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Fri./Sat., July 1-2

UnitedHealthcare Sues Dialysis Chain Over Billing
Article from The New York Times.
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  July 1, 2016
RPA Response to KECC Request for Information on ESRD Patient Reported Outcomes and Patient Centric Measures
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association to the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center.

Editor's note: It appears the RPA is taking its first tentative steps towards meeting patients' psychosocial needs. There is still a long way to go before the RPA and the ASN can be considered patient advocates.
Artificial Pancreas Likely to Be Available by 2018
Press release and full-text article from Diabetologia.
Please Give Me Your Kidney: How to Crowdsource for an Organ
Article from U.S. News & World Report.
New Machine Designed to Streamline Dialysis
Article and video about the Tablo machine from KGO-TV (San Francisco).
Lawsuit Claims DaVita Hid Harmful Effects of Dialysis Solution (GranuFlo) That Caused Heart Attacks
Article from The Denver Post. In February of this year, Fresenius Medical Care reached a $250 million agreement in principle to settle claims related to GranuFlo and NaturaLyte.
Free, Full-Text Article from Hemodialysis International:
Perceptions of Pediatric Nephrologists Regarding Timing of Dialysis Initiation in Children in Canada
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
Air Pollution Linked to Increased Rates of Kidney Disease
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Pharmacokinetics, Efficacy and Safety of Daclatasvir Plus Asunaprevir in Dialysis Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C: Pilot Study
Early View abstract from Journal of Viral Hepatitis.
Dietary Advanced Glycation End Products and Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Factors Predictive of Critical Value of Hypocalcemia after Total Parathyroidectomy without Autotransplantation in Patients with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Abstract from Renal Failure.
Anemia and Iron Deficiency Linked to Mortality in Heart Failure
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Webinar - An Update on the FDA's Medical Device Clinical Trials Program - July 14, 2016
Former Ambulance Company Owner in Philadelphia Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case
Short How-To Recipe Videos Launch for Kidney Disease and Dialysis Patients
Heart Disease No. 1 Cause Of Death For Americans
News brief from Kaiser Health News.
Hundreds of U.S. Clinics Sell Unapproved Stem Cell 'Therapies'
Article from HealthDay.
Biden Vows To Cut Off Cancer Funding For Research Facilities That Don't Share Trial Results
CMS Releases Third Year of Open Payments Data
Posting from The CMS Blog. CMS press release.


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Thursday, June 30

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  June 30, 2016
Presentations from the NKF Spring Clinical Meeting:
Pregnancy in Women With CKD: A Success Story
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
NephCure Kidney Network to Participate in $4 Million Research Study Comparing Stress Management Approaches
Press release.
Psychological Rejection of the Transplanted Organ and Graft Dysfunction in Kidney Transplant Patients
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from Transplant Research and Risk Management.
Belatacept and Long-Term Outcomes in Kidney Transplantation
Letter to the Editor and responses from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:

Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:

Vascular Access Scenario in Italy: Evolution and Comparison by Two Surveys (1998-2013)
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Medical Adjuvant Treatment to Improve the Patency of Arteriovenous Fistulae and Grafts: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Article in Press abstract from European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery.
KIDney Notes for May-June 2016
(10-page pdf) Newsletter from the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology.
Intensive vs Standard Blood Pressure Control and Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes in Adults Aged =75 Years — A Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
FDA Asks How Safe Is That Hand Sanitizer?
Article from HealthDay. Notice from the FDA.
Infographic: Beat the Heat! Stay Hydrated without Overdoing Fluids
As Walking Movement Grows, Neighborhood Walkability Gains Attention
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Nursing Coalition and Veterans Groups Join Forces in Unprecedented Response to VA Proposed Rule to Increase Veterans' Access to Care
Press release from the American Nurses Association.
Patient Satisfaction Must Start with Nursing Satisfaction
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
 


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Wednesday, June 29

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  June 29, 2016
Eight-Year Experience with Nocturnal, Every-Other-Day, Online Haemodiafiltration
Abstract from Nephron.

Results: Nocturnal, every-other-day OL-HDF was well tolerated and 56% of patients were working. The convective volume increased from 26.7 ± 2 litres at baseline to 46.6 ± 6.5 litres at 24 months (p < 0.01). Increasing the dialysis dose significantly decreased bicarbonate, blood-urea-nitrogen and creatinine values. Predialysis phosphate levels fell markedly with complete suspension of phosphate binders from the second year of follow-up. Although haemoglobin was unchanged, there was a 50.4% reduction in darbepoetin dose at 24 months and a significant decrease in the erythropoietin resistance index. Blood pressure significantly decreased in a few months. Antihypertensive medication requirements were decreased by 60% after 3 months and by 73% after 1 year and this difference was maintained thereafter.

Conclusions: Nocturnal, every-other-day OL-HDF could be an excellent therapeutic alternative since it is well tolerated and leads to clinical and social-occupational rehabilitation with satisfactory morbidity and mortality.

Editor's note: Wow! Thank you, Spain!

This is the dialysis modality I would choose for myself. Personally, I would not want dialysis to interfere with my home life. This appears to be even better than Tassin (no 3-day weekend).

U.S. nephrology has next to no experience with hemodiafiltration and instead has built its infrastructure and care system — as well as their personal finances and wealth — around 40-year-old dialysis technology and a high-school education labor force.

Resistance Exercise in the Hemodialysis Population - Who Should Do the Heavy Lifting
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.

Editor's note: Must read!
Modelling the Cost-Effectiveness of Delaying End-Stage Renal Disease
Free, full-text article from Nephron.
From Infections to Chronic Kidney Disease: Why Nephrologists Need to Pay Heed
Posting from the AJKD blog.
The NoNo Sleeve: RNs Take up Arms to Avert Errors (with AV Fistulas)
Article from Nurse.com.
A Comparison between Physicians and Computer Algorithms for Form CMS-2728 Data Reporting
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Issue-in-Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Racial Disparities in End-of-Life Communication and Preferences among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
FDA Recall Notice: Baxter PrismaSate BGK2/0 Dialysis Solution — Recall # Z-2049-2016
Notice from the FDA Enforcement Report.

Editor's note: Due to changes in the FDA's web site, there are no longer direct links available to individual recall notices. You must use their "Advanced Search" feature and type/paste in the recall number ( Z-2049-2016 ).
End of Shift: Maintaining Hope
Article from Nurse.com.

"...when I see a patient at the lowest point in health, I think back to how well Mrs. S is doing now, and I am reminded of how important it is for all parties involved to maintain hope — starting with me."
Gilead Wins FDA Approval for Cheaper Hepatitis C Cure
Article from The Hill.
Is Obamacare Actually Making America Healthier?
Article from Medical Economics.
655,000 Patient Records Reportedly for Sale on the Dark Web after Ransom Demand
Article from Healthcare IT News.
HHS Center to Develop Zika Vaccine
HHS Proposes Changes to Medicare Appeals Procedures
News brief from AHANewsNow.


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Tuesday, June 28

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  June 28, 2016
Patient Avoids Dialysis Through Simultaneous Polycystic Kidney Removal and Kidney Transplant During 28-Person Kidney Swap
Press release from the University of Maryland.
Virtual Tissue Technology Reveals New Drug Target in Polycystic Kidney Disease
Press release from Indiana University.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:

Recipient Outcomes Following Transplantation of Allografts From Live Kidney Donors Who Subsequently Developed End-Stage Renal Disease
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Venous Window Needle Guide for Deep Vessels and Difficult Arteriovenous Fistula Cannulation
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
The Use of Vitamin D Analogs Is Independently Associated with the Favorable Renal Prognosis in Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 4-5: the CKD-ROUTE Study
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Subtotal Parathyroidectomy Safe, Effective, Study Finds
Article from Renal & Urology News.
How to Measure The Success of End-of-Life Care
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Nestlé Appoints Fresenius Head as Chief Executive
Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Screening for Social Determinants of Health
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Online First extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
In Worst-Case Scenarios, Nurses Strikes Can Lead To More Deaths
News brief from Kaiser Health News.
Docs, Nurses Press for Changes to MACRA Rule
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.


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Monday, June 27

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  June 27, 2016
Fresenius SE Promotes Sturm to Chief Executive as Schneider Departs
Article from Bloomberg.

How Would You Improve Dialysis Care If You Had Unlimited Resources?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.

Editor's note: I would try to maximize the power of free-market profit incentives to deliver rapid progress and positive change on many fronts. I would create a strong, long-lasting, financial incentive to increase employment and rehabilitation rates for working-age patients. As a guide, I would use Scribner's statement, "If the treatment of chronic uremia cannot fully rehabilitate the patient, the treatment is inadequate."

These changes would (finally!) establish a well-patient model for dialysis care and would drive continual improvements in patient care, technology and infrastructure, as well as permanently integrate patient feedback into all care processes (all of which were routinely done in the 1960s).

P.S.  We could do this today by extending the MSP-period for employed patients — at no cost to the government!

CMS Proposed Updates to Policies and Payment Rates for ESRD PPS, QIP, Coverage and Payment for Acute Kidney Injury, DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program and Fee Schedule, and Comprehensive ESRD Care Model (CMS 1651-P)
Fact sheet from CMS. The proposed CY 2017 ESRD PPS base rate is an increase of $0.65 from the CY 2016 base rate of $230.39. Under the proposed rule (260-page pdf), dialysis facilities would receive $50 million more in 2017 than they received in reimbursement from CMS in 2016.

Comments on the rule are due Aug. 23.

Editor's comment: Same old evolutionary changes to the sick-patient model of U.S. dialysis care.
Kidney Care Partners Encouraged by House and Senate Interest in Care Coordination for Patients with Kidney Failure
Press release. (An earlier press release on this legislation was deleted.)

Editor's note: This refers to bill HR 5506. It is another sick-patient model of care. Neither the words "employment" nor "rehabilitation' are mentioned in the legislation (à la Maddux).
Study Examines Quality of End Life Care for Patients with Different Illnesses
Press release, Online First full-text article, and commentary from JAMA Internal Medicine. Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
"Families reported better quality of end-of-life care for patients with cancer or dementia than for patients with end-stage renal disease..."
The Difficult Ethics of Organ Donations From Living Donors
Article from The Wall Street Journal.
HIV-to-HIV Organ Transplants Moving Forward
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
New Treatment Approaches to Improve Peritoneal Dialysis
Press release from the Medical University of Vienna.
Maintenance of Blood Flow Rate on Dialysis with Self Centering CentrosFLO Catheter: a Multicenter Prospective Study
Free, full-text, Early View article from Hemodialysis International.
Functional and Cognitive Impairment, Frailty, and Adverse Health Outcomes in Older Patients Reaching ESRD—A Systematic Review
CJASN Express abstract.
Old Habits Die Hard: Screening for and Treating Asymptomatic Bacteriuria After Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text, Early View letter to the editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
Pregnancy in Women With CKD: A Success Story
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Long-Term Effects of Angiotensin II Blockade with Irbesartan on Inflammatory Markers in Hemodialysis Patients: a Randomized Double Blind Placebo Controlled Trial (SAFIR Study)
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Coping Skills of Iranian Family Caregivers' in Caretaking of Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis: a Qualitative Study
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
AKF Webinar: Staying Employed with Kidney Disease
American Kidney Fund event scheduled for July 19.
Intermountain Surgeons Save Patient's Kidney with 3D Printing during Dicey Operation
Press release from Intermountain Medical Center..
What Comes Next after Brexit Vote, Scientists Ask
Article, editorial, and blog posting from the BMJ.
How One Hospital Reduced Noise and Patient Complaints With A Sound Study
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Contaminated Gloves a No-No in Hospitals
Nurses Strike Averted at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston
  Connecting the Pieces: CROWNWeb 5.0 Sneak Peek on June 30


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Fri./Sat., June 24-25

CMS Proposed Updates to Policies and Payment Rates for ESRD PPS, QIP, Coverage and Payment for Acute Kidney Injury, DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program and Fee Schedule, and Comprehensive ESRD Care Model (CMS 1651-P)
Fact sheet from CMS. The proposed CY 2017 ESRD PPS base rate is an increase of $0.65 from the CY 2016 base rate of $230.39. Under the proposed rule (260-page pdf), dialysis facilities would receive $50 million more in 2017 than they received in reimbursement from CMS in 2016.

Comments on the rule are due Aug. 23.

Editor's comment: Same old evolutionary changes to the sick-patient model of U.S. dialysis care.
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Report: China Still Harvesting Organs from Prisoners at a Massive Scale
Article from CNN. Update from the International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China.
"If somebody goes to China to get an organ, at this point, in this day and age, chances are they are receiving it, they are getting their organ from a Falun Gong practitioner, who was murdered on their behalf."

– Ethan Gutmann
Diabetes, Kidney Disease, and Cardiovascular Outcomes in the Jackson Heart Study
CJASN Express abstract and press release from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.

Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:

Needs Assessment: Towards a More Responsive Canadian Society of Nephrology Annual Gen. Meeting (CSN AGM) Program
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Iron-Related Parameters in Dialysis Patients Treated with Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
Home- or Institutional Hemodialysis? - a Matched Pair-Cohort Study Comparing Survival and Some Modifiable Factors Related to Survival
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.

CJASN Express Abstracts:

Vitamin E–Coated and Heparin-Coated Dialyzer Membranes for Heparin-Free Hemodialysis: A Multicenter, Randomized, Crossover Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The Current State of Peritoneal Dialysis
JASN Express abstract.
Risk of Renal Cell Carcinoma Among Kidney Transplant Recipients in the United States
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
New Baxter Study Demonstrates Perceived Value of Telemedicine to Increase Access to Care and Reduce Hospitalizations
Press release. Article from PLOS ONE.
Parathyroidectomy Rates Stable Despite Changes in Medical Therapy
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Wearable Biosensors Studied for Clinical Monitoring and Treatment
Free, full-text, Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Hidden Harm: US Healthcare Emits More Greenhouse Gas Than Entire UK
Article from Reuters Health.
CDC Says Flu Nasal Spray Doesn't Work
 


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Thursday, June 23

Report: China Still Harvesting Organs from Prisoners at a Massive Scale
Article from CNN.
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Some Older Adults Live Well, despite Advancing Years and the Burdens of Chronic Diseases
Press release and free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

"The researchers said "adapter" older adults who were more vigorous than expected, based on their disease burden, lived longer lives when compared to those who were more frail than expected based on their disease burden. These "adapters" could have unique characteristics, perhaps some undefined coping mechanism, that should be studied further, suggested the researchers."

Editor's note: I believe most long-term dialysis professionals would agree that if a patient has a "will to live" or a "reason to live," it has a strong positive effect on their prognosis. Failing to support patient life goals, such as employment, is iatrogenic.
Ultrafiltration Rates and the Quality Incentive Program: Proposed Measure Definitions and Their Potential Dialysis Facility Implications
CJASN Express abstract.
Patient Specific Modeling of Multicompartmental Fluid and Mass Exchange during Dialysis
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease (also see 8 new abstracts in July 2016 issue):

Articles in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:

A Fib More Deadly in Blacks: Study
Article from HealthDay. Press release and free, full-text, Online First article from JAMA Cardiology.
New Heart Failure Therapy Could Prevent Substantial Number of Deaths, Study Finds
Press release from UCLA Health Sciences. Free, full-text, Online First article from JAMA Cardiology.
Diabetes Raises Risk of Heart Attack Death by 50%
Hibernation Study Yields Insights about Organ Protection
Australia 20 Years after Gun Reform: No Mass Shootings, Declining Firearm Deaths
Article from HealthDay. Editorial and Online First  full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Press release from the University of Sydney.
Rates of Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder Double in 10 Years
Press release from National Institutes of Health.
Medicare Has Funding through 2028, Trustees Say, Two Years Less Than Earlier Thought
Article from Healthcare Finance. News brief from AHANewsNow. Report (267-page pdf) from the Medicare and Social Security Boards of Trustees.
More Than 300 Charged Nationwide in Massive $900 M Medicare Fraud Sweep
Articles from Healthcare Finance and Healthcare DIVE.


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Wednesday, June 22

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  June 22, 2016
Product Recall: Fresenius Medical Care Crit Line in a Clip (CLiC) — Recall # Z-2044-2016
Notice from the FDA Enforcement Reports.

Reason for recall: Use of the Blood Pressure Graph located on the Crit-Line screen of the 2008T Hemodialysis Machine may result in a frozen screen, possibly causing the blood pump to stop.

Editor's note: Due to changes in the FDA's web site, there are no longer direct links available to individual recall notices. You must use their "Advanced Search" feature and type/paste in the recall number ( Z-2044-2016 ).
Alabama Telehealth Project Focuses on Home Dialysis Patients
Article from MHealth Intelligence.
Toxicology and Dialysis
Resource from UKidney. #NephJC tweetchat today at 3 PM ET.
Best Hospitals for Pediatric Nephrology
Annual feature from U.S. News & World Report. The top three are:
  1. Boston Children's Hospital
  2. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  3. Texas Children's Hospitals
Patient Perspectives on the Choice of Dialysis Modality: Results From the Empowering Patients on Choices for Renal Replacement Therapy (EPOCH-RRT) Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Renal Outcome in Children Born Preterm with Neonatal Acute Renal Failure: IRENEO - A Prospective Controlled Study
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Patients with Inflammation More Likely to Develop Diabetes after Transplant
Press release from Thomas Jefferson University.
Microbiota Affect the Rate of Transplant Acceptance and Rejection
Press release from the University of Chicago Medicine.
Hepatitis C Core Antigen Testing for Diagnosis of Hepatitis C Virus Infection: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Online First abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Tenofovi Designed to Prevent Renal Problems in HIV Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
The Healing Powers of Music: Mozart and Strauss for Treating Hypertension
Baxter Nixes Vivia Home Hemodialysis Machine
In Doctors We Trust – Especially When They Admit to Bias
Press release from Cornell University.
Another Potential Use for Statins?
Article from HealthDay.
 


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Tuesday, June 21

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  June 21, 2016
Unwitting Victims or Informed Medical Consumers? How are Dialysis Patients Viewed by Their Nurses and Staff?
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
ChoosingDialysis Web Site Opens
"Empowering patients on choices for renal replacement therapy"

Editor's note:
Was this designed by Fresenius and DaVita? It steers patients into the two most profitable treatment regimens for their existing infrastructure: in-center dialysis and at-home peritoneal dialysis.
Dialysis in Houston Helps Immigrants amid Cost Challenges
Article from Houston Chronicle.

"Some patients admit to eating entire bunches of bananas or drinking the fluid from canned tomatoes to boost potassium levels and increase their odds of treatment."
Fresenius Medical Care Releases Annual Medical Report
Press release. The report is a 52-page pdf.

Editor's note: A search reveals that the report never mentions these words: rehabilitation, employment, psychosocial, or depression. How can patients "thrive" if the corporation won't even use these words?

What kind of medicine is this? A "sick-patient" model, reimbursement-driven, statistics-focused, corporate herd medicine.

Why has DCI, a non-profit, had better mortality and hospitalization data for over a decade?
Kt/Vurea and Nonurea Small Solute Levels in the Hemodialysis Study
JASN Express abstract.

"These results further suggest that an index only on the basis of urea does not provide a sufficient measure of dialysis adequacy."
CDC Dialysis Safety Web Site Updated
The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a partnership of healthcare-related organizations, patient advocacy organizations, industry partners, and other public health partners that span the dialysis spectrum.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Just Say No: Stemming the Tide of Antibiotic Overprescription
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
The 50 Most Active Kidney Transplant Centers in 2015
Data from the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) via NN&I.
Awareness of Chronic Kidney Disease and Depressive Symptoms: National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys 2005-2010
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Health Care Providers' Support of Patients' Autonomy, Phosphate Medication Adherence, Race and Gender in End Stage Renal Disease
First Online abstract from Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Related article from Renal & Urology News.
Citrate Versus Acetate Dialysate on Intradialytic Heparin Dose: a Double Blind Randomized Crossover Study
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Association between Clinical Variables and Mortality after Parathyroidectomy in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from The American Journal of Surgery.
Postpartum Acute Kidney Injury: a Review of 99 Cases
Abstract from Renal Failure.
Effect of Treatment Education Based on the Roy Adaptation Model on Adjustment of Hemodialysis Patients
Abstract from Clinical Nurse Specialist.
New Strategies to Tackle Diabetic Kidney Disease
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension via Medscape Nephrology.
Study Finds Surgery Can Lengthen Survival of Metastatic Kidney Cancer Patients
FDA Approves New Drug Application for RAYALDEE® to Treat Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Associated with Vitamin D Insufficiency in Stage 3-4 Chronic Kidney Disease
CDC Issues Preparedness Plan for Locally Acquired Zika Cases
News brief from AHANewsNow.
Why is EHR Use Dropping?
Article from Medical Economics.
Pharmaceutical Industry–Sponsored Meals and Physician Prescribing Patterns for Medicare Beneficiaries
Free, full-text, Online First original investigation and Editor's Note from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Association Between Medicare Accountable Care Organization Implementation and Spending Among Clinically Vulnerable Beneficiaries
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.


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Monday, June 20

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  June 20, 2016
Reps. Young, Blumenauer Introduce HR. 5506, the Dialysis PATIENT (Patient Access to Integrated-Care, Empowerment, Nephrologists, and Treatment) Demonstration Act
News release from Congressman Todd Young of Indiana (No text of the bill is available at this time.)

Kidney Care Partners Encouraged by Congressional Interest in Care Coordination Models for Patients with Kidney Failure
Press release from Kidney Care Partners.

Editor's note: The for-profit providers will likely capture more dollars from their sick-patient model of care. They have completely failed patients in terms of a well-patient model of care, patient employment, and rehabilitation.

When will they publish their employment and rehabilitation statistics?

Nearly 100 Children Attend DCI's Kidney Camp
Press release.
European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships Program
Competition will be held in Finland on July 10-17.

Editor's note: Why is there no athletic competition for U.S. dialysis patients? Could it be that U.S. nephrology only focuses on the sick-patient model?
Can Changes in Quality of Life Predict Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients?
News item from Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program (DOPPS).
Abstracts from the Fourth World Congress of Vascular Access (WoCoVA 2016), June 22-24, 2016, Lisbon, Portugal
(Click on link to "Download PDF") Free, Advance Online feature (49-page pdf) from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Prevalence of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease in the European Union
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
A Delphi Consensus Panel on Nutritional Therapy in Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Nutritional Management in the Critically Ill Child with Acute Kidney Injury: a Review
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Seattle Hospital Warns 650 Dialysis Patients of Possible Hepatitis B Exposure
Zika Spreading Rapidly Through Puerto Rico: CDC
Article from HealthDay.
A National Trauma Care System to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury — Recommendations From a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report
Free, full-text, Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from HealthDay.
Palliative Care Is Not Just for Those Who Are Dying
Article from the BMJ.
CMS Measures Webinar on June 28
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
CMS Issues Final Rule Revising Medicare Payment System for Laboratory Tests
News brief from AHANewsNow.


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Fri./Sat., June 17-18

Nearly 100 Children Attend DCI's Kidney Camp
Press release.
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The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Peer-Reviewed Journals Retain High Impact Factor
Press release.

Editor's note: This is apparently in reaction to the announcement of a new European journal Kidney International Reports.

Having reviewed worldwide journal articles for the last 17 years and having watched the U.S. fall behind the rest of the world in dialysis patient outcomes, I remain disheartened by the enormous blind spot that the ASN has to its financial conflicts of interest due to its ties to large for-profit corporations. (Articles like this would never be published in an ASN journal.) Even though the largest U.S. non-profit dialysis provider has delivered better patient outcomes for more than a decade, articles taking on the American dialysis business model rarely appear in ASN journals.
Effects of Physician Payment Reform on Provision of Home Dialysis
Full-text article from American Journal of Managed Care.

"Our findings indicate that economic incentives have had a substantial effect on physicians' decisions regarding dialysis modality, and that payment reform had the unintended consequence of leading fewer patients to home dialysis. Since the choice of dialysis modality is central to patients' quality of life, independence, and healthcare costs, a reduction in the use of home dialysis can be seen as a failure of the policy."

Editor's note: More evidence that financial incentives influence nephrologists' decisions in U.S. dialysis care more than scientific data. U.S. nephrology is in near complete denial about the pervasive negative effects of its greed.
New AKF Research Will Examine Challenges Kidney Patients Face In Adhering To Treatment Regimens
Press release from the American Kidney Fund.

Editor's note:
Since the AKF receives tens of millions of dollars every year from Fresenius and DaVita, how can any unbiased research come from the AKF?

I believe it is a foregone conclusion that this study will find that patients are largely to blame for not adhering to their treatment regimens (regimens which nephrologists would never choose for themselves and which also serve the financial goals of for-profit corporations). It is likely that this study will simply validate the low-cost/no-cost practices for-profit corporations.
Hemodialysis-Induced Regional Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Intravenous Versus Oral Iron Supplementation for the Treatment of Anemia in CKD: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

First Online Abstract from Journal of Nephrology:

Pre-Dialysis Decline of Measured Glomerular Filtration Rate but Not Serum Creatinine-Based Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate Is a Risk Factor for Mortality on Dialysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
CKD and Muscle Mitochondrial Energetics
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Certain Factors Affect Vitamin D Levels in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Why Are Insulin Prices Rising?
(Registration required, but free.) Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Hepatitis C Discussion on Facebook on June 23
Septicemia the Most Expensive Condition Treated by Hospitals
Article from HFMA.
Philadelphia to Bring in 'Soda Tax' to Fight Obesity
Article from the BBC.
Supreme Court Issues Decision in False Claims Act Case
News brief from AHANewsNow.
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Releases Report on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System
(2-page pdf) Press release, fact sheet (6-page pdf), and full report (347-page pdf).
MedPAC Offers Proposals To Address ‘Unsustainable’ Drug Costs, But Congressional Action Unlikely
News brief from Kaiser Health News. Reports from MedPAC — Overview: Medicare Drug Spending (10-page pdf) and Overview: The Drug Development and Supply Chain (17-page pdf).
Better Outcomes for Dually Eligible Older Adults through Integrated Care
Remarks by Andy Slavitt, CMS Acting Administrator before the American Medical Association 2016 Annual Meeting Chicago, IL via the CMS Blog.


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Thursday, June 16

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  June 16, 2016
Calcium-based Phosphate Binders Linked to Higher Mortality
Article from Renal & Urology News. Free, full-text, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.
Stop Penalizing Organ Donors
Editorial from The Washington Post.
How a Computer Determines Who Gets an Organ Transplant
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
  Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
AJKD Blog Postings from the American Transplant Congress:
Four Paths to the End of Life – One Far More Expensive Than Others – Emerge in New Study
Press release from University of Michigan Health System. Free, full-text, WEB FIRST article from Health Affairs.

"High persistent spenders were more likely to have used life-prolonging treatments (that is, use of mechanical ventilation, feeding tube, and hemodialysis) than people in other spending trajectories."
Dialysis Requirement, Long-Term Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events (MACE) and All Cause Mortality in Hospital Acquired Acute Kidney Injury (AKI): a Propensity Matched Cohort Study
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Methodological Challenges When Carrying Out Research on CKD and AKI Using Routine Electronic Health Records
Free, full-text, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Epidemiology of Acute Kidney Injury in Children Worldwide, Including Developing Countries
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Phosphate Kinetics in Hemodialysis: Application of Delayed Pseudo One-Compartment Model
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Elsevier Announces the Launch of Kidney International Reports
Press release via the International Society of Nephrology website.
Oklahoma County Jail Inmate Dies after Not Getting Dialysis, Family Says
Insiders are Gradually Selling DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.
AMA Issues Updated Medical Ethics Code, Guidance for Ethical Practice in Telemedicine
News brief from AHANewsNow.
Screen Flashes And Pop-Up Reminders: ‘Alert Fatigue’ Spreads Through Medicine
Article from Kaiser Health News.
How Patients Can Win With Telemedicine
Article from the Mayo Clinic.
CMS Proposed Rule: Infection-Control, Antibiotic-Restriction Proposals Could Cost Hospitals $1 Billion a Year
Article from HFMA.
Advisory Panel Targets Rising Medicare Drug Costs In Its Latest Report To Congress
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Wednesday, June 15

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  June 15, 2016
ESA-Resistance Linked to Early Death
Report from Renal & Urology News.
AJKD Blog Postings from the American Transplant Congress:
Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Blood Pressure Medications Reduce Stroke, Heart Attack in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Press release from Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed).
Efficacy of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate Supplementation in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstracts from Hemodialysis International.
Study Protocol — The WISHED Trial: Implementation of an Interactive Health Communication Application for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Development of a Novel Score to Predict the Risk of Acute Kidney Injury in Patient with Acute Myocardial Infarction
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Risk Factors of Acute Kidney Injury after Acute Myocardial Infarction
Abstract from Renal Failure.
Empagliflozin Slows Progression of Renal Disease in Diabetes
(Registration required, but free.) Report from Medscape Medical News. Free, full-text, Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
FDA Drug Safety Communication: Canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and Dapagliflozin (Farxiga, Xigduo XR) - Strengthened Kidney Warnings
Safety Alert from the FDA MedWatch.
Is the United States Prepared for a Major Zika Virus Outbreak?
Free, full-text, viewpoint article and Patient Page from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Lift Ban on CDC Research Into Gun Violence, Doctors' Group Says
Article from HealthDay.
Telemedicine Boosts Patient Engagement, Should Remain Priority for Physicians
Article from Medical Economics.
Major Strikes Involving 10,000 Registered Nurses in MN, MA, and CA Scheduled for Late June
Press release from National Nurses United.
Small ACOs Raise MACRA Concerns
Article from HFMA.
The Cost of Medicare Advantage
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Tuesday, June 14

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  June 14, 2016

U.S. to Invest $200 Million to Shorten Organ Transplant Wait Lists
Reuters article via Scientific American. Fact sheet from the WhiteHouse.gov. Article from STAT. Other related stories:

A Comparison of Transplant Outcomes in Peritoneal and Hemodialysis Patients: A Meta-Analysis
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
'New Era' of Type 2 Diabetes Treatment as LEADER Unveiled?
(Registration required, but free) Article from Medscape Medical News. Press release from University of North Carolina Health Care. Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine. (Registration required, but free) Cardiobrief and article from MedPage Today.
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Free July 2016 Issue of Kidney International
Over 30 full-text articles including:
Estimated GFR, Albuminuria, and Cognitive Performance: The Maastricht Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Forecast of the Incidence, Prevalence and Burden of End-Stage Renal Disease in Nanjing, China to the Year 2025
Free, full-text, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
AKI and Long-Term Risk for Cardiovascular Events and Mortality
JASN Express abstract.
Eye Study Underscores the Long-lasting Benefits of Controlling Diabetes
Press release from the U.S. National Eye Institute. Article from HealthDay.
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Release 8.5.4 Due June 18
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients Presenting With Hypertensive Urgency in the Office Setting
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
All Roads Lead to Population Health Management
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
The Surprising Shift in Elderly ICU Admissions
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.

"The authors concluded that primary diagnoses of elderly ICU patients have changed over the past 15 years, with a shift from cardiovascular care to infectious diseases."
Improving Safety for Hospitalized Patients — Much Progress but Many Challenges Remain
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Obesity Boom 'Fueling Rise in Malnutrition'
Hospital Prescribing of Opioids to Medicare Beneficiaries
Free, full-text, Online First article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
CMS' Final Rule on ACO Benchmarks Receives Mixed Reactions
Summary from Healthcare DIVE.


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Monday, June 13

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Haemodialysis UF Volume and UF Rate are NOT the Same
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Matching Hearts, Kidneys, and Lungs — This Website Makes Organ Transplants in the US Possible
Article from STAT.

UnitedHealthcare To Pay for Kidney Donors' Travel Expenses to Encourage Donation
Article from CNBC.

Early Tooth Loss in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients on Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Oral Diseases.
Alport Syndrome in Women and Girls
CJASN Express abstract.
Should Belatacept Be the Centerpiece of Renal Transplantation?
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
A Modified Nontransposed Brachiobasilic Arteriovenous Fistula Versus Brachiocephalic Arteriovenous Fistula for Maintenance Hemodialysis Access
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
FDA: May 2016 Drug Safety Labeling Changes
Includes 86 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
Study Suggests Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease a More Dangerous Combo Than Previously Believed
Article from HealthDay.
CMS Seeks Comments on CMS-10105 National Implementation of In-Center Hemodialysis CAHPS Survey
Notice from the Federal Register.


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Fri./Sat., June 10-11

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  June 10, 2016
White House to Host Organ Summit
On Monday, June 13, the White House will host an Organ Summit as another essential step toward increasing access to organ transplants and reducing the organ waiting list. At the Summit, the Administration and private entities will announce a new set of actions that will build on the Administration's previous accomplishments to improve outcomes for individuals waiting for organ transplants and improve support for living donors.

This event will be webcast live (June 13, 2016, from 10:30AM-12:30PM EDT) at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Finding Covert Fluid: Methods for Detecting Volume Overload in Children on Dialysis
Free, full-text, First Online article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Development, Feasibility, and Efficacy of a Customized Exercise Device to Deliver Intradialytic Resistance Training in Patients with End Stage Renal Disease: Nonrandomized Controlled Crossover Trial
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
JASN Express Abstracts:
Simultaneous Liver Kidney Transplant (SLK) Allocation Policy Change Proposal: Is It Really a Smart Move?
Letter to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Long-Term Outcomes in Belatacept- Versus Cyclosporine-Treated Recipients of Extended Criteria Donor Kidneys: Final Results From BENEFIT-EXT, a Phase III Randomized Study
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Comparison of Equations for Dosing of Medications in Renal Impairment
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Colorectal Surgery Outcomes in Chronic Dialysis Patients: An American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Study
Abstract from Diseases of the Colon & Rectum.
Dissemination of Patient-Specific Information from Devices by Device Manufacturers
(6-page pdf) Draft guidance (not for implementation) for industry and Food and Drug Administration staff.
The Hawthorne Effect Hinders Accurate Hand Hygiene Observation, Study Says
Press release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control.
Preliminary Data for Pre-kidney Transplant Drug Therapy Approach Being Presented June 13
Nephros Announces Closing of $1.2 Million Note and Warrant Offering
Expenditures for Commonly Treated Conditions among Adults Age 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2013
Statistical brief from the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Women in Areas with Zika Transmission Should Delay Pregnancy: WHO
Article from Reuters.
Olympic Games Are Likely to Be Free of Zika Cases, Say Officials
CMS Webinar: 2016 Dialysis Facility Compare – Star Ratings Refresh
In this webinar, CMS will provide an overview of the updated methodology for calculating Dialysis Facility Compare star ratings.  CMS invites you to learn about improvements to the Dialysis Facility Compare website and updates to the methodology for calculating dialysis facility star ratings.

Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Time: 1–2 PM, ET

Register: To attend the webinar, visit the registration webpage.
RPA Comments to ONC Regarding Assessing Interoperability for MACRA
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.
GAO Recommends HHS Take Steps to Reduce Medicare Appeals
News brief from AHANewsNow.


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Thursday, June 9

White House to Host Organ Summit
On Monday, June 13, the White House will host an Organ Summit as another essential step toward increasing access to organ transplants and reducing the organ waiting list. At the Summit, the Administration and private entities will announce a new set of actions that will build on the Administration's previous accomplishments to improve outcomes for individuals waiting for organ transplants and improve support for living donors.

This event will be webcast live (June 13, 2016, from 10:30AM-12:30PM EDT) at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
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Hyperkalemia after Missed Hemodialysis
Images in Clinical Medicine feature from the New England Journal Of Medicine.
University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) Seeks Input
UM-KECC is preparing a report for CMS that investigates avenues for acquiring the evidence, data, and infrastructure necessary to implement ESRD patient-driven measures, such as patient-reported outcomes (PROs) quality of life; patient centered outcomes (PCOs) and experience of care; and other measures that are patient driven. To complete this report UM-KECC are seeking feedback from the kidney community on the following:

1. What ESRD patient reported outcomes/patient centered outcome measures are meaningful to patients and health care providers?

2. What data may be available to support future development and testing of these measures?

Please send your feedback to dialysisdata@umich.edu by June 30, 2016 to ensure consideration for the report.
Effective Removal of ?-Free Light Chains with Hemodialysis Using Fresenius Ultraflux® EMiC®2 Dialyser in a Patient with Myeloma Cast Nephropathy, with Associated Cost Savings
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Blood Purification.
Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Mathematical Simulation of Open-Heart Surgery Lends Clues to Kidney Failure
News release from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBIOS).
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration Lead to Similar Changes in Vascular Stiffness during Treatment
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Abstracts from Seminars in Nephrology:
A New Sort Of Consultant: Advising Doctors, Patients On California's Aid-In-Dying Law
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Yuck Factor May Boost Hand Hygiene Compliance
News release from Henry Ford Health System.
Inspira Health Network (NJ) in Dialysis JV with DaVita
HHS Announces Plans To Curtail Consumers' Use Of Short-Term Insurance Policies
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Measures Manual
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
CMS Moves From National to Regional ACO Benchmarking
Article from HFMA.


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Wednesday, June 8

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Selected Abstracts from the 34th Vicenza Course on AKI & CRRT – June 7-10, 2016
36-page PDF from Blood Purification.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Clinical Journal of the American Society Of Nephrology:
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Articles in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
A Retrospective Review of the Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Test in Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Abstracts from Nephron:
ISN Education: New Dialysis Webinar Series Begins June 10
Announcement from the International Society of Nephrology. The webinar is titled, "PD Access in Acute and Chronic Kidney Disease - A nephrologist's perspective."
Abstracts from Renal Failure:
NRAA Pediatric Dialysis Education Series
Four-part webinar series (fee required) from the National Renal Administrators Association.
Study Suggests Federal Standard May Be Thwarting Some Transplant Patients
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Virginia Ambulance Company Folds Waiting for Medicare Reimbursement
Obesity Rates Rising Among Women: CDC
Article from HealthDay. Press release #1, press release #2full-text article, and related abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
U.S. Study Highlights Earnings Gap among Black and White Male Physicians
Press release and full-text article from BMJ.
U.S. Pays Highest Prices for Cancer Meds: Study
The Stars of Hospital Care: Useful or a Distraction?
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Recent related abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine and related commentary (scroll down to 'You don't fatten a pig by weighing it') by Richard Lehman.


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Tuesday, June 7

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  June 7, 2016
Social Workers Are a Valuable Resource to Help Home Dialyzors Cope with Dialysis
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

"Too-high caseloads and inappropriate task assignment, barriers that can prevent social workers from performing these functions, need to be eliminated."

Editor's note: This is another huge disconnect between what is needed in dialysis care and what the financial incentives in dialysis care actually force upon professionals and patients.

Education alone will not change the behaviors of the large for-profit corporations. Until the financial incentives are changed, the many disconnects of U.S. dialysis care — short dialysis times, unmet psychosocial needs, low employment, nonexistent rehabilitation, underutilization of home therapies, no well-patient model — will remain ignored and unaddressed by the most powerful players in the industry.

These corporations found out long ago that they can eliminate professional criticisms by financially partnering with nephrologists and by donating money to patient advocacy groups that attempt to fill the gaps in well-patient dialysis care by providing education and support programs of their own.

Profit incentives in medicine can drive incredible breakthroughs. However, when profit incentives are not properly aligned with patients' best interests, it can also result in a system of self-defeating medical care that no professional would choose for themselves.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Association between Changes in Quality of Life and Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients: Results from the DOPPS
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Free, Full-Text, First Online Editorial Commentaries from Pediatric Nephrology:
Blood Pressure and Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients: A Systematic Review of an Ongoing Debate
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Electrolyte Disturbances and Risk Factors of Acute Kidney Injury Patients Receiving Dialysis in Exertional Heat Stroke
Free, full-text, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Creating Arteriovenous Fistulas Using Surgeon Performed Ultrasound
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Expansion of Kidney Progenitor Cells toward Regenerative Medicine
Press release from Kumamoto University.
Over-the-Counter Antacid Products Containing Aspirin: FDA Drug Safety Communication - Serious Bleeding Risk
Notice from the FDA MedWatch site.
Intensive Blood Sugar Control May Be Too Much for Some With Type 2 Diabetes
Article from HealthDay. Press release from Mayo Clinic. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Empathy: A Prerequisite to Patient Centered Care
Shift Workers at Greater Risk of Heart ills, Study Says
Article from HealthDay.
The Revised Nutrition Facts Label — A Step Forward and More Room for Improvement
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Women More Prone to Anxiety Than Men, Review Finds
CMS Issues Final Rule for Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs
News brief from AHANewsNow. Press release and fact sheet from CMS.
CMS Reduces Risk in Comprehensive ESRD Care Model to Entice Smaller Dialysis Providers
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
CMS Project Seeks Innovative Hospital Quality Practices To Share Nationwide
News brief from AHANewsNow.


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Monday, June 6

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  June 6, 2016
US Bid to Grow Human Organs for Transplant inside Pigs
Article from the BBC.
Feds Crack Down on Medicare Ambulance Fraud
Article from Philly.com.

Transporting a single dialysis patient by ambulance per year means $67,000 in revenue, said Ron Kerr, assistant special agent in charge of HHS's Office of Inspector General here.

"Those patients are viewed as assets by the criminals," he said.

Saving Lives, Protecting Donors: Transplantation Presents Update on Living Donor Organ Transplantation
Press release. 20 free, full-text articles from June 2016 issue of Transplantation including:
The Safety and Efficacy of Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists in Patients Who Require Dialysis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Historical Study (1986-2014): Improvements in Nutritional Status of Dialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Abnormalities of Vascular Structure and Function in Pediatric Hypertension
Free, full-text article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Association of Blood Pressure Variability and Neurocognition in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Kidney Racket at Top Delhi Hospital
Article from the BBC.
Medical Homes Weren't Supposed to Be This Way. What Went Wrong?
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
A Stigma With Life And Death Consequences: Doctors Not Looking Past Patients' Weight
News brief from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Program Transmittal Update
(48-page pdf) Update to Pub. 100-02, Chapter 11 End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) for Calendar Year (CY) 2016.
GAO Makes Five MedPAC Appointments
Press release.

Announcing a Special Edition CROWNWeb Newsletter: EIDM/QARM



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Fri./Sat., June 3-4

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  June 3, 2016
Patient Trial Confirms Wearable Artificial Kidney Proof of Concept
Press release from University of Washington Health Sciences. Full-text article from JCI Insight.
Stem Cells Will Eventually Revolutionize Organ Transplants, And This Is How
Article from Quora via Forbes.
An International Observational Study Suggests That Artificial Intelligence for Clinical Decision Support Optimizes Anemia Management in Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
Retrograde Dissection of the Axillary Artery during Arteriogram Via Arteriovenous Access
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Building Better Blood Vessels
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Applications for Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Lecture Endowment Due July 31
Notice from the American Association of Kidney Patients.
5 Keys to a Successful Organ Transplant Program
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Genetic Variant May Help Predict Risk of Kidney Damage after Heart Surgery
Here Is Why So Many White Americans Are Dying Young
Article from STAT.

Medicaid Can Pay For Mosquito Repellent, Condoms In Effort To Curb Zika
News brief and 'Open Carry' cartoon from Kaiser Health News. Related article from HealthDay.



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Thursday, June 2

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  June 2, 2016
ASN, ERA-EDTA and ISN Declaration of Collaboration
Press release from the International Society of Nephrology.
Topic Discussion: Novel Ways to Combat Intradialytic Hypotension
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
FDA Calls for Less Salt in Processed Foods
Article from HealthDay. FDA press release. Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Symptomatic Fracture Risk in the Renal Replacement Therapy Population
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Peripheral Artery Disease and Blood Pressure Profile Abnormalities in Hemodialysis Patients
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
Avenu Medical Wins CE Mark for Ellipsys Vascular Access System
When Things Go Wrong Operationally, Nurses Feel the Pain First
Posting from the KevinMD blog.

The Association between Medicare Eligibility and Rehabilitative Care
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital.

"Rehabilitation is an essential component of high-quality healthcare."

Editor's letter: Dear Drs. Franklin Maddux and Allen Nissenson...



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Wednesday, June 1

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  June 1, 2016
Financial Relationships between Biomedical Companies and Organizations
Press release and Open Access article from PLOS Medicine.

"Conclusions: Financial relationships between organizations that produce clinical practice guidelines and biomedical companies are common and infrequently disclosed in guidelines. Our study highlights the need for an effective policy to manage organizational conflicts of interest and disclosure of financial relationships."

Editor's note: The organization that sets quality performance measures in U.S. dialysis care is an industry-controlled lobbying group. Patient participation in this group is purposefully limited.
Here's How Lawmakers Want To Fix Our Kidney Shortage
Opinion piece from The Washington Post.

Editor's note:
With the large, for-profit, dialysis providers taking little action to improve U.S. dialysis care, it is time to help as many patients as possible escape the brutal treatment regimens that virtually no U.S. nephrologists would choose for themselves.

Which organizations will lobby against this bill? Likely Fresenius, DaVita, Amgen, and the National Kidney Foundation.

Fresenius Medical Care Establishes Regenerative Medicine Subsidiary, to Continue Successful Work with University of Turin
Press release.

USRDS ESRD Quarterly Update
Latest data from the United States Renal Data System. The 2015 Researcher's Guide is also now available.
Chronic Kidney Disease
Free JAMA Patient Page from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Kidney Donation Before Imminent Circulatory Death
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Conventional Hemodialysis Is Associated with Greater Bone Loss Than Nocturnal Hemodialysis: a Retrospective Observational Study of a Convenience Cohort
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Free June 2016 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal
27 full-text articles and a section on Psychosocial Issues including:
Clinical Presentation and Determinants of Mortality of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis in Kidney Transplant Recipients: A Multinational Cohort Study
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Organ Transplants Between HIV-Positive Patients Now Legal In California
HHS: Hospital EHR Use, Data Exchange Continue to Climb
News brief from AHANewsNow.
The Unintended Consequences of a Hospital's Attempt to Improve
Press release and Article in Press abstract from the American Journal of Medicine.
Better Palliative Care for All — Improving the Lived Experience With Cancer
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
How Doctors Die in the United States
Press release from the American Geriatrics Society.
CMS Issues Memo on Revised Guidelines for Solid Organ Transplant Program Outcomes Thresholds
Summary from the American Society of Transplantation.
CMS: Certain Medicare ACOs Can Participate in New Medical Home Model
News brief from AHANewsNow.


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Tuesday, May 31

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  May 31, 2016
GUIDE, a Structured Predialysis Program That Increases the Use of Home Dialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Kidney Caucus Letter Repayment Basis
Posting by Mel Hodge on the KidneyViews blog.
Does an Acid-Milieu in Chronic Kidney Disease Contribute to Its Increased Cardiovascular Mortality
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial from American Journal of Nephrology.
Prevention of Contrast-Associated Acute Kidney Injury: What Should We Do?
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Critical Care in The Emergency Department: Acute Kidney Injury
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Emergency Medicine Journal via Medscape Nephrology.
The Efficacy and Durability of the Venous Window Needle Guide Implanted on Uncannulatable Arteriovenous Fistulas
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Lower Extremity Permanent Dialysis Vascular Access
CJASN Express abstract.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Kidney Donation Before Imminent Circulatory Death
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Three Decades of Atherosclerotic Reno-vascular Disease Management - Changing Outcomes in an Observational Study
Free, Issue-in-Progress, Open Access article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
7 Telemedicine Myths Debunked
Article from Medical Economics.
 
Public Reporting of Mortality Rates for Hospitalized Medicare Patients and Trends in Mortality for Reported Conditions
Online First abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.

June MACRA Events
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.

Most Medicare ACOs to Leave if Excluded from MACRA: Survey


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Monday, May 30

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  May 30, 2016
Kidney Caucus Letter Repayment Basis
Posting by Mel Hodge on the KidneyViews blog.
Does an Acid-Milieu in Chronic Kidney Disease Contribute to Its Increased Cardiovascular Mortality
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial from American Journal of Nephrology.
Prevention of Contrast-Associated Acute Kidney Injury: What Should We Do?
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The Efficacy and Durability of the Venous Window Needle Guide Implanted on Uncannulatable Arteriovenous Fistulas
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Lower Extremity Permanent Dialysis Vascular Access
CJASN Express abstract.
Furosemide Increases the Risk of Hyperparathyroidism in Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Comparison of Oral Versus Intravenous Vitamin D Receptor Activator in Reducing Infection Related Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients: the Q-Cohort Study
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Kidney Donation Before Imminent Circulatory Death
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Free, Full-Text, First Online Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
First of Its Kind Procedure Combines Scalp, Skull, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant
Articles from Kaiser Health News:

June MACRA Events
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.

Most Medicare ACOs to Leave if Excluded from MACRA: Survey


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