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Fri./Sat., March 31 - April 1

#NephMadness 2017: The Filtered Four
Posting from the AJKD blog.
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  Mar. 31, 2017
Donor Recipient Weight and Sex Mismatch May Contribute to Kidney Transplant Failure
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.
California Proposes Bill To Regulate Dialysis Clinics
Article from Modern Healthcare (registration required).
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
ESRD QIP Call: Follow-up Questions and Answers
Follow-up questions and answers (7-page pdf) are available for the January 17 call on the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP). During this call, CMS experts discuss the final rule that operationalizes the ESRD QIP for Payment Year 2020.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Myocardial Stunning Occurs during Intermittent Hemodialysis for Acute Kidney Injury
Free, First Online, Open Access letter from Intensive Care Medicine.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from NDT:
Use of Hemoadsorption in a Case of Severe Hepatic Failure and Hyperbilirubinemia
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress letter to the editor from Blood Purification.
Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Transplant As a Competing Risk in the Analysis of Dialysis Patients
Abstract from NDT.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
First Online Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
Kidney Transplants: White Blood Cells Control Virus Replication
Press release from the University of Basel.
Therapeutic Plasma Exchange in Neonates and Infants: Successful Use of a Miniaturized Machine
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Economic Impact of a Peritoneal Dialysis Continuous Quality Improvement Program in Colombia
Free, full-text article from Peritoneal Dialysis International.
Tryptophan and Kynurenine Levels and Its Association With Sleep, Nonphysical Fatigue, and Depression in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Risks of Adverse Events in Advanced CKD: The Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Sodium Intake Among Persons Aged =2 Years — United States, 2013–2014
Article from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The Saltiest Foods May Surprise You
Medication History for Patients on Blood Thinners Is Critical to EMS
Internet Crystal Ball Can Predict Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Study Finds
California Doctors Again Press For More Money To Treat Poor Patients
Article from Kaiser Health News.
U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Surged to Record in 2016
Article from HealthDay.
Vitamin D & Cancer: How Can Two News Releases about the Same Study Be Polar Opposites?
Article from HealthNewsReview.
CMS Training Call: Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule
Scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017, 2:30 - 3:30 PM ET. Registration now open.


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Thursday, March 30

ESRD QIP Call: Follow-up Questions and Answers
Follow-up questions and answers (7-page pdf) are available for the January 17 call on the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP). During this call, CMS experts discuss the final rule that operationalizes the ESRD QIP for Payment Year 2020.
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  Mar. 30, 2017

"Maybe They Don't Even Know That I Exist": Challenges Faced by Family Members and Friends of Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.

Editor's note: Another telling quote comes from this KidneyViews blog posting: "I have been an active care partner for over 4 years and not once has anyone asked what they can do to help me. They did tell me that I should be careful of caregiver burn out."

According to DaVita, the DaVita Patient-Focused Quality Pyramid has been "widely embraced by the kidney care community as well as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)."

Unfortunately, this pyramid scheme could just as well be used for veterinary or 'herd' medicine.

Kidney Patient Taken Off Transplant List for Using Medical Marijuana
Article from WGME (Maine).

#NephMadness 2017: The Effluent Eight
Posting from the AJKD blog.

Mayo Clinic — Transplant 101 Webinar: Preparing for Your Journey
Scheduled for Fri., March 31, 11:00 am CT.
ASN and AAKP Advocates are on Capitol Hill Urging Congress to Support Kidney Disease Research and the Living Donor Protection Act
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
Comparison of Post-Creation Procedures and Costs between Surgical and an Endovascular Approach to Arteriovenous Fistula Creation
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from The Journal of Vascular Access. (Click on "Full Text" tab.)
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
The Available Intravenous Iron Formulations: History, Efficacy, and Toxicology
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Time-Varying Association of Individual BP Components with eGFR in Late-Stage CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
Diminished Disease Progression Rate in a Chronic Kidney Disease Population Following the Replacement of Dietary Water Source with Quality Drinking Water: a Pilot Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Booklet Available in 13 Languages: 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life
Tom Price Defends Proposed Cuts at NIH, Citing 'Indirect' Expenses
Article from STAT.
Scientific Drought, Golden Eggs, and Global Leadership — Why Trump's NIH Funding Cuts Would Be a Disaster
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
US Public Opinion on Health Care Reform, 2017
Free, Online First, JAMA infographic from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Every £1 Spent on Public Health in UK Saves Average of £14
Heroin Use Rises Significantly among Young Whites
Senator Bernie Sanders Announces 'Medicare for All' Bill
Posting from the National Nurses United blog.
No Savings from CMS Innovations Program: Study
Article from HFMA.
Tom Price Is A Sharp Critic Of Obama-Led Shift Toward Value-Based System For Medicare
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Wednesday, March 29

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FTC Requires Kidney Dialysis Chain DaVita, Inc. to Divest Assets as a Condition of Acquiring Competitor Renal Ventures Management LLC
Press release from the Federal Trade Commission.
#NephMadness 2017: The Changing Nature of Diabetic Kidney Disease
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Dialysis Centers: California Bill Proposes to Improve Staffing, Inspections
Article from The Mercury News.

FDA Product Recall Notices:

Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Acute Kidney Injury in Children with Sickle Cell Disease — Compounding a Chronic Problem
Free, full-text, First Online editorial commentary from Pediatric Nephrology.
Race, Serum Potassium, and Associations With ESRD and Mortality
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
A Single Dialysis Session of Hemodiafiltration with Sorbent-Regenerated Endogenous Ultrafiltrate Reinfusion (HFR) Removes Hepcidin More Efficiently Than Bicarbonate Hemodialysis: a New Approach to Containing Hepcidin Burden in Dialysis Patients?
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Marathon Running May Cause Short-Term Kidney Injury
Press release from Yale University. Article from HealthDay.
Rockwell Medical Announces ESA Sparing, Compositions and Use Patent Allowed in China
Elevated Blood Pressure Not a High Mortality Risk for Elderly with Weak Grip
New Report Lays Plan to Eliminate 90,000 Hepatitis B and C Deaths by 2030
Dementia: The Right to Rehabilitation
McConnell Throws Cold Water on Reviving Obamacare Repeal ¦ House GOP Insists They Aren't Giving up ¦ Price Faces New Task of Overseeing Health Law
Article from The Hill.
Exercise: The Cellular 'Fountain of Youth'
Article from HealthDay.
Justice Department Joins Lawsuit Alleging Massive Medicare Fraud By UnitedHealth
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday,March 28

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  Mar. 28, 2017
New Cancer Treatments Should Inform Patients about Quality of Life beyond Side Effects
Article from STAT.

"But I would like to see more companies explore cancer therapies or regimens that put a premium on patients' satisfaction with their lives during treatment. At the very least, quality-of-life information should be made available to clinicians and patients so they can understand and weigh all aspects of various treatment options.

"Some people don't care much about how a treatment affects quality of life. They want to fight with their last ounce of strength to get to a particular milestone, even if the quality of the extra life is poor. For others, though, quality of life is as important as length of life, or maybe even more so."

Editor's note: This is why the DaVita pyramid should be turned upside down and have what matters most to the patient be considered first.
#NephMadness 2017: Crews Contemplates the Limits of Choice
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
A Haemodialysis Journey from the West to the East
Free, full-text article from Kidney Diseases.
High-Density Lipoprotein Particle Pattern and Overall Lipid Responses to a Short-Term Moderate-Intensity Aerobic Exercise Training Intervention in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Phase 2 Studies of Oral Hypoxia-Inducible Factor Prolyl Hydroxylase Inhibitor FG-4592 for Treatment of Anemia in China
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Hypothyroidism Is Associated with All-Cause Mortality in a National Cohort of Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Comparison of Estimates of Resting Energy Expenditure Equations in Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Online abstract from The International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Adherence in Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipients: Solutions for the System
Advance Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Comparison of Post-Creation Procedures and Costs between Surgical and an Endovascular Approach to Arteriovenous Fistula Creation
Advance Online abstract from The Journal of Vascular Access.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
PDI In Press Abstracts:
'Let Food Be Thy Medicine…': Lessons from Low-Protein Diets from around the World
Free, Open Access editorial from BMC Nephrology.
Implementation and Evaluation of a Large-Scale Teleretinal Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
FDA Alerts Providers to Phillips Healthcare Defibrillator Recall
Psychologists Enlist Machine Learning to Help Diagnose Depression
Frustrated by Big Data? Harvard Professor Says It's Justified
Article from Healthcare IT News.
Genomics, Health Disparities, and Missed Opportunities for the Nation's Research Agenda
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Former Anthem Lobbyist Makan Delrahim Tapped by Trump to Lead Department Of Justice Antitrust Division
Article from Healthcare Finance.
Putting Patients First by Reducing Administrative Tasks in Health Care: A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians
Free, full-text, Latest article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
CMS Issues Information on Implementing Emergency Preparedness Rule
Notice from AHANews.


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Monday, March 27

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#NephMadness 2017: The Saturated 16
Postings from the AJKD blog and the Renal Fellow Network blogs.

"What was the panel thinking? KT/V beating depression was a shock to me but just shows how obsessed nephrologists are with numbers."

Editor's note: This is (yet) another wake-up message for patients and their advocates. U.S. nephrologists have little or no interest in disrupting their economic/treatment system with a well-patient model of care.  With today's financial incentives, most of U.S. nephrologists aim no higher than "not dead" and "not in the hospital." This current system of care is likely a major factor in the widespread depression seen in dialysis patients. (Can you even raise this issue at an ASN or RPA meeting, let alone a FKC or DaVita meeting?)

Until we provide significant financial incentives to motivate nephrologists to deliver well, high-functioning patients, Kt/V (URR) and stagnant technology will remain the standards of excellence in U.S. dialysis care.
Dialysis Supplies Dwindle for Besieged Syrians
Article from Arab News.
The Devil is in the Details: A Tale of Dialysis Claim Errors
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

"The Anthem rep called DaVita billing customer support that day, and every day for the next 20 business days. It was not until the 21st business day of daily calling that anyone from the DaVita billing department returned the call from Anthem. During this period, both the Anthem rep and I contacted the insurance counselor at our local DaVita center many times to ask for help in contacting the billing department. This DaVita employee sent us five separate emails during this period promising us that someone from the billing department would contact Anthem. Finally on the 21st business day of daily calls (29th calendar day) we got a live human being from DaVita billing support to contact Anthem."
Regular Exercise during Hemodialysis Promotes an Anti-Inflammatory Leucocyte Profile
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Open Access Articles from Renal Failure:
Low-dose Apixaban May Be Safe Anti-stroke Option for Dialysis Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Reuters Health via Medscape Nephrology. JASN Express abstract.
Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis in China: Can It Be A Better Option for Initiation or Maintenance Dialysis Therapy?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
House Leaders ‘Came Up Short’ In Effort To Kill Obamacare
Articles from Kaiser Health News and HealthDay.
AMA, MGMA and 85 Other Medical Groups Urge CMS to Reduce EHR and Meaningful Use Burden on Doctors
Article from Healthcare IT News.


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Fri./Sat., March 24-25

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  Mar. 24, 2017
Even a Moderate Fluid Removal Rate during Individualised Haemodialysis Session Times Is Associated with Decreased Patient Survival
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.

Editor's note: Remember Tassin.

With Health Coaching at Their Fingertips, People Can Better Manage Chronic Disease
Article from STAT.

Editor's note: Why isn't effective health coaching a standard of U.S. dialysis care? Blame the power of poorly-designed financial incentives, especially the perverse incentives that have made CEOs and many U.S. nephrologists multi-millionaires.

For the for-profit dialysis centers and nephrologists, their financial goals and incentives lead them to perform as little uncompensated care as possible for their patients. Most patients are steered into minimal, in-center dialysis regimens that virtually no dialysis professionals would choose for themselves.

The largest non-profit dialysis company, DCI, not only has the best mortality and hospitalizations data, but they also steer as many patients as possible to transplantation before they need dialysis.

It would seem that many dialysis patients could benefit from this "coaching at their fingertips," as long as it is not provided by for-profit companies under today's perverse financial incentives.

Major Breakthrough in the Manufacture of Red Blood Cells
Press release from the University of Bristol. Article from the BBC.
Free, Full-Text, PDF Articles from the Renal Society of Australasia Journal:
Are Dialysis Patients Being Over-Screened for Colon Cancer?
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Impaired Vascular Function Contributes to Exercise Intolerance in Chronic Kidney Disease
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology. Related editorial.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:

First Online Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:

Association between Resting Heart Rate Just before Starting the First Dialysis Session and Mortality: A Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Exercise a Great Prescription To Help Older Hearts
Late Move To Dump ‘Essential’ Benefits Could Strand Chronically ill
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Report: Trump Regrets Backing Health Plan before Pushing for Tax Reform
Article from The Hill.
Direct-To-Consumer Telehealth May Increase Access To Care But Does Not Decrease Spending
Abstract from Health Affairs.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Three Big Health Care Takeaways From SXSW
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Most Cancers Caused by Random DNA Copying Errors
 


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Thursday, March 23

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#NephMadness 2017: Rheault Presents the Pediatric Nephrologist Perspective
Posting from the AJKD blog.
DaVita's Chief Medical Officer Honored by Renal Physicians Association
DaVita press release.

Editor's note: Another celebration of junk-bond nephrology — that serves whom? Which large dialysis company in the U.S. has had the best mortality and hospitalization data for the last 14 years?
Nominations Sought for Technical Expert Panel (TEP): End-Stage Renal Disease Medication Reconciliation & Management
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) to develop a quality measure(s) related to medication reconciliation and management. The TEP nomination period opens on March 23, 2017 and closes on April 24, 2017.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Microparticle Formation in Peritoneal Dialysis — A Proof of Concept Study
Full-text article from Canadian Journal of Health and Kidney Disease.
Viva España—Lessons From the Spanish Organ Donation System
Early View, full-text, Letter to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Nutritional Assessment of Elderly Patients on Dialysis: Pitfalls and Potentials for Practice
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney Diseases:
Efficacy and Safety of Paricalcitol in Children with Stages 3 to 5 Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from The Journal of Vascular Access:
Analysis of Blood Flow Characteristics in a Model of a Mature Side-to-Side Arteriovenous Fistula
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
National Kidney Foundation Prepares to Kick Off 2017 Kidney Walks
Surprising New Role for Lungs: Making Blood
Weight-Bearing Exercises Promote Bone Formation in Men
Words and Experience Matter to Surrogates Making End-Of-Life Decisions
Penn Researchers Call for Better Laws Covering Patient Incentives to Improve Care
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
The Mirage of Reform — Republicans' Struggle to Dismantle Obamacare
Free, full-text, Online First, perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Science Sting Exposes How Corrupt Some Journal Publishers Are
Article from STAT.
Chicago Trauma Surgeon on City's Violence and the Burnout It Spells for Docs and Nurses
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Medical Community Gathers Steam to Tackle Climate's Health Effects
Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CROWNWeb Town Hall: Connecting the Pieces on Kt/V
Registration now open for Thursday, March 30th, 2017, at 2:00 PM ET event.


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Wednesday, March 22

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Patients Relocated After Texas Dialysis Clinic (U.S. Renal Care) Catches Fire
Article from KRGV.com.
Texas Dialysis Clinic (Fresenius Kidney Care) Closed for Day and a Half Due to Water Treatment Problems
Article from KRGV.com.
Survival of Children Receiving Dialysis Varies Widely across Europe
Abstract from The Lancet.
AACN Advanced Critical Care Journal Publishes Symposium on Continuous Renal Replacement
Press release from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Advanced Care Planning Tools for Kidney Disease are Patients
10-page document from the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients web site.
Obesity and Kidney Disease: from Population to Basic Science and the Search for New Therapeutic Targets
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Kidney Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Does Not Contribute to Elevation of Its Circulating Levels in Uremia
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Thiamine May Reduce RRT in Septic Shock Patients
Some Blood Thinners May Increase Heart Attack Risk
Insulin Resistance May Lead to Faster Cognitive Decline
'Geofencing' Shows Promise in Tracking Chronic Care
Amendments to ACA Repeal Bill Unveiled
News brief from AHANews.
HHS Hires Deputy Health Technology Secretary
Articles from Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare IT News, and Rewire.
GAO To Launch Investigation Of FDA's Orphan Drug Program
Article from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Tuesday, March 21

Survival of Children Receiving Dialysis Varies Widely across Europe
Abstract from The Lancet.
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  Mar. 21, 2017
Routine Blood Tests Can Help Measure a Patient's Future Risk for Chronic Disease
Press release from Intermountain Healthcare.
Humacyte Receives First of FDA's Regenerative Medicine Designations (for Dialysis Access)
Notice from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.
Penn Researchers Discover Test for Earlier Detection of Transplant Rejection
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Comparing Outcomes between Antibody Induction Therapies in Kidney Transplantation
JASN Express abstract.
End-Of-Life Planning Talks Often Fail to Communicate Goals
Press release from Yale University.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Recent Trends in the Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease: Not the Same Old Song
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. (Click on + Abstract.)
Free, Full-Text Articles Via Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Relationship Between Mortality and Cancer-Bearing Status at Time of Dialysis Initiation
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
The Exciting "Bench to Bedside" Journey of Cell Therapies for Acute Kidney Injury and Renal Transplantation
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Fistula First Catheter Last (FFCL) Dashboard Overview
(52-page pdf) Document from the ESRD National Coordinating Center.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
Early, Goal-Directed Therapy for Septic Shock — A Patient-Level Meta-Analysis
Free, full-text, Online First article from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Association Between US Norepinephrine Shortage and Mortality Among Patients With Septic Shock
Free, Full-Text, New Online article and editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
New Hepatitis C Drugs Might Eliminate the Disease
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, Latest article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Nephros Reports 2016 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
Mayo Clinic Head Backpedals After Saying Hospital Should Prioritize Patients With Private Insurance
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Hospitals See Lower Mortality Rates during Unannounced On-Site Inspections
Article from Healthcare Finance. Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
The Rapidly Evolving Role of Nurse Executives
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
CMS Delays Two Bundled Payment Programs
Article from Healthcare Finance. Notice from CMS appearing in The Federal Register.


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Monday, March 20

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Statement of Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, President, American Society of Nephrology on Proposed FY 2018 Budget
ASN press release. Related article from Kaiser Health News.
#NephMadness 2017: Commentary on Depression in Dialysis Patients
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Help for the Care Partner
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

"I have been an active care partner for over 4 years and not once has anyone asked what they can do to help me. They did tell me that I should be careful of caregiver burn out."
Should Healthy People Have To Pay for Chronic Illnesses?
Perspective piece from The Washington Post.
14% of Chronically ill Patients Buy Too Much Insurance, Driving Up Costs
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Machine Learning Algorithms Define Pathogen Specific Local Immune Fingerprints in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients with Bacterial Infections
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
The Use of a Multidimensional Measure of Dialysis Adequacy—Moving beyond Small Solute Kinetics
CJASN Express abstract.
Article in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
First Online Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
Anemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis: a Narrative Review
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. (Click on "+ Abstract".)
First Online Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
De novo Cancer in Patients on Dialysis and after Renal Transplantation: North-western Italy, 1997-2012
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Newer Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Show Heart Protective Quality in Study
Article from Reuters.
Happy Spouse, Happy House
Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?
New Blood Thinner Better at Preventing Recurrent Blood Clots Than Aspirin
Uninterrupted Dabigatran versus Warfarin for Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation
Are Blood Thinners Overused in Patients with Irregular Heartbeat?
Atrial Fibrillation Patients May Safely Discontinue Blood Thinners after Successful Ablation
GOP Needs To ‘Go Back To Drawing Board,’ American Medical Association Says
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Amgen's New Cholesterol Drug Prevents Heart Attacks — But It Doesn't Come Cheap
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Remote Amazon Tribe May Have Healthiest Hearts on Earth
Quarterly Updates to ESRD PRICER
(3-page pdf) CMS Program Transmittal 3737.
News on Conversion from Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI)


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Fri./Sat., March 17-18

Statement of Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, President, American Society of Nephrology on Proposed FY 2018 Budget
ASN press release.
#NephMadness 2017: Commentary on Depression in Dialysis Patients
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Help for the Care Partner
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

"I have been an active care partner for over 4 years and not once has anyone asked what they can do to help me. They did tell me that I should be careful of caregiver burn out."
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Startup eGenesis Pushes Toward Goal: Transplanting Pig Organs into Humans
Article from The Boston Globe.

"Yang said its initial task is to produce “Pig 2.0,” a cloned pig whose organs can be transplanted to humans safely in clinical trials."
Two-Thirds of Patients Are Seen by Physicians Who Have Received Industry Money
Article from Healthcare Finance. Free, full-text, First Online article from Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Associations of Employment Status and Educational Levels with Mortality and Hospitalization in the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study in Japan
Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.

"Employment and education status were inversely associated with mortality in patients on maintenance HD in Japan. Employment but not education was also inversely associated with hospitalizations. After adjustment for comorbidities, the associations with clinical outcomes tended to be stronger for employment than education status."

Editor's note: There is no better example of excellence in dialysis care than an employed dialysis patient. It has been a tragedy that the leaders of the dialysis patient organizations have not made employment and rehabilitation leading priorities, as these goals can drive so many improvements in care processes, technology, and patient engagement. Instead, patients have endured decades of stagnancy and being ignored. Enduring awful treatment regimens, which U.S. nephrologists would never accept for themselves, has become the "job" for too many patients.
Reduced Dose of Warfarin Alternative May Help Prevent Strokes in Dialysis Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
When Is the Right Time for Arteriovenous Fistula Placement in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Thyroid Function in End Stage Renal Disease and Effects of Frequent Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Differential Effects of Dapagliflozin on Cardiovascular Risk Factors at Varying Degrees of Renal Function
CJASN Express abstract.
Sage Advice: Learning from Someone Who's Been There
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Trump's Budget Cuts HHS Spending by $15 Billion, Rolls AHRQ into the NIH
Article from Healthcare Finance. News summary from Kaiser Health News. Articles on deep cuts to research and science funding from STAT.
CBO Report Shines Stark Light On Just How Much Wealthiest Will Benefit From Repeal Plan
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Today's Version of the Hippocratic Oath
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Trump Nominates HHS Deputy Secretary
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Releases Report on Medicare Payment Policy
(2-page pdf) Press release, fact sheet (4-page pdf), and full 2017 Report to Congress (483-page pdf). Chapter 6 (28-page pdf) on outpatient dialysis services.

"Recommendation: The Congress should increase the outpatient dialysis base payment rate by the update specified in current law for calendar year 2018."
MedPAC Recommends 5% Payment Cut to Home Health Agencies, Inpatient Rehab Facilities
Article from Healthcare Finance.


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Thursday, March 16

Startup eGenesis Pushes Toward Goal: Transplanting Pig Organs into Humans
Article from The Boston Globe.

"Yang said its initial task is to produce “Pig 2.0,” a cloned pig whose organs can be transplanted to humans safely in clinical trials.
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  Mar. 16, 2017
#NephMadness 2017: Brimble Puts the Disparities Region under the (Confocal) Microscope
Posting from AJKD blog.
A.T.L.A.S. Provides Much-Needed Resources for Dialysis Patients in Florida
Article from Chronic Disease Coalition.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
The ESRD Quality Incentive Program—Can We Bridge the Chasm?
JASN Express abstract.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
The Impact of Evacuation on the Incidence of Chronic Kidney Disease after the Great East Japan Earthquake: The Fukushima Health Management Survey
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles Via Medscape Nephrology:
Water Treatment: the Largest Syringe Used in Dialysis
Article and case study from Nephrology News & Issues.
Intensive Medical Treatment Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Press release from the Endocrine Society. Article from HealthDay.
High Uric Acid Levels in Young Children May Result in Higher Blood Pressure Later On
Vitamin E May Decrease the Risk of Acute Kidney Injury after Coronary Catheterization
Whole Body Vibration May Be As Effective As Regular Exercise
Disposable Sensor Measures Sweat Volume, Salinity to Help Prevent Dehydration
Rockwell Medical Reports Fourth Quarter Results
US Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change
Article from HealthDay. US Climate and Health Alliance web site.
'Trumpcare' Could Kill an Extra 50,000 People a Year
Article from STAT.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Some Types of Telehealth Spur Spending: Study
Article from HFMA.
Connected Care: New Educational Initiative to Raise Awareness of Chronic Care Management
CMS press release.
Per Capita Caps in Medicaid — Lessons from the Past
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Wednesday, March 15

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  Mar. 15, 2017
#NephMadness 2017: Agarwal Lays down the Law on Eating during Dialysis
Posting from the AJKD blog.

Editor's note: Another reason to dialyze at home. Rigid and inflexible rules such as this make in-center dialysis like a prison.
Emotional Intelligence Helps Make Better Doctors
Press release from Loyola University Health System.
Opinion: TrumpCare Needs a New Doctor
Posting from Roll Call.
Incremental Hemodialysis: The University of California Irvine Experience
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
High-Dose Hydroxocobalamin for Vasoplegic Syndrome Causing False Blood Leak Alarm
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Evolution of Post-Traumatic Growth during the First 12 Months of Dialysis: a Longitudinal Study
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Dialysis Facility Compare Star Rating Post-TEP (Technical Expert Panel) Teleconference Call #1 Agenda
March 22, 2017, 1:00-2:00pm EST

  • 1:00 – 1:15 PM — Updated Re-baselining proposal (presentation by TEP Co-chairs)
  • 1:15 – 1:55 PM — TEP Discussion on the Updated Re-baselining Proposal
  • 1:55 – 2:00 PM — Public Comment
Call-in Information:
Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-888-296-6500
Guest Code: 965094#
WebEx Link
March 23: DPC Webinar on Sex and Intimacy with CKD
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
'Harmless' Painkillers Associated with Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest
New Smart Sensor for Measuring Glucose from Skin
‘Eye-Popping’ CBO Analysis Sends Republicans Into Damage Control Mode
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
The Economics of Medicaid Reform and Block Grants
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Tuesday, March 14

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Northwest Kidney Centers Invests $15M in Center for Dialysis Innovation
Press release.
How Retooled Health Law Might Treat Those With A History Of Illness
Article from Kaiser Health News.
DaVita: Insurers Are Booting Patients Using Charity to Pay Premiums
Article and video from TheDenverChannel.com (ABC7).
Hypertension in Dialysis Patients: a Consensus Document by the European Renal and Cardiovascular Medicine (EURECA-m) Working Group of the European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) and the Hypertension and the Kidney Working Group of the European Society of Hypertension (ESH)
Free, Advance Access article from NDT.
Association of Intensive Blood Pressure Control and Kidney Disease Progression in Nondiabetic Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease — A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine. Article from Renal & Urology News.
Acute Kidney Injury in Children With Type 1 Diabetes Hospitalized for Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Pediatrics. Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free).
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Patient-Doctor Contact Interval and Clinical Outcomes in Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Considerations on Glycemic Control in Older And/or Frail Individuals with Diabetes and Advanced Kidney Disease
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Cell-Free DNA and Active Rejection in Kidney Allografts
Free, full-text JASN Express article.
Pharmacologic Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes: Synopsis of the 2017 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes
Free, full-text, Latest clinical guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Aethlon Touts Hemopurifier Feasibility Study Results
Republican Plan to Repeal Obamacare Would Leave Millions Uninsured: Report
Articles from Reuters and HealthDayNews brief from AHANews.
Congressional Budget Office Ignites Firestorm with ObamaCare Repeal Score
Article and report on White House analysis from The Hill.
Companies Behind Health Savings Accounts Could Bank On Big Profits Under GOP Plan
Article from Kaiser Health News.
For Hospitalized Patients, Spending More on Care Doesn't Buy Better Health
Press release from Harvard Medical School. Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
More Transparency at FDA Needed, Researchers Say
Press release from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Seema Verma Confirmed as CMS Administrator
Article from and STAT.
By Law, Hospitals Now Must Tell Medicare Patients When Care Is ‘Observation’ Only
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, March 13

Northwest Kidney Centers Invests $15M in Center for Dialysis Innovation
Article from Puget Sound Business Journal.
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Kidney Patients Left in the Wind: A Heartfelt Story
(Registration required, but free.) Szczech on Nephrology video blog.
#NephMadness 2017: Commentary on Depression in Dialysis Patients
Posting from the AJKD blog.
#Visual Abstracts: History and Future in Medicine and Nephrology
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Postings from the KevinMD Blog:
High Risk and High Cost Focus on Opportunities to Reduce Hospitalizations of Dialysis Patients in Canada
Free 26-page report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
ESRD Renal Recovery Uptick Reported
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Focus Instead on Determining Lower Limit of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Full-Text, Article in Press Letter to the Editor and reply from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Blood Pressure Before Initiation of Maintenance Dialysis and Subsequent Mortality
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Oxidative Balance Score and the Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Uric Acid and Decline in Renal Function - Partners in Crime
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Trump Employs ‘Salesman Tactics’ To Line Up Hill Support For Health Law Replacement
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Trump Will Nominate Scott Gottlieb to Lead FDA
Article from STAT.
Seema Verma's CMS Confirmation Vote Expected Monday
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Study: As ACOs Get Bigger They Become Less Efficient
Article from Healthcare IT News.


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Fri./Sat., March 10-11

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Thirty Years: Lessons Learned in Dialysis
13 free, full-text articles from Seminars in Dialysis.

Editor's note: Missing is any mention that "payment and profits drive practice" in U.S. dialysis care. U.S. nephrology professionals have yet to acknowledge the dominating effect that perverse financial incentives have had in their choices of treatment and care of these vulnerable patients.
Hemodialysis Disparities in African Americans: The Deeply Integrated Concept of Race in the Social Fabric of Our Society
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Cost of Kidney Dialysis Poses Ethical Dilemma in Sub-Saharan Africa
Article from Reuters Health. Free, Open Access, Online First article from The Lancet Global Health.
Living Kidney Transplant Donation: Myths vs. Facts
Press release from New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Should Belatacept Be The Centrepiece of Renal Transplantation?
(Registration required, but free.) Free full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
National Kidney Foundation 2017 Spring Clinical Meetings Abstracts from Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease:
Satellite Healthcare Recognizes National Kidney Month with Educational Presentations at the Annual Dialysis Conference
Press release.
Sickle Cell Trait Tied to Higher Kidney Failure Risk for Blacks
Article from HealthDay. JASN Express abstract. Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
The DASH Diet, 20 Years Later
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Diabetes Responsible for More US Deaths Than Previously Thought
Article from Medical Economics.
Postings from the KidneyViews Blog:
A Playbook For Managing Problems In The Last Chapter Of Your Life
Article from Kaiser Health News. PlanYourLifespan.org web site.
Researchers Identify a New Way to Promote Tissue Regeneration
Press release from Houston Methodist.
Wearable Biosensors Can Tell You When to See the Doctor
Press release from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
New 3D Technology Improves Patient Care for Complex Kidney Surgeries
Press release from Intermountain Medical Center.
Why Do We Develop High Blood Pressure?
Press release from the Physiological Society.
Fresenius Medical Care and Humana Partner
FDA Warns of Contaminated Organ Preservation Solution
Hepatitis C Transmission from Inappropriate Reuse of Saline Flush Syringes for Multiple Patients in an Acute Care General Hospital — Texas, 2015
New Health Care Bill Clears House Committees
Article from HealthDay.
Health Industry, Consumer Groups Intensify Their Stance Against The GOP Replacement Plan
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
What Hospitals Waste
Article from ProPublica.
March 23 Webinar: Effective Use of Patient Portals
Study: Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Reduced Elderly Mortality by More Than 2 Percent
Press release from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Medicaid Block Grants and Federalism — Lessons From Canada
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Thursday, March 9

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March 9 — Happy World Kidney Day!
Notice from the International Society of Nephrology. World Kidney Day web site. Press releases from the National Kidney Foundation and Keck Medicine of USC.
Clinical Trial Rules Should Protect Patients and Results, Not Operational Details
Press release from the European Society of Cardiology.
50 Years, Same Kidney – The Remarkable Milestone of Thomas Hoag
Press release from Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Use of Causal Diagrams to Inform the Design and Interpretation of Observational Studies: An Example from the Study of Heart and Renal Protection (SHARP)
Free, full-text article from Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Urgent-Start Peritoneal Dialysis Complications: Prevalence and Risk Factors
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Longitudinal Assessment of Myocardial Function in Childhood Chronic Kidney Disease, during Dialysis, and Following Kidney Transplantation
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
For Organ Transplant Recipients, Skin Diseases and Risk Factors Differ by Race
Press release from Drexel University.
Press Releases from the American College of Cardiology:
DaVita Kidney Care Welcomes Dr. Francesca Tentori to Physician Leadership Team
Decreasing Antibiotic Use Can Reduce Transmission of Multidrug Resistant Organisms
Republicans Forge Ahead on Obamacare Repeal despite US Budget Worries
Article from Reuters.
Five Ways The GOP Health Bill Would Reverse Course From The ACA
Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News.
Physicians Reject House ACA Replacement Bill
Statement by the president of the American Medical Association. Other groups opposing the bill include AARP, American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association, and National Nurses United.
 


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Wednesday, March 8

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Time for #NephMadness 2017
Postings from the Renal Fellow Network and the Precious Bodily Fluids blogs. Dialysis Region.
CDC Mapping Tool Shows Prevalence of Certain Chronic Conditions for 500 Cities
News brief from AHANews. Mapping tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Having the ability to report and map health data at city and neighborhood levels is a game changer for public health," said Wayne Giles, M.D., director of CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention."
Common Cold Can Be Surprisingly Dangerous for Transplant Patients
Press release from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Free, Full-Text, Issue-in-Progress Articles from Blood Purification:
JASN Express Abstracts:
Immunogenicity of Augmented Compared With Standard Dose Hepatitis B Vaccine in Pediatric Patients on Dialysis: a Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium Study
CJASN Express abstract.
Comparison of the Availability and Cost of Foods Compatible With a Renal Diet Versus an Unrestricted Diet Using the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Higher Dietary Potassium to Sodium Ratio Can Lower CVD Risk
Lung Cancer May Go Undetected in Kidney Cancer Patients
News Summaries on ACA Repeal/Replace from Kaiser Health News:
High Number of Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes Linked to Diet
Press release from NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Article from HealthDay.
Medicine with a Side of Mysticism: Top Hospitals Promote Unproven Therapies
Special report from STAT.
CROWNWEb New User Training March 14


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Tuesday, March 7

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Annals On Being a Doctor Story Slam — Just Listen
Video from Annals of Internal Medicine.
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"... simply walk into a patient's room and say, "what do you think I need to know in order to help you," and then just shut up and listen."
The Effects of Pay-for-Performance Programs on Health, Health Care Use, and Processes of Care: A Systematic Review
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Conclusion: Pay-for-performance programs may be associated with improved processes of care in ambulatory settings, but consistently positive associations with improved health outcomes have not been demonstrated in any setting."
New Method Rescues Donor Organs to Save Lives
Press release and video from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science.
With More Mainers on Dialysis, Local Centers Struggle to Keep Up
Article from Bangor Daily News.
2017 Kidney Patient Summit Speaker Remarks
List and summit overview from the National Kidney Foundation.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Hypophosphatemia: Nutritional Status, Body Composition, and Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
Many People Don't Take Their High Blood Pressure Meds: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Nephros Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance of EndoPur™ Endotoxin 10" Filter
Rockwell Medical Announces One Poster and Two Oral Presentations on Triferic at Annual Dialysis Conference March 11th-14th in Long Beach, CA
Genetic Clues of IgA Nephropathy Uncovered
U.S. Republicans Unveil Plan to Dismantle Obamacare, Critics Pounce
Article from Reuters. Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Monday, March 6

Nephros Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance of EndoPur™ Endotoxin 10" Filter
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Jury Clears Fresenius Dialysis Treatment in Patient Death Lawsuit
Articles from Modern Healthcare, Mass Device, and LawyersandSettlements.com.

"The verdict may be used by the company and other plaintiffs who opted out of the settlement to gauge the value of their claims. Fresenius still faces more than 4,000 lawsuits in federal court over dialysis treatments that use Naturalyte and Granuflo. Plaintiffs claimed the treatments caused patients to suffer heart attacks and deaths because Fresenius doctors didn't know how to use the treatment ingredients." - Modern Healthcare
Beating Kidney Disease Together
Press release from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Summary of the BEAT-DKD study on diabetic kidney disease.
#NephMadness 2017: What's Up with That?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Aurinia Announces Voclosporin Meets 48-Week Remission Endpoints, Achieving Highest Complete Remission Rate of Any Global Lupus Nephritis Study
Press release.
Living Donor Protection Act Reintroduced in House
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Disorders of Serum Omega-3 Fatty Acid Composition in Dialyzed Patients, and Their Associations with Fat Mass
Issue in Progress, Open Access article from Renal Failure.
Frequency of Early Predialysis Nephrology Care and Postdialysis Cardiovascular Events
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Transplant as a Competing Risk in the Analysis of Dialysis Patients
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Association of Clinical Events With Everolimus Exposure in Kidney Transplant Patients Receiving Low Doses of Tacrolimus
Free, Open Access, Early View article from American Journal of Transplantation.
The Society for Vascular Surgery Wound, Ischemia, and foot Infection (WIfI) Classification System Predicts Wound Healing but Not Major Amputation in Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers Treated in a Multidisciplinary Setting
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
U.S. Republicans Expected to Unveil Healthcare Bill This Week
Article from Reuters.
Liver Transplant Surgical Pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl Dies
Article from STAT and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Council Issues Updated Active Shooter Guide for Health Care Settings
News brief from AHANews.
CMS Reporting DEADLINE is Approaching for NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance: March 31, 2017
Notice from ESRD Network 8.
CMS Seeks Applications for Next Generation ACO Model
News brief from AHANews.


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Fri./Sat., March 3-4

Jury Clears Fresenius Dialysis Treatment in Patient Death Lawsuit
Article from Modern Healthcare.

"The verdict may be used by the company and other plaintiffs who opted out of the settlement to gauge the value of their claims. Fresenius still faces more than 4,000 lawsuits in federal court over dialysis treatments that use Naturalyte and Granuflo. Plaintiffs claimed the treatments caused patients to suffer heart attacks and deaths because Fresenius doctors didn't know how to use the treatment ingredients."
Beating Kidney Disease Together
Press release from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Summary of the BEAT-DKD study on diabetic kidney disease.
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Why DaVita Is Being Regulated, Investigated, and Sued
Article from State of Reform.
How 'Bundling' Changed Dialysis Care
Article from Renal & Urology News.

Editor's note: In U.S. dialysis care, nothing has driven more changes in clinical care than changes to the largest providers' financial incentives. Poorly designed financial incentives, which have financially enriched many influential US nephrologists and corporations, have led to decades of technology stagnation, medication interventions for poor renal replacement regimens, and dismal employment and rehabilitation rates.
Dialyzing a Patient with an Intracranial Hemorrhage
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Early Use of Autogenous Arteriovenous Fistula in Patients with Urgent Hemodialysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Abdominal Aortic Calcification on a Plain X-Ray and the Relation with Significant Coronary Artery Disease in Asymptomatic Chronic Dialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Comparison of the AN69ST Membrane versus Citrate-Enriched Dialysate on Clotting Events during Hemodialysis without Systemic Anticoagulation
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Follow-Up of Acute Kidney Injury in Neonates during Childhood Years (FANCY): a Prospective Cohort Study
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Timing of Anti-Donor Antibody Responses Affects the Survival of Kidney Transplants
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Applying the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial Results to Older Adults
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from Journal of the American Geriatrics Society via Medscape Nephrology.
NxStage Medical Announces CE Mark for its NxGen Hemodialysis System
Rockwell Medical Announces Nomination of David Domzalski to Board of Directors
Republicans Fiercely Guarding New Draft Of Repeal Plan
News brief from Kaiser Health News. Article from The Hill.
President Trump's False Promises on Healthcare
Article from National Nurses United.
The Nursing Shortage? It's Complicated
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Exercise Helps Counter Cancer-Linked Fatigue
Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note: Could the same be true for dialysis?
Verma Nomination for CMS Administrator Advances to Full Senate
News brief from AHANews. Opinion piece from Healthcare DIVE.
Brian Neale, Former Health Policy Adviser for Pence, Tapped for CMS Position


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Thursday, March 2

Why DaVita Is Being Regulated, Investigated, and Sued
Article from State of Reform.
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Researchers Can Put Organs in a Deep Freeze. Scientists Say They May Have a Way to Bring Them Back
Article from STAT.
Decreasing Sudden Deaths in Dialysis: Drugs, Devices, or Dialytic Developments?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Choosing Wisely — The Canadian Society of Nephrology's List of 5 Items Physicians and Patients Should Question
Free, full-text article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
National Kidney Foundation Statement on “Conflicts of Interest for Patient-Advocacy Organizations”, a Special Report in The New England Journal of Medicine
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.

Editor's note: Despite the decades-long failure of dialysis-patient advocacy in U.S. dialysis care, I have yet to see any dialysis-related patient-advocacy organization admit to any possible conflicts of interest. Instead of only denials, it would be refreshing to see a leading organization list all of their known conflicts of interest from their past, as well as some of their current possible conflicts of interest.

Why would virtually all U.S. nephrologists refuse to accept for themselves and their family members the treatment regimens that over 85% of their patients receive? Why is there no well-patient model of care in U.S. dialysis care? Why are employment and rehabilitation not targeted as outcomes? Why are so many influential U.S. nephrologists multimillionaires and tied to junk-credit-rated corporations? Why does the U.S. have the shortest dialysis treatment times and the worst technology among first-world countries?
Patient Advocacy Groups Rake In Donations From Pharma
Article from Kaiser Health News.
A New Prescription Model for Regional Citrate Anticoagulation in Therapeutic Plasma Exchanges
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
An End-Of-Life Practice Survey among Clinical Nephrologists Associated with a Single Nephrology Fellowship Training Program
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
A Case-Based Analysis of Whether Living Related Donors Listed for Transplant Share ESRD Causes with Their Recipients
CJASN Express abstract.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Management of Type 2 Diabetes in 2017 – Getting to Goal
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Adults With Two or More Chronic Conditions More Likely to Use Care, More Likely to Delay Care
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Highly Prevalent Gene Variants in Minority Populations Cause Kidney Disease
Press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
We Must Remember to Humanize Our Patients
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Exercise Beats Weight Loss at Helping Seniors' Hearts
CDC Announces Workshops on Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness
Rockwell Medical Announces Nomination of David Domzalski to Board of Directors
Best States: Health Care Rankings
Feature from U.S. News & World Report.
House Panel Plans to Mark up Obamacare Repeal Bill Next Week
Article from The Hill.
In Joint Address To Congress, Trump Touts Mainstays Of GOP Leadership's Replacement Plan
News summary from Kaiser Health News. News brief from AHANews.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
Nearly Half of Nurses Consider Changing Careers As Nationwide Shortage Looms, RNnetwork Study Says
Article from Healthcare Finance.
 


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Wednesday, March 1

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March Is National Kidney Month
Article from the International Society of Nephrology. Posting from the Chronic Disease Coalition web site.
Protections in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Acute Kidney Disease and Renal Recovery: Consensus Report of the Acute Disease Quality Initiative (ADQI) 16 Workgroup
Free, full-text, Advance Online consensus statement from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from Nature Reviews Nephrology:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephrology:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Membrane Pressures Predict Clotting of Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Circuits
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Abstracts from Nephron:
Youth with Type 2 Diabetes Develop Complications More Often Than Type 1 Peers
Press release from the National Institutes of Health. Article from HealthDay.
What Do The Kidneys Do and Why Should You Care?
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
NxStage Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results
Press release. Earnings call transcript and analysis from Seeking Alpha.
NxStage Announces Appointment of Chief Medical Officer Allan J. Collins, M.D.
Dr. Adam Weinstein Joins DaVita Kidney Care Physician Leadership Team
Trump Backs Healthcare Tax Credit amid Conservative Opposition
Article from The Hill.
Is Excessive Resource Utilization an Adverse Event?
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Colon Cancer on the Rise Among Gen Xers, Millennials
Article from HealthDay.
CROWNWeb Deadline for December Data Extended


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Tuesday, Feb. 28

NxStage Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results
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Kidney Transplant Success Rates Improve in Children and Infants
Press release and Online First abstract from the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Pain Management in End Stage Renal Disease
Article from Pharmacy Times.
New Continuing Education Symposium Targeting Nephrology Technicians
Press release the National Kidney Foundation.
Effect of Reminder Devices on Medication Adherence — The REMIND Randomized Clinical Trial
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
The Effect of Intra-Dialytic Exercise on Inflammation and Blood Endotoxin Levels
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Impact of Pay-For-Performance on Access at First Dialysis in Queensland
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease: Think (At Least) Twice!
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Statistical Methods for Cohort Studies of CKD: Survival Analysis in the Setting of Competing Risks
CJASN Express abstract.
Nutritional Issues with Incremental Dialysis: The Role of Low-Protein Diets
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Effect of AST-120 in Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment: Still a Controversy?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Nephron.
Association of Triiodothyronine Levels with Left Ventricular Function, Cardiovascular Events, and Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
New Concepts in the Management of Restless Legs Syndrome
Abstract from The BMJ.
Inactivity, Excess Weight Linked to Hard to Treat Heart Failures
Press release from UT Southwestern Medical Center. Article from HealthDay.
Long-term Trends in the Prevalence of Obesity in the United States
Data from the CDC's Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance Project.
RPA Sign-On Letter to Pres. Trump Regarding the Impact of the Proposed Federal Hiring Freeze on the Public Health and Biomedical Research Workforce
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.
Hospitals, Both Rural And Urban, Dread Losing Ground With Health Law Repeal
Article from Kaiser Health News. Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Achieving Universal Coverage Without Turning to a Single Payer – Lessons From 3 Other Countries
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
World's Most Threatening Superbugs Ranked in New List
Article from the BBC.
'Superbug' Infections Striking More U.S. Kids
Article and Harris poll results from Healthday.
The Quest for One of Science's Holy Grails: Artificial Blood
Article from STAT.
Indiana's Claims About Its Medicaid Experiment Don't All Check Out
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Feb. 27

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When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes
Article from ProPublica.

Editor's note: In the case of the majority of U.S. nephrologists, they have tended to choose courses of action that lead to their own financial gain.
Grievance Toolkit in Spanish
The National Forum of ESRD Networks has created a Spanish version of its new Dialysis Patient Grievance Toolkit.
Drug OD Deaths Have Nearly Tripled Since 1999: CDC
Article from HealthDay. Report from MMWR.
Telehealth in Nephrology —  Free Jan. 2017 Issue of Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease; Articles Include:
Targeting Immunity in End-Stage Renal Disease
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress, in-depth topic review from American Journal of Nephrology.
Hypoxia-Inducible Factor Prolyl Hydroxylase Inhibitors: A Potential New Treatment for Anemia in Patients With CKD
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Issue-in-Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
Metrics and Data Analysis in Transplantation: Quality Improvement via Transparency
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Cognitive Remediation in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Kidney Disease: Rationale, Candidate Interventions, and Applicability
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Video: How Digital Tools Can Help Rural Patients With Chronic Conditions
Video interview from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Study Reports Multidrug Resistant Bacteria Found in Hospital Sinks
Press release from the American Society for Microbiology.
Awesome HTN Trial Cheat Sheet and Info for Becoming an ASH Specialist in Clinical Hypertension
The Heroism of Incremental Care
Article by Atul Gawande from The New Yorker.
Universal Public Coverage of Essential Medicines Would Improve Access, Save Billions
Press release from the University of British Columbia.
 


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 24-25

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Advocates Across U.S. to Bring “My Kidneys, My Life” Mantra to Washington DC for 4th Annual Kidney Patient Summit on March 6-7
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Kidney Damage Diagnosis May Be Inaccurate for Many, Suggests Study
Press release from Columbia University Medical Center. Commentary extract from The Lancet.
HIV+ Kidney Failure Patients Face Hurdles in Receiving Necessary Transplants
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Peritoneal Dialysis Growth in the US Encounters Unexpected Hurdles
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
DaVita Names Chief Medical Officer for Integrated Kidney Care
Press release.
FDA Allows Marketing of Test to Identify Organisms That Cause Bloodstream Infections and Provide Antibiotic Sensitivity Results
FDA news release.
WebEx on Antibiotic Stewardship in Dialysis Units
Presented by the ESRD NCC HAI LAN on Thursday, March 30, 2017, 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST.
Abstracts from The Lancet:
Transplant Infectious Diseases: A Review of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients Published Data
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Evaluation of Renal Function in a Specific Population of Living Kidney Donors
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Diabetic Kidney Disease Is Decoded, Offering New Avenues for Diagnosis and Treatment
Press release from Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Study: Two-Thirds of Clinicians Lack Knowledge of Diabetes Related Foot Complication
Press release from the University of Michigan.
Furosemide With Matched Hydration Prevents Contrast Nephropathy
Article from Renal & Urology News. Full-text article from Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage* of Adults Aged =65 Years, by Number of 10 Selected Diagnosed Chronic Conditions and Poverty Status — National Health Interview Survey, 2013–2015
Data from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
12 Steps to Make America's Health Care Great Again
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Study Reveals Proven Ways to Improve Doctor-Patient Communication
Poll: 84% Want to Keep Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion
Article from The Hill.


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Thursday, Feb. 23

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DaVita Steered Poor Dialysis Patients to Private Insurers To Pump up Profits, Lawsuit Says
Article from The Denver Post.
2 Investigators: Mistakes, Delays At DaVita Dialysis Centers Caused Deaths Of 2 Women, Families Say
Article and video from CBS Chicago.

"The facility did not want to call 9-1-1, and they didn't want her to go to the closest hospital, Jackson Park, Watkins says. She says Davita workers wanted to call a private ambulance, which was going to take longer, and they insisted on sending Heather to the University of Chicago.

"The University of Chicago is not the closest hospital, but it has a medical director tied to Davita.

"Watkins says staff finally got an ambulance, but not until about four to five hours after her daughter's troubles began."
New York State Considers Bill to Pay Live Organ Donors' Costs
Article from Crain's New York Business.
Organ Transplant Programs Are so Prestigious, They're Sparking Crosstown Rivalry in Chicago
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Lung Ultrasound in Hemodialysis: A Card to be Played?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Blood Purification.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Prevalence of Frailty in End-Stage Renal Disease: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.

Venous Hemodialysis Catheters and Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices: Avoiding a High-Risk Combination
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.

Blood Pressure Targets in Older Patients: Many Guidelines, Much Confusion
(Registration required, but free.) Interview from Medscape Nephrology.
In Mexico, Evidence Of Sustained Consumer Response Two Years After Implementing A Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax
Free, full-text article from Health Affairs.
FMC's Frenova Announces Collaboration Agreement with PPD
Standing Up for Science in the Era of Trump
Full-text editorial from The BMJ.
A New Diagnosis: ‘Post-Election Stress Disorder’
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Smartphones to Become Pocket Doctors after Scientists Discover Camera Flash and Microphone Can Be Used to Diagnose Illness
Article from The Telegraph (UK).
DHS Official: Ransomware an Increasing Threat to Medical Device Cybersecurity
Article from MassDevice.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Protecting the Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
CMS Launches MACRA Assistance as Prep Lags
Article from HFMA.


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Wednesday, Feb. 22

DaVita Steered Poor Dialysis Patients to Private Insurers To Pump up Profits, Lawsuit Says
Article from The Denver Post.
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Fresenius Medical Care Misses 4Q Revenue Forecasts
News briefs from AP and ReutersPress release from Fresenius Medical Care. Earnings call transcript from Seeking Alpha.
DaVita Is Targeted by California Bill to Increase Its Staffing Levels at Clinics
Article from Denver Business Journal. Related article from Record-Bee.
PD or HD: Which One Gets a Higher Readmisssion Score?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Right to Try, Right to Buy, Right to Test
Opinion piece from The Washington Post.
Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Gradual Yet 'Silent' Kidney Damage
Press release from Washington University in St. Louis. Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Hemodialysis Abstracts from the 37th Annual Dialysis Conference March 11–14, 2017 Long Beach, California
Free access via Hemodialysis International.
Nephrologists' Perspectives on Defining and Applying Patient-Centered Outcomes in Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.

Free Issue (January 2017) of Hemodialysis International; Included among the 23 Articles and Case Reports:

Vascular Access Conversion and Patient Outcome after Hemodialysis Initiation with a Nonfunctional Arteriovenous Access: a Prospective Registry-based Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Identification of the Appropriate Fixation Site to Avoid Peritoneal Catheter Migration Based on a Mechanical Analysis
Issue in Progress abstract from Renal Failure.
Peritoneal Dialysis Safe for Post-Op Fluid Overload in Infants with CHD
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Online First abstract from JAMA Pediatrics.
In the News: Death of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Testosterone Treatment Improves Bone Density and Anemia, May Lead to Cardiac Risk
Press releases from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Yale University and the JAMA Network Journals. Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text articles from JAMA and Online First articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:
Raising Dietary Potassium to Sodium Ratio Helps Reduce Heart, Kidney Disease
3,000 Steps in 30 Minutes Improves the Prognosis for Heart Failure
Rockwell Medical Updates Progress on Calcitriol Commercial Launch
Trump's Policies Set to Damage Health and Science, Warns The BMJ
Press release from The BMJ.
Life Expectancy Study Shows Many Likely to Live beyond 90 by 2030
Articles from Reuters and HealthDay.
Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits: A Look At What's At Risk In GOP Overhaul
Article from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Tuesday, Feb. 21

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Initial Session Duration and Mortality Among Incident Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press Abstract from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases.

"Conclusions: Patients in facilities routinely initiating hemodialysis therapy for = 4 hours may have substantially lower mortality as compared with patients in facilities initiating for only 3 hours of treatment."
Kidney Disease Is Not For the Faint of Heart
Posting via the KidneyViews blog.
Place Emotional Harms on a Par with Physical Ones
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Care:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
JASN Express Abstracts:
Preventing Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy-Induced Hypophosphatemia: An Extended Clinical Experience with a Phosphate-Containing Solution in the Setting of Regional Citrate Anticoagulation
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Prophylactic Hydration to Protect Renal Function from Intravascular Iodinated Contrast Material in Patients at High Risk of Contrast Induced Nephropathy (AMACING): a Prospective, Randomized, Phase 3, Controlled, Open Label, Noninferiority Trial
Online First abstract from The Lancet.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
Steep BP Drop Using 'Quadpill' in Untreated HTN: Pilot Study
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Effect of Magnesium Oxide Supplementation on Nocturnal Leg Cramps — A Randomized Clinical Trial
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
The Short- and Long-Term Prognosis for Obamacare
Article from HealthDay.
Single-Payer Reform Is 'the Only Way to Fulfill the President's Pledge' on Health Care
Press release from Physicians for a National Health Program.
Republicans' Answer To Covering The Sickest Of The Sick: High-Risk Pools
News brief from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Monday, Feb. 20

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The DOPPS Program Marks Its 20th Anniversary with an Overview of Major Findings
Notice from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
Public Health or Public Shaming
Posting on diabetes from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
Why Should We Worry about Conflict of Interest?
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Persistent Variation in Medicare Payment Authorization for Home Hemodialysis Treatments
Early View abstract from Health Services Research.
Factors Affecting the Choice of Peritoneal Dialysis: Perspective of Patients and Nephrologists
In Press abstract from Néphrologie & Thérapeutique.
Free, Open Access Articles from Journal of Nephrology:
Sudden Cardiac Death Among Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Strategies for the Optimal Timing to Start Renal Replacement Therapy in Critically Ill Patients with Acute Kidney Injury
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Thirty-Day and 90-Day Hospital Readmission after Outpatient Upper Extremity Hemodialysis Access Creation
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Impact of the Type of Dialysis Membranes on the Circulating Concentration of Markers of Vitamin D Metabolism
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Hard Choices, Better Outcomes: a Review of Shared Decision-Making and Patient Decision Aids around Dialysis Initiation and Conservative Kidney Management
(Click on "+ Abstract") Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Compensating Kidney Donors Is Supported by Over 85% of US Adults as Reported by Acumen Health Research Institute
Chronic Pain More Likely for Poor, Less Educated
Hundreds Gather to 'Stand up for Science'
Article from The Boston Globe. Related article from STAT.
 


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 17-18

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California Dialysis Centers May Receive Quality Boost under New Legislation
Article from San Francisco Examiner.
DaVita Quarterly Revenue Rises 5.15%
News item from Reuters. Press release from DaVita. Earnings call transcript from Seeking Alpha.
After Successful 2016, DaVita Predicts Income Drop in 2017
Article from Denver Business Journal.
Why Does Quality of Life Remain an Underinvestigated Issue in Chronic Kidney Disease and Why Is It Rarely Set As an Outcome Measure in Trials in This Population?
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Public Comments Sought for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Star Ratings Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
The in-person meeting date is Feb 21, 8:30 am to 4:00 PM in Baltimore, MD. Public Comments may be submitted before the meeting by emailing the comment to DialysisData@umich.edu by 5pm (EST) on February 17, 2017. Additionally, the Public Comment Period will be held at the end of the in-person TEP meeting.
Free, Open Access, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Home Hemodialysis: a Comprehensive Review of Patient Centered and Economic Considerations
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research.
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Dietary Sources of Energy and Nutrient Intake among Children and Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
Infectious Complications As the Leading Cause of Death after Kidney Transplantation: Analysis of More Than 10,000 Transplants from a Single Center (in Brazil)
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Role of Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging during Endovascular Interventions of Failing Hemodialysis Access Grafts
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Mayo Clinic Radio: the Importance of Organ Donation
Listen to the program on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 9:05 a.m. CST.
Discovery May Help Prevent Tissue Scarring and Rejection of Transplanted Kidneys
Limiting Salt Consumption Lowers Blood Pressure in Patients with Kidney Disease
UT Southwestern Researchers Develop Potential Treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease
Right-To-Die Fight Hits National Stage
Article from Kaiser Health News.
New Analysis Links 30,000 Excess Deaths in 2015 to Cuts in Health and Social Care (in England and Wales)
Press release and Open Access article from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
CDC: Flu Vaccine a Pretty Good Match for Viruses This Year
Seema Verma Says She's against Medicare Vouchers, Suggests Risk Models Hurt Rural Healthcare
Articles from Healthcare Finance, The Hill, and Modern Healthcare.


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Thursday, Feb. 16

New Bill in California to Mandate for Staffing Ratios, Transition Time between Patients:
Public Comments Sought for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Star Ratings Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
The in-person meeting date is Feb 21, 8:30 am to 4:00 PM in Baltimore, MD. Public Comments may be submitted before the meeting by emailing the comment to DialysisData@umich.edu by 5pm (EST) on February 17, 2017. Additionally, the Public Comment Period will be held at the end of the in-person TEP meeting.
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Why You Should Donate Your Health Data (As Well As Your Organs) When You Die
Article from The Conversation.
How Does My Diet Affect My Treatment?
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Patients Are Unique with Individual Needs. That Is the Art of Medicine.
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Investors Accuse Dialysis Provider DaVita of Ethics Breach
Article from Courthouse News Service.
Pain, CKD, and What to Do About It
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
A Comparative Study of the Risk Profile of Hemodialysis Patients in a for Profit Network and in Two Regional Registries of the Italian Society of Nephrology
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Abstracts from Nephrology:
Factors Associated with Reduction of Left Ventricular Mass in Children On Peritoneal Dialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Prevalence and Risk Factors for Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type I (HTLV-1) among Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Artificial Organs: Current Status and Future Directions
Free, full-text article from The International Journal of Artificial Organs.
American Nurses Association Partners with CDC to Improve Infection Prevention and Control Education for Nurses
Press release.
Vitamin D Pills 'Could Stop Colds or Flu'
Article from the BBC. Full-text article from The BMJ.
Ardelyx's Hyperphosphatemia Drug Meets Endpoint in Phase 3 Study
Uninsured Rate Lowest On Record As Republicans Prepare To Dismantle Health Law
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Trump Administration Rolls Out New Obamacare Rules
Article from HealthDay. News brief from AHANews.
Sugar, Salt, and Fat Taxes Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs
Press release and article from PLOS Medicine.
Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal
US Healthcare Costs to Escalate over Next Decade: Government Agency
Article from Reuters. Press release from CMS. News brief from AHANews. Full-text article from Health Affairs.
Medicaid Expansion Possibly Reduced 'Medical Divorces,' Economists Find
Press release from the University of Kansas.


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Wednesday, Feb. 15

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A New Contrast Agent for MRI
Press release from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Acknowledging and Overcoming Nonreproducibility in Basic and Preclinical Research
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Annual Congress of the Blood Purification Management Branch of Chinese Hospital Society, August 11-14, 2016, Nanjing, China: Selected Abstracts
(11-page pdf) Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress collection from Blood Purification.
Stop Adding Insult to Injury-Identifying and Managing Risk Factors for the Progression of Acute Kidney Injury in Children
Free, full-text, First Online, Open Access, educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Assessing the Adequacy of Small Solute Clearance for Various Dialysis Modalities, with Inclusion of Residual Native Kidney Function
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Abnormal Ankle Brachial Index and Risk of Cardiovascular or All-Cause Mortality in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
The Blame Game: It's Not Alright to Blame the Patient
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
U.S. Renal CMO Stan Lindenfeld Retires
Michigan-based Trinity to Provide Home Health Patients With Continual Remote Monitoring
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Humana to Exit Exchange Business in 2018
Article from Healthcare Finance.
China Bird Flu Deaths Surge in What Could Be Worst Season Ever
Article from Reuters.
Cardiovascular Disease Costs Will Exceed $1 Trillion by 2035
 


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Tuesday, Feb. 14

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Texas Judge Upends Effort To Limit Charity Funding For Kidney Care
Kaiser Health News article via NPR.
Impact of Fluid Status and Inflammation and Their Interaction on Survival: a Study in an International Hemodialysis Patient Cohort
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Inflammation and Elevated Levels of Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Are Independent Risk Factors for Death in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text article from Kidney International.
Cardiac Troponins in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Marker of Global Cardiovascular Risk
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Pregnancy in Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Transplantation
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Association of Serum Triglyceride to HDL Cholesterol Ratio with All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality in Incident Hemodialysis Patients
CJASN Express abstract.

Free February 2017 Issue of Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis; Articles Include:

Chronic Kidney Disease and Fragility Fracture
Free, Open Access article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Early Conversion From Calcineurin Inhibitor- to Everolimus-Based Therapy Following Kidney Transplantation: Results of the Randomized ELEVATE Trial
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Outcome of Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants with a History of Neonatal Acute Kidney Injury
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Nipro To Build Vietnamese Plant for Dialysis Equipment
Intensive Blood Pressure Control Could Prevent 100,000 U.S. Deaths Each Year

Try Drug-Free Options First for Low Back Pain, New Guidelines Say
Article from HealthDay. Latest clinical guidelines and summary for patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.

Why High-Risk Pools Won't Crack the Pre-Existing Condition Dilemma
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
Death Doesn't Have To Be So Scary
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Researchers Find Clues to Why Diet with Olive Oil Is Tied Lower Heart Disease Risk
Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) Under Contract with CMS to Validate the Accuracy of CROWNWeb and NHSN Data
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Medicare, Medicaid ACO Models Show Gains Increase Over Time
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.  Free, full-text, New Online articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:


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Monday, Feb. 13

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Nano Dimension Launching 3-D Bioprinting Subsidiary Dedicated to Kidney Disease Solutions
Press release via Morningstar.
Patients Receiving Frequent Hemodialysis Have Better Health-Related Quality of Life Compared to Patients Receiving Conventional Hemodialysis
Free, full-text article from Kidney International. Also see this recent supplemental issue on intensive hemodialysis from AJKD.
The Limits of Compassion: Dialysis and the Undocumented – A Solution
Part 2 blog posting from the Center for Ethics and Health Policy — Baylor College of Medicine.
Reducing Cardiovascular Mortality in Kidney Disease: Time to Focus on Heart Failure?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Anemia Management
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from NDT:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Low Renal Replacement Therapy Incidence among Slowly Progressing Elderly Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Referred to Nephrology Care: an Observational Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from the International Journal of Artificial Organs:
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Long-term Risks of Kidney Living Donation: Review and Position Paper by The ERA-EDTA DESCARTES Working Group
Abstract from NDT.
Caregivers Should Be Screened Early, Often to Prevent Depression, Anxiety
Press release from University of Missouri.
'Antiaging' Hormone Could Unlock New Treatments for Kidney and Heart Disease
Five Quick Ways HHS Secretary Tom Price Could Change The Course Of Health Policy
Article from Kaiser Health News.
What's Next for the Obamacare Insurance Exchanges?
Article from HealthDay.
 


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