernia Following Peritoneal Dialysis
OnlineFirst abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Prevention, Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Chronic Kidney Disease: Synopsis of the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes 2018 Clinical Practice Guideline
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Use and Discontinuation of Insulin Treatment Among Adults Aged 75 to 79 Years With Type 2 Diabetes
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
It's Not Just Insulin: Diabetes Patients Struggle To Get Crucial Supplies
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Integrated Biomedical Technology
Climate Change Threatens the Achievement of Effective Universal Healthcare
Article from The BMJ.
Patient Centered Capitalism: Redefining Ethics in the Medical Industry
Opinion piece from STAT.
Statement on FDA Efforts to Encourage Patient Engagement in Medical Device Clinical Investigations
FDA statement.
MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the ESRD PPS Update for CY 2020
(15-page pdf) Letter from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.


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Monday, Sept. 23

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 Sept. 23, 2019
Sudden Cardiac Death in Dialysis Patients: Different Causes and Management Strategies
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
The Advancing American Kidney Health Executive Order An Opportunity to Enhance Organ Donation
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Value-Based Purchasing and Physician Professionalism
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Articles from Healio:
Organ Transplants in Maine More Than a Financial Struggle
Article from Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald.
Risk Factors for 1-Year Graft Loss After Kidney Transplantation—Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Effects of Body Weight Variation in Obese Kidney Recipients: a Retrospective Cohort Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Open Access Articles from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease:
Association of Depressive Symptoms with 25(OH) Vitamin D in Hemodialysis Patients and Effect of Gender
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Influenza in Dialysis Patients—an Opportunity to Decrease Mortality?
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
New Trends in Regenerative Medicine: Reprogramming and Reconditioning
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print JASN perspective article.
Influence of Mortality on Estimating the Risk of Kidney Failure in People with Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract.
FDA OKs New Pill for Type 2 Diabetes
Article from HealthDay. FDA news release. Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required).
Patiromer Versus Placebo to Enable Spironolactone Use in Patients with Resistant Hypertension and Chronic Kidney Disease (AMBER): a Phase 2, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial
Online First abstract from The Lancet.
Fat Mass Index, Not BMI, Associated with Cardiovascular Events in People with Diabetes
Press release from Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Nephros
American Nurses Association Releases Updated Principles for Nurse Staffing
Press release.
 


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 20-21

Sudden Cardiac Death in Dialysis Patients: Different Causes and Management Strategies
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
The Advancing American Kidney Health Executive Order An Opportunity to Enhance Organ Donation
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Articles from Healio:
Organ Transplants in Maine More Than a Financial Struggle
Article from Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald.
Risk Factors for 1-Year Graft Loss After Kidney Transplantation—Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Effects of Body Weight Variation in Obese Kidney Recipients: a Retrospective Cohort Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
New Trends in Regenerative Medicine: Reprogramming and Reconditioning
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print JASN perspective article.
Influence of Mortality on Estimating the Risk of Kidney Failure in People with Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract.
Value-Based Purchasing and Physician Professionalism
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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 Sept. 20, 2019
National Renal Administrators Association's 36-Page Response to CMS Regarding ESRD Specialty Care Models
There are now 329 comments (many concerning radiation services) to this Federal Register notice. Some other notable submissions:
Dialysis Centers Claim Patients Lose with New Mandatory Payments
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
Living Kidney Donors Face Higher Risk of Hypertension
Press release and Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Effect of Dumbbell Exercise on Arteriovenous Fistula in Patients Undergoing Maintenance Haemodialysis: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
Online First Abstracts from Transplantation:
CV Risk Lower With Metformin in T2DM + Reduced Kidney Function
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, New Online articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required):
Certain Genetic Variants Predispose Patients with Diabetes to Kidney Disease
Press release and Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Rates of Diabetes Higher at Lower BMIs Among Minorities
Article from HealthDay.
New Study Reveals a Strong Link between Vitamin D Deficiency and Increased Mortality, Especially Diabetes Related Deaths
Press release from Diabetologia.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Kidney and Blood Pressure Research:
United Nations General Assembly 2019: An Opportunity to Move Kidney Health Higher on the Global Policy Agenda
Article from the International Society of Nephrology.
Fresenius Medical Launches 4008A Dialysis Machine in China
Press release via BioSpectrum Asia Edition.
B Braun
Hearing Explores How Drug Companies Stifle Innovation, Prioritize Profits
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
 


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Thursday, Sept. 19

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 Sept. 19, 2019
ASN, the National Kidney Foundation, and the Renal Physicians Association Send Joint Response to CMS Regarding ESRD Treatment Choice Model
News item from Kidney News Online. The joint response is a 3-page pdf.

There are 99 comments (mostly concerning radiation services) to this Federal Register notice. Some of the other interesting comments:

Legislation Introduced: Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2019 (H.R. 3912)
Press release from Kidney Care Partners. H.R. 3912 on Congress.gov.
DaVita Closing Park Rapids (Minnesota) Dialysis
Article from Park Rapids Enterprise.
Deal Could Expand University of Iowa Dialysis Services
Article from The Gazette (Cedar Rapids).
The Executive Order on Kidney Care: an Opportunity to Improve Outcomes for Individuals with Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Arrhythmias in Patients on Maintenance Dialysis: A Cross-sectional Study
Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Single Needle Hemodialysis: Is the Past the Future?
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Maribavir for Preemptive Treatment of Cytomegalovirus Reactivation
Abstract from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Published Ahead-of-Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
Comprehensive Assessment of Kidney Health in Acute Kidney Injury: Can It Be Achieved?
Free, full-text, Online First mini-review from Nephron.
More Than 25 Years of Pancreas Graft Survival after Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney Transplantation — Experience from the World's Largest Series of Long-Term Survivors
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
News Briefs from NEJM Journal Watch:
Patients with High Blood Sugar Variability Much More Likely to Die Than Those with Stable Visit to Visit Readings
Press release from Diabetologia.
Could Mom's Anemia Hurt Baby's Brain?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Rise in Crime Tied to Rising Blood Pressure
Article from Reuters.
AmeriWater
Companies Cashing In On Weakened Regulations For Health Care Coverage Under Trump Administration
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Camouflaged Vaping Devices Are Hoodwinking Parents And Schools
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CROWNWeb September 2019 Town Hall Registration Is Now Open
Registration for the September Town Hall being held on Thursday, September 26th, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET is now open.
Clearing up the Confusion Surrounding Medicare for All
Posting from the KevinMD blog.


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Wednesday, Sept. 18

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 Sept. 18, 2019
HDU Comments to CMS Medicare Program; Specialty Care Models To Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Expenditures and Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health.
Link to letter (11-page pdf) from Home Dialyzors United.

There are 99 comments (mostly concerning radiation services) to this Federal Register notice.
California Cracks Down on Dialysis Profiteering
Article from The American Prospect.
How to Successfully Train a Modern Nephrologist: Experience from US Fellowship Training Practice
Free, full-text, Online First review article from Kidney Diseases.
Published Ahead-of-Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
What Happens to the Live Donor in the Years Following Donation?
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
Monitoring Transcellular Fluid Shifts during Episodes of Intradialytic Hypotension Using Bioimpedance Spectroscopy
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Dosing in Critically Ill Patients: A Quality Improvement Initiative
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
An Immediate Access Dialysis Graft Designed to Prevent Needle-Related Complications: Results from the Initial Preclinical Studies
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Press Releases from Diabetologia:
US Nephrologists Beginning to Trial AstraZeneca's LOKELMA (zirconium sodium cyclosilicate) but Unclear on Differentiation from Vifor/Relypsa's VELTASSA (patiromer FOS)
Press release from Spherix Global Insights.
Electric Pill Bottles and Text Messaging Not Enough to Affect Blood Pressure Control
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
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Obesity Stigma And Yo-Yo Dieting, Not BMI, Are Behind Chronic Health Conditions, Dietitian Claims
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Tennessee Seeks to Become First State to Turn Medicaid into a Block Grant
Article from The Hill.


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Tuesday, September 17

California Cracks Down on Dialysis Profiteering
Article from The American Prospect.
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American Kidney Fund Lobbies White House on Charitable Premium Assistance
Article from Healthcare DIVE.

""An estimated 60% of DaVita Inc.'s pre-tax profit comes from patients with premiums funded by the American Kidney Fund, which is heavily subsidized by charity donations from DaVita (which qualifies as a charitable deduction)," the insurer trade group's spokesperson Cathryn Donaldson said."
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Prediction System for Risk of Allograft Loss in Patients Receiving Kidney Transplants: International Derivation and Validation Study
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
Two Decades of the Eurotransplant Senior Program: the Gender Gap in Mortality Impacts Patient Survival after Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Online First Abstracts from International Urology and Nephrology:
Timing of Recovery From Moderate to Severe AKI and the Risk for Future Loss of Kidney Function
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Diabetes Technology: Review of the 2019 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Patient Perceptions of Diabetes Guideline Frameworks for Individualizing Glycemic Targets
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Redefining Heart Failure With a Reduced Ejection Fraction
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Can Sevelamer Reduce Proteinuria in Patients With CKD? Do We Have An ANSWER?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Taking Blood Pressure at Home May Better Predict Heart Problem in Black Adults
Article from HealthDay. Press release from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
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At the End of His Career, a Physician Reflects on The House of God
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
 


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Monday, Sept. 16

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 Sept. 16, 2019
Register for NTDS Webinar - Targeting Zero Infections: Human Factors Engineering and Its Application to Dialysis — Sept. 17
Registration notice from ASN's Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) program for webinar on September 17, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Eastern Time (US & Canada).
More Frequent, Intense Dialysis Beneficial to Patients
Article from MD Magazine.
Home Dialyzors United and The Kidney Project Partner on Capitol Hill to Change the Face of Dialysis and Improve the Quality of Patient's Lives
Press release.
AB 290 Will Force American Kidney Fund to Stop Helping Low-Income Patients in California, AKF President Confirms
Press release.
Physician Bedside Manners And Ableism
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Do For-Profits Belong in Kidney Transplants? This Study Suggests Not
Article from Nonprofit Quarterly.
The 'Advancing American Kidney Health' Initiative Lives Up to Its Name
Opinion piece from The Hill.
Videodialysis: a Pilot Experience of Telecare for Assisted Peritoneal Dialysis
Free, full-text, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
Published Ahead of Print CJASN Abstracts:
FGF23 at the Crossroads of Phosphate, Iron Economy and Erythropoiesis
Abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Maturing Arteriovenous Accesses in Incident Hemodialysis Patients and First-Year Outcomes
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Metabolic Syndrome and Mortality in Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: A 5-Year Prospective Cohort Study
Free, ful-ltext, Online First article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Press Releases from Diabetologia:
The Lancet  Publishes Study Showing Hyperkalemia Drug May Help Kidney Patients Stay on Hypertension Treatment
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Bulgarian Authorities Break Up Illegal Kidney Transplant Group
Article from Radio Free Europe.
NxStage
Walmart's First Healthcare Services 'Super Center' Open
Forbes article via HealthLeaders Media.
Medicare Program: Extension of Prior Authorization for Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transports
Notice from the Federal Register.


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 13-14

Home Dialyzors United and The Kidney Project Partner on Capitol Hill to Change the Face of Dialysis and Improve the Quality of Patient's Lives
Press release.
Physician Bedside Manners And Ableism
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Do For-Profits Belong in Kidney Transplants? This Study Suggests Not
Article from Nonprofit Quarterly.
The 'Advancing American Kidney Health' Initiative Lives Up to Its Name
Opinion piece from The Hill.
Published Ahead of Print CJASN Abstracts:
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Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys Function Similar to Uninfected Organs One Year After Transplant
Press release from Penn Medicine. Press release and Published Ahead of Print JASN abstracts from the American Society of Nephrology:
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from Kidney Medicine:
Why Organ Transplants Are so Expensive in the US
Video and article from Business Insider.

Do Renal Consultations Matter in Surgical and Cardiac ICU Patients?
Posting from the NephronPower blog.

Peritoneal Dialysis Patient Outcomes under the Medicare Expanded Dialysis Prospective Payment System
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
A Promising Treatment for an Incurable, Deadly (Polycystic) Kidney Disease
Press release from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
High Success Rate in Salvage of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections Due to Staphylococcus aureus, on behalf of project group of Italian society of nephrology
FirstOnline abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Measuring the Palpable Pulsatility Length As a Physical Examination Test in Defining the Severity of Inflow Stenosis for Hemodialysis Fistulas
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Hypophosphatemia in Critically Ill Patients with Acute Kidney Injury on Renal Replacement Therapies
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Mortality Associated with Serum Potassium in Incident Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Emerging Practice of Precision Medicine Could One Day Improve Care for Many Heart Failure Patients
Press release from the American Heart Association.
Free CE CDC Webinar on Hand Hygiene Innovation on Sept. 25
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Integrated Biomedical Technology
Congress Rakes In Millions From Drugmakers
Article from Kaiser Health News.
How Nursing Homes Have Become ‘Dark Underbelly’ That Is Fueling Era Of Drug Resistant Bacteria
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Thursday, Sept. 12

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For-Profit Dialysis Units Referring Less for Transplant?
(Registration required, but free.) Commentary video and article from Medscape Nephrology.
UK Clinical Practice Guideline “Pregnancy and Renal Disease” Published
Notice from The Renal Association (UK). The guideline is a 87-page pdf.
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from Kidney Medicine:
Published Ahead of Print JASN Abstracts:
Stability and Impact of Symptom Clusters in Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease Undergoing Dialysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in the Treatment of Severe Hyperkalemia: an in vitro Study
OnlineFirst abstract from The International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Cytokine Removal in Extracorporeal Blood Purification: An in vitro Study
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
The Effect of Transportation Modality to Dialysis Facilities on Health-Related Quality of Life among Hemodialysis Patients: Results from the Japanese Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
HHS Issues Guidance on Managing Highly Infectious Waste
News brief from the American Hospital Association. Guidance is an 111-page pdf.
CDC Releases More Free Infection-Control Training Courses
News brief from the American Hospital Association. To access the courses, all accredited for continuing education, visit https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/training/strive.html.
Hypertension Common Among Young Black Women
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Better Water
In Search Of Age-Friendly Health Care, Finding Room For Improvement
Article from Kaiser Health News.
To Protect Bottom Lines, Insurers Don't Pursue Widespread Fraud–They Simply Pass Costs Off To Consumers
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
How Old Is Too Old to Be President?
Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Trump Administration Working on Flavored E-Cigarette Ban
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch. FDA news release.
 


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Wednesday, Sept. 11

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 Sept. 11, 2019
Lower Rates of Kidney Transplantation at For-Profit Facilities
Article from MD Magazine. Abstract and editorial extract from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Articles from Reuters, Medscape Nephrology (registration required), and MedPage Today (registration required).

"With approximately 1,500,000 cases analyzed, patients who were receiving dialysis for end-stage renal disease at a for-profit center had a 64% lower probability of being placed on the deceased kidney donor waiting list compared with patients at a nonprofit dialysis center (HR 0.36, 95% CI 0.35-0.36)."
Tweet Thread from Emory University Researcher on Transplantation Rates at For-Profit Dialysis Centers
9 tweets from Rachel Patzer, PhD.

Editor's note: It takes a comedy show to point out the enormous blind spots that U.S. nephrology has developed. Also consider that the largest for-profit providers have had higher mortality and hospitalization rates than the largest non-profit for 14 years... and the USRDS has stopped reporting that information. Perhaps most importantly, why do dialysis patients groups continue to remain quiet about these issues? Imagine what could get done if they finally spoke up on these life-and-death matters. They should be calling The New York Times and The Washington Post.

California Senate Passes Bill That Would Restrict Dialysis Profits
Article from Healio.

Medical Education Institute's Preliminary Comments On The ESRD Treatment Choices Model (CMS-5527-P)
Postings from the KidneyViews blog.
Joint ASPN/ASN Statement Sent to the House Oversight Committee Criticizing the Ending of the Deferred Medical Action Policy for Immigrants
Article from Kidney News Online.
"Patient Calling at 8:00 at Night"
Posting and replies from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.
Six Months after NxStage Merger, FMCNA Surpasses 25,000 Home Patients
Press release.
Baxter Puts Up $230M for Cheetah Medical
Article from MassDevice.
Celebrating Nephrology Nurses
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
First Newsletter Available from Canadian Nephrology Trials Network
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Reactions to Synthetic Membranes Dialyzers: Is there an Increase in Incidence?
Free, Open Access, Online First article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Haemoglobin Concentration and Survival of Hemodialysis Patients before and after Experiencing Cardiovascular Disease: a Cohort Study from Japanese Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study (J-DOPPS)
Full-text article from BMJ Open.
Association between Day of the Week and Medication Adherence among Adolescent and Young Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print JASN Articles:
Risk Prediction in Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Glycemic Control in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and CKD
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine.
Diabetes Risk Plummets by 75% When Multiple Risk Factors Tackled
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Survey Shows Many Primary Care Doctors Are Unprepared To Help Patients Avoid Diabetes
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine. First Online abstract from Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Wyss Institute and Miraki Innovation Unveil BOA Biomedical to Reduce Sepsis Deaths
Press release.
AmeriWater
Uninsured Rate Rises for the 1st Time since ACA
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
Ripe for Disruption: Why and How Big Players in the Private Sector Are Taking on Health Care
Article from NEJM Catalyst.
CVS-Aetna Merger Approval Gets Poor Review from Physicians
Article from Internal Medicine News.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Frontrunner To Lead FDA, Dogged by Controversies, Has Developed Knack for Confronting Them
Article from STAT.
New Strain of Strep Causing Cases of Scarlet Fever
Article from HealthDay.
 


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Tuesday, Sept. 10

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Primary Care Physicians Outline Barriers To Managing Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine. Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.

"On July 10, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced they were aiming to reduce the number of Americans developing end-stage renal disease by 25% by 2030. But, the results of a focus group study done by Johns Hopkins researchers of more than 30 veteran primary care physicians across the United States suggest that these primary care providers lack sufficient knowledge, clinical support tools and time to effectively identify and manage patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD)."
The Executive Order on Kidney Care: We Need To Do Much More To Win the Battle Against Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
At-Home Dialysis (PD) Improves Quality of Life
Press release from Kaiser Permanente. New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
At-Home Dialysis Is Changing Lives of Utah Kidney Patients
Article from KSL.com.
Fresenius Medical Care's Annual Medical Report Explores How Interconnected Intelligence Is Transforming Healthcare
Press release.

Editor's note: Another year and another FMC Annual Medical Report that doesn't mention renal rehabilitation or patient employment. In-center dialysis care will remain debilitating under this leadership.
Medtronic's Drug-Coated Balloon for Dialysis Fistulas Clears Study's Safety and Effectiveness Endpoints
Press release. Article from MedTech DIVE.
Major Shortcomings in Organ Transplant Network Flagged in UCSF, Columbia Studies
Article from San Francisco Chronicle.
CKD in Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders
Free, Published Ahead of Print CJASN article.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Peritoneal Dialysis International:
Comparison of Sodium Removal in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Treated by Continuous Ambulatory and Automated Peritoneal Dialysis
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
An Exploratory Study of Person-Centered Care in a Large Urban Hemodialysis Program in Canada Using a Qualitative Case-Study Methodology
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
New Measures Against Chronic Kidney Diseases in Japan Since 2018
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Online First Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
PIVOTAL Trial Provides Important Guidance on IV Iron Use in ESRD
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Voluntary Wheel Running Has Beneficial Effects in a Rat Model of CKD-Mineral Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD)
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract and editorial extract.
Incidence of ESKD and Mortality among Children with Congenital Heart Disease after Cardiac Surgery
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Relationship between Anti-Erythropoietin Receptor Autoantibodies and Responsiveness to Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents in Patients on Hemodialysis: a Multi-center Cross-Sectional Study
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
Association of Food Insecurity and Acute Health Care Utilization in Children With End-Stage Kidney Disease
Extract of New Online research letter from JAMA Pediatrics.
Compound Offers Prospects for Preventing Acute Kidney Failure
Press release from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
Coagulative Biomarkers on Admission to the ICU Predict Acute Kidney Injury and Mortality in Patients with Septic Shock Caused by Intra-Abdominal Infection
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from Infection and Drug Resistance.
'Supercool' Method Triples (Transplanted) Organ (Liver) Survival
Articles from the BBC and HealthDay. News release from the NIH.
High Blood Pressure Treatment May Slow Cognitive Decline
Press release from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
High Blood Pressure Among Pregnant Women in the US has Increased 13-folds Since 1970
Press release from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
In Face Of Public Outrage, Novo Nordisk Follows In Competitors' Footsteps And Offers Discounts For Insulin
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Are Shorter Folks at Higher Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
Article from HealthDay.
Diabetes Nearly Double for Japanese-Americans
Press release from University of Toronto.
Sacrificial Ink Writing Technique for 3D Printed Organs
Article from MedGadget.
Medical Solutions International
Survival at 'Overweight' BMI Surpasses 'Normal'
Conference coverage from Internal Medicine News.
Article from HealthDay:
Does The House of God Stand the Test of Time?
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Telemedicine Company Owner Pleads Guilty to $424M Medicare Fraud Scheme
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Medicaid Expansion Resulted in More ER Visits, Study Finds
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.


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Monday, Sept. 9

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AAKP Annual National Patient Meeting, Sept. 6-8
Overview and agenda (4-page pdf) from the American Association of Kidney Patients. Twitter: #KidneyPatients19 and @KidneyPatients.
Report from First Patient To Use the New CVS/DEKA Home Dialysis Machine
Posting from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.
September Issue of Kidney News Now Available
Publication from the American Society of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN Articles:
Home Dialysis Among Elderly Patients: Outcomes and Future Directions
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.

Free, Full-Text CJASN Articles:

Experiences of Safety among Patients Receiving Home Dialysis Therapies
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Impact of Long-Term Citrate Dialysate Use on Survival in Haemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Online First Letter to the Editor from Blood Purification.
Sodium Knowledge, Beliefs, and Behaviors in Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
Ten Years of Kidney Paired Donation at Mayo Clinic— The Benefits of Incorporating ABO/HLA Compatible Pairs
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
A Swifter Way Towards 3D-Printed Organs
Press release from Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.
Organ-On-A-Chip: Novel Direction of Physiology Research and Drug Development
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment Does Not Put Seniors at Risk: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Diabetes Control Has Stalled Across U.S.
Article from HealthDay.
Millions Of Diabetes Patients Are Missing Out On Medicare's Nutrition Help
Article from Kaiser Health News.
FMCNA and ANNA Celebrate Nephrology Nurses Week, Recognizing the Role Nephrology Nurses Play in Patients' Lives
Press release.
A Thank You from Doctors to Nurses
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Myron L Company
Physician Salaries: Which Specialties Have the Highest Growth?
Article and slideshow from Medical Economics.
Social Media Addiction May Harm Nurses' Performance
Article from HealthDay.
Medicaid Expansion and Health—Assessing the Evidence After 5 Years
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 6-7

September Issue of Kidney News Now Available
Publication from the American Society of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN Articles:
Medicaid Expansion and Health—Assessing the Evidence After 5 Years
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Diabetes Control Has Stalled Across U.S.
Article from HealthDay.
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Hurricane Dorian Shifts towards the Carolinas
5-day forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Videos and articles from the Weather Channel and CNN.  Hurricane Preparedness Newsletter (6-page pdf) from the Florida ESRD Network. Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) web site. See the "Dialysis Care" bullet point in this press release from CMS.
MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on Specialty Care Models to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Expenditures
(16-page pdf) Comments by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on ESRD issues appears on pages 7 through 15.
Care Redesign Survey: To Improve Chronic Disease Care, Change the Payment Model
Article from NEJM Catalyst.
Work OR Disability While On Dialysis?
Kidney Journey 10-minute YouTube video by Kyle Chang. Twitter: #WorkingOnDialysis.
CMS Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care (CEC) Model:
  • Performance Year 2 Annual Evaluation Report (117-page pdf)
  • Performance Year 2 Annual Evaluation Report -- Appendices (123-page pdf)
  • CEC Annual Findings-At-A-Glance Report Performance Year 2 - (2-page pdf)
Artificial Intelligence Approaches May Improve Diagnostics of Kidney Disease
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology. Posting from the NephronPower blog. Article from NEJM Catalyst.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Intra-Dialytic Hemoglobin Changes and Cardiovascular Events: A Cohort Study on Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns in Japan
Free, full-text, Online First article from American Journal of Nephrology.
Forty-Five Years on Home Hemodialysis, a Case of Exceptional Longevity
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Development of a New Mortality Scoring System for Acute Kidney Injury with Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Serum Triglycerides and Mortality Risk across Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease in 2 Million U.S Veterans
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Clinical Lipidology.
Evocalcet, A New Oral Calcimimetic for Dialysis Patients with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
New Study Confirms Protective Effect of Diabetes Drugs against Kidney Failure
Press release from the George Institute for Global Health. Abstract from  Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.
Industry Voices—Our Kidney Care System Is Totally Broken, But Change Is Coming
Article from FierceHealthcare.
American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. Completes Restatement of Prior Financial Statements
Press release.
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Majority of U.S. Doctors Believe ACA Has Improved Access to Care
Article from HealthDay.
$2B In Federal Grants To Fight Opioid Epidemic Doled Out To ‘Communities Where Help Is Most Needed’
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Announces New Enforcement Authorities to Reduce Criminal Behavior in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP
Press release.
CROWNWeb August Town Hall Recording Is Now Available


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Thursday, Sept. 5

Industry Voices—Our Kidney Care System Is Totally Broken, But Change Is Coming
Article from FierceHealthcare.
American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. Completes Restatement of Prior Financial Statements
Press release.
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Hurricane Dorian Shifts towards the Carolinas
5-day forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Videos and articles from the Weather Channel and CNN.  Hurricane Preparedness Newsletter (6-page pdf) from the Florida ESRD Network. Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) web site. See the "Dialysis Care" bullet point in this press release from CMS.
CMS Offers Comprehensive Support for North Carolina with Hurricane Dorian Preparation
Press release from CMS.
Fresenius Medical Care To Close Its Doors (in Fort Scott, Kansas)
Article and video from FourStatesHomepage.com..
New Research Offers Solution To Reduce Organ Shortage Crisis
Press release from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
Kidney Health Initiative Provides New Resources to Patients and Innovators Developing an Artificial Kidney
Press release and documents from the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Health Initiative:
Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations among Hemodialysis Patients by Day of the Week and Dialysis Schedule in the United States
Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.
The Impact of Race and Ethnicity Upon Health-Related Quality of Life and Mortality in Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine.
Ebola Survivors Face Kidney Problems and Risk of Premature Death
Article from Reuters.
Infectious Complications and Mortality Associated with the Use of IV Iron Therapy: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Iron Infusion And Induced Hypophosphatemia: The Role Of FGF23
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Suit: DaVita Dialysis Manager Harassed Female Workers, Hid Camera in Restroom
Article from Chicago Sun-Times.
Experimental Drug Works Quickly on Major Depression
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Green Vegetables, Herbs, and Oils May Help Stabilize Patients Taking Warfarin
Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association..
Beta-Blockers Increase Survival for HF Patients With Renal Impairment
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Poverty Makes Heart Failure Even More Lethal, Study Shows
Article from HealthDay.
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Federal Judge Approves $70 Billion CVS-Aetna Merger
Article from The Hill.
Johns Hopkins Launches Center For Psychedelic Research
Press release.
 


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Wednesday, Sept. 4

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Hurricane Dorian Shifts towards the Carolinas
5-day forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Videos and articles from the Weather Channel and CNN.  Hurricane Preparedness Newsletter (6-page pdf) from the Florida ESRD Network. Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) web site. See the "Dialysis Care" bullet point in this press release from CMS.
CMS Offers Comprehensive Support for Georgia and South Carolina with Hurricane Dorian Preparation
CMS press release.
HHS Declares Public Health Emergencies in Three States for Hurricane Dorian
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
How Many People Still Do a Full Time Job? Is It Possible? My Body Is Constantly in Pain but I'm Tired of Feeling Useless
Posting and replies from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.
A Guide to Immunosuppression in Transplantation
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Geographic Variation in the Availability of Deceased Donor Kidneys per Waitlisted Candidate in the United States
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Non-Invasive Hemodynamic Profiling of Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis — a Multicenter Observational Cohort Study
Free, Open Access articles from BMC Nephrology.
Online First Abstracts from American Journal of Nephrology:
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Vascular Surgery:
A Phase 3b, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Sodium Zirconium Cyclosilicate for Reducing the Incidence of Predialysis Hyperkalemia
Free, full-text JASN article.
I'm Worried About Depression—What Should I Know?
Free, full-text, New Online Patient Page from JAMA Internal Medicine.
 

Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required):

How To Tell Your Story
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Fresenius Recalls 4008 Dialysis Tubing Due to Dangerous, Undetectable Leaks
Article from MassDevice. Information released (2-page pdf) by Fresenius Medical Care.
  When Physicians Inappropriately Judge
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Nipro Medical
U.S. Judge Orders Big Drug Companies To Face Opioid Trial
Articles from Reuters and The Hill.
Drop the Pop: Soda Tied to Higher Risk of Early Death
Article from . New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Cancer Overtakes Heart Disease as #1 Killer of Middle-Aged in Wealthy Nations
Article from HealthDay.
Starving Seniors: How America Fails To Feed Its Aging
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CROWNWeb New User Training Sept. 10
Registration now open.
Indiana Aims To Sidestep Pitfalls That Hung Up Other States Implementing Medicaid Work Requirements
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Sept. 3

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Hurricane Dorian Shifts towards the Carolinas
5-day forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Videos and articles from the Weather Channel and CNN.  Hurricane Preparedness Newsletter (6-page pdf) from the Florida ESRD Network. Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) web site. See the "Dialysis Care" bullet point in this press release from CMS.
Many Who Die Waiting for a Kidney Had Multiple Offers, New Study Finds
Press release from Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Press release and free, full-text article from JAMA Network Open. Article from HealthDay.
Last Month in Nephrology
August 2019 update.
The Association of Socioeconomic Status with Incidence and Outcomes of Acute Kidney Injury
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Novel Oral Iron Therapies for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text article and from 9 abstracts on Anemia in CKD from July Issue of Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease.
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from Kidney International Reports:
A Collaborative, Individual Level Analysis Compared Longitudinal Outcomes across the International Network of Chronic Kidney Disease (iNETCKD) Cohorts
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
An Integrated Kidney Care eConsult Practice Model: Results from the iKinect Project
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Home Hemodialysis – Writing a Prescription
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.

Free, Open Access Articles from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease:

Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
A Safe and Effective Low Dose Regional Citrate Anticoagulation Protocol for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Interventions to Improve Blood Pressure Control Among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Patients With CKD: Kidney Awareness Registry and Education Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine.
Memphis Study Suggests Transplanting Hep C- Infected Kidneys to Uninfected Donors Safe
Press release from University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Nephros
Trump Administration Walks Back Decision to End Protections for Migrants Who Receive Medical Care
Article from The Hill.
Can Physicians Work in US Immigration Detention Facilities While Upholding Their Hippocratic Oath?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Disclosure of Interests and Management of Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Guidelines and Guidance Statements: Methods From the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians
Free, full-text clinical guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
September 2019 CROWNWeb NEWS


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Fri/Sat, Aug. 30-31

Many Who Die Waiting for a Kidney Had Multiple Offers, New Study Finds
Press release from Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Press release and free, full-text article from JAMA Network Open. Article from HealthDay.
Can Physicians Work in US Immigration Detention Facilities While Upholding Their Hippocratic Oath?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A Safe and Effective Low Dose Regional Citrate Anticoagulation Protocol for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
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 Aug. 30, 2019
Hurricane Dorian May Strike Florida as Category 4 Hurricane
5-day forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Videos and articles from the Weather Channel and CNN.  Hurricane Preparedness Newsletter (6-page pdf) from the Florida ESRD Network. Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) web site. See the "Dialysis Care" bullet point in this press release from CMS.
September Schedule of Events from the ESRD National Coordinating Center
14 events currently scheduled.
Heparin Shortage and Pigs
Tweet thread from Nilay Patel.
High Fistula Blood Flow Rates And Microbubble Formation
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Patient Volunteers Sought for Brief Interviews
The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) is seeking several volunteers to participate in a brief one-on-one telephone interview to provide feedback on a new short patient reported outcome (PRO) (self-report) questionnaire on patient life goals.
15 Long-term Safety of Epoetin Alfa-epbx for the Treatment of Anemia in ESKD: Pooled Analyses of Randomized and Open-label Studies
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine.
Family Perceptions of Quality of End-of-Life Care for Veterans with Advanced CKD
Press release and Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
A Location-Based Objective Assessment of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Ambulatory Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Pathogenesis and Management of Vascular Calcification in CKD and Dialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Reversed Connection of Cuffed, Tunneled, Dual-Lumen Catheters with Increased Blood Flow Rate Maintains the Adequacy of Delivered Dialysis despite the Higher Access Recirculation
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Is High-Volume Post-Dilution Hemodiafiltration Associated with Risk of Fluid Volume Imbalance? A National Multicentre Cross-Sectional Cohort Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Online First Abstracts from Journal of Vascular Access:
It's Never Too Late to Start Exercising, New Study Shows
Press release from University of Birmingham.
HbA1c Level As a Risk Factor for Retinopathy and Nephropathy in Children and Adults with Type I Diabetes: Swedish Population Based Cohort Study
Full-text article from The BMJ.
Lower Risk for Heart Failure with New Type 2 Diabetes Drug
Press release from the Karolinska Institutet. Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
Pancreas on a Chip
Press release from Harvard University.
Integrated Biomedical Technology
CDC Reports 900 Mumps Cases in Migrant Detention Facilities over Past Year
Article from The Hill.
Health Spending Nears $23,000 per Family
News brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation..
ESRD QIP Call: Audio Recording and Transcript
An audio recording and transcript are available for the August 20 Medicare Learning Network call on the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP): CY 2020 ESRD PPS (Prospective Payment System) Proposed Rule Call. Learn about the legislative framework, the proposed rule, and methods for reviewing and commenting on the rule.


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Thursday, Aug. 29

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 Aug. 29, 2019
Tropical Storm Dorian Impacts Puerto Rico; Will Strike Florida as Major Hurricane
5-day forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Videos and articles from the Weather Channel and CNN.  Hurricane Preparedness Newsletter (6-page pdf) from the Florida ESRD Network. Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) web site. See the "Dialysis Care" bullet point in this press release from CMS.
Landmark Analysis Supports New Endpoints for Kidney Disease Trials
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation. Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Sponsored, No-Charge Genetic Testing and Counseling for Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from Invitae.
Systolic and Diastolic Hypertension among Patients on Hemodialysis: Musings on Volume Overload, Arterial Stiffness, and Erythropoietin
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Mechanisms of Stroke in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Online First in-depth topic review from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Long-Term Outcomes in Children on Chronic Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis: a Retrospective Cohort Study from a Developing Country
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Kidney Support in Children using an Ultrafiltration Device
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
The Incidence, Prevalence and Trends of Chronic Kidney Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Etiology (CKDu) in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka: An Analysis of 30,566 Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Targeting the Gut for Early Diagnosis, Prevention, and Cure of Diabetic Kidney Disease: Is the Phenyl Sulfate Story Another Step Forward?
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Might Mask Immobilization-Induced Hypercalcemia in Critically ill Patients
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
OnlineFirst Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Native Hypovitaminosis D in CKD Patients: From Experimental Evidence to Clinical Practice
Free, Open Access article from Nutrients.
Study: Four A1c Tests per Year Dramatically Lowers Hospitalization Costs
Article from Medical Economics.

Articles from MedGadget:

Gout 'More Than Doubles' Risk of Kidney Failure
Press release from University of Limerick.
Statement on the Agency's Ongoing Efforts to Resolve Safety Issue with ARB Medications
FDA statement.
New MRI Computing Technique Can Spot Scar Muscles of Heart without Damaging Kidneys
Press release from University of Warwick.
Medical Solutions International
Low Nurse and Support Staffing Tied to Higher Inpatient Mortality
Article from HealthDay.
Toppling the Ethical Balance — Health Care Refusal and the Trump Administration
Free, full-text perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
CDC: US on Verge of Losing Measles Elimination Status
Article from The Hill.
CMS Offers Broad Support for Puerto Rico with Hurricane Dorian Preparation
Press release.


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Wednesday, Aug. 28

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 Aug. 28, 2019
Tropical Storm Dorian To Impact Puerto Rico, Then Florida
5-day forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Videos and articles from the Weather Channel and CNN.  Hurricane Preparedness Newsletter (6-page pdf) from the Florida ESRD Network. Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) web site.
FDA Recall Notices: Bard Peripheral Vascular Recalls Equistream and GlidePath Long-Term Hemodialysis Catheters
28 recall notices can be searched for here. The action is being initiated due to complaints received concerning the molded tip of the tunneler breaking or is damaged during the placement procedure of the catheter. Two of the 28 notices:
Pig Organs in Human Body: an Old Controversy over Transplantation Returns
Article from The Indian Express.
Exercise Training and Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Free, full-text, Online First article from American Journal of Nephrology.
Everyday Life Experiences in Families with a Child with Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.

Free, Full-Text Article from American Journal of Transplantation:

Left Ventricular Assist Device and the Kidney: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Free, full-text, Online First article from Blood Purification.
Infection-Related Mortality in Recipients of a Kidney Transplant in Australia and New Zealand
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
AKI Prediction Models: Room for Improvement
(Registration required, but free.) Commentary from Medscape Nephrology.
FDA Grants Fast Track Designation for Farxiga in Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from AstraZeneca.
Test All U.S. Adults for Hepatitis C, Expert Panel Says
Article from HealthDay.
High-Dose Vitamin D Might Reduce Bone Mineral Density
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
NxStage
OxyContin Maker Purdue Offering Up to $12 Billion to Settle Opioid Claims
Article from HealthDay.
US Opioid Prescribing: the Federal Government Advisers with Recent Ties to Big Pharma
Article from The BMJ.
Medicare Plan Finder Gets an Upgrade for the First Time in a Decade
CMS press release.


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Tuesday, Aug. 27

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ASN Policy Q&A on the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative: Part 2
Article from Kidney News Online.
Many Kidneys Discarded in the United States Would Be Transplanted in France
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine. Articles from HealthDay and CNN.
Posttransplant Treatment Options Suggested during Antirejection Drug (Tacrolimus) Shortage
Article from Healio. FDA Drug Shortage information.
Whatever Happened To ... The Mysterious Kidney Disease Striking Central America?
Article and audio from NPR.
Transplanting Islet Cells Can Fix Brittle Diabetes. Why Isn't It Available in the U.S.?
Opinion piece from STAT.
After Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Allma Says Goodbye to Diabetes
Posting from the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.
Kidney Transplant Recipient in Need of Crucial Medication
Article from WATE-TV (Tennessee).
Death of Starbucks Worker Who Couldn't Afford Kidney Dialysis Changes the #ChickenSandwich Debate
Article from The Daily Dot.
A Taxonomy to Engage Patients: Objectives, Design, and Patient Activation
Article from NEJM Catalyst.
Elegy on a Doctor's Most Challenging Patient
(Registration required, but free.) Commentary from Medscape Nephrology.
Time to Thrombectomy Is Associated with Increased Risk for Dialysis Catheter Placement
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Peritoneal Dialysis Does Not Carry the Same Risk as Hemodialysis in Patients Undergoing Hip or Knee Arthroplasty
Abstract from the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
The Effect of Antioxidant Vitamins on Patients With Diabetes and Albuminuria: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Elevated Triglycerides (=150 mg/dL) and High Triglycerides (200–499 mg/dL) Are Significant Predictors of Hospitalization for New-Onset Kidney Disease: A Real-World Analysis of High-Risk Statin-Treated Patients
Online First abstract from CardioRenal Medicine.
Dravon Medical
Oklahoma Judge Fines Johnson & Johnson $572 Million Over Opioid Drug Crisis
Articles from HealthDay and Reuters.
Florida Nursing Home Employees Surrender To Face Charges in Deaths of Patients during Hurricane
Article from The Hill.
Can Plant-Based Meat Alternatives Be Part of a Healthy and Sustainable Diet?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
 


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Monday, August 26

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 Aug. 26, 2019
The Dialysis Duopoly Spends $100 Million to Protect Profits in California
Article from The American Prospect.
Four-Year Research Collaboration Results in Potentially Lifesaving Implantable Kidney
Article from the Daily Bruin (UCLA).
Caseloads for Dialysis/Nephrology Social Workers
Tweet thread from Teri Browne.
DaVita Brownwood (Texas) Dialysis Unit to Permanently Close
News brief from Brownwood News.
UK Renal Registry 21st Annual Report
This year's report includes the first Summary for Patients (10-page pdf).
Second Edition of ISN Global Kidney Health Atlas Now Available for Download
Notice from the International Society of Nephrology.
The Importance of Prioritizing Pre and Post Transplant Immunizations in An Era of Vaccine Refusal and Epidemic Outbreaks
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Secular Trends in Incidence, Modality, and Mortality with Dialysis Receiving AKI in Children in Ontario
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Renal Replacement Therapy in the Management of Intoxications in Children: Recommendations from the Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (PCRRT) Workgroup
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Erythropoietin and Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease Patients
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Pilot Study to Detect Changes in Blood Flow in the External Auditory Meatus during Hemodialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
CKD and CVD Hit Healthcare Pocketbook and Patients With T2D Hard
(Registration required, but free.) Commentary from Medscape Nephrology.
Suicide and Self-Harm Risk Nearly Triple in People with Restless Leg Syndrome
Press release from Penn State.
Every Minute of Exercise Counts When It Comes to Longevity
Article from HealthDay.
Topic Discussion: Artificial Intelligence in Nephrology
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
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The Next Frontier in Reducing Costs of Care: Patient Affordability
Article from NEJM Catalyst.
Advocates Sound Alarm As Uninsured Rate Rises under Trump
Article from The Hill.
Study: No Mortality Benefit from CABG at 10 Years
News brief from MassDevice.
CMS Guidance to States Outlines Sponsor Deeming and Repayment Requirements for Certain Immigrants seeking Medicaid and CHIP Coverage
Press release. Article from The Hill.


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Fri/Sat, Aug. 23-24

The Dialysis Duopoly Spends $100 Million to Protect Profits in California
Article from The American Prospect.
DaVita Brownwood (Texas) Dialysis Unit to Permanently Close
News brief from Brownwood News.
UK Renal Registry 21st Annual Report
This year's report includes the first Summary for Patients (10-page pdf).
Suicide and Self-Harm Risk Nearly Triple in People with Restless Leg Syndrome
Press release from Penn State.
Every Minute of Exercise Counts When It Comes to Longevity
Article from HealthDay.
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Chinook Therapeutics Raises $65 Million Series A Financing to Advance Precision Medicines for Kidney Diseases
Press release.
Psychiatric Illnesses Are Common in Adults and Children with Kidney Failure
Press release and full-text Published Ahead of Print CJASN articles from the American Society of Nephrology:
An Implanted Blood Vessel Support Device for Arteriovenous Fistulas: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal:
How To Train Home HD Patients For Long-Term Success
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Extracorporeal Removal of Poisons and Toxins
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Patient-Centered Model for Protein-Energy Wasting: Stakeholder Deliberative Panels
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Pets & Kidney Transplant Safety
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
4-Drug Polypill Cuts CV Risk
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
Davita Announces Final Results Of Self-Tender Offer
Press release.
Medical Solutions International
High Turnover, Understaffing, Low Pay: US Nurses Fight to Unionize
Article from The Guardian (UK).
Lack Of Diversity In Genetic Databases Hampers Research
Article and audio from NPR.
CMS Releases More Details on Kidney Care First, Other Payment Models
Article from Healio.
Ambulance Fee Schedule and Medicare Transports
Recent OIG report (28-page pdf) includes several references to dialysis and ESRD facilities.


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Thursday, Aug. 22*

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 Aug. 22, 2019
DaVita CEO Tops 2018 List for Healthcare Providers, Services with 108% Pay Raise
Article from S&P Global.

"Kent Thiry, who recently stepped down as CEO of DaVita Inc., was the highest-paid executive with $32 million in total adjusted compensation. Thiry saw his salary more than double with a 108.9% increase and the sharpest year-over-year rise in stock and options to $26.6 million."

Dialysis Industry Spends Big To Protect Profits
Article from California Healthline.
Feds Pave The Way To Expand Home Dialysis — But Patients Hit Roadblocks
Article from Kaiser Health News.

"Also, several companies are developing technologies that could make home dialysis safer and easier, including NxStage, CVS, Outset Medical of San Jose, Calif., Quanta Dialysis Technologies of the United Kingdom, and Physidia, out of France.

"They each have their own specific angle, but the general theme with all of them is the 'Apple-fication' of dialysis machines," said Dr. Frank Liu, director of home hemodialysis at the Rogosin Institute in New York City."
A New Era of Climate Medicine — Addressing Heat-Triggered Renal Disease
Free, full-text perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Articles from Healio:
ESRD Spanish Webinar: Basic Nutrition Guide for People with Kidney Disease
Notice from ESRD Network 2. The webinar will be presented on August 22 and will discuss information about the renal diet including sodium, protein, potassium and phosphorus and how to choose foods that are kidney-friendly. The presentation will be given in Spanish by a renal dietitian, María E Rodriguez.
Protocol for a Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of an Educational Programme for Adults on Chronic Haemodialysis with Fatigue (Fatigue-HD)
Tweet and full-text article from BMJ Open.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Caregiver Burden in Pediatric Dialysis
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Online First Abstracts from American Journal of Nephrology:
Urgent-Start Peritoneal Dialysis — Is It Ready for Prime Time?
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Straight Versus Coiled Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Association of Bone Mineral Density With Fractures Across the Spectrum of Chronic Kidney Disease: The Regina CKD-MBD Study
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Dietary Satisfaction and Quality of Life in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients on Low-Protein Diets: a Multicenter Study with Long-Term Outcome Data (TOrino-Pisa Study)
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Changes in Cytokines, Haemodynamics and Microcirculation in Patients with Sepsis/Septic Shock Undergoing Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy and Blood Purification with CytoSorb
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
Roxadustat Approved in China for Treatment of Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Not Receiving Dialysis
Press release from FibroGen.
Ethical Challenges of APOL1 Testing in Living Kidney Donors
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Study Finds about 1 in 7 People with Diabetes Ration Medicine Due to Cost
Article from The Hill. Data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics.
High, Increasing BP in Midlife Tied to Brain Changes in Late Life
Article from HealthDay.
Type 1 Diabetes Advances Could Pave Way for Prevention
Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Fish Oil Pills 'No Benefit' for Type 2 Diabetes
Article from the BBC.
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Worried About Costs of Complex Conditions, Employers Flock to Centers of Excellence
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Slides Now Available: Aug. 15 Overview Webinar on the Kidney Care First (KCF) & Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting (CKCC) Models
8-slide presentation from CMS.


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Wednesday, Aug. 21

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ASN Launches New Initiative Aiming to Save Lives of People Suffering with Acute Kidney Injury
Article from Kidney News Online.
First Patient Begins CVS Trial with Dean Kamen-Designed Home Dialysis Machine
Article from Healio.
Kidney Transplants Covered by Medicaid Increased in States after Medicaid Expansion
Press release from Drexel University.
Redefining Medication Management in Dialysis: A Kidney Pharmacy Quality Pyramid
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine.
Is It Possible to Include Potato in the Diet of Chronic Kidney Disease Patients? New Culinary Alternatives for Limiting Potassium Content
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Inflammation Leads the Way on the ROAD MAP to Diabetic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports. Related press release from the University of Kentucky.
CDC Reports Progress to Improve Antibiotic Use, Stewardship
News brief from the American Hospital Association. Press release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
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Close to One-Third of Healthcare Employees Have Never Received Cybersecurity Training, Report Shows
Article from Healthcare Finance.
Migrants in US Border Detention Centers Won't Receive Flu Vaccine
Article from The Hill.
Dialysis Facility Compare July 2019 Refresh Q&A
1-page pdf from CMS.


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Tuesday, Aug. 20

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 Aug. 20, 2019
IDEAS Conference August 18-20 in Seattle
Web site and agenda. Article from Healio. Twitter: #IDEAS2019,  #IDEASsymposium and #TransformDialysis.

Editor's note: I would ask why there are no renal rehabilitation programs in the U.S.  Why is the word "rehabilitation" never mentioned on the IDEAS conference web site or in its agenda? Do technology improvements provide holistic care for dialysis patients?

It seems to me that the government and the nephrology establishment is throwing a lot of money and effort at a problem without first defining what is needed for dialysis patient re/habilitation.
Pig to Human Heart Transplants 'Possible within Three Years'
Article from The Guardian (UK).
ASN Policy Q&A on the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative: Part 1
Article from Kidney News Online.
Dialyze Direct Introduces Innovations Lab Division To Focus On Improving The Efficacy Of Dialysis
Press release and web site.
DaVita Announces Preliminary Results Of Self-Tender Offer
Press release.
Endorsement and Evaluation of Dialysis Access Guidelines from the Standpoint of the Vascular Access Society
Free, full-text, OnlineFirst editorial from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Association of Abdominal Aortic Calcification Estimated by Plain Radiography with Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients: a Six-Year Follow-up Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Cannulation Practices at Hemodialysis Initiation Via an Arteriovenous Fistula or Arteriovenous Graft
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Three Ways that Palliative Care Teams Help You Manage Life with Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Increasing Blood Pressure Medications at Hospital Discharge May Pose Serious Risk
Press release from UCSF. Article from HealthDay.
Supplement Pills Can Pose Choking Risk for Seniors, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay.
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Disclosure of Interests and Management of Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Guidelines and Guidance Statements: Methods From the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians
Free, full-text, Latest Article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Planned Parenthood Opt out of US Subsidies and Fight over Abortion Referrals
Article from Reuters.
Medicare Advantage Is Booming but Not Producing Savings, Report Finds
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
In Suit Against New Immigration Rule, California Claims Trump’s ‘Public Charge’ Change ‘Weaponizes Health Care’
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Aug. 19

DaVita Announces Preliminary Results Of Self-Tender Offer
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 Aug. 19, 2019
Medical Transport Driver Leaves Dialysis Patient Alone in a Hot Van for Hours, Police Say
Article from Miami Herald.
Incidence, Risk Factors and Distribution of Syphilis in the End-Stage Renal Disease Population in the USA
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Sleep Apnea and Dialysis
Posting and responses from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.
Published Ahead of Print Letters to the Editor Commenting on This JASN Paper:
Free, Open Access Articles from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease:
Cardiovascular Safety and All-Cause Mortality of Methoxy Polyethylene Glycol-Epoetin Beta and Other Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents in Anemia of CKD: A Randomized Noninferiority Trial
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Snuffbox Fistula — a First-Line Approach to Hemodialysis: a Review
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Disasters, Children and the Kidneys
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Acute Effect of a Peritoneal Dialysis Exchange on Electrolyte Concentration and QT Interval in Uremic Patients
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
The Mental Effects of Excess Parathormone in Hemodialysis Patients: a Possible Role for Parathyroid 2 Hormone Receptor?
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
A Review of Behavioral Alcohol Interventions for Transplant Candidates and Recipients with Alcohol-Related Liver Disease
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Abstracts from Hypertension:
DIY Tech Gives People More Freedom In Managing Diabetes
Article from Kaiser Health News.
ISHD presents Hemodialysis University 2019
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
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