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Fri./Sat., Sept. 5-6

Performance Measures in Dialysis Facilities: What Is the Goal?
CJASN Express abstract.
National Kidney Foundation Comment Letters to CMS:
  • Letter 1 - End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies
  • Letter 2 - Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, Access to Identifiable Data for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Models & Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2015
Medical Professionals Rallied To Help
Dialysis Patients during Toledo Water Crisis

Article from the Toledo Free Press.
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval of Ferric Citrate; Stock Price Drops Due to Warnings
Press release. Article from MSN Money.
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bullet point Dr. Robert S. Lockridge, Jr. Receives Award from Lynchburg Academy of Medicine
Article from The News & Advance (Lynchburg, VA).

"“His contributions to medical care and the quality of life in the community are impressive,” Jacquie Glens, executive director of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine said."

Editor's note: Nephrologists need to create an award for the physician who does the most to improve the quality of dialysis patients' lives.
bullet point Dialysis Products and Services Market Expected to Reach USD 115.4 Billion Globally in 2020: Transparency Market Research
Press release.
bullet point DOPPS Practice Monitor Update
Data through April 2014 from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) Program. Summary from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point ESRD and Death after Heart Failure in CKD
JASN Express abstract and press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Paradigm Shifts in Heart-Failure Therapy — A Timeline
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Optimal Targets for Blood Pressure Control in Chronic Kidney Disease: The Debate Continues
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology & Hypertension.
bullet point Knowledge and Attitudes of Canadian First Nations People Toward Organ Donation and Transplantation: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis & Dialysis:
bullet point Alterations of Intestinal Barrier and Microbiota in Chronic Kidney Disease
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
bullet point Dephosphorylated-Uncarboxylated Matrix Gla Protein Concentration Is Predictive of Vitamin K Status and Is Correlated with Vascular Calcification in a Cohort of Hemodialysis Patients
Provisional abstract and full-text article (17-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Online First Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Dietary Phosphorus Intake and Distribution in Chinese Peritoneal Dialysis Patients with and without Hyperphosphatemia
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Renal Denervation: Revived for Hypertension?
bullet point Compliance is a Dirty Word
bullet point New Map Of The Most Obese States Shows A Troubling Trend
Obesity prevalence maps from the CDC. Article from Business Insider.
bullet point Announcements: Recommendation Regarding Diabetes Prevention — Community Preventive Services Task Force
Notice from the CDC's MMWR.
bullet point Health Care Data Emerging As New Way To Profit
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Ebola Could Reach the U.S. By the End of This Month
Article from The Wire.
bullet point U.S. Launches Ebola Vaccine Trial
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Thursday, Sept. 4

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  Sept. 4, 2014
bullet point GAO: VA Dialysis Pilot Plagued By Delays And Poor Communication
(34-page pdf) Report from the Government Accountability Office. Article from The Daily Caller.
bullet point Sit Less, Protect Your DNA and Live Longer?
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Lab Created Thymus Gland is First Completely Functional Man-Made Organ
Article from MedGadget.com.
bullet point Consider Incentive System for Organ Donation
Editorial from The Denver Post.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephrology:
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Online First Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Clinical Characteristics, Causes and Outcomes of Acute Interstitial Nephritis in the Elderly
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point DaVita Awaiting Judge's Ruling about Testimony over Drug Dosing
bullet point Who Will Volunteer To Help Fight Ebola?
Article from The Hill. Related full-text Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point CVS Changes Name, Stops Tobacco Sales
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Enrolling People In Obamacare Who Have No 'Concept Of Insurance'
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point CMS: Health Spending To Hit $5.2T within 10 Years
Article from The Hill. CMS press release. Free, full-text article from Health Affairs.


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Wednesday, Sept. 3

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  Sept. 3, 2014
bullet point Baxter, FMC Sign PD Solution Supply Agreement; ISPD 'Deeply Concerned' about PD Fluid Shortage
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Care Transitions Survey
Bulletin from the Northwest Renal Network web site.
bullet point To be Young, Dating… and Living with Kidney Disease
KIdneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Observational Modeling of Strict vs Conventional Blood Pressure Control in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Changes in Body Mass, Age, Race/Ethnicity Associated with Rising Diabetes Prevalence in US
News item from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Responsiveness to Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents and Renal Survival in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point PDI in Press Abstracts:
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Open Access Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
bullet point Online First Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
bullet point Daily Exercise May Halve Risk for Heart Failure, Study Says
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point FDA: PMA Approval for Fluency® Plus Endovascular Stent Graft
bullet point Aethlon Medical Announces Receipt of IRB Approval to Initiate Hemopurifier® Clinical Studies
bullet point This Ebola Chart Is Terrifying
Articles from Reuters and the BBC.
bullet point Victory In Massachusetts Health Costs May Be Temporary
This story is part of a partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Comparison of Weight Loss Among Named Diet Programs in Overweight and Obese Adults:  A Meta-analysis
Abstract and Patient Page from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point 5 Social Media Steps To Improve The Future Of Health Care
Posting from the Mayo Clinic web site.
bullet point Many Nurses Unprepared to Meet Dying Patients
bullet point Taxes and Subsidies Could Encourage Healthier Diet and Lower Healthcare Costs
bullet point RPA Comments on 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.
bullet point CMS Offers Final Ruling for Stage 2 Attestation
bullet point Stage 3 Meaningful Use Delay Finalized


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Tuesday, Sept. 2

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  Sept. 2, 2014
bullet point Comment Letter from Home Dialyzors United on ESRD Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program
(5-page pdf) Also see letter on the Home Dialyzors United (HDU) web site.

"...we are dismayed that, again this year, CMS continues to turn its collective back on the problem facing patients who would like to choose home dialysis."

"The almost total emphasis on biochemical markers ignores the everyday quality of life issues that are ultimately more meaningful to patients than laboratory measurements."

"HDU feels that any future QIP measures need to be more meaningful to patients. The ultimate goal of any rule is to contribute to the patient's clinical outcomes, wellbeing and quality of life."

bullet point Ways to Reduce the Kidney Shortage
Editorial from The New York Times.

"There are lots of reforms that could be made without resorting to paying for kidneys. Congress ought to hold hearings on the best ways to reduce the shortage and save more lives on the waiting list."

bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Conversion From Tacrolimus to Belatacept to Prevent the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in Pancreas Transplantation: Case Report of Two Patients
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Fluid Resuscitation in Sepsis: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Kidney Stones Linked to Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners VP Leanne M. Zumwalt Unloads 3,214 Shares
bullet point Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Low Carb Diets More Than Low Fat Ones May Help Protect against Heart Disease
Article from the Washington Post. Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Ebola Epidemic Decimating Health Workers in Guinea
Article from AFP.
bullet point Telehealth Visits, Wearable Medical Devices Sales To Skyrocket
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Monday, September 1

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  Sept. 1, 2014
bullet point 'We Can Do Better' With CKD and ESRD Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's comment:  Let me offer my congratulations to Dr. Berns on his upcoming presidency of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).

While I am heartened by his election and his emphasis on patients, the NKF turned its back on dialysis patients several years ago. Their focus now seems to be on dialysis avoidance, either through prevention or transplantation.

In the first comment to this posting, Dr. JW made some of the most insightful statements about dialysis care I have ever read.

By not focusing on continually improving the quality of patients’ lives, nephrology care has enslaved patients to a way of life called dialysis. If no nephrologists would choose the care that 85% of their patients receive, aren’t we sustaining an immoral system? Is it wrong to compare today’s dialysis industry to the economy of the antebellum American South?

My greatest hope is that Dr. Berns will be like Abraham Lincoln, elected for his decency and then able to move an entire nation to embrace a greater vision and a greater truth.

No pressure, Doc.

bullet point Rumors Circulate That CMS Will Delay Dialysis Star-Rating Program
(Headline only) News item from InsideHealthPolicy.com (pay-for-view site).
bullet point European Society of Cardiogy: Novel Heart Failure Drug a Game-Changer
Articles from HealthDay and Reuters.  Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free). Free, full-text, Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point HIV Transmission at a Saudi Arabia Hemodialysis Unit
Free, full-text article from Clinical Infectious Diseases.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point Improving Care Coordination Between Nephrology and Primary Care: A Quality Improvement Initiative Using the Renal Physicians Association Toolkit
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Vascular Surgery:
bullet point Press Releases from the European Society of Cardiology:
bullet point Infection Prevention in Your Day to Day Care
(1-page pdf) Patient Bulletin from Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point CBO Chief Says Obamacare Is Reducing Deficit
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Single Animal to Human Transmission Event Responsible for 2014 Ebola Outbreak
bullet point New CMS Rule Allows Flexibility in Certified EHR Technology for 2014
Press release from CMS.


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Fri./Sat., Aug. 29-30

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  Aug. 29, 2014
bullet point Kidney Organ Allocation in the USA - Upcoming Changes
6-minute video presentation by Leonardo Riella, MD, PhD from Harvard Medical School. Also see this previous posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point HemoDialysis Frequency Article Published by Noridian
Link from the California Dialysis Council.
bullet point Patient- and Provider-Reported Information about Transplantation and Subsequent Waitlisting
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Arteriovenous Fistula Placement in the Elderly: When Is the Optimal Time?
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point The Association between Dialysis Modality and the Risk for Dialysis Technique and Nondialysis Technique Related Infections
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Counseling Potential Donors to the Risk of ESRD After Kidney Donation: Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?
Letter to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Four Seasons for Reflecting. Summer: Taste and Touch
Free, full-text article from NDT.
bullet point How Does Fluzone High-Dose Differ from Other Flu Vaccines?
Article from The Mayo Clinic.
bullet point The Joint Commission Issues Alert In Preparation for New Tubing Connector Standards
News item from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).
bullet point 15 Gambro Renal Product Recalls Related to Prisma/Prismaflex
See FDA Enforcement Report for week of August 27, 2014.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Introduces New ‘Chair Yoga’ Program
bullet point Report: FBI Issues Healthcare Hacker Alert
News item from HFMA.
bullet point The PCORI Perspective on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Urgent Care Centers Opening For People With Mental lllness
bullet point MedPAC Comment Letter on CMS's Proposed Rule: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, Access to Identifiable Data for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Models & Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2015
18-page pdf from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
bullet point Pennsylvania Becomes 27th State to Expand Medicaid under ACA
bullet point ICD-10 Testing Weeks Set


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Thursday, Aug. 28

Fresenius Medical Care Introduces New ‘Chair Yoga’ Program
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  Aug. 28, 2014
bullet point Home Dialyzors United Announces 2014 Award Winners
News release.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)-a New Factor That Interplays between Inflammation, Malnutrition, and Atherosclerosis in Elderly Hemodialysis Patients
Abstract with link to full-text PDF from Clinical Interventions in Aging.
bullet point Published Ahead of Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
bullet point B-type (brain) Natriuretic Peptide and Pruritus in Hemodialysis Patients
Abstract with link to full-text PDF from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point Elevated Circulating PCSK-9 Concentration in Renal Failure Patients is Corrected by Renal Replacement Therapy
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Everest Study Finds High Altitude Affects Blood Pressure
bullet point Operator? Business, Insurer Take On End-of-Life Issues By Phone
Article from WHYY via Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Face to Face with Ebola — An Emergency Care Center in Sierra Leone
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Participants of Cardiac Clinic Trials Do Not Represent Real World Patients, Study Finds
bullet point MERS Virus Doesn't Seem to Spread Easily, Study Finds
bullet point CBO Projects Lower Medicare and Medicaid Costs
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Wednesday, Aug 27

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  Aug. 27, 2014
bullet point Dialysis Providers Have Serious Concerns about CMS Renal ACO Program
Article from the Healthcare Dive. Article (registration required) from Modern Healthcare.
bullet point Survey of Home Hemodialysis Patients and Nursing Staff regarding Vascular Access Use and Care
Free, full-text Early View article from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Hypertension Self-Management Program Helps Reduce Blood Pressure for High-Risk Patients
Press release and abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Articles from MedPage Today and Renal & Urology News.
bullet point International Transplant Nurses Society Call for Public Comments
Notice from the American Nurses Association web site.
bullet point RPA Comments on NCCI Edits Affecting Dialysis and Evaluation and Management Services
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.
bullet point Economic Evaluation of Dialysis Therapies
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point Serum Bicarbonate and Bone Mineral Density in US Adults
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Prophylactic Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Does Not Decrease Time to Achieve a Negative Fluid Balance After the Norwood Procedure – A Randomized Controlled Trial
Article in Press abstract from the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
bullet point Factors That Can Minimize Bleeding Complications after Renal Biopsy
Free, full-text, Online First review article from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Association of Apolipoprotein E Gene Polymorphism with End-Stage Renal Disease and Hyperlipidemia in Patients on Long-Term Hemodialysis
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Testing for “Silent” Coronary Heart Disease
JAMA Patient Page.
bullet point EU Gives OK for Vifor Fresenius Phosphate Binder Velphoro
bullet point When Medical Care Is Futile, Other Patients Pay The Hidden Price
Article from WBUR.
bullet point Bedside Manners: If Compassion Doesn't Come Naturally, Try Simple, Patient Pleasing "Etiquette-based Medicine"
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Another Pioneer ACO Bites the Dust
Article from Healthcare Dive.
bullet point French Hospital Opens Wine Bar for Terminally ill
bullet point MedPAC Comments on CMS Proposed Rule for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Physician-Owned Hospitals: Etc.
(14-page pdf) Letter from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.


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Tuesday, Aug. 26

Dialysis Providers Have Serious Concerns about CMS Renal ACO Program
Article from the Healthcare Dive.
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bullet point 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2014; DaVita's Kent Thiry is Rated #10
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.

Kent Thiry is also the fourth highest paid healthcare executive at $17,099,000, according to a 2014 proxy statement.
bullet point Risks to Live Kidney Donors: What to Tell Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Anemia Management in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Taiwan Practice Guidelines
Accepted Article abstract and full-text article (17-page pdf) from Nephrology.
bullet point Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents and Thrombotic Events in Dialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Thrombosis Research.
bullet point The Role of Minority Geographic Distribution in Waiting Time for Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Kidney Donor Risk Index (KDPI) and Donor Selection
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Bone, Mineral Parameters Vary By Time of Day in ESRD
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Ocular and Systemic Factors Associated with Glaucoma in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point 15 Gambro Renal Product Recalls Related to Prisma/Prismaflex
See FDA Enforcement Report for week of August 20, 2014.
bullet point IP Gloves Help Prevent Spread of Infection Thanks to Clever Trick
bullet point Study Shows 25% Fewer Opioid Related Deaths in States Allowing Medical Marijuana
Press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Ebola Outbreak Has Killed More than 120 Healthcare Workers
Articles from RTE News and CNN.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
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Monday, August, 25

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  Aug. 25, 2014
bullet point Ask Patients About Recovery Time Post-Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog via Medscape Nephrology.

"This is a very interesting study, and it suggests that there are some opportunities to help our patients feel better through simple manipulations of the dialysis treatment, and asking them this very simple question from time to time: "How long does it take you to recover from your dialysis session?""

Editor's comment: Right brain.
bullet point Improving Clinical Outcomes Among Hemodialysis Patients: A Proposal for a “Volume First” Approach From the Chief Medical Officers of US Dialysis Providers
Article in Press abstract from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases.

Editor's comment: Left brain.
bullet point Association of Initial Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis Treatment with Preservation of Residual Kidney Function in ESRD Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from a American Journal of Nephrology.

Conclusion: Twice-weekly HD during the first year of dialysis therapy appears to be associated with better RKF preservation.
bullet point NxStage Launches Nurse Hero Campaign to Recognize Home Hemodialysis Nurses
Press release.
bullet point Daily Protein Intake and Patient Outcomes in Severe Acute Kidney Injury: Findings of the Randomized Evaluation of Normal versus Augmented Level of Replacement Therapy (RENAL) Trial
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Blood Purification.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Provisional Abstract and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Intradialytic Exercise Training: a Pragmatic Approach
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Hemoconcentration: a Major Risk Factor for Neurological Involvement in Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
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Scientists 'Grow' First Functioning Organ from Reprogrammed Cells

bullet point American Heart Association Issues e-Cigarette Recommendations
News release.
bullet point About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009
News item from the California HealthCare Foundation.
bullet point Violinist Plays during Brain Surgery
bullet point CMS Delays Implementation of Sepsis Quality Measure


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Fri./Sat., Aug. 22-23

Ask Patients About Recovery Time Post-Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog via Medscape Nephrology.

"This is a very interesting study, and it suggests that there are some opportunities to help our patients feel better through simple manipulations of the dialysis treatment, and asking them this very simple question from time to time: "How long does it take you to recover from your dialysis session?""
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bullet point Doctor's Memoir Exposes Dark Side of Medicine
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.

"Jauhar places much of the blame on what he calls the "perverse incentives" set up by external sources -- but also physicians' willingness to embrace them.

"The government plays a role, malpractice plays a role, third party insurers play a role, but we doctors play a role as well," he told MedPage Today. "We've allowed greed to become a factor in our decision-making.""

Editor's note: Especially true in nephrology.
bullet point Ten Topics That Nephrologists Do Not Want To Discuss with Dialysis Patients
Essay from RenalWEB. Those wishing to comment can post on the FixDialysis blog.
bullet point Coronary Calcium Predicts Heart Disease Risk in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Analysis Questions Use of Acute Hemodialysis Treatment
Press release from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Full-text article from PLOS ONE.
bullet point Web Conference on DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM) Emerging Trends
See link to register for conference to he held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm EDT.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Editorials from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Opinion Pieces from The New York Times:
bullet point Online First Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Effect of Increasing Dietary Fiber on Plasma Levels of Colon-Derived Solutes in Hemodialysis Patients
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Statin Reduces Risk for Contrast-Induced AKI
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Laser Glucometer Eliminates Pin Pricks
Article from MedGadget.com. Press release from Princeton University.
bullet point Disruptive Behaviors Among Physicians
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Research Highlights Nurses in Chronic Care, Medical Homes
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013
bullet point Both U.S. Health-Care Workers Infected With Ebola Released From Hospital
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Thursday, Aug. 21

Analysis Questions Use of Acute Hemodialysis Treatment
Press release from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Full-text article from PLOS ONE.
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  Aug. 21, 2014
bullet point Ten Topics That Nephrologists Do Not Want To Discuss with Dialysis Patients
Essay from RenalWEB. Those wishing to comment can post on the FixDialysis blog.
bullet point NxStage Kidney Care Opens New Orlando Florida Dialysis Center
Press release.
bullet point For Diabetics, Losing Weight May Delay Kidney Problems
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Home Dialyzors United's 2014 Indianapolis Conference Brochure
(3-page pdf) The conference is scheduled for October 23-24.
bullet point Inside the World of Kidney Trafficking
Letters to the Editor from The New York Times.
bullet point Group Seeks to Increase US Organ Transplants by 1000 per Year
News item from AHANews.com.
bullet point Intensified Home Hemodialysis: Clinical Benefits, Risks and Target Populations
(Registration required, but free.) Article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Open Access Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point The Use of a Tablet Computer Platform to Optimize the Care of Patients Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis: A Pilot Study
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Indicates Underreporting of Renal Dysfunction Following Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point New NIH Research Awards to Address Multiple Chronic Conditions
Press release from National Institutes of Health.
bullet point PCORI Offers Up to $90 Million in Funding in Third Call for Large Pragmatic Studies Proposals
Press release from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
bullet point Calciphylaxis Incidence Rising, Study Finds
bullet point Blood Transfusions May Cut Risk of 'Silent' Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell
bullet point Patient Safety Still Lagging:  Advocates Call for National Patient Safety Monitoring Board
Free, full-text, Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point The International Ebola Emergency
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:


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Wednesday, Aug. 20

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

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

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


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

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


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Tuesday, Aug. 19

American Society of Nephrology: NYT Article Missing Key Facts About Kidney Disease
Press release.
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  Aug. 19, 2014
bullet point Optimizing Health for Persons With Multiple Chronic Conditions
Free, Fulll-Text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Consumer Groups: Chronically ill Still Face Insurer Discrimination
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point

Data Back Amgen Drug for Overactive Thyroid in Dialysis Patients
Articles from PharmaTimes and FierceBiotech.

bullet point Implementation of a CKD Checklist for Primary Care Providers
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point A Self-Report Comorbidity Questionnaire for Hemodialysis Patients
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Blood Pressure Control and Satisfaction of Hypertensive Patients Following a Switch to Combined Drugs of an Angiotensin Receptor Blocker and a Calcium Channel Blocker in Clinical Practice of Nephrology
Online First Open Access article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Relationship between Prehypertension and Incidence of Chronic Kidney Disease in a General Population: a Prospective Analysis in Central South China
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Online First Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Does CKD Result in Increased Unnecessary Hospitalization?
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Big Drop in U.S. Heart-Related Hospitalizations and Deaths, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay. Published Ahead of Print abstract and press release from Circulation.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Nurses Driven Mainly by a Desire to Help Others Are More Likely to Burn Out
Press release from the American Sociological Association.
bullet point Daughters Provide As Much Elderly Parent Care As They Can, Sons Do As Little As Possible
bullet point Google Glass Already Making its Mark in Medicine
bullet point CROWNWeb Reminder: Signed CMS-2728 Forms Must be Sent to SSA


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Monday, Aug. 18

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  Aug. 18, 2014
bullet point Peritoneal Dialysis Solutions Shortage: Baxter Healthcare Products
FDA Drug Shortages listing. Baxter PD solution shortages as of August 5th (2-page pdf).  July 28th letter from Baxter to PD patients (1-page pdf).
bullet point Inside the Growing Global Market of Organ Trafficking
Video and transcript from PBS NewsHour.
bullet point Articles on Organ Trafficking from The New York Times:
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Role of Turmeric in Oxidative Modulation in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Antihypertensive Medication Exposure and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point ESRD From Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease in the United States, 2001-2010
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Salt Intake in Children and Its Consequences on Blood Pressure
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point FDA's Safety Labeling Changes for July 2014
Includes 73 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point Sodium Chloride IV 0.9 Percent by Baxter: Recall - Particulate Matter
bullet point Ebola Crisis To Last 'At Least Six Months'
Article from the BBC.
bullet point More Employers Moving to High-Deductible Health Plans
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:
bullet point Open Payments System Reopens, Extends Physician Registration and Review Period
CMS press release.
bullet point FAQ Document that Clarifies Medicare and ACA Coverage Overlap
(15-page pdf) Document dated Aug. 1, 2014 from CMS.


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Fri./Sat., Aug. 15-16

Peritoneal Dialysis Solutions Shortage: Baxter Healthcare Products
FDA Drug Shortages listing. Baxter PD solution shortages as of August 5th (2-page pdf).  July 28th letter from Baxter to PD patients (1-page pdf).
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bullet point Baxter Voluntarily Initiates U.S. Recall of Two Lots of Peritoneal Dialysis Solution Due to Presence of Particulate Matter
Press release.
bullet point Sex Differences and Attitudes toward Living Donor Kidney Transplantation among Urban Black Patients on Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract and press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Shifting Ground in the Great Salt Debate
(Registration required, but free.) Video from MedPage Today. Related articles from Renal & Urology News and HealthDay.
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury after Snakebite Accident Treated in a Tertiary Care Center
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Residual Renal Function and RAAS Blockade in Hemodialysis Patients: What Is the Benefit?
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Haemodialysing Babies Weighing <8 kg with the Newcastle Infant Dialysis and Ultrafiltration System (Nidus): Comparison with Peritoneal and Conventional Hemodialysis
Online First, Open Access rapid communication from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Abstracts from International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents:
bullet point Ebola Numbers Vastly Underestimate Reach Of Outbreak, WHO Says
News item from NPR.
bullet point Slideshow: Patient Experience Transformation—Engaged Patients, Measurable Standards
Presentation from HealthLeaders Media.
bullet point Hospitals Seek To Help Consumers With Obamacare Premiums
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Fixing the Troubled Mental Health System
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Study: Smallest Practices See Fewer Readmissions
Article from the Commonweatlh Fund. Abstract from Health Affairs.
bullet point August 19: National Quality Strategy Webinar
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Thursday, Aug. 14

Baxter Voluntarily Initiates U.S. Recall of Two Lots of Peritoneal Dialysis Solution Due to Presence of Particulate Matter
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bullet point Wearable Artificial Kidney Human Trials Going Well
Notice from the AAKP web site.
bullet point Amgen Issues Voluntary Recall of Aranesp® (darbepoetin alfa) (500 mcg) Prefilled Syringes in Several Countries Outside of the United States Due to the Presence of Visible Particulates
Press release.
bullet point Baxter's Letter to PD Patients on Supply Shortages and Delivery Issues
1-page pdf.
bullet point Online Database: Peritonitis Due to Rare Organisms
Reporting mechanism created by the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis.
bullet point NRAA Announces Speakers for the 2014 Medical Directors' Workshop and Nephrology Symposium
Notice From the National Renal Administrators Association.
bullet point Tengion Says Regenerative Kidney Treatment Trial on Track
Article from Triad Business Journal.
bullet point More Data in the Salt Wars
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Articles from HealthDay and the Los Angeles Times.

Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine:
bullet point Targets for Parathyroid Hormone in Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: Is a "One-Size-Fits-All" Approach Appropriate? A Prospective Incident Cohort Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (21-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Online First Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
bullet point Magnetic Resonance-Determined Sodium Removal from Tissue Stores in Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Isolated Hepatic Tuberculosis Mimicking Liver Tumors in a Dialysis Patient
Case report abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Open Access Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point AST Applauds Congressmen Nadler & Burgess for Introducing the Living Organ Donor Protection Act
Press release from the American Society of Transplantation.
bullet point High-Dose Flu Vaccine May Better Protect the Elderly: Study
bullet point Mayo Study Finds Less Radical Procedures Offer Similar Cancer Control Compared to Surgery for Kidney Cancer Patients
bullet point Arbor Research Awarded Contract for Alignment of Quality and Public Reporting Programs and Websites
bullet point Chikungunya Virus Transmission Found in the United States: US Health Authorities Brace for Wider Spread
Free, full-text, Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Being Overweight or Obese 'Linked to 10 Common Cancers'
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Adverse Effects of Prohibiting Narrow Provider Networks
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point 4 Ethical Dilemmas Facing Physicians
Article from Medical Economics.
bullet point Are Patients Being Discharged from Hospice Care to Save Money?
bullet point KCP Calls on Medicare Officials To Delay And Revise Dialysis Five-Star Program
Press release from Kidney Care Partners.
bullet point Report: Medicare Agency Not Doing Enough to Stop Duplicate Audits
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) Demonstration - Implementation” MLN Matters® Article – Released
6-page pdf.


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Wednesday, Aug. 13

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  Aug. 13, 2014
bullet point 40 Percent of Americans Will Develop Diabetes, CDC Projects
Article from HealthDay. Abstract and podcast from The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
bullet point Body Fat May Improve Anemia Drug Response
Article from Renal & Urology News. Abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Influence on Quality of Life from an Early Cinacalcet Prescription for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Dialysis
Early View abstract from Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.
bullet point The Association of Uremic Toxins and Inflammation in Hemodialysis Patients
Abstract and full-text article (14-page pdf) from PLOS ONE.
bullet point Predictors in Adolescence of ESRD in Middle-Aged Men
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Association between Sleep Quality and Cardiovascular Damage in Predialysis Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Provisional abstract and full-text article (17-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Obese More Likely to Survive Serious Bloodstream Infection (Sepsis)
Article from HealthDay. Press release from the University of Michigan.
bullet point Allan J. Collins, M.D., To Join NxStage as Senior Medical Advisor
bullet point Patents That Kill
Article from The Economist.
bullet point Canada To Donate Ebola Vaccine to WHO
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Depression a Serious Illness – Recognize the Signs
Posting from the Mayo Clinic News Network.
bullet point The Risky Business of Information Security
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
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Tuesday, Aug. 12

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  Aug. 12, 2014
bullet point Tips for Including Patients in QAPI & Governing Body Meetings
(1-page pdf) Bulletin from the Northwest Renal Network on quality assessment performance improvement (QAPI).
bullet point Quanta (in UK) Establishes Medical Advisory Board of World-Leading Renal Experts
Press release from the Quanta web site. They are developing the SC+ (self care) hemodialysis system.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Abstracts from Annals of Internal Medicine:
bullet point The Influence of Vitamin D Analogs on Calcification Modulators, N-Terminal Pro-B- Type Natriuretic Peptide and Inflammatory Markers in Hemodialysis Patients: a Randomized Crossover Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (21-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Long-term Sevelamer Treatment Lowers Serum FGF23 Accompanied with Increasing Serum Klotho Levels in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Effects of Fish Oil on Serum Lipid Profile in Dialysis Patients: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Provisional abstract and full-text article (24-page pdf) from Lipids in Health and Disease.
bullet point

Baseline Hyponatremia Does Not Predict Two-Year Mortality in Patients with Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Systolic Blood Pressure Levels Among Adults With Hypertension and Incident Cardiovascular Events:  The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study
Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Eyenaemia Smartphone App Helps Diagnose Anemia from Selfies
Article from MedGadget.com.
bullet point Houston Woman Admits to Defrauding Dialysis Charity of More Than $65 K
Article from KHOU.
bullet point In India, Kidney Care Comes Of Age
bullet point In China, Human Kidneys Are Shipped Disguised As Seafood
bullet point The Ebola Epidemic: A Global Health Emergency
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Study: New Tool Proves Effective in Evaluating Doctor's Bedside Manner
Press release from Women's College Hospital (Canada).
bullet point Association of Marketing Interactions With Medical Trainees' Knowledge About Evidence-Based Prescribing
Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Randomized Clinical Trials and Observational Studies Are More Often Alike Than Unlike
Online First Editor's Note from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Washington's $10 Billion Search For Health Care's Next Big Ideas
Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Aug. 11

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bullet point More Infections, Fewer Cardiovascular Problems Seen With Home Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Reuters Health via Medscape Nephrology. Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Patient Reported Cognitive Functioning and Daily Functioning in Chronic Dialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Hemodynamics during Dialysis and Cognitive Performance
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Online First Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Timing of Renal Replacement Therapy Based on the Presence of Conventional Indications
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Effects of Aerobic Exercise During Hemodialysis on Physical Functional Performance and Depression
Online First abstract from Biological Research for Nursing.
bullet point Molecular Regulation of the Renin-Angiotensin System in Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Longitudinal FGF23 and Klotho Axis Characterization in Children Treated with Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point An Acetate Switch Regulates Stress Erythropoiesis
Abstract from Nature Medicine.
bullet point 510(k) Clearances for July 2014:
bullet point Liberia Buckles under Ebola Strain
Article from the BBC. Press release from the World Health Organization.
bullet point Exposure to Common Antibacterials May Affect Growth of Fetus: Study
Article from HealthDay. Press release from the American Chemical Society.
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