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Fri/Sat, June 28-29

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 June 28, 2019
Dialysis Clinic Displays Poster Telling Patients What To Rate Them in Ongoing Phone Survey
Posting from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.
Kidney Care Partners Calls On CMS, Lawmakers To Reform ESRD Policies
News release/article from Kidney Care Partners.
NKF Advocacy Efforts to Transform Kidney Care
Posting from the AJKD blog.

Editor's note: It astonishes me that the NKF and KCP, while touting their efforts to transform kidney care, can continue to ignore the complete lack of renal rehabilitation programs in the US. They should read the patient voice piece directly below. Current US dialysis care practices are debilitating for the vast majority of patients... and profitable for providers.
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN Articles:
Not a Warrior: The Value of Embracing Chronic Kidney Disease
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Physical Activity Trajectories and Mortality: Population Based Cohort Study
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
My Worst Friend Dialysis: A Fun Twist on Advanced Nephrology Training
Article from the Cleveland Clinic's Consult QD.
How a State Advances Whole-Person Health Care
Article from NEJM Catalyst.
Patients See Multiple Clinicians on One Visit, Thanks to New Scheduling Protocol
Press release from the University of Texas Austin.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Efficacy of a Moisturizer for Pruritus Accompanied With Asteatosis in Dialysis Patients: An Open-Label, Randomized, Exploratory Study
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine.
Prevalence of Cognitive Impairment among Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
A Low-Cost, Intradialytic, Protein-Rich Meal Improves the Nutritional Status in Chinese Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Vitamin D Recommendations Miss the Mark in Transplant
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Investigating Acute Kidney Injury in Primary Care
Abstract from The BMJ.
NKF Sponsors Workshop to Examine New Therapy for Diabetic Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
FDA Warns Patients and Health Care Providers about Potential Cybersecurity Concerns with Certain Medtronic Insulin Pumps
FDA news release.
Nipro Medical
Scott Gottlieb Walks through the Revolving Door to the Pfizer Board
Article from STAT.
How Black Pharmacists Are Closing The Cultural Gap In Health Care
Article from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Thursday, June 27

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 June 27, 2019
Why Limiting Anti-Rejection Coverage Costs Transplant Patients More Than Money
Article from Future of Personal Health.
The Trump Administration Is Quietly Helping People Get Kidneys
Article from Vox.
Home Hemodialysis – A Review of Literature
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
July Events from the Calendar of the ESRD National Coordinating Center
16 events currently scheduled.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
The Nurse's Role When a Patient Requests Medical Aid in Dying
Press release and position statement (6-page pdf) from the American Nurses Association.
Complications of Hemodialysis Catheter Bloodstream Infections: Impact of Infecting Organism
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
A Loosening Prosthesis in a Dialysis Patient
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Effect of Bisphosphonates on Bone Health in Adult Renal Transplant Patients: Beyond the First Year Posttransplant—A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Free, full-text article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Evaluation of Electrocardiographic Parameters Predicting Cardiovascular Events in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease before and after Transplantation
Free, full-text, Online First article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Central Blood Pressure and Measures of Early Vascular Disease in Children with ADPKD
Free, full-text, First Online article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Cholesterol Medication Could Invite Diabetes, Study Suggests
Press release from Ohio State University.
Heart Risk Raised by Sitting in Front of the TV, Not by Sitting at Work, Finds Study
Press release from Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
A Hidden Truth: Hospital Faucets Are Often Home to Slime and Biofilm
Press release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control.
Nephros
‘Medicare For All’ Emerges As Early Divide In First Democratic Debate
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Senate HELP Committee Passes Lower Health Care Costs Act
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
New Draft Lyme Disease Guidelines Issued
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
MEDPAC Calls for End to 'Incident to' Billing
Article from Medical Economics.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:


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Wednesday, June 26

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 June 26, 2019
Journal (CJASN) Publishes Concern About Study Using Forced Organ Donation (in China)
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology. CJASN Expression of Concern.
NephTalk: The Cooking Doc: Change Your Buds!
20-minute YouTube interview focused on the diets of dialysis patients.
Renal Society of Australasia Annual Conference, June 27-29, Auckland, New Zealand
Conference welcome page, program and abstracts.
The Real Costs Of Immunosuppressive Drugs For Kidney Transplant Patients
Article from American Healthcare Journal.
Transplant Biomedicals Touts Kidney Transport Device Study Results
Article from MassDevice.
Oregon Passes Landmark Living Donor Protection Act
Article from the Chronic Disease Coalition.
Press Releases from the APS/ASN Conference:
Does Hypertension Pose a Health Risk to Older Adults Who Wish to Donate a Kidney?
Press release and CJASN Published Ahead of Print abstract and editorial extract. Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required).
Risk Factors and Rate of Progression of CKD in Children
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Assessing Bone Mineralization in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease: What Clinical and Research Tools Are Available?
Free, full-text, First Online article from Pediatric Nephrology.
GFR-Specific versus GFR-Agnostic Cutoffs for Parathyroid Hormone and Fibroblast Growth Factor-23 in Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Cost of Dialysis Therapies in Rural and Remote Australia — a Micro-Costing Analysis
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
5 Burning Questions about Digital Health and Chronic Disease Management
Article from STAT.
Better Water
Trump's Executive Order To Increase Transparency For Health Care Costs May Seem Intuitive, But Research Suggests It Could Backfire
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
San Francisco Becomes First US City to Pass Ban on E-Cigarettes
Article from The Hill.
 


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Tuesday, June 25

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 June 25, 2019
Research Plan to Build an Artificial Kidney from Patient-Derived Cells
Article from Stony Brook University.
Press Releases from the APS/ASN Conference:

Better Management of Volume with Intensive Hemodialysis
Recent findings from AdvancingDialysis.org (sponsored content).

National Symposium on Anemia Renal Research — The Patients Voice
July 14 in Bethesda, MD. Registration now open.
Half of U.S. Adults Should Monitor Blood Pressure at Home, Study Says
Article from HealthDay.
Organ Donation: We Need to Make It Stronger and More Efficient
Article from The Hill.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
The Relationship among Coping Strategies, Quality of Life and Anxiety and Depressive Disorders in Hemodialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Gait Abnormalities and the Risk of Falls in CKD
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract and editorial extract.
Markers of Oxidative Stress and Endothelial Dysfunction Predict Haemodialysis Patients Survival
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
New-Onset Glucose Disorders in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: a Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Articles in Press from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
If You're Chronically ill, Setting Limitations Can Make Your Symptoms Manageable
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Med Students' Smartphones Loaded With Staph, Other Germs
Article from HealthDay.
New Reports Provide Guidance for Obesity Care
Press release from the Obesity Society.
In Secret, Seniors Discuss ‘Rational Suicide’
Article from Kaiser Health News.
B Braun
Firestorm Sparked After Government Lawyer Argues Detained Migrant Children Aren't Entitled To Toothbrushes, Soap Or Towels
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
President Issues Executive Order on Price Transparency
News brief from the American Hospital Association. CMS press release.
Anticholinergic Drug Exposure and the Risk of Dementia - A Nested Case-Control Study
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Hospital Readmission Rates in Medicare Advantage and Traditional Medicare: A Retrospective Population-Based Analysis
Latest Article abstract and editorial extract from Annals of Internal Medicine. Articles from Internal Medicine News and Healthcare DIVE.
Medicare Updates National Coverage Policy for Heart Procedure
News brief from the American Hospital Association. CMS press release.


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Monday, June 24

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 June 24, 2019
APS/ASN Control of Renal Function in Health and Disease Conference, June 23-27
This 11th triennial conference focuses on cutting-edge research presented by top investigators in the field of renal research. Press release on keynote address. Twitter: #PhysiologyConf.
Articles from MassDevice:
Machine Learning to Identify Dialysis Patients at High Death Risk
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Nephrology:
Vascular Age Is Associated with the Risk of Dialysis or Death in Chronic Kidney Disease
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
Ultrasound in Dialysis Access: Opportunities and Challenges
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Long-Term Outcomes Following Kidney Transplantation from Donors with Acute Kidney Injury
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Homocysteine and Chronic Kidney Disease: An Ongoing Narrative
Free, full-text, First Online editorial from Journal of Nephrology.
Dravon Medical
VA Employees Say Agency Is Actively Retaliating against Whistleblowers
Article from The Hill.
Non-English Speakers Face Health Setback If Trump Loosens Language Rules
Article from Kaiser Health News.



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Fri/Sat, June 21-22

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 June 21, 2019
Dr. Graham Abra (Stanford Univ.) on Home Dialysis
2-minute video and related tweet.
Articles from NEJM Catalyst:
DaVita Sues Virginia Mason Memorial (Yakima, WA) over Alleged Discrimination against Kidney Failure Patients
Article from Becker's Hospital Review.
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Mental Health and Psychosocial Adjustment in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease Derived from the KNOW-Ped CKD Study
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Press Releases from the American Society of Nephrology:
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis–Derived Phase Angle Predicts Protein–Energy Wasting in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
H pylori Raises Phosphate Binder Pill Burden in Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Increased Mortality Risk Associated with Serum Sodium Variations and Borderline Hypo- and Hypernatremia in Hospitalized Adults
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Intermittent Oral Dosing of Roxadustat in Peritoneal Dialysis Chronic Kidney Disease Patients With Anemia: A Randomized, Phase 3, Multicenter, Open-Label Study
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
View from the Chair: Taming Terrible Tape Troubles
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Myron L Company
Tobacco Control: New Resources, Existing Treaties, and Emerging Challenges
Editorial, research, and feature from The BMJ.
Marijuana Use by U.S. Teens Has Jumped 10-fold Since 1990s
Article from HealthDay.
Medicaid Work Mandate In Arkansas Didn't Boost Employment And Left Thousands Dropped From Insurance
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Issues Renewed Guidance in Effort to Ensure Medicaid Program Integrity, Signifies Agency's Commitment to Safeguard Health and Welfare of Medicaid Enrollees
CMS press release.


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Thursday, June 20

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 June 20, 2019
China Tribunal Summary Report – Download HERE
62-page pdf from ChinaTribunal.com. Article from The Epoch Times.
Optum Completes Acquisition of DaVita Medical Group from DaVita
Press release. Articles from The Colorado Sun and The Denver Post. Press release from the Federal Trade Commission.
Nephrologist Uses Royalties from Dialysis Solution to Fund Future Innovations
Press release from University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Illinois Sisters Donate Their Kidneys to Strangers After Their Dad's Death
Article from People.
The Kidney Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM)
Annual UK national survey of kidney patients and previous year's results from Kidney Care UK.
Weight, Weight Perception, and Self-Reported Access to Transplant in African-American Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine.
Strategies for Phosphate Control in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Free, Full-Text Articles from July Issue of Kidney International:
Adverse Safety Event Characteristics and Predictive Factors in Hospital Encounters for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Serum Albumin and Hospitalization among Pediatric Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease Who Started Dialysis Therapy
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Effects of Denosumab and Alendronate on Bone Health and Vascular Function in Hemodialysis Patients: A Randomized, Controlled Trial
Early View abstract from Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Comparison of Dual Therapies for Lowering Blood Pressure in Black Africans
Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Late-Life Diabetes Status Tied to New Cognitive Impairment
Article from HealthDay.
People with Multiple Physical Conditions Have Faster Brain Decline, Higher Suicide Risk
Press release from University of Michigan.
Vitamin D Supplements Not Associated with Lower CVD Risks
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
AmeriWater
Telehealth Set for Big Boost with $100M in New Funding from FCC
Article from Healthcare IT News.
How Much Work Brings Happiness? Not Much, Study Shows
Article from HealthDay.



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Wednesday, June 19

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 June 19, 2019
NKF Expands THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE to 15 More Key U.S. Markets
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
New Drug Compound Could Tackle Major Life-Limiting Kidney Disease (ADPKD)
Press release from University of Sheffield.
Ethical Issues in Pragmatic Cluster-Randomized Trials in Dialysis Facilities
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Direct Delivery of Kidney Transplant Education to Black and Low-Income Patients Receiving Dialysis: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Optimizing Ambulance Transport of Hemodialysis Patients to the Emergency Department: A Cohort Study
Free, full-text article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Preformed Donor-Specific HLA Antibodies in Living and Deceased Donor Transplantation
Published Ahead of Print abstract and editorial extract from CJASN.
The Impact of Weekly Teriparatide on the Bone and Mineral Metabolism in Hemodialysis Patients with Relatively Low Serum Parathyroid Hormone: a Pilot Study
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Is Chronic Kidney Disease Progression Influenced by the Type of Renin-Angiotensin-System Blocker Used?
Online First abstract from Nephron.
Postural Stability during Standing and Its Association with Physical and Cognitive Functions in Nondialysis Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Free, full-text, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Extracellular Resistance Is Sensitive to Tissue Sodium Status; Implications for Bioimpedance-Derived Fluid Volume Parameters in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
Pediatric T1DM Medication Adherence Drops on Weekends, Holidays
Article from HealthDay.
Statement on a New Effort to Improve Transparency and Predictability for Generic Drug Applicants to Help Increase Timely Access to High-Quality, Lower Cost Generic Drugs
FDA statement.
Chennai (Madras, India) Water Crisis: City's Reservoirs Run Dry
Article from the BBC.
Hot Weather Health
Posting from the Northwest Renal Network. Related article from HealthDay.
Integrated Biomedical Technology
Miracle Machine Makes Heroic Rescues — And Leaves Patients In Limbo
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Study Shows Healthcare Workers Often Care for Patients While ill
Press release from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
Are ACOs Living up to Their Promise?
Article from Medical Economics.


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Tuesday, June 18

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 June 18, 2019
China Is Harvesting Organs from Detainees, Tribunal Concludes
Articles from The Guardian (UK) and News Corp Australia.

Press release
and short form conclusion (4-page pdf) from the China Tribunal. (Full report will be available June 19.)

(News Corp Australia) "Her blood was tested and her organs were scanned, but she was freed from the camp after pretending to reform."

"The Chinese transplant trade is estimated to be a (US $1 billion) industry, with a liver being valued at (US $160,000)."
Best Hospitals for Pediatric Nephrology
Annual ranking from U.S. News & World Report. The top five are:
Kidney Care Partners Addresses Growing Kidney Disease Epidemic with Comprehensive Roadmap for the Future of Care in the United States
Press release and roadmap (18-page pdf).

Editor's note: Another roadmap that continues the long-running U.S. standard of debilitative dialysis care by not including any mention of "rehabilitation" or "employment." Why does this field of medicine continue to ignore the needs of its patients? Financial conflicts of interest perhaps? Shame on KCP and the ASN for putting profits ahead of patients. Rehabilitation was once an essential part of dialysis care. They should read the article below.
Advances in Rehabilitation for Chronic Diseases: Improving Health Outcomes and Function
Free, full-text, state-of-the-art review from The BMJ.
3D Printed Tissues and Organs without the Scaffolding
Press release from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Clinical Practice Recommendations for Growth Hormone Treatment in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, consensus statement from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Death and Recovery of Kidney Function Among Patients Continued on Dialysis After Discharge From Hospital Stays Complicated by Acute Kidney Injury: A Cohort Study
Free, full-text Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Dosing in the Severely Underweight: A Case Report
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney Medicine.
Muscle Relaxant Use in Dialysis
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Women's Reproductive Health for the Nephrologist
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Compromising Outcomes
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print JASN perspective piece.
Association of Lower Serum Bilirubin with Loss of Residual Kidney Function in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
As Price of Insulin Soars, Americans Caravan to Canada for Lifesaving Medicine
Article from The Washington Post.
FDA Approves New Treatment for Pediatric Patients with Type II Diabetes
FDA news release.
Facebook Posts Better at Predicting Diabetes, Mental Health Than Demographic Info
Press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
RPC
Drug Makers Sue HHS over Rule Mandating They Post the List Price of Drugs in TV Ads
Articles from Healthcare Finance and The Hill.
Report: Medical Imaging Giants Thrive on Bribery in China
Article from MassDevice.
CMS Proposes to Update E-Prescribing Standards to Reduce Provider Burden and Expedite Access to Needed Medications
CMS press release.


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Monday, June 17

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 June 17, 2019
Working in the Last 6 Months before Hemodialysis Is Associated with a Better Survival
Press release from ERA-EDTA. Free, full-text, Article in Press from Clinical Kidney Journal.
56th ERA-EDTA Congress, June 13-16, Budapest, Hungary
Twitter: @ERAEDTA and .
SPECIAL EDITION: Hurricane Preparedness Newsletter
6-page pdf from the Florida ESRD Network.
It's Time to Return to the Past and Make Home Dialysis the Standard of Care
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Contemporary Trends in Clinical Outcomes among Dialysis Patients with Medicare Coverage
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.

"For the first time since the beginning of this century, rates of both death and hospitalization among dialysis patients with Medicare fee-for-service coverage have stagnated."
Nephrology and Public Policy Committee Propositions To Stimulate Research Collaboration in Adults and Children in Europe
Free, full-text, Article in Press from NDT.
Comprehensive Kidney Patient Transport Guidance Launched
Summary and link to report from Kidney Care UK.
Free 25-Vitamin D Is Correlated with Cardiovascular Events in Prevalent Hemodialysis Patients but Not with Markers of Renal Mineral Bone Disease
Free, full-text, Online First article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
ERBP: Clinical Practice Guideline on Peri- and Postoperative Care of Arteriovenous Fistulas and Grafts for Hemodialysis in Adults
Free, full-text, European Renal Best Practice guideline in supplemental issue of NDT.
Generalized and Prolonged Use of Gentamicin-Lock Therapy Reduces Hemodialysis Catheter-Related Infections Due to Gram Negatives
Online First abstract from Nephron.
Raising Awareness of Unspecified Living Kidney Donation: an ELPAT* View
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required):
A Phase 3b, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Sodium Zirconium Cyclosilicate for Reducing the Incidence of Predialysis Hyperkalemia
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN article.
Exploring Correlations between Anatomic Characteristics of Dialysis Arteriovenous Fistula Stenosis and Arteriovenous Fistula Blood Flow Rate (Qa)
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Medical Solutions International
Trump Rule Will Allow Small Employers To Use Tax-Free Accounts To Help Workers Pay For Health Insurance
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Patient Dies After Receiving Fecal Transplant That Contained Drug-Resistant Bacteria
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
MedPAC Releases June 2019 Report on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System
(3-page pdf) Press release and fact sheet (8-page pdf) from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.


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Fri/Sat, June 14-15

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 June 14, 2019
Clinical Trials and Research Priorities in Dialysis Patients: Time for a New Approach?
Press release from ERA-EDTA. Accepted Article abstract from NDT.

" A recent systematic review of hemodialysis RCTs found that, among 10,713 outcome measures, the most common were surrogates such as phosphate, dialysis adequacy, anemia, inflammatory markers, and calcium. Patient-centered outcomes such as mortality, cardiovascular disease, and quality of life were reported very infrequently."

Editor's note: This field of medicine has also never developed any significant rehabilitation programs for its patients.
56th ERA-EDTA Congress, June 13-16, Budapest, Hungary
Twitter: @ERAEDTA and .
CDRG Awarded United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Federal Contract
Press release from Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute.
One-Fifth of US Surgeons Still Overusing Riskier Procedure to Create Kidney Dialysis Access
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine. New Online abstract from JAMA Surgery. Interview from MedicalResearch.com.
NKF Unveils Kidney Pathways, a Curated Kidney Health Education Curriculum
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Free, Full-Text Articles from May 2019 Issue of Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease:
Prophylactic Use of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators in the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death in Dialysis Patients — The Prospective, Randomized, Controlled ICD2 Trial
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Circulation. Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required).
Efficacy and Safety of Evolocumab in Chronic Kidney Disease in the FOURIER Trial
Abstract and editorial extract from Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The New European Renal Best Practice Guideline on Arteriovenous Access: Why Worthwhile to Read?
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Multiple Complications of a 14-year-old Hemodialysis Catheter
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
State Efforts to Lower Health Care Prices Paid by Private Insurers
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
MX3 Diagnostics Unveils Saliva-Based Hydration Testing System
Article from MedGadget.
Ontario Renal Plan 3, 2019-2023
Ontario Renal Network.
Nephros
CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center for Ebola Outbreak in Congo
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
NIH Director Vows Not To Participate In All-Male Panels As He Calls For More Diverse Representation At Conferences
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Uber To Provide Patient Transport for Care Coordination Company Carisk
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
2 Hours/Week in Nature: Your Prescription for Better Health?
Article from HealthDay.



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Thursday, June 13

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 June 13, 2019
The New Kidney Allocation System: How Is It Performing?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Landmark Trials in Peritoneal Dialysis Adequacy: A 3-Minute Read
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Engineers and Physicians Use Big Data Analytics to Improve Dialysis Drug Dosing
Article from UVA Today.
Why So Many Older Americans Rate Their Health As Good Or Even Excellent
Article from Kaiser Health News.

"How could this be true when the majority of older adults — about 60% — have two or more chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, heart disease or kidney disease, and higher rates of physical impairment than other age groups?

The answer lies in how older adults think about their health. For many, good health means more than the lack of illness or disability. The components of health they tend to value more are vitality, emotional well-being, positive social relationships, remaining active and satisfaction with life, while poor physical functioning plays a less important role. "
Stories Are the Currency of Medicine
Article from STAT.
Association between Serum Magnesium and Erythropoietin Responsiveness in Hemodialysis Patients: A Cross-Sectional Study
Free, full-text, Online First article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required):
Canagliflozin and Renal Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes and Nephropathy
Abstract and editorial extract from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Digging Deeper on Diabetes in CREDENCE, CARMELINA, CAROLINA — Roundup of Further Analyses from ADA 2019
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Comparison of Axillary-Atrial and Axillary-Iliac Arteriovenous Grafts for Hemodialysis Access Creation
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Mouse Study Finds BPA Exposure Has Transgenerational Effects on Gene Linked to Autism
Press release from the Endocrine Society.
Signature HealthCARE To Collaborate with Dialyze Direct
Article from Healio.
NxStage
New Ebola Outbreak in DR Congo Is 'Truly Frightening'
Article from the BBC.
Are You Ready for the Empowered Patient?
Article from Medical Economics.
HistoSonics Touts First-In-Human Study Results (sonic beam cancer therapy)
Article from MassDevice.



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Wednesday, June 12

Engineers and Physicians Use Big Data Analytics to Improve Dialysis Drug Dosing
Article from UVA Today.
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 June 12, 2019
Association of Hospitalization and Mortality Among Patients Initiating Dialysis With Hemodialysis Facility Ownership and Acquisitions
Free, full-text article and invited commentary from JAMA Network Open.

"Conclusions and Relevance: Acquisition of independently owned dialysis facilities by larger dialysis organizations was associated with slower decreases in mortality and hospitalization rates, as nonacquired facilities appeared to experience more rapid improvements in outcomes over time."
America's Concentration Crisis: An Open Markets Institute Report
Article from Modern Healthcare. Growing monopoly power in the health care sector contributes significantly to the high prices, poor quality, and lack of access that millions of Americans experience when interacting with the health care system. Dialysis sector information.
Minorities Face More Obstacles to a Lifesaving Organ Transplant
Article from University of Richmond/The Conversation.
Medications Commonly Prescribed in Primary Care That Should Be Avoided or Dose Adjusted for People with Chronic Kidney Disease
Medication safety listing from the Ontario Renal Network.
Kidneys-on-a-Chip Return from Space
Press release from University of Washington Medicine.
Relationship between History of Ischemic Stroke and All-Cause Mortality in Incident Dialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Online First article from Nephron.
APOL1 and Mortality in Patients on Dialysis
Free, full-text, Online First editorial from CardioRenal Medicine.

Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:

The Predictive Value of Klotho Polymorphism, in Addition to Classical Markers of CKD-MBD, for Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Hemodialysis Patients
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required):
Baxter Launches Telehealth Service for Home Dialysis Treatments
B Braun
Major Doctors Group Votes to Oppose Single-Payer Health Care
Article from The Hill.
China Is the World's Digital Health Leader
News brief from MassDevice.
USPSTF Recommends PrEP Combo for Adults at High Risk of HIV Infection
Articles from Internal Medicine News and HealthDay.
New Q1 NHSN Deadline
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.


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Tuesday, June 11

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 June 11, 2019
Controversial ESRD Third-Party Payer Rule Under OMB Review
Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com.
2019 DOPPS Practice Monitor Update
Researchers from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) Program will host a web conference on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 3 p.m. EDT. DOPPS Practice Monitor.
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN Articles:
Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder: Changing Insights Form Changing Parameters?
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Tweet: Latebreaking Now at #ADA2019 — Effects of Dapagliflozin on Development and Progression of Kidney Disease in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: An Analysis from the DECLARE–TIMI 58 Randomised Trial http://bit.ly/2XvFNVu
Tweet from The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
Dulaglutide and Renal Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes: An Exploratory Analysis of the REWIND Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Trial
Online First abstract from The Lancet.
Compare Trulicity (dulaglutide) vs. Farxiga (dapagliflozin)
Chart from Iodine.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required):
Eversense Implantable Glucometer Gets FDA Approval as Alternative to Finger Tests
Article from MedGadget.
Risk of Hospitalization for Serious Adverse Gastrointestinal Events Associated With Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Use in Patients of Advanced Age
New Online abstract and editorial extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Impact of Age on Cardiovascular Drug Use in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Patients Whose Blood Pressure Only Spikes at the Doctor's Office Are Twice As Likely to Die of a Heart Attack or Other Cardiac Event
Article from STAT.
Nipro Medical
Three Public Health Interventions Could Prevent 94 Million Premature Deaths
Press release from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
180 Companies Condemn State Abortion Restrictions in New York Times Ad
Article from The Hill.
Legalizing Medical Pot Won't Ease Opioid Crisis: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Patients Give More '5-Star' Ratings to Hospitals with Fewer Services
Article from Reuters Health.
Hundreds Of Doctors, Nurses And Other ‘Medicare For All’ Advocates Rally In Front Of American Medical Association Meeting
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
South Carolina Seeks Trump Admin Permission for Medicaid Work Requirements
Article from The Hill.


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Monday, June 10

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 June 10, 2019
The U.S. Health Care System Is Full of Monopolies
Article from Axios.
(Philippines President) Duterte Orders Arrest of Dialysis Center Owners over 'Ghost' Kidney Treatments
Article from ABS-CBN News. Article from Bloomberg.
Rapidly Removing Fluid from ICU Patients in Kidney Failure Linked to Increased Death Risk
Press release from the University of Pittsburgh. Free, full-text article from JAMA Network Open.
Published Ahead of Print CJASN Abstracts:
Free, Full-Text CJASN Articles:
Last Month in Nephrology
May 2019 update.
Association between Serum Calcium Levels and Prognosis, Hematoma Volume, and Onset of Cerebral Hemorrhage in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from Kidney Medicine:
VA Study Backs Use of Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners in Diabetes Care
Press release fro the Veterans Affairs Research Communications.
High Levels of Rare Gut Bacteria May Be Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome
Press release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Press Releases from NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:
Dulaglutide Cuts Cardiovascular Risk in Type 2 Diabetes
Posting from NEJM Journal Watch. Press release from McMaster University.
  Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required):
Combination Medication Helps Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Maintain Blood Sugar Goals
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Research Reveals How Diet Influences Diabetes Risk
Press release from American Society for Nutrition.
Myron L Company
Mini-Biographies Help Clinicians Connect With Patients
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text, New Online, Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
The Business of Health Care Depends on Exploiting Doctors and Nurses
Opinion piece from The New York Times.
CMS Seeks Public Input on Patients over Paperwork Initiative to Further Reduce Administrative, Regulatory Burden to Lower Healthcare Costs
Press release.


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Fri/Sat, June 7-8

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 June 7, 2019
The Status of Provision of Standard Outpatient Dialysis for US Undocumented Immigrants with ESKD
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN perspective piece.

"Many deaths, unnecessary suffering & valueless healthcare utilization can be prevented." - Lilia Cervantes
Learned Helplessness, the Mirage of Safety, and Home Dialysis
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
CDC Investigating Large Cluster of Peritonitis Cases in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Article from Kidney News Online.
June Issue of ASN's Kidney News
15 articles.
Do Medical-Alert Bracelets Benefit Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease?
Press release and CJASN Published Ahead of Print abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Association of CKD with Incident Tuberculosis
Published Ahead of Print CJASN article/abstract. Related posting from the Northwest Renal Network.
Clinical Trial End Points in ADPKD
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Reconsidering the Consequences of Using Race to Estimate Kidney Function
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Initial 3-Year Results of First Human Use of an in Body Tissue Engineered Autologous "Biotube" Vascular Graft for Hemodialysis
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Intraoperative Arterial Biopsy in Incident Hemodialysis Patients: Differences Observed
Online First abstract from Nephron.
Increasing Interest in Nephrology: Focusing on the Medical Students
Free, full-text, Online First editorial from American Journal of Nephrology.
How Old Are Your Organs? To Scientists' Surprise, Organs Are a Mix of Young and Old Cells
News release from the Salk Institute.
AHA News: Diabetes and Heart Failure Are Linked; Treatment Should Be Too
Article from HealthDay.
FDA Clears First Interoperable Insulin Pump
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
Champion
High-Profile Data Breaches Underline Cyber Threats to Healthcare Industry
Article from The Hill.
U.S. Measles Cases Surpass 1,000
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
A Guide to Understanding Gender Identity
Press release from New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
June CROWNWeb Newsletter Now Available
2-page pdf.


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Thursday, June 6

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 June 6, 2019

NIH Funds Clinical Trials Using Genomics to Treat Chronic Diseases
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.

"The first trial will examine whether early access to patients' genomic data can help with treatment of high blood pressure, hypertension and chronic kidney disease. Both hypertension and high blood pressure exacerbate end-stage kidney diseases, and all three conditions are more common among people of African ancestry than European and Asian descent."

Opioid Epidemic Increases Number of Organs Available for Transplant
Press release from The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Articles from ASN's Kidney News Online:
Eastern Nephrology Associates Announces Merger with Southeastern Nephrology Associates
Press release.
NKF Statement on The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2019
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Study: New Drug Regimens Improve Outcomes for Kidney Transplant Patients
Press release from University of Cincinnati.
Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
Testosterone Deficiency, Frailty and Muscle Wasting in CKD — A Converging Paradigm?
(Registration required, but free.) Full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
Diabetic Foot Care
Posting from the Northwest Renal Network.
Body Mass Index, Weight-Adjusted Immunosuppression and the Risk of Acute Rejection and Infection after Kidney Transplantation: a Cohort Study
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Average American Ingests 70,000 Bits of Microplastic Each Year
Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note: How many bits of microplastic do dialysis patients absorb every year?
Tight Diabetes Control Alone May Not Benefit the Heart Long-Term
Article and physician's briefing from HealthDay.
Fall River Nurses Who Underwent Kidney Transplant Are on the Mend
Article from The Herald News (Massachusetts).
Nephros
CVS To Open 1500 HealthHUB Stores in Next 2 Years
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
The Trump Administration Will End Fetal Tissue Research by Government Scientists
Article from STAT.
CROWNWeb June 2019 Town Hall Meeting on June 27
Registration now open.


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Wednesday, June 5

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 June 5, 2019
Toward Developing a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure for Fatigue in Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
UK Kidney Week, June 3-5
Twitter: #UKKW2019.

FDA Product Recall Notices:

Baxter Recalls Some Lots of Revaclear Dialyzers Due to Leaks
Article from Healio.
USRDS May 2019 Update
Report from the United States Renal Data System.
ADA Updates Recommendations on Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
News Releases from the Renal Physicians Association:
Columbia Nursing Study Finds Link Between Healthcare Associated Infections and Nurse Understaffing
Press release from Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Micronutrient and Amino Acid Losses During Renal Replacement Therapy for Acute Kidney Injury
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Proteins Adsorbed to a Polysulfone Hemodialysis Membrane under Heparin and Citrate Anticoagulation Regimens
Accepted Article abstract from Artificial Organs.
Risk Factors for Multidrug-Resistant Organisms among Deceased Organ Donors
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Epidemiology of Falls and Fall Related Injuries among Middle-Aged Adults with Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Falls Are Increasingly Lethal for Older Americans
Article from HealthDay. Press releases from JAMA and the University of British Columbia.
Association between NSAID Use and Mortality Risk in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease: a Population-Based Cohort Study
Full-text aricle from Clinical Epidemiology.
For Latinos with Diabetes, New Study Looks at Ways to Improve Medication Adherence
Press release from USC Health Sciences.
After Two Years, Diabetes Patients See Gains with Startup's Digital Coaching — and Some Drop-Off
Article from STAT.
Tips To Avoid Summer Kidney Stones
Mayo Clinic Minute video.
How Chronic Inflammation May Drive Down Dopamine and Motivation
Press release from Emory Health Sciences.
Sleepless Nights Linked to High Blood Pressure
Press release from University of Arizona.
Red and White Meats Are Equally Bad for Cholesterol
Press release from UCSF.
Integrated Biomedical Technology
Does Employment-Based Insurance Make the US Medical Care System Unfair and Inefficient?
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Senators Release Names Of Nearly 400 Nursing Homes With ‘Persistent Record Of Poor Care’ That Are Not Publicly Identified
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Analysis: Why Alexa's Bedside Manner Is Bad For Health Care
Article from Kaiser Health News.
'Pumping Heart Patch' Ready for Human Use
Article from the BBC.
New User Training for EQRS and CROWNWeb
June 11, 2019 from 200-3:30 PM ET.


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Tuesday, June 4

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 June 4, 2019
American Transplant Congress, June 1-5 in Boston
Twitter: @ATCMeeting and #ATC2019Boston . Conference coverage from Renal & Urology News and Healio.
The Case for Selective Withdrawal of Antidepressants in Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print JASN Letter to the Editor.
Caffeine Consumption and Mortality in Chronic Kidney Disease: a Nationally Representative Analysis
Free, full-text article from NDT.
Use of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters in Patients With Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease: A Prospective Cohort Study
Latest Article abstract and editorial extract from Annals of Internal Medicine. Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
Comparative Efficacy and Acceptability of Treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome in End-Stage Renal Disease: a Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Prognosis and Long-Term Outcomes of Acute Kidney Injury Due to Snake Envenomation
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
International Consensus Statement on the Diagnosis and Management of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease in Children and Young People
Free, full-text article from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
Kidney Inflammation and Hypertension
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Trends of Nontraumatic Lower Extremity Amputation in End-Stage Renal Disease and Diabetes, United States, 2000–2015
Online Ahead of Print abstract from Diabetes Care.
New SugarBEAT Needle-Free Continous Glucometer Gets European Green Light
Article from MedGadget.
B Braun
Key Opinion Leaders Supercharged by the Internet: Paid Doctor and Patient Influencers on Social Media
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
Poll: 1 in 4 Americans Say Cost Led to Skipping Medical Care
Article from The Hill.
Churches Wipe Out Millions In Medical Debt For Others
Article from Kaiser Health News.
A Cigarette Tax Has Saved Millions of Lives. A Soda Tax Could Too
Op-ed from Los Angeles Times.
Immigrants Make Up 1 in 4 U.S. Health Care Workers
Article from HealthDay.
Medicare for All and Its Rivals: New Offshoots of Old Health Policy Roots
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.


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Monday, June 3

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Who Will Dialyze “Complex Patients”?
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Associations of Cognitive Function and Education Level With All-Cause Mortality in Adults on Hemodialysis: Findings From the COGNITIVE-HD Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

"Cognitive impairment is associated with premature mortality in hemodialysis patients. Education does not appear to be associated with mortality."

Editor's note: Another reason to embrace renal rehabilitation.
Dosing Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies (CRRT): What is Enough?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Allocation to Highly Sensitized Patients Based on Acceptable Mismatches Results in Low Rejection Rates Comparable to Non-Sensitized Patients
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
June 2019 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal
23 full-text articles.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Palliative Dialysis: Addressing the Need for Alternative Dialysis Delivery Modes
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Organ and Tissue Donation in Patients Considering MAiD: New Guidance Helps Navigate Emerging Area
Press release from the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Chronic Kidney Disease-Associated Pruritus on Quality of Life Undergoing Hemodialysis in Malaysian Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
OnlineFirst Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
A New Technique for Measuring Fistula Flow Using Venous Blood Gas Oxygen Saturation in Patients with a Central Venous Catheter
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
First Online Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
Medical Solutions International
The Affordable Care Act Erased a Racial Disparity in Cancer Care, a New Study Says
Articled from STAT and HealthDay.
Single-Payer Reform—"Medicare for All"
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Fri/Sat, May 31 - June 1

Single-Payer Reform—"Medicare for All"
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
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 May 31, 2019

UK Renal Registry - 21st Annual Report
This year's report (200-page pdf) includes a summary for patients (10-page pdf) and links to The Renal Association's guidelines.

Dr. Lilia Cervantes Receives Florence Rena Sabin Award
Tweet from CU Hospital Medicine (Colorado). 2017 Unsung Heroine video. 2018 AJKD article.
Heartburn Drugs Linked to Fatal Heart and Kidney Disease, Stomach Cancer
Press release from Washington University in St. Louis.
June Events from the ESRD National Coordinating Center
Current ESRD NCC calendar.
Positive Results for Korsuva in Chronic Kidney Disease-Associated Pruritus Trial
Article from MPR.
A Culturally-Sensitive Web-Based Intervention to Improve Living Donor Kidney Transplant among African Americans
Free, full-text, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Care:
The Prevalence of Depression and the Association between Depression and Kidney Function and Health-Related Quality of Life in Elderly Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Multicenter Cross-Sectional Study
Free, full-text article from Clinical Interventions in Aging.
Association of Gait Speed and Grip Strength with Risk of Cardiovascular Events in Patients on Hemodialysis: a Prospective Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Chronic Kidney Disease and the Risk of Incident Hearing Loss
Early View abstract from The Laryngoscope.
Arteriovenous Access Practices in Australian and New Zealand Dialysis Units
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Many Immunosuppressed Persons Join in Hurricane Cleanup
Article from HealthDay. Report from the CDC's MMWR.
Colorado Teacher Adopts Sick Student to Help Him Stay on Kidney Transplant List
Video and article from KDVR.
Better Water
Mired In Medical Debt? Federal Plan Would Update Overdue-Bill Collection Methods
Article from Kaiser Health News.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
 


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Thursday, May 30

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Kidney Health Initiative: Seventh Annual Stakeholders Meeting
May 29-30 in Washington, DC. Twitter: #kidneyhealthinitiative. Notable tweets:
First-Of-Its-Kind Clinical Trial At VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Press release on a bioengineered human acellular vessel for hemodialysis access.
Viral Study Suggests an Approach That May Decrease Kidney Damage in Transplant Patients
Press release from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
New Study Evaluates Transcatheter Dialysis Conduit Procedures over 15 Years
Press release from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.
Let's Change the Rules for Organ Donations — and Save Lives
Opinion piece from The Washington Post.
Tips for Home Dialysis Success
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from Kidney International Reports:
Comparative Effectiveness of Different Antihypertensive Agents in Kidney Transplantation: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Rates of Diagnosed Diabetes in the U.S. Seem to Be Falling
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
RPC
  A Wake-Up Call On Data-Collecting Smart Beds And Sleep Apps
Article from Kaiser Health News.

Patient Experience Scores Are Being Dragged down by Process Problems
Posting from the KevinMD blog.

"Focusing on quality and process means that ugly realities must be faced. If done properly, the kickbacks, slackers, HODADs, good ol' boys (and gals), and BTITWWADIs will all be called out. This is scary, uncomfortable, and takes some guts. [Side bar: HODAD is a term I learned from Dr. Marty Makary, and it means "Hands of death and destruction." BTITWWADI (pronounced bitty waddy) stands for: "But this is the way we've always done it."

Energy Drinks Prolong QTc Interval, Elevate Blood Pressure
Article from HealthDay.
Antibiotics Found in Some of the World's Rivers Exceed 'Safe' Levels, Global Study Finds
Press release from the University of York.
 


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Wednesday, May 29

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Kent Thiry Claims Dialysis Care Offers Lessons in Health Equity
Article from STAT.

Editor's note: He completely avoids the fact that the largest non-profit provider has had better mortality and hospitalization rates than the two largest for-profit providers for 13 consecutive years.

This could be titled, "A Benefit of Formulaic Debilitating Care in Junk-Bond Financed Nephrology." What is the real lesson of U.S. dialysis care?  See 9th paragraph of this 2019 CJASN article, "We worry that.."
"The US Renal Data System found a nonprofit dialysis provider's mortality and hospitalization rates to be lower than those of the two large for-profit providers from 2003 to 2014 and then stopped comparing."
Kent Thiry seems to be taking lessons from AG William Barr.
Alignment of Patient and Provider Priorities Could Improve Overall Dialysis Experience
Article from Healio.
Efforts to Support Living Donors and OPO Metric Improvements on the Way
Article by ASN Policy & Public Affairs Department from Kidney News Online.
It's Time To Start Paying People for Their Kidneys
Article from Forbes.
Association Between the Publication of the Initiating Dialysis Early and Late Trial and the Timing of Dialysis Initiation in Canada
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
A Balancing Act: Managing Acute Stroke in Patients on Hemodialysis
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
First in Human Experience with Direct Sodium Removal Using a Zero Sodium Peritoneal Solution
Tweet on Jeffrey Testani, MD presentation at #HeartFailure2019.
Free, Full-Text, Early View/Advance Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Renal Cortical Hypoperfusion Caused by Glyphosate-Surfactant Herbicide
Images in Nephrology from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Reading Clinician Visit Notes Can Improve Patients' Adherence to Medications
Press release from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
More Evidence That Fasting Isn't Necessary Before Lipid Tests
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
NxStage
Missouri May Become Only U.S. State with No Legal Abortion Provider
Article from Reuters.
Republicans And The Anti-Vaccination Movement: ‘Appeals To Freedom Are Like The Gateway Drug To Pseudoscience’
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Agencies Ordered to Enforce Benefit Requirements for Immigrants
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
Medicare Spending Higher among Older Adults with Disabilities Who Lack Adequate Support
Press release from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
CMS Modernizes Care for Frail, Elderly Individuals Enrolled in PACE
CMS press release.
Medicare Advantage Expands Telehealth Services
Health Agencies Update from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Mon/Tue, May 27-28

It's Time To Start Paying People for Their Kidneys
Article from Forbes.
Alignment of Patient and Provider Priorities Could Improve Overall Dialysis Experience
Article from Healio.
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 May 28, 2019
Growing a New Human Kidney
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Staff Orientation To Psychosocial Needs Of People With Kidney Failure
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Kidney Care Partners Announces Introduction of New Legislation: Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2019
Press release for S. 1676.
Company Charges Private Insurance Quadruple for Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
UnitedHealth Hasn't Closed $4B DaVita Deal
Article from Becker's Hospital Review.
Coming Soon: A Home Blood Test To Better Monitor Chronic illnesses
Press release from the University of Montreal.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from American Journal of Nephrology:
Periodontitis As the Risk Factor of Chronic Kidney Disease: Mediation Analysis
Free, Open Access article from Journal of Clinical Periodontology.
Social Deprivation Is Associated with Poor Kidney Transplantation Outcome in Children
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Quantifying Lead Time Bias When Estimating Patient Survival in Pre-Emptive Living Kidney Donor Transplantation
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Serum Apolipoprotein B and A1 Concentrations Predict Late-Onset Posttransplant Diabetes Mellitus in Prevalent Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Validation of Risk Prediction Tools in Elderly Patients Who Initiate Dialysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Association between Exercise Training in Hemodialysis Patients and Burden of Their Family Caregivers: a Cross-Sectional Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Diagnosis of High Blood Pressure Is Declining Among Adults With Chronic Kidney Disease
Topic from the CDC's Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System.
A Lower Serum Albumin Level Is Associated with an Increased Risk for Loss of Residual Kidney Function in Patients Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Patterns of Medication Use and the Burden of Polypharmacy in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: the German Chronic Kidney Disease Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Vascular Surgery:
Drug-Coated Balloon Angioplasty in Failing Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Shunts: 12-Month Outcomes in 200 Patients from the Aperto Italian Registry
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
This Is Definitely the Most Impressive Aneurismal Fistula I Have Ever Seen
Tweet from @NurseRenal.
The Course of Hematocrit Value along the Length of a Dialyzer's Fiber: Hemoconcentration Modeling and Validation Methods
OnlineFirst abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Blood Pressure and Glucose Control May Prevent Common Arrhythmia
Press release from UCSF.
Evolving Issues in the Treatment of Depression
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
2018 Cholesterol Clinical Practice Guidelines: Synopsis of the 2018 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Multisociety Cholesterol Guideline
Free, full-text, Latest Article clinical guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Dravon Medical
Physician Burnout Costs the US Health Care System Approximately $4.6 Billion a Year
Press release from the American College of Physicians.
Hospital Safety Events More Likely To Be Reported for White Patients: Study
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare
British Columbia To Be First Canadian Province To Switch Patients to Biosimilars
Article from Reuters.
GAO Announces MedPAC Appointments
News brief from the American Hospital Association.


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Fri/Sat, May 24-25

Staff Orientation To Psychosocial Needs Of People With Kidney Failure
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Company Charges Private Insurance Quadruple for Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Blood Pressure and Glucose Control May Prevent Common Arrhythmia
Press release from UCSF.
Evolving Issues in the Treatment of Depression
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
UnitedHealth Hasn't Closed $4B DaVita Deal
Article from Becker's Hospital Review.
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An 84-Year-Old Man Becomes Oldest Living Kidney Donor in the United States
Press release from Houston Methodist Hospital.
Colorado Becomes First State in Nation to Cap Price of Insulin
Articles from The Denver Post and The Hill.
Study Examines Volume Overload in Patients Initiating Peritoneal Dialysis
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology and free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN articles:
Des Moines MercyOne Medical Center Halts Kidney Transplants
Article from Des Moines Register.
Urgent-Start Peritoneal Dialysis Results in Fewer Procedures than Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Accepted Articles Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from American Journal of Transplantation:
Understanding Adults With Chronic Kidney Disease and Their Caregivers' Self-Management Experiences: A Qualitative Study Using the Theoretical Domains Framework
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Effectiveness of a Hepatitis B Vaccination Program at Two Tertiary Hemodialysis Centers
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Ab-normal Saline in Abnormal Kidney Function: Risks and Alternatives
Free, full-text article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Early Glomerular Hyperfiltration and Long-Term Kidney Outcomes in Type 1 Diabetes: The DCCT/EDIC Experience
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Home Dialyzors Supports “Patient Access to ESRD New Innovative Devices Act” Legislation
Press release from Home Dialyzors United.
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Senate HELP Leaders Unveil Draft Legislation on Containing Health Costs
News brief from the American Hospital Association. Article from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Comment Request: (Item 2) End Stage Renal Disease Death Notification Form and (Item 3) End Stage Renal Disease Medical Evidence Report Medicare Entitlement and/or Patient Registration
Notice from The Federal Register.
MLN Matters: New to State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix X, Survey Protocol and Interpretive Guidelines for Organ Transplant Programs
Notice and link to 55-page pdf.
CMS Releases Details on Applying for New Ambulance Service Model
News brief from the American Hospital Association.


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Thursday, May 23

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 May 23, 2019
California Assembly Passes Bill To Stop American Kidney Fund Assistance for Private Insurance
California Assembly Bill AB-290 legislative history. News release from DialysisLifeSupport.com.
(California) Assembly Bill Could Make It Harder for Some Dialysis Patients to Receive Treatment
Commentary from the Los Angeles Times.
Florida Blue Sues DaVita, Says Company Conspired to Cost It 'Tens of Millions of Dollars'
Article from the Jacksonville Daily Record.
DaVita's New CEO Javier Rodriguez Talks Strategy, Style and the Future of Kidney Care
Article from FierceHealthcare.
Free, Full-Text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN Articles:
Nephrology Comanagement and the Quality of Antibiotic Prescribing in Primary Care for Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: A Retrospective Cross-sectional Study — A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
Management of Hyperkalemia in Patients with Kidney Disease: a Position Paper Endorsed by the Italian Society of Nephrology
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
Factors Affecting Arteriovenous Fistula Dysfunction: a Narrative Review
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) in Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis: an Update
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Association of Serum Uromodulin With ESKD and Kidney Function Decline in the Elderly: The Cardiovascular Health Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Online First Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
FDA Grants Priority Review for Canagliflozin to Treat CKD in T2DM
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Light and Nanotechnology Prevent Bacterial Infections on Medical Implants
Press release from ICFO - The Institute of Photonics Sciences.
Hypertension Found in Children Exposed to Flower Pesticides
Press release from University of California San Diego.
Nipro Medical
Top Achieving Hospitals Share Secrets to EHR Success
Article from Healthcare IT News.
Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for Seniors
Article from HealthDay.
HHS Plans to Issue Stark, Antikickback Rules This Summer
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
CBO: Medicare for All Gives 'Many More' Coverage but 'Potentially Disruptive'
Article from The Hill. Related article from Kaiser Health News.


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Wednesday, May 22

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 May 22, 2019
Patients Who Lose Significant Weight before a Transplant Are at Higher Risk of Dying
Press release from Drexel University. Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
NKF to Develop First-Ever Patient Registry for Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.

"Foundational support for the NKF Patient Network was provided through a collaboration with Bayer AG."
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:

Transitioning from Peritoneal Dialysis to Hemodialysis
Recent findings from AdvancingDialysis.org (sponsored content).

Anticoagulant-Related Nephropathy — It's The Real McCoy
Free, full-text, Published Ahead of Print CJASN perspective piece.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from Kidney International Reports:
Independent Effect of Haemodialysis Session Frequency and Duration on Survival in Non-Indigenous Australians on Haemodialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Inadvertently High Dialysate Magnesium Causing Weakness and Nausea in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstracts from Hemodialysis International.
Parathyroidectomy Ups Cardiovascular Risks in Dialysis Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Enarodustat, Conversion and Maintenance Therapy for Anemia in Hemodialysis Patients: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Phase 2b Trial Followed by Long-Term Trial
Free, full-text, Online First article from Nephron.
Selected Abstracts from the 37th Vicenza Course on AKI & CRRT — Vicenza, May 28–30, 2019
(34-page PDF) Feature from Blood Purification.
Association of Serum IL-18 with Protein Energy Wasting in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients on Hemodialysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Study Supports Effectiveness of New Fast Acting Antidepressant, Esketamine Nasal Spray
Press release from the American Psychiatric Association.
Doctors Can Estimate Patient Adherence by Simply Asking about Medication Routine
Press release from Iowa State University.
First-of-its-Kind Study Finds Positive Outcomes for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Press release from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.
17th Annual Essay Contest
Renal Support Network competition.
AmeriWater
Exercise: Psych Patients' New Primary Prescription
Press release from University of Vermont via ScienceDaily.
Vaccinations Will Take a Hit If the Trump Administration Topples the Affordable Care Act
Article from STAT.
Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care
Article and audio from NPR.
ASN and Partnership for Medicare Part D Access Prevail in Fight to Preserve Six Protected Classes
Article from Kidney News Online.
Ignoring Evidence Begot Medicare's Dangerous Hospital Readmissions Penalty
Article from STAT.


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Tuesday, May 21

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Report: Healthcare CEO Pay Balloons to $2.6B, Quality of Care Not a Factor in Bonuses
Article from MassDevice. Article and analysis from Axios. DaVita's Kent Thiry is #56 at $13.9M. Fresenius Medical Care's Bill Valle is #135 at $4.3M.
Dear Mr. Buffett, DaVita Is Going To Need A Check From You
Article from Seeking Alpha.
Inaugural Global Summit on Innovations in Patient-Centered Kidney Care
Follow along with the summit on social media using #GlobalKidney2019 and @GWSMHS and @KidneyPatients.

Editor's note: There is no mention of renal rehabilitation in the program nor the need to disrupt the economics and especially the financial incentives of dialysis care.

Fact Sheets (PDFs) from ANNA:

Criteria for Living Donation from Marginal Donors: One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand
Free, full-text, Online First article from Nephron.
Sodium Zirconium Cyclosilicate among Individuals with Hyperkalemia
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract and related editorial extract.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Comparison between Clinical Judgment and Integrated Lung and Inferior Vena Cava Ultrasonography for Dry Weight Estimation in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Quality Assessment of Vascular Access Procedures for Hemodialysis: a Position Paper of the Vascular Access Society Based on the Analysis of Existing Guidelines
OnlineFirst abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Study Identifies Enzymes That Prevent Diabetic Kidney Disease
Press release from Joslin Diabetes Center.
Annals Consult Guys - Cardiovascular Risk, Blood Pressure, and Cognition in a Patient With Diabetes
16-minute video from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Nephros
McConnell, Kaine Introduce Bill To Raise Tobacco Purchasing Age from 18 to 21
Article from The Hill.
From Workers' Religious Protections To Family Planning Funding, Mike Pence's Fingerprints Are All Over HHS
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Artificial Intelligence in Health Care Will the Value Match the Hype?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Fourth Medicaid Chief In 18 Months Leaves CMS
Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com.


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Monday, May 20

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Q&A with Winners of the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase 1
Article from Kidney News Online.
Medical School to Co-Host Inaugural Kidney Care Conference
Article from the George Washington University Hatchet.
Take It from a Kidney Transplant Recipient: Extending Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage Saves Lives, Money
Article from The Hill.
Two New Medical Advisory Council (MAC) Toolkits; Transplant, Medications
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
State Sen. Nelson's Bipartisan Bill to Lower Cost of Dialysis Medication Unanimously Passes MN Senate
News brief from the Minnesota Senate Reublican Caucus.
NKF Statement on CMS Final Rule on Protected Drug Class
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
The Effect of Intradialytic Exercise Twice a Week on the Physical Capacity, Inflammation, and Nutritional Status of Dialysis Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Postings from the AJKD Blog:
Quality Improvement Goals for Acute Kidney Injury
Published Ahead of Print CJASN abstract.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
The Presence of Dehydration in Paddy Farmers in an Area with Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu)
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
FDA Issues Warning About Unauthorized Diabetes Devices
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch. FDA notice.
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Escalating Workplace Violence Rocks Hospitals
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Even the Most Seasoned Patients Are No Match for the Medical Insurance Industrial Complex
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Hospitals Cut Safety-Related Patient Deaths by 22% since 2016: Leapfrog
Article from HFMA.
Dialysis Facility Compare May 2019 Refresh Q&A
(2-page pdf) CMS ESRD information.


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