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Fri./Sat., Feb. 20-21

25 Years on Dialysis ‘A Way of Life’
Article from Journal-News (Dayton, OH).
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  Feb. 20, 2015
bullet point IV Iron: Are We Harming Dialysis Patients?
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Why Are Kidney Patients Starting Dialysis Sooner?
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
bullet point Most Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease May Experience Long-Term Pain
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Kidney Care Partners Wants CMS to Make Changes To Dialysis Facilities' Star Ratings
Article from Bloomberg via the Kidney Care Partners website.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care's Proprietary 'High Risk for Hospitalization Predictive Model' Reduces Hospitalization Days; Pilot To Be Expanded to 17 Clinics
Press release.

Editor's note: Proprietary solutions are another problem created by physician ownership of dialysis facilities.
bullet point Kidney Disease in Urban Poor Linked to Bad Eating Habits
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point CKD in HIV-Infected Patients: From the New Plague to Chronic Care Management
Free, full-text Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Can One Pill a Day Keep Rejection Away?
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point What Is New in the Management of Rapidly Progressive Glomerulonephritis?
Free, full-text Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Hypomagnesemia and Atherogenic Dyslipidemia in Chronic Kidney Disease: Surrogate Markers for Increased Cardiovascular Risk
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
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Catheter Related Atrial Thrombus: Tip of the Iceberg?
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Basic Personality Changes Linked to Unemployment, Study Finds
Press release from the American Psychological Association.
bullet point Vitamin D Research and Clinical Practice: At a Crossroads
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem
Audio and text from National Public Radio.
bullet point Americans Still Divided over Obamacare
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Perspective Pieces from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Precision Medicine to Prevent Diabetes? Personalized Model Could Steer Prevention Efforts
Press release from the University of Michigan Health System.
bullet point HHS, USDA Release Dietary Guideline Recommendations for Comment
CMS-2744 Instructions Available Online


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Thursday, Feb. 19

Symptoms Continue to Determine When to Start Dialysis
(Registration required, but free) Article from MedPage Today. JASN Express abstract.
Basic Personality Changes Linked to Unemployment, Study Finds
Press release from the American Psychological Association.
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  Feb. 19, 2015
bullet point Updates from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):
bullet point FGF-23 and Sudden Cardiac Death
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point HLA Sensitization: Can It Be Prevented?
Free, full-text educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point New Findings on Changes in Parathyroid Hormone Levels and Treatment Regimens
Video from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
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Advance Access Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:

bullet point Circulating Sclerostin: A New Parameter of Cardiovascular Risk in CKD-Patients
(2-page pdf) News release from the ERA-EDTA.
bullet point Abstracts from Angiology:
bullet point A Valuable Resource: Dialysis Facility Compare
(2-page pdf) Feature (also in Spanish) from Kidney Chronicles from the ESRD Network of New York.
bullet point Obesity Series Exposes 'Unacceptably Slow' Progress in Tackling Soaring Global Obesity Rates over Last Decade
Articles from ScienceDaily® and HealthDay. Press release from George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. The series can be found online at: http://www.thelancet.com/series/obesity-2015.
bullet point Publications from the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics:
bullet point Aflibercept, Bevacizumab, or Ranibizumab for Diabetic Macular Edema
Free, full-text, Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine. Articles from HealthDay and MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
bullet point Here's a First: January Hospital Prices Lower Than a Year Ago
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
bullet point Even Insured Consumers Get Hit With Unexpectedly Large Medical Bills
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Seven Infected, Two Dead after 'Superbug' Outbreak at UCLA Hospital
Article from AP.
Annual 2744 Survey Process
Notice from the Heartland Kidney Network. All dialysis and transplant units must complete the CMS Form 2744 Annual Facility Survey by March 31st, 2015.


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Wednesday, Feb. 18

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  Feb. 18, 2015
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury and Mortality in the Elderly: Add Atypical Antipsychotics to the List
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point End-Stage Renal Disease from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in the United States, 1995–2010
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Urokinase Can Reduce Heparin Dose in Patients with Hypercoagulable States during Hemodialysis
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Overcoming Acute Kidney Injury
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-In-Hand for Some Elderly
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point The 50 Most Active Kidney Transplant Centers in 2012
bullet point New Anticoagulant Beats Heparin for Certain Heart Attacks
bullet point ObamaCare Enrollment Beats Administration Goal
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Nurses Create Models of Care for an Aging America
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect against Deadly Bird Flu Strain
 


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Tuesday, Feb. 17

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  Feb. 17, 2015
bullet point Nephros Clarifies the Status of Evaluation of its Hemodiafiltration System (with DaVita)
Press release. Report from eMarkets Daily.
bullet point Long-Term Effects of Iron-based Phosphate Binder, Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide, in Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Relationship between Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and MIA Syndrome
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point

Levels of Transforming Growth Factor ß1 during First Six Months of Peritoneal Dialysis
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Time-Updated Systolic Blood Pressure and the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease: A Cohort Study
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point GPhA To Form Biosimilar Division, Hopes To Attract Brands Making Biosimilars
Headline only from InsideHealthPolicy.com (pay-for-view site).

"The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) is creating a new division designed to deal exclusively with biosimilars with a separate board of directors, the association's leaders announced at the group's annual conference in Miami this week, and sources say the trade group is courting brand biologic giant Amgen to join, but Amgen says it is “satisfied with the balanced policies promoted by our existing trade associations.”"
bullet point Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tobacco
18-minute video via YouTube.
bullet point How One Health System Is Putting an End to Insider Snooping
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point More Evidence That Even 'Moderate' Exercise Helps Women's Hearts
bullet point 'Mindfulness' May Help Ease Sleep Problems for Seniors
 


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Monday, Feb. 16

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  Feb. 16, 2015
bullet point In Australia, Sensipar® (cinacalcet) To Be Removed from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) on August 1
(1-page pdf) Notice from the Renal Society of Australasia web site.

"It follows a cost effectiveness reassessment by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) based on results from the EVOLVE study. The review resulted in a dramatic price reduction which means providing Sensipar®, via the PBS, would be at a financial loss to Amgen and unsustainable in the long-term."

Editor's note: Last month, Dr. Jeffrey Berns posted a video blog entitled, "Is Cinacalcet Useful in Dialysis Patients?"

According to the DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM), approximately 23% of U.S. dialysis patients are receiving cinacalcet. It is one of the few drugs that dialysis clinic owners/physicians can earn profits from its continued and/or increased use.

In March 2014, Amgen was able to insert a provision into rushed legislation (121-page pdf) that delayed Medicare price restraints on Sensipar/cinacalet until 2024. AP article quote:

"It also contains a provision benefiting, among others, Amgen Inc., which produces an oral drug for kidney dialysis patients. It would extend through 2024 a controversial provision to allow payments for Sensipar, which is made by Amgen, to be made on top of other "bundled" payments made to treat Medicare patients with kidney disease. It also eases cuts to dialysis providers who have battled with drug companies over the issue."
bullet point Must Know Facts about Albumin! Number Seven Will Blow You Away!
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point Advance Care Planning: A Qualitative Study of Dialysis Patients and Families
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Prospective Randomized Study of the Tolerability and Efficacy of Combination Therapy for Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease: Results of the PROTECT-CKD Study
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury and Mortality in the Elderly: Add Atypical Antipsychotics to the List
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Recalcitrant Tumor of the Fifth Metacarpal Bone in a Hemodialyzed Patient
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Peritoneal Dialysis OK for Lupus Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Worse Performance on Cognitive Testing
bullet point Hospitals Set Course for Zero Patient Harm
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Patients Tend to Prefer Formal Physician Attire
 


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 13-14

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  Feb. 13, 2015
bullet point FDA Takes Up Hospira Biosimilar Of Epogen, Must Decide By October
Headline only from InsideHealthPolicy.com (pay-for-view site). Retacrit is currently approved for use in 15 countries.
bullet point DaVita Is Under Federal Investigation Again
Articles from Denver Business Journal, MarketWatch, and Modern Healthcare (registration required).
bullet point Bill to End Organ Transplant Denials for Medical Marijuana Patients Filed in California
Article from The Daily Chronic.
bullet point Coming Age of Xenotransplantation: Would You Accept an Organ from a Pig to Save Your Life?
Article from the Genetic Literacy Project.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Tops Street 4Q Forecasts
Article from AP.   Press release from DaVita. Earnings call transcript from The Street.
bullet point FDA Recall Notices in Enforcement Report for Week of Feb. 11, 2015:
bullet point Development of a Hemodialysis Safety Checklist Using a Structured Panel Process
Provisional abstract and full-text article (20-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point High Dietary Acid Load Predicts ESRD among Adults with CKD
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease and the Risk of Stroke: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Annals of Vascular Surgery:
bullet point MERS Claims 2 More Lives in Saudi Arabia
bullet point Study Finds Lower Systolic Blood Pressure Reduces Risk of Stroke
bullet point Dehydration Linked to Greater Stroke Damage
bullet point Slippery Antibacterial Coating Prevents Biofilms from Forming on Device Surfaces
bullet point Nagging Patients Aren't to Blame for Overtesting in Medicine
Article from Bloomberg.
bullet point Last Chance to Enroll in Obamacare for 2015
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Obamacare Sign-Ups For 2015 Expected To Top 10 Million
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Meaningful Use Penalties: CMS Releases Physician Reimbursement Reduction Details, Latest Attestation Numbers
Article from Medical Economics.
Feb 24. Webinar: Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements


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Thursday, Feb. 12

DaVita Receives Subpoenas from HHS
DaVita HealthCare Tops Street 4Q Forecasts
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  Feb. 12, 2015
bullet point Dialysis Olympics in India
Articles from The Siasat Daily and The Hindu.

Editor's note: Why doesn't the National Kidney Foundation, DaVita, or Fresenius Medical Care sponsor a similar event in the U.S.?

Or is such a concept unimaginable in the "land of fast and cheap dialysis?"
bullet point Hand Washing Focus in Hospitals Has Led to Rise in Worker Dermatitis
Press release from the University of Manchester.
bullet point Even ‘Proper’ Technique Exposes Nurses’ Spines To Dangerous Forces
Article and audio from NPR.

"The bottom line is, there's no safe way to lift a patient manually," Marras says. "There's no safe way to do it with body mechanics."
bullet point HIV-Positive–to–HIV-Positive Kidney Transplantation — Results at 3 to 5 Years
Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine. Articles from HealthDay and MedPage Today (registration required).
bullet point Economic Analysis of the Treatment of End-stage Renal Disease Treatment: Living-donor Kidney Transplantation Versus Hemodialysis
Abstract from Transplantation Proceedings.
bullet point Article in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Ambulatory Recording of Wave Reflections and Arterial Stiffness during Intra- and Interdialytic Periods in Patients Treated with Dialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point FDA MedWatch January 2015: Safety Labeling Changes
Includes 25 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point Satellite Healthcare Names Glenn Davis Chief Innovation & Commercial Officer
bullet point 10 Additional Cases of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia are Reported to WHO
bullet point End-of-Life Advance Directive
Free, full-text article from the New England Journal of Medicine. Press release from the Hastings Center.
bullet point 1 in 3 Would Rather Die Early Than Take Pills
bullet point U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests
 


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Wednesday, Feb. 11

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  Feb. 11, 2015
bullet point 1 in 5 Suicides Is Associated with Unemployment
Press release from the University of Zürich. Press release and abstract from The Lancet. Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note: Less than 10% of working-age dialysis patients in the United States are employed. (See Table J.10 from the 2014 USRDS.) Providing dialysis care without emphasizing renal rehabilitation and patient employment is simply iatrogenic.

When nephrologists profit from cheap, fast dialysis treatments and do not consider renal rehabilitation and patient employment, they are ignoring their patients' psychosocial needs and increasing depression rates. It is time to connect the dots. They are practicing perverse and immoral medicine.
bullet point Time To Deliver Patient Centred Care
Free, full-text editorial from the British Medical Journal.

"We must harness the energy, insight and expertise of patients, carers, and the communities that support them to help drive change."
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point People With Coexisting Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease and Hypertension Report the Psychosocial Effects of Being Prescribed Multiple Medications
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from Evidence-Based Nursing via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Transplant Survival High Compared With Home Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.

Editor's note: This author/reporter is confusing the American Society of Nephrology's Annual Scientific Meeting and the University of Missouri's Annual Dialysis Conference.
bullet point Potassium Wars, The Grand Rounds Presentation
Lecture with slides from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from JAMA.
bullet point Unwanted Impact of Antibiotics Broader, More Complex Than Previously Known
Press release from Oregon State University.
bullet point Updates to Tubing and Luer Misconnections: Preventing Dangerous Medical Errors
Safety communications from the FDA.
bullet point NYC Unions Gear Up for Another Round with Big Apple Dialysis
bullet point Apple Watch To Track Glucose Levels For Diabetics
bullet point Press Releases from the National Institutes Of Health:
bullet point New Name, New Criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point U.S. Advisers Rethink Cholesterol Risk From Foods: Report
 


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Tuesday, Feb. 10

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  Feb. 10, 2015
bullet point ESRD National Coordinating Center Announces New FFCL Vascular Access Tools
These tools were developed by the Fistula First Catheter Last (FFCL) Workgroup Coalition, which is comprised of noted leaders from CMS, ESRD Networks, and the renal community at large, as part of its ongoing efforts to increase the use of AV fistulas and decrease the use of tunneled dialysis catheters.
bullet point Canadian Teenager Anya Pogharian Invents $500 Dialysis Machine with At-Home Potential
Article from Public Radio of Armenia with CBC video.
bullet point New Wearable Artificial Kidney Improves Mobility
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from World Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Article in Press Abstract from American Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point The Protective Effect of MCP-1 -2518 A>G Promoter Polymorphism in Turkish Chronic Renal Failure Patients Requiring Long-Term Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Bilateral Quadriceps Tendon Rupture in a Hemodialysis Patient
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point ASN Partners with Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program to Create ASN-AMFDP Award
Press release. The ASN-AMFDP Award will support career development for a kidney research scholar from a historically disadvantaged background.
bullet point FDA Finalizes Guidance on Medical Device Data Systems
News brief from AHANews. Guidance (8-page pdf) from the FDA.
bullet point 'Smart' Insulin Hope for Diabetes
bullet point Problems Spotted in Clinical Trials Can Go Unreported, Study Says
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, Online First article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing Pharmaceuticals to Doctors (HBO)
17-minute video via YouTube.
bullet point Hospital Job Surge Continues into 2015
Senators Confident ICD-10 Is a Go
Article from Healthcare IT News. GAO report.


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Monday, Feb. 9

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bullet point Extending Dialysis Hours Fails to Improve Quality of Life
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.

Editor's note: This study was first publicized during a 'Late Breaking Trials' session during the ASN Annual Meeting in November. See this story from MedPage Today.

If nothing else, I hope this study helps nephrologists understand that there is no template of treatment parameters that automatically provides improvement in quality of life (QoL). Time on dialysis is a complex variable affecting many aspects of overall care and wellbeing. Individualization of care that incorporates patient preferences and feedback, for both their medical and psychosocial needs, will likely lead to improved QoL for all.
bullet point Quality of Life in End Stage Renal Disease Patients
Free, full-text article from World Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point FDA Approves 1st Drug for Diabetic Retinopathy
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
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Predictive Value of Echocardiography and Its Relation to Kt/V and Anthropometric Parameters in Hemodialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Relationship between Health Literacy and Kidney Function
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Extracts of Early View Articles from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
bullet point Families of Health Worker MERS Victims in Saudi To Receive $135,000
Article from Saudi Gazette.
bullet point The Battle for Iron - Understanding Anemias of the Chronically ill
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Patients Should Feel Confident, Safe to Achieve Better Health
(Registration required, but free) Article from MedPage Today.

Medicare Preps for Natural Disasters, Power Outages
Article from The Hill.


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Fri./Sat., Feb. 6-7

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  Feb. 6, 2015
bullet point Call for Nominations for Technical Expert Panel (TEP) on ESRD 5-Star Ratings
Nominations are due by March 4.
bullet point Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients Webinar: Building on the Institute of Medicine's Dying in America Report; Coalition Member Update and Engagement
Webinar is scheduled for Feb. 17, 4-5:30 PM EST.
bullet point Intensive Dialysis Can Improve Pregnancy Outcomes
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Changes of Serum Calcium, Magnesium and Parathyroid Hormone Induced by Hemodialysis with Citrate-Enriched Dialysis Solution
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Newly Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure? 3 Factors Affect Prognosis
Article from HealthDay. Open Access article (9-page pdf) from BMJ.
bullet point Comparison of Fracture Risk Prediction among Individuals with Reduced and Normal Kidney Function
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Simple Test Detects Increased Risks in Patients with Acute Kidney Injury
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
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Notice of Kidney Interagency Coordinating Committee Meeting
Federal Register notice from the National Institutes of Health. The Kidney Interagency Coordinating Committee (KICC) will hold a meeting on March 6, 2015, on future directions for kidney disease research in the Federal government.

bullet point DaVita Kidney Care Leads in Immunizations for 2014-2015 Season
Press release.

Editor's note: I believe this shows the power of financial incentives.
bullet point AAKP Announces 2015 Medal of Excellence Winners
bullet point Type 1 Diabetes More Deadly for Women Than Men, Study Finds
bullet point Massive Hack at Anthem May Be 'Largest Healthcare Breach to Date'
Brief from Healthcare DIVE. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point NPR Reports on Injured Nurses
News brief from the American Nurses Association. Audio and text from National Public Radio.
bullet point What Consumers Don't Like About Health Care
Survey results from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Step Down in March
 


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Thursday, Feb. 5

Call for Nominations for Technical Expert Panel (TEP) on ESRD 5-Star Ratings
Nominations are due by March 4.
Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients Webinar: Building on the Institute of Medicine's Dying in America Report; Coalition Member Update and Engagement
Webinar is scheduled for Feb. 17, 4-5:30 PM EST.
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  Feb. 5, 2015
bullet point New DOPPS Data Offer 'State of Dialysis' Message
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: Kt/V was embraced by the nephrology community because it offered a scientific basis — it was based on hospitalizations and mortality — for prescribing individualized, minimal, treatment times. The dialysis business community embraced Kt/V because it justified fast, cheap dialysis treatments. Today, Kt/V values are used as evidence that patients receive quality dialysis care. In reality, virtually all U.S. patients receive unphysiological treatments that do not restore health and make renal rehabilitation and patient employment virtually impossible.

Would this be normal if U.S. nephrologists did not have financial stakes in dialysis unit profits?
bullet point FDA Recall Notices - Enforcement Report for Week of Feb. 4, 2015:
bullet point What We Are Learning about Home Hemodialysis in 2015
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Press Releases from Cantel Medical / Mar Cor Purification:
bullet point ESRD Mortality Varies by Race in Lupus
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Readability of Written Materials for CKD Patients: A Systematic Review
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Assessment and Management of Hypertension in Transplant Patients
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point A Phase 2 Study on the Treatment of Hyperkalemia in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Suggests That the Selective Potassium Trap, ZS-9, Is Safe and Efficient
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from Kidney International.
bullet point Kidney Images Reveal the Secrets of How Organ Develops
Press release from the University of Edinburgh.
bullet point Alport Syndrome Foundation Funding Opportunities
Applications are due by March 23, 2015.
bullet point Nine Cases of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia are Reported to WHO
bullet point Robotic Surgery May Be Better Than Laparoscopic in Nephrectomy
bullet point PCORI Offers Up to $138 Million in Research Support through Latest Funding Announcements
Press release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
bullet point Money Tops Americans' List of Stressors
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Almost 1 in 10 Americans Can't Afford Medications Says CDC
Article from Renal & Urology News.
CROWNWeb -- New User Training Begins February 10


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Wednesday, Feb. 4

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  Feb. 4, 2015
bullet point Final Reminder: Call for ESRD Vascular Access Technical Expert Panel Members
If you wish to nominate yourself or other individuals for consideration, please complete the form and email it with your CV and letter of interest to:dialysisdata@umich.edu. Nominations are due by the close of business (5:00pm ET) on February 5, 2015.
bullet point My Life, My Dialysis Choice
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Dietary Restrictions in Dialysis Patients: Is There Anything Left to Eat?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Outcome of Patients on Combined Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy: a Retrospective Study
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Renal Function Decline in Recipients and Donors of Kidney Grafts: Role of Aortic Stiffness
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Relationship between Low Blood Pressure and Renal/Cardiovascular Outcomes in Japanese Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease under Nephrologist Care: the Gonryo Study
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Update from Cardiology Literature: Antithrombotic Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation and CKD
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Preferred Hemodialysis Vascular Access for Diabetic Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: a Systematic Literature Review
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Acute and Chronic Antibody Mediated Rejection in Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text, educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Consensus Conference on Best Practices in Live Kidney Donation: Recommendations to Optimize Education, Access, and Care
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point

Three-Layered Artificial Vascular Grafts Maintain Strength, Promote Cellular Growth
Article from MedGadget.

bullet point Texas Ambulance Company Owner Headed to Prison for Dialysis Patient Transport Fraud
bullet point Infection Most Likely Cause of Hospital Readmission After Surgery
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point 'Half of UK People' Will Get Cancer

Medicare Patients Aren't Benefitting From Surgical Report Cards: Study
Article from HealthDay.

State of the CROWNWeb Union
Feb. 5, 2-3 PM ET.


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Tuesday, Feb. 3

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  Feb. 3, 2015
bullet point Medicare's Tab for Dialysis Doubles in 10 Years: Concerns That For-Profit Centers Don't Provide Adequate Patient Care
Article from Dayton Daily News (also find link on their Facebook page - see entry on Feb 2).
bullet point Home Dialysis Gets a Boost at Annual Dialysis Conference
Article from Nephrology News & Issues via Home Dialyzors United. Article from Medscape Medical News (registration required, but free.)
bullet point Timing of Kidney Transplants Doesn't Affect Pregnancy Chances
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from JAMA Pediatrics.
bullet point Ardelyx's Drug To Reduce Phosphate Levels in Dialysis Patients Leads to Increased Diarrhea Rates; Shares Fall
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Experiences of Recipients and Living Donors the First Three Days after Kidney Transplantation
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
bullet point Survival Benefit of Solid-Organ Transplant in the United States
Online First abstract from JAMA Surgery.
bullet point Gynecologic Follow up of 129 Women on Dialysis and after Kidney Transplantation: a Retrospective Cohort
Article in Press abstract from European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.
bullet point Study Finds Occupational Link in Kidney Disease Epidemic in Central America
Press release from Boston University Medical Center.
bullet point Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Online First Abstracts from JAMA Internal Medicine:
bullet point Too Many Heart Failure Patients Are Treated with IV Fluids, Study Finds
bullet point Satellite Healthcare Names Pamela Molano Vice President of Physician Services
bullet point Kidney Docs Salty over JFK Flub Quoted in Superbowl Commercial
bullet point The New Therapeutics: Ten Commandments
(Scroll down page, see section entitled "Ten Commandments") BMJ blog posting by Richard Lehman, MD.
bullet point Should Providers Charge Patients for Portal Access?
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
bullet point Abstracts from Health Affairs:
bullet point U.S. Measles Cases Now Exceed 100: CDC
Obama's New Budget Proposes Historic, Direct Drug Price Negotiations in Medicare
Brief from Healthcare DIVE.
CROWNWeb Training Events


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Monday, Feb. 2

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  Feb. 2, 2015
bullet point NY State Panel Doesn't Recommend For-Profit Dialysis Centers
Article from Capital.
bullet point The Unexpected Cost Of A Life-Saving Organ Donation
Article from Reuters Health.
bullet point ESAs in Patients with CKD and Cancer: Is the Risk Worth the Benefit?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point CKD and the Risk of Acute, Community-Acquired Infections Among Older People With Diabetes Mellitus: A Retrospective Cohort Study Using Electronic Health Records
Open Access Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Increased Risk of Progression to Dialysis or Death in CKD Patients with Depressive Symptoms: a Prospective 3-Year Follow-Up Cohort Study
In Press article from Journal of Psychosomatic Research.
bullet point Outcomes of Infection-Related Hospitalization in Medicare Beneficiaries Receiving In-Center Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Interstitial Fibrosis Restricts Osmotic Water Transport in Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Published Ahead of Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
bullet point Volume Blood Flow, Static Pressure Ratio and Venous Conductance in Native Arteriovenous Fistulae: Three Surveillance Methods Compared
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point DaVita, Centura Health Announce FullWell System Brand Name
Article from Denver Business Journal.
bullet point Some With Kidney Stones Might Have Calcium Buildup in Blood Vessels: Study
bullet point Obama to Announce Major Personalized Medicine Initiative
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point CDC Urges Vaccination, Vigilance to Prevent Measles Outbreak from Spreading
AHANews brief.
 


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 30-31

NY State Panel Doesn't Recommend For-Profit Dialysis Centers
Article from Capital.
DaVita, Centura Health Announce FullWell System Brand Name
Article from Denver Business Journal.
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bullet point Nephrologists Can't Have It Both Ways
Opinion piece from RenalWEB.
bullet point Citing Evidence of Lying, Judge Says Attorney-Client Privilege May Be Pierced in Health Fraud Case (DaVita Whistleblower)
(Registration required, but free.) Article from the Daily Report.

Editor's note: In 2012, DaVita settled a whistleblower suit on ESA use and billing for $55 million.

In October of last year, DaVita settled another whistleblower suit and related claims on physician kickbacks for $400 million. Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

This current case is another medication-related whistleblower suit against DaVita. See this 2012 CNN story (10-minute video) on this case when it began.
bullet point Kmart To Pay $102K For Refusing To Hire Dialysis Patient Who Couldn't Give Urine Sample
Article from the National Law Review.
bullet point Free Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal
The February 2015 issue has 21 full-text articles.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Wearable Devices for Blood Purification: Principles, Miniaturization, and Technical Challenges
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Dialysis Fluid Endotoxin Level and Mortality in Maintenance Hemodialysis: A Nationwide Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Cardiovascular Changes Occurring with Occlusion of a Mature Arteriovenous Fistula
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Effectiveness of Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Dialysis Patients with Diabetes: the DIALYDIAB Pilot Study
Abstract from Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.
bullet point Advancing Renal Education: Hybrid Simulation, Using Simulated Patients to Enhance Realism in Hemodialysis Education
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Longitudinal Relationships of Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity with Kidney Function: Healthy Twin Study
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Arterial Flow Regulator Enables Transplantation and Growth of Human Fetal Kidneys in Rats
Early View brief communication from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Can Sugarcane Workers Be Saved With Simple Water and Shade?
Article from National Geographic.
bullet point Need to Improve 'Fragmented' ADPKD Care in Europe: Report
bullet point Baxter's Fourth Quarter Financial Results Exceed Expectations
bullet point Telemedicine & You: Mayo Clinic Expert Explains New Health Care Option, How State and National Policies Can Catch Up
Blog posting from the Mayo Clinic.
bullet point When It Comes To The Health Law And Taxes, Millions May Face Penalties
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Updates Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings Page to Include Disclaimer
CMS Announces Intent to Revisit Some Aspects of EHR Incentive Program
CMS Intends to Shorten Meaningful Use Reporting Period


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Thursday, Jan. 29

Citing Evidence of Lying, Judge Says Attorney-Client Privilege May Be Pierced in Health Fraud Case (DaVita Whistleblower)
(Registration required, but free.) Article from the Daily Report.

Editor's note: In 2012, DaVita settled a whistleblower suit on ESA use and billing for $55 million.

In October of last year, DaVita settled another whistleblower suit and related claims on physician kickbacks for $400 million. Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

This current case is another medication-related whistleblower suit against DaVita. See this 2012 CNN story (10-minute video) on this case when it began.
Kmart To Pay $102K For Refusing To Hire Dialysis Patient Who Couldn't Give Urine Sample
Article from the National Law Review.
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bullet point Nephrologists Can't Have It Both Ways
Opinion piece from RenalWEB.
bullet point Nephrology Report Signals Trouble for Specialty
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point No Nashville-Area Dialysis Centers Get Top 5-Star Ranking
Article from The Tennessean.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia Presenting as Bilateral Adrenal Hemorrhages
Free, full-text correspondence from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point A Meta-analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials Assessing Hemodialysis Access Thrombosis Based on Access Flow Monitoring: Where Do We Stand?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Abstracts from Nephron Clinical Practice:
bullet point Following Blood Pressure Guidelines Saves Lives, Dollars: Study
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine. Press release from Columbia University Medical Center.
bullet point Is Tight BP Control During Pregnancy Moot?
(Registration required, but free.) Articles from MedPage Today and HealthDayAbstract from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Reminder — Call for Technical Expert Panel (TEP) Members: ESRD Access to Kidney Transplantation TEP
Nominations are due by 5PT ET on Feb. 15, 2015.
bullet point Focus on Peritoneal Dialysis Training: Working to Decrease Peritonitis Rates
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Organ Transplants Could Provide Two Million Extra Years of Life, Researchers Say
bullet point Insurers Find Way around Obamacare 'Pre-Existing Conditions' Rule by Hiking Drug Co-Pays
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Patient Engagement: Are Docs Doing It All Wrong?
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point 9.5 Million Sign Up For Insurance Through Health Law Marketplaces
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point 72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says
How to Fix Meaningful Use to Help Physicians
Article from Medical Economics.


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Wednesday, Jan. 28

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  Jan. 28, 2015
bullet point Dialysis Bus Provides Vacation Lifeline in Australia
Article from The Age (Australia).
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from Nephron Clinical Practice:
bullet point Articles from Renal & Urology News:
bullet point Mortality Risk of Darbepoetin Alfa Versus Epoetin Alfa in Patients With CKD: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Indicators and Correlates of Psychological Disturbance in Chinese Patients Receiving Maintenance Hemodialysis: a Cross-Sectional Study
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
bullet point Diabetes: Is This Tattoo Worth a 1,000 Needle Pricks?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Amgen Tops 4th Quarter Forecasts
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners' VillageHealth and Humana Team up in Las Vegas
bullet point Industry Group to Back Results-Focused Care
Article from The New York Times.
bullet point Patient Engagement Means 'Attitude Adjustments' on Both Sides
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point PCORI Board Approves New Advisory Panel and New PCORnet Demonstration Project
News release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
bullet point Supervision Bill Aims to Protect Rural Access to Outpatient Services
CMS Special Open Door Forum: Understanding Dialysis Facility Compare — Driving Informed Decision Making
Conference call only (pdf announcement) scheduled for Wed., Feb. 4, 2-3 PM ET. Slides available at dialysisdata.org.

Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935, Conference ID #: 62054250.

Comprehensive ESRD Care Initiative Demonstration Delayed until July
News item from Nephrology News & Issues.


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Tuesday, Jan. 27

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  Jan. 27, 2015
bullet point FDA Approves Rockwell Medical's Iron Replacement Drug Triferic™
Article from Reuters. Press release from Rockwell Medical.
bullet point Emerging Role of Biosimilar Epoetins
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Medscape Nephrologist Lifestyle Report 2015
(Registration required, but free.) Slideshow from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Articles on Dialysis 5-Star Rating System: Editor's note: Despite the 5-star ratings, virtually no nephrologists would accept for themselves the short, fast, cheap, unphysiological treatments that are provided in almost all U.S. dialysis centers. Dialysis-by-numbers is something only a corporation can love.
bullet point Weather Emergency Resources for Dialysis Patients
Listings from ESRD Network of New England and KCER.  Press release from Fresenius Medical Care. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Is Peritoneal Dialysis Still an Equal Option? Results of the Berlin Pediatric Nocturnal Dialysis Program
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus in Dialysis Units: A Systematic Review of Reports on Outbreaks
Advance online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Renal Team Prom a Huge Success
Video and press release from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure in Study
bullet point Dementia Tied to Common Hay-Fever and Insomnia Drugs (Anticholinergics)
Article from the BBC. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Precision Medicine: Mayo Clinic Expert Describes Next Steps to Help More Patients
Article from the Mayo Clinic.
bullet point Five Key Questions at the End of Life
(Registration required, but free.) Article and video from Medscape Internal Medicine.
bullet point Vice President Joe Biden Calls For Renewed Focus On Patient Safety
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Budget Office Lowers ObamaCare Price Tag by 20 Percent
bullet point Prolonged High Cholesterol in Middle Age Raises Heart Risk Later: Study
HHS Pledges To Quicken Pace Toward Quality-Based Medicare Payments
Article from Kaiser Health News. Articles from The Hill and Modern Healthcare (registration required, but free).

"By 2018, half of Medicare spending outside of managed care will be paid under contracts with incentives to manage quality and costs, federal officials said Monday."
Burwell: Tie More Medicare Pay to Quality and Value
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks. Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
No Progress on Medicare Physician Pay Fix


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Monday, Jan. 26

FDA Approves Rockwell Medical's Iron Replacement Drug Triferic™
Article from Reuters. Press release from Rockwell Medical.
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bullet point Weather Emergency Resources for Dialysis Patients
Listings from ESRD Network of New England and KCER. Weather Channel reports on winter storm Juno.
bullet point FDA Approves Natpara to Control Low Blood Calcium Levels in Patients with Hypoparathyroidism
January 23rd press release.
bullet point Fresenius Plans To Raise Dividend after Hitting 2014 Goals
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Free Access to Full-Text Issue-in-Progress Articles from Blood Purification
Over 20 articles of interest for dialysis care practitioners.
bullet point

Advance Online Abstracts from the International Journal of Artificial Organs:

bullet point Venovenous Hemodiafiltration for the Management of Dabigatran Overdose in Intensive Care Unit
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Saline Recall for Particulate Matter: 250 mL by Hospira
Safety Alert from the FDA.
bullet point Jan. 29 Webinar: Engaging Patients as Partners in Care
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
bullet point FDA Permits Marketing of First System of Mobile Medical Apps for Continuous Glucose Monitoring
bullet point Coupler Device Shows Promise for Hypertension Control
bullet point Diabetes-Related Foot Condition Often Missed
bullet point Study: Antimicrobial Wipes Don't Reduce HAIs
bullet point Just Five Ebola Cases Left in Liberia
bullet point British Nurse Makes Full Recovery from Ebola
 


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 23-24

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  Jan. 23, 2015
bullet point

Medicare's 'Dialysis Facility Compare' Now Displays Facility Star Ratings
Article from AP. CMS press release. Dialysis Facility Compare home pagefact sheet, and star rating explanation.

Press release and www.5stardialysis.org web site from Kidney Care Partners that denounce Medicare's star rating system for dialysis facilities.

KidneyTalk podcast on the 5-star rating system for dialysis facilities from Renal Support Network.

Editor's note: I examined the ratings of some of top nephrology programs in the country (5 stars is best):

  • Mayo Clinic - 2 stars
  • Cleveland Clinic - 1 star
  • Massachusetts General - 1 star
  • UCSF (at General Hospital) - 3 stars
  • Rogosin Institute (NY, NY) - 2 stars
bullet point DaVita to Settle Shareholder Lawsuits Stemming from Federal Kickback Settlement for $7.3 Million
Article from Denver Business Journal.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Buys Remaining Stake in India's NephroLife Care for $32.5 Million
Article from The Economic Times (India).
bullet point UK Renal Registry 2014 - 17th Annual Report of the Renal Association
Free access to report PDFs via Nephron.
bullet point Articles from Medical Economics®:
bullet point High Blood Calcium Linked with Increased Risk of Premature Death in Dialysis Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Is There a Moral Way to Fix America's Kidney Shortage?
Article from The Atlantic.
bullet point CKD in Elderly Patients Managed without Dialysis: Survival, Symptoms, and Quality of Life
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point A Very Simple Formula to Compute pCO2 in Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Blood Glucose Fluctuations in Hemodialysis Patients with End Stage Diabetic Nephropathy
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications.
bullet point Long-Term Outcome of Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis (EPS) Patients in a Single Center
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Trends in Kidney Transplant Outcomes in Older Adults
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from the Journal of American Geriatrics Society via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Reliant Renal Care to Provide Assisted Home Hemodialysis in NexCare Health Systems Nursing Centers
bullet point Elizabeth Warren: How about a 'Swear Jar' for Drug Companies?
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Optimizing High-Risk Care Management
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point 2015 Nurse Practitioner Ranks Surge to 205,000, Nearly Doubling Over Past Decade
Press release from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
bullet point American Nurses Association's 'Year of Ethics' Kicks off with Release of Revised Code of Ethics
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Superbug Spread through Contaminated Scopes Sickened Dozens in Seattle
bullet point Ebola Crisis: Experimental Vaccine 'Shipped to Liberia'
1,700 Hospitals Win Quality Bonuses From Medicare, But Most Will Never Collect
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Thursday, Jan. 22

Medicare's 'Dialysis Facility Compare' Now Displays Facility Star Ratings
Dialysis Facility Compare home page.

Editor's note: I examined the ratings (5 stars is best) of some of top nephrology programs in the country:

  • Mayo Clinic - 2 stars
  • Cleveland Clinic - 1 star
  • Massachusetts General - 1 star
  • UCSF (at General Hospital) - 3 stars
  • Rogosin Institute (NY, NY) - 2 stars
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bullet point Is Cinacalcet Useful in Dialysis Patients?
Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: It is amazing how this industry finds ways to make money.

In January 2013, The New York Times reported that Congress included a delay of Medicare price restraints on Sensipar/cinacalcet (made by Amgen) until 2016 in the 'fiscal cliff' legislation. See articles from NN&I, Ventura County Star, and The Hill.

In response to this criticism, Amgen provided a press release on Feb. 22, 2013 stating that a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis released that week showed that keeping oral-only drugs in Medicare Part D would actually achieve significant savings over time for both taxpayers and the Medicare program. However, where did this analysis go?  It now does not appear in the Amgen press release, nor in the CBO listing for February 2013, nor in the link in this Huffington Post story based on the CBO analysis.

In March 2014, Amgen was able to insert a provision into rushed legislation (121-page pdf) that delayed Medicare price restraints on Sensipar/cinacalet until 2024. AP article quote:

"It also contains a provision benefiting, among others, Amgen Inc., which produces an oral drug for kidney dialysis patients. It would extend through 2024 a controversial provision to allow payments for Sensipar, which is made by Amgen, to be made on top of other "bundled" payments made to treat Medicare patients with kidney disease. It also eases cuts to dialysis providers who have battled with drug companies over the issue."

And now Dr. Berns asks, "Is cinacalcet useful in dialysis patients?"
bullet point Transplant First: Organ Donation from UK Newborn
Article from the BBC.
bullet point March 12 -- World Kidney Day 2015: Work Together to Raise Awareness
Notice from the International Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation:
bullet point Dialysis Outcomes in India: a Pilot Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point End-Stage Renal Disease in Japanese Children: a Nationwide Survey during 2006–2011
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Massive Catheter Related Thrombosis of Vena Cava Superior Protruding into the Right Atrium in a Hemodialysis Patient
Online First abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Peritoneal Dialysis is Limited by Kidney and Liver Volume in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
bullet point Current Exercise Guidelines Unrealistic, Say Experts
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Study: EHRs Make Little Difference in Coordinating Care
Brief from Healthcare DIVE.
bullet point Docs Urge Big Changes to Health Records Meaningful Use Program
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says
Medicaid Pay Hike Opened Doors For Patients, Study Finds


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Wednesday, Jan. 21

Is Cinacalcet Useful in Dialysis Patients?
Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: In January 2013, The New York Times reported that Congress included a delay of Medicare price restraints on Sensipar/cinacalcet (made by Amgen) until 2016 in the 'fiscal cliff' legislation. See articles from NN&I, Ventura County Star, and The Hill.

In response to this criticism, Amgen provided a press release on Feb. 22, 2013 stating that a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis released that week showed that keeping oral-only drugs in Medicare Part D would actually achieve significant savings over time for both taxpayers and the Medicare program. However, where did this analysis go?  It now does not appear in the Amgen press release, nor in the CBO listing for February 2013, nor in this Huffington Post story based on the CBO analysis.

In March 2014, Amgen was able to insert a provision into rushed legislation (121-page pdf) that delayed Medicare price restraints on Sensipar/cinacalet until 2024. AP article quote:

"It also contains a provision benefiting, among others, Amgen Inc., which produces an oral drug for kidney dialysis patients. It would extend through 2024 a controversial provision to allow payments for Sensipar, which is made by Amgen, to be made on top of other "bundled" payments made to treat Medicare patients with kidney disease. It also eases cuts to dialysis providers who have battled with drug companies over the issue."

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  Jan. 21, 2015
bullet point Long Nocturnal Dialysis: a Single-Center Experience
(8-page pdf) Full-text article from Portuguese Journal of Nephrology & Hypertension.
bullet point New AHRQ Toolkit Helps Keep Dialysis Patients Safer from Infection
Resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The ESRD Toolkit was created to help end-stage renal disease clinics prevent healthcare-associated infections in dialysis patients.
bullet point 17th International Conference on Dialysis. Advances in Kidney Disease 2015, January 28-30, 2015, New Orleans, La.: Abstracts
23-page pdf from Blood Purification.
bullet point Timing of Cannulation of Arteriovenous Grafts: Are We Too Cautious?
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point The "Phosphorus Pyramid": a Visual Tool for Dietary Phosphate Management in Dialysis and CKD Patients
Provisional abstract and full-text correspondence (13-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Successful Recovery from Iatrogenic Severe Hypernatremia and Severe Metabolic Acidosis Resulting from Accidental Use of Inappropriate Bicarbonate Concentrate for Hemodialysis Treatment
Free, full-text article from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation.
bullet point Birth Weight, Malnutrition and Kidney Associated Outcomes-A Global Concern
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point NT-ProBNP and Troponin T and Risk of Rapid Kidney Function Decline and Incident CKD in Elderly Adults
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Contrast Induced Acute Kidney Injury: Potential New Strategies
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Avoiding the Use of a Femoral Bridging Catheter Using a Two-Stage Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) Graft Implantation Technique
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point High-Dose Statin May Protect Heart Surgery Patients' Kidney Health
bullet point Baxter Receives FDA Approval for PHOXILLUM Solution for Electrolyte Management During Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
bullet point Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces $100 Million Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock
bullet point Critical Care Evidence—New Directions
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Gunman Kills Physician at Brigham And Women's Hospital in Boston
Articles from Healthcare DIVE and Reuters.
MedPAC Floats 3.5% Hike in Hospital Reimbursement, Freeze of Physician Rates and Dialysis Payments
Article from Healthcare Finance.


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Tuesday, Jan. 20

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  Jan. 20, 2015
bullet point Regardless of Exercise, Sitting for Long Periods Increases Risk of Disease and Early Death
Articles from University Health Network, HealthDay, and MedPage Today (registration required). Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Fresenius Sheds 'Junk' Credit Rating for First Time
Article from Reuters.
bullet point The Effect of a Diet Containing 70% Protein from Plants on Mineral Metabolism and Musculoskeletal Health in Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point TVA Medical Wins Innovation Award For Minimally Invasive Hemodialysis Access System
Press release.
bullet point A Bit More Salt Each Day May Not Harm Older Adults
Article from HealthDay. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, New Protections
Press release from National Nurses United.
bullet point Majority Still Support Single-Payer Option, Poll Finds
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Couples More Likely to Get Healthy Together
Press release from Cancer Research UK.
bullet point Global Soil Hunt for New Drugs
bullet point Walking Groups Boost Overall Health without Side Effects
 


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Monday, Jan. 19

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  Jan. 19, 2015
bullet point Mystery Kidney Disease Killing Sri Lankan Farmers
Article from AP.
bullet point FDA Recall Notices for Week of Jan. 14, 2015:
bullet point Qualitative Research Methods in Renal Medicine: an Introduction
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point New Findings Provide Practical Guidance on Using the Instrumental Variable Approach
News release from Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program (DOPPS).
bullet point Applications Accepted Until Feb. 5th for the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient and Family Partnership Council (PFPC)
Notice from the American Society of Nephrology web site.
bullet point

Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:

bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point A Simple Self-Report FRAIL Scale Might Be More Closely Associated with Dialysis Complications Than Other Frailty Screening Instruments in Rural Chronic Dialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point

The Importance of Ultrasonographic Measurement of Peritoneal Wall Thickness in Pediatric Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
bullet point Nephrology Social Media Collective Inaugural Internship Class Announced
bullet point Diaverum Enters Asian Market by Acquiring Kidney Centres in Kazakhstan
bullet point Univ. of Cincinnati Professor Explores Effects of Living on Kidney Dialysis with New Memoir
bullet point Sharing Clinical Trial Data:  Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Tavenner To Leave CMS
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CROWNWeb Downtime on Tuesday 1/20/15


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 16-17

Tavenner To Leave CMS
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  Jan. 16, 2015
bullet point DaVita Sees Dialysis as Senior Living Service Niche
Article from Senior Housing News.
bullet point Cantel Medical Subsidiary Mar Cor Purification Given 510(k) Clearance For MINNCARE® HD Disinfectant For Use In Water System Disinfection In Kidney Dialysis Applications
Press release.
bullet point Call for Technical Expert Panel (TEP) Members: ESRD Access to Kidney Transplantation TEP
Nominations are due by 5PT ET on Feb. 15, 2015.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Tool Helps Measure Patients' Readiness To Make Decisions about Starting Dialysis
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Release of Uremic Retention Solutes from Protein Binding by Hypertonic Predilution Hemodiafiltration
Abstract from ASAIO Journal.
bullet point FDA MedWatch: December 2014 Safety Labeling Changes
Includes 72 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point Saline Solution Shortages--And Shortcuts--Cause Severe Sickness
Article from Forbes.
bullet point In UK, Coroner Rules Out Chlorine Contamination after Two Dialysis Patients Die in Birmingham Hospital
ITV report.
bullet point

Report Shows Progress in Decreasing Nation's Healthcare-Associated Infection Rates
Press release from the CDC. Article from Nurse.com.

bullet point Only 23 Percent Protection From This Year's Flu Vaccine
bullet point Nurses Want Solution to ‘Epidemic’ of Workplace Violence
bullet point Number of People with Medical Bill Problems Declines
Last Chance to Register for National Provider Call on ESRD QIP Payment Year 2017 and 2018 Final Rule
Call will be held Wed., Jan. 21 at 2 PM ET.


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Thursday, Jan. 15

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  Jan. 15, 2015
bullet point DOPPS Practice Monitor Update (data through August 2014)
Data from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program. There is a web conference today, January 15, 2015, at 3 p.m. EST. Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Lack of Exercise Responsible for Twice As Many Deaths As Obesity
Press release from the University of Cambridge. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point FDA Approves First of Kind Device to Treat Obesity
FDA press release. Article from MedGadget.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point Abstracts from the New England Journal of Medicine:
bullet point Biomarkers of Kidney Injury and Klotho in Patients with Atherosclerotic Renovascular Disease
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Association of TNF-á Polymorphism in Patients with End Stage Renal Disease
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Onglyza OK in Renal Patients
bullet point Lower Mortality Rates among Asian and Hispanic Lupus Patients
bullet point Shifting Health Care's Focus to Appropriate Care
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Health Outcomes Improve in States Where Nurse Practitioners Independently Provide Care
Press release from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
bullet point Guiding Choice — Ethically Influencing Referrals in ACOs
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Fewer Americans Delayed Needed Medical Care in 2014, Survey Says
Medicare Per Capita Spending By Age And Service: New Data Highlights Oldest Beneficiaries
Web First article from Health Affairs.
Medicare at 50 — Origins and Evolution
Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Wednesday, Jan. 14

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  Jan. 14, 2015
bullet point US Biosimilar Advancement: Next Up, Hospira's Epoetin Alfa
Articles from BioPharma-Reporter.com and Bloomberg.
bullet point Now FDA Cleared: AmeriWater's Heatsan Integrated Heat Disinfection System for the Loop and Dialysis Machines
Press release.
bullet point

Historic Illinois Bill Helps Undocumented Migrants with Kidney Transplants
Article from CCTV-America.

bullet point Strategies for Preserving Residual Renal Function in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
bullet point A Review of Dietary Intake Studies in Maintenance Dialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Socioeconomic Status Influences Chronic Kidney Disease Prevalence in Primary Care: a Community-Based Cross-Sectional Analysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Allopurinol and Progression of CKD and Cardiovascular Events: Long-term Follow-up of a Randomized Clinical Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Saxagliptin: A Therapy Option in Diabetes and Renal Failure
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point What It's Like To Spend Your Late 20s On Dialysis, Then Be Saved By A Gift
Article from KPLU.org (Seattle).
bullet point How Do You Tell Someone They're Dying?
bullet point Dr. Norman Coplon, Founder of Satellite Healthcare, Passes Away
bullet point NxStage Increases Revenue Guidance
bullet point FDA Okays Larger Insulin Pump
bullet point Spending on Medical Research Falls in U.S. While Growing Globally
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Our Perspective: “Wellness” Based Healthcare is a Scam
News item via the National Nurses United web site.
bullet point How Intense Efforts Boosted Heart Health for One Maine Community
MedPAC Questions CMS's Current Quality Measurement Approach
(4-page pdf) Letter from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to the CMS Administrator.

"Over the past few years the Commission has become increasingly concerned that Medicare's current quality measurement approach is becoming "over-built," and is relying on too many clinical process measures that are, at best, weakly correlated with health outcomes."

Editor's note: It is ridiculous that -- after 40 years -- CMS does not consider rehabilitation or employment to be quality measures of dialysis care.
New Jersey Ambulance Operators Facing Medicare Cash Crunch
Article from NJ.com.
Medicare to Pay Physicians to Coordinate Care
Briefing from Healthcare DIVE.
Medicare Extends ICD-10 Testing Sign-Up
89 ACOs Join Medicare Shared Savings Program


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Tuesday, Jan. 13

Now FDA Cleared: AmeriWater's Heatsan Integrated Heat Disinfection System for the Loop and Dialysis Machines
Press release.
What It's Like To Spend Your Late 20s On Dialysis, Then Be Saved By A Gift
Article from KPLU.org (Seattle).
Dr. Norman Coplon, Founder of Satellite Healthcare, Passes Away
New Jersey Ambulance Operators Facing Medicare Cash Crunch
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bullet point Implementation of a Quality and Safety Checklist for Hemodialysis Sessions
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point #NephWorkForce TwitterChat on Tuesday January 13 at 9pm EST
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point One-Size-Fits-All Approach Can Lead to Overtreatment in Older Diabetes Patients
Press release from Yale University.  Press release and free, full-text, Online First article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Extracorporeal Treatment for Lithium Poisoning: Systematic Review and Recommendations from the EXTRIP Workgroup
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point The Effects of a Novel Calcium-Free Lactate Buffered Dialysis and Substitution Fluid for Regional Citrate Anticoagulation - Prospective Feasibility Study
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Trends in Arteriovenous Fistula Use at Dialysis Initiation After Automated eGFR Reporting
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Mental Health Among Living Kidney Donors: A Prospective Comparison With Matched Controls From the General Population
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Early View Case Report Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:

bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point High Hepatitis C Cure Rate Seen in Trial of 6-Week Oral Drug Regimens
Article from ScienceDaily.
bullet point Withholding and Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatments in Intensive Care Units in Asia
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Tom F. Parker III, M.D., named Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Dialysis at Renal Ventures Management, LLC
bullet point $375 Billion Wasted on Billing and Health Insurance Related Paperwork Annually: Study
Press release from Physicians for a National Health Program.
bullet point As Health Law Becomes More Entrenched, GOP Divided Over Strategy
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Bold Claim: 'An Operating System for the Entire Healthcare Industry'
Article from Healthcare IT News.
MedPAC To Vote Jan 15 on Outpatient Dialysis Payment Adequacy
See page 2 of this 5-page pdf from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
PY2016 QIP Attestation Deadline


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Monday, Jan. 12

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bullet point Hurricane Sandy Deadly to Dialysis Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Articles from MedPage Today and Medical News Today. AJKD abstract.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Effects of Wall Shear Stress in Venous Neointimal Hyperplasia of Arteriovenous Fistulae
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Quanta SC+ Hemodialysis System for In-Office or At-Home Treatment Cleared in EU
bullet point Bad Flu Season Continues to Take Toll, Especially Among the Young and Old
Articles from HealthDay and The Hill.
bullet point CDC Health Update Regarding Treatment of Patients with Influenza with Antiviral Medications
Notice from the Health Alert Network.
bullet point Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline Nears
January 2015 MedPAC and MACPAC Data Book: Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
(78-page pdf)
Medicare Aims to Improve Coordinating Seniors' Chronic Care
Article from AP.


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