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Fri./Sat., Feb. 3-4

UVA: Inconsistency Found in Dialysis Blood Testing Methods (for Albumin)
Article from NBC29.com (Charlottesville, VA). Abstract from Clinical Chemistry.
Hemodialysis eGFR Equivalence: Why More—and More Often—Matters
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
If Fish Oil Can't Lower AVF Risk in Dialysis, What Can?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
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Fresenius Medical Care Is Acquiring a Majority Stake in Cura Group and Scales Up in Australia
Press release. Article from Reuters.
Skin Sodium Concentration Correlates with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in CKD
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Survival Probabilities of End Stage Renal Disease Patients on Renal Replacement Therapy in Iran
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Preventive Strategies Against Cytomegalovirus and Incidence of a-Herpesvirus Infections in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A Nationwide Cohort Study
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Chronic Kidney Disease Progression: a Retrospective Analysis of 3-Year Adherence to a Low Protein Diet
Full-text article from Renal Failure.
Patient Satisfaction with Nurse LED Chronic Kidney Disease Clinics: a Multicenter Evaluation
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Is Metformin Safe for Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease?
(Registration required, but free.) Viewpoint video from Medscape Nephrology.
Amgen CEO: Will Work with Trump To Lower Drug Prices
Patients Treated by Foreign Educated Doctors Are Less Likely to Die, Study Finds
Article from STAT. Free, full-text article from the BMJ.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Improving the Health of the United States With a "Winnable Battles" Initiative
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
 


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Thursday, Feb. 2

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  Feb. 2, 2017
More Dialysis Does Not Deliver Benefits, Study Finds
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.

Editor's note: Sometimes, more time on dialysis can be like torture. Is it time to go back to Tassin and embrace a whole-patient, whole-life approach that includes employment and rehabilitation?
Federal Government Agrees To Pay DaVita $538 Million over VA Underpayment Claims
Articles from The Denver Post and Denver Business Journal.
Multidisciplinary Staff Attitudes to Home Hemodialysis Therapy
Free, full-text, Advance article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Hyponatremia and ESRD
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Changing Landscape for Peritoneal Dialysis: Optimizing Utilization
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
New, Free Continuing Education Courses for Social Workers
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients: Recommendations for Diagnostics and Treatment
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Baxter Reports 2016 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results
Evolving US Workforce Is Central to Quality of Care, Says New Research
Press release from George Washington University.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Success and Failure in the Insurance Exchanges
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Health Care Needs a Moral Wake-Up Call
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Report: Hospitals Support 1 in 9 U.S. Jobs
U.S. Proposes 0.25 Percent Hike in Medicare Advantage Payments
Article from Reuters. Press release and fact sheet from CMS.
Economic Effects of Medicaid Expansion in Michigan
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Seven Heart-Healthy Habits Could Save Billions in Medicare Costs
Press release from the American Heart Association.


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Wednesday, Feb. 1

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American Society of Nephrology Statement on US President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order on Immigration
Press release. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Can I Switch My Kidney Transplant Patient from Tacrolimus to Belatacept?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
History of Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents, the Development of Biosimilars, and the Future of Anemia Treatment in Nephrology
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from American Journal of Nephrology.
Hypertension in 2017—What Is the Right Target?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from The Journal of the American Medical Association.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Novel Treatment Protocol for Ameliorating Refractory, Chronic Pain in Patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Abstracts from Nephron:
Onco-Nephrology — Valuing the Link between Cancer and Kidney Disease
News brief from the International Society of Nephrology.
Dialysis, Kidneys and African Americans
Article from The Philadelphia Tribune.
AAKP Announces 2017 Medal of Excellence Award Winners
Viewpoints: Rebuilding The Health System In A Post-Obamacare Landscape; Tom Price's Dark View Of Medicare
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Smoking Costs World $1.4 Trillion a Year in Disease, Lost Productivity
Article from HealthDay.
DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Round 2019 Announced


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Tuesday, Jan. 31

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  Jan. 31, 2017
Nephrology in Crisis: Trainees in Short Supply
Commentary from Renal & Urology News.

Editor's note: Who wants to practice American (junk-bond and zombie) nephrology?
Fresenius Medical Care Reaches Agreement on Reimbursement with US Departments of Justice and Veterans Affairs
Press release.
AKI Moves into the Outpatient Dialysis Setting
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Issue-in-Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
A National Appraisal of Hemodialysis Vascular Access Provision in Scotland
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Shift to Tighter Physician-Hospital Integration Is More Complex Than Expected
Press release from Rice University.
Regular Exercise May Reduce High Blood Pressure Risk in African-Americans
Press release from the American Heart Association. Article from HealthDay.
What Primary Care Providers Should Know about Diabetic Neuropathy
Press release from University of Michigan.
Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Mental Activities May Protect against Mild Cognitive Impairment
Heart Failure Survival Rates Show No Improvement
Over 100 New Blood Pressure Genes Could Provide New Targets for Treating Hypertension
Kidney Function in Stroke Patients Associated with Short-Term Outcomes
High-Altitude Living Decreases the Risk of Heart Disease
Ban Sparks Panic among Refugees Awaiting Urgent Medical Care in US
Articles from Reuters and STAT.
Trump Order on Regulations Could Create Hurdles for FDA, Cures Act
Article from STAT.
  Majority Of Americans Extremely Worried That Repeal Will Cost Many Health Coverage
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
UTHealth Study: 78% of Hospital Workers in Houston Are Overweight or Obese
Medicare's Coverage Of Therapy Services Again Is In Center Of Court Dispute
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Jan. 30

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  Jan. 30, 2017
Loss of Executive Function after Dialysis Initiation in Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Self Cannulation: A Sticking Point
Posting from KidneyViews blog.
Serious Fall Injuries Before and After Initiation of Hemodialysis Among Older ESRD Patients in the United States: A Retrospective Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The ESRD Quality Incentive Program: The Current Limitations of Evidence and Data to Develop Measures, Drive Improvement, and Incentivize Outcomes
Abstract from Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease.
The Effect of Nephrectomy on Klotho, FGF-23 and Bone Metabolism
Free, Open Access, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Hypoproteinemia As a Prognostic Risk Factor for Arteriovenous Fistula Failure
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
A Lifetime of Discovery
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Trump's Immigration Order Could Stop Medical Careers before They Begin
Article from STAT.
Robots Could Help Solve Social Care Crisis, Say Academics
AARP Launches Ad Campaign Urging Republicans to 'Protect' Medicare
Article from The Hill.


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 27-28

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  Jan. 27, 2017
First Human Pig Chimeras Created, Sparking Hopes for Transplantable Organs — and Debate
Article and opinion piece from STAT. Articles from HealthDay, The Washington Post, and the BBC. Free, full-text article from Cell.
Depression Is Under-Treated in Patients Receiving Chronic Dialysis
Press release and CJASN Express abstract #1 and abstract #2 from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note:
Can a pill fix the fact that nephrologists and for-profit dialysis providers are shepherding patients into treatment regimens and insurance plans that destroy the meaning and purpose of their lives? How do you deal with a system of care and a professional medical society that after 50 years places virtually no emphasis on patient rehabilitation and employment?

It should be called the American Society of Junk-Bond and Zombie Nephrology. It has an enormous blind spot for its own financial conflicts of interest which non-American nephrologists can easily recognize.
PPI Use & Hip Fracture in Kidney Transplantation
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Insights from Screening a Racially and Ethnically Diverse Population for Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Two New Combination Injectable Drugs for Type 2 Diabetes Coming to Market
(Registration required, but free.) Commentary via Medscape Nephrology.
US Deaths from Diabetes Significantly Underestimated, Analysis Shows
Press release from Boston University Medical Center.
Is Hemoglobin A1c the Right Outcome for Studies of Diabetes?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Rockwell Medical will Present Data on Triferic Intravenous (IV) Administration at the 19th International Conference on Dialysis in Las Vegas, February 1-3, 2017
Oral Devices Reduce Sleep Apnea but May Not Affect Heart Disease Risk Factors
Trump's Healthcare Promise Too Sunny for Reality
Articles from Modern Healthcare, Kaiser Health News, The Hill, and Medical Economics.
Rates of Early Deaths Rise for Whites, Drop for Blacks
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from The Lancet.
Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Patients
(1-page pdf) Medicare coverage summary and resources from Northwest Renal Network.


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Thursday, Jan. 26

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  Jan. 26, 2017
U.S. Court Issues Injunction on Assistance for Dialysis Patients
Article from Reuters and CNBC. Press releases from the American Kidney Fund, Fresenius Medical Care, and DaVita.

"The decision upholds a temporary hold on the rule and is a victory for dialysis providers FMC, DaVita Inc and U.S. Renal Care Inc, which had filed a lawsuit to block the rule."
Should a Mental Disability Keep Patients off Organ Transplants Lists?
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
FDA Recall Notices: Maintenance Kits for Baxter's Phoenix Hemodialysis Machines:
KCER Participation Form Requires Patients To Give Up Rights to Photographs/Images; Patient Photographs Can Be Used by KCER "Partners"
Participation form from the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program.

Editor's note: This is a major disincentive for patient participation and another counterproductive move by KCER. This organization is dysfunctional. They provide daily frost warnings (Live Emergency Updates!) on KCER's home page, yet fail to update their site when weather emergencies close dialysis facilities.
PCORI Seeks Proposals for Up to $200 Million in New Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
News release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Oral Anticoagulation in End-Stage Renal Disease and Atrial Fibrillation: Is It Time to Just Say No to Drugs?
Online First editorial extract and related abstract from Heart.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Latest Articles Abstracts from International Urology and Nephrology:
Contribution of Volume Overload to the Arterial Stiffness of Hemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from Renal Failure.
How EHR Tweak Brings Better Medication Management
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Randomized Trial Will Reveal Diabetes Drug's Effects on Kidney Health
Repealing the ACA without a Replacement — The Risks to American Health Care
Free, full-text perspective piece by B.H. Obama from The New England Journal of Medicine. Related Online First perspective pieces:
Majority of Primary Care Docs Oppose Repeal of Obamacare
Article from HealthDay.
Americans Split on Whether US Will Be Viewed As Leader in Science under Pres. Trump
 


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Wednesday, Jan. 25

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  Jan. 25, 2017
Nutritional Study Sponsored by Dialysis Clinic, Inc. Has over 5300 Patients Enrolled
DCI press release.
FDA Recall Notice: Baxter APD Set with Cassette 3-Prong Peritoneal Dialysis Set
Customer complaints received for the presence of leaks.
Financial Incompatibility and Paired Kidney Exchange: Walking a Tightrope or Blazing a Trail?
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Changing Paradigms in the Management of Rejection in Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Targeting Hypoxia-Inducible Factors for the Treatment of Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress in-depth topic review from American Journal of Nephrology.
Prostacyclin as an Anticoagulant for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in Children
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress in-depth topic review from Blood Purification.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease:
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Factors Influencing Dialysis Arteriovenous Graft Survival
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Dietary Modeling of Foods for Advanced CKD Based on General Healthy Eating Guidelines: What Should Be on the Plate?
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Phosphate Equilibration Rate and Daily Clearance in Patients on CAPD, CCPD and APD
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation with Warfarin among Older Adults with End Stage Renal Disease
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Use of Ultrasound by Registered Nurses - A Systematic Literature Review
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Renal Function Impairment in Patients Undergoing Elective EVAR vs. Elective Open Repair
3D Printed Skin Ready for Transplants
Lung Cancer Patients with Anxiety, Depression Die Sooner: Study
A Look at Republican Plans for Repealing and Replacing Obamacare
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Trump's HHS Choice: First A Letter To Medicare. Then A Campaign Contribution
Article from Kaiser Health News. News brief from AHANews.
Association of Intensive Care Unit Patient-to-Intensivist Ratios With Hospital Mortality
Free, full-text, New Online article and editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.
January 2017 MedPAC and MACPAC Data Book: Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
80-page pdf.
Everything You Need to Know About Block Grants — The Heart of GOP's Medicaid Plans
Article from Kaiser Health News. Related article from HFMA.


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Tuesday, Jan. 24

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  Jan. 24, 2017
Illinois Woman Convicted of Defrauding Organ Donation Nonprofit
AP article.
Renal Morphology, Clinical Findings, and Progression Rate in Mesoamerican Nephropathy
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Organ Donation After Euthanasia: A Pure Act of Altruism Fulfilling the Patient's Last Wish
Early View Letter to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
Free, Full-Text, Issue-in-Progress Articles from Blood Purification:
Cappuccino with Claudio Ronco -- Videos and Free Access to Issue-in-Progress Articles from Blood Purification:
Patients in Haemodialysis Experienced Uraemic Pruritus as a Dual Phenomenon
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Chronic Disease Management Interventions for People with Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial Analyzing Telemedically Supported Case Management in the First Year after Living Donor Kidney Transplantation — a Budget Impact Analysis from the Healthcare Perspective
Free, Open Access article from Health Economics Review.
Free January 2017 Issue of Journal of Renal Nutrition
Ten full-text articles.
  Advance Online Abstracts from The Journal of Vascular Access:
Coverage and Access for Americans With Chronic Disease Under the Affordable Care Act: A Quasi-Experimental Study
Latest article abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Study: UV Light Helps to Eliminate Drug-resistant Bacteria
Cookware Made with Scrap Metal Contaminates Food
Republican Senators Unveil ACA Replacement Bill That Lets States Keep Obamacare Or Opt Into Alternative
Articles from HealthDay and The Hill.
Federal Court Blocks Proposed Merger of Aetna and Humana
News brief from AHANews. Article from Reuters.
Nurse Practitioners Step in to Fill Growing Need for House Calls, Study Finds
Press release from University of Virginia Health System.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
 


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Monday, Jan. 23

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From “Adequate” to Optimal Dialysis—By Adding a Single Word
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Kidney Week On-Demand 2016
Presentations from the American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Mortality after Renal Allograft Failure and Return to Dialysis
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:

Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Health Insurance Trends in United States Living Kidney Donors (2004 to 2015)
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Reducing the Dietary Acid Load: How a More Alkaline Diet Benefits Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Viewpoints: Trump's Difficult Insurance Pledge; Cheaper, Better 'Insurance For Everybody'? Good Luck With That
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:
7 Steps to Prepare Your Hospital for an Active Shooter
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Can Patient Satisfaction and Quality Care Coexist?
Article from Medical Economics.
 


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 20-21

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  Jan. 20, 2017
Home Dialyzors' Thoughts About Involuntary Discharge
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

"Dialysis is the only area of healthcare where patients have to live with the threat of being labeled non-compliant if they speak up about the quality of care. Not only the threat of being discharged but also the threat of being removed from transplant lists...sometimes based on information and reports from techs...not even an MD. No one should be afraid to speak up for their best interests. Dialysis patients often are.”
Yemen's Dialysis Patients Fear for Their Lives Amid Medical Shortages
Article from ReliefWeb.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Serum Potassium and Short-term Clinical Outcomes Among Hemodialysis Patients: Impact of the Long Interdialytic Interval
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Effects of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation during Hemodialysis on Peripheral Muscle Strength and Exercise Capacity: a Randomized Clinical Trial
Article in Press abstract from Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Does Peritoneal Protein Transport Increase with Peritoneal Dialysis Therapy Duration and Lead to Extracellular Water Overload in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients?
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Solute and Water Transport in Peritoneal Dialysis: A Case-Based Primer
Articles in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Initiation and Cessation Timing of Renal Replacement Therapy in Patients with Type 1 Cardiorenal Syndrome: An Observational Study
Issue-in-Progress abstract from CardioRenal Medicine.
Integrating Supportive Care Principles into Dialysis Decision-Making: A Primer for Palliative Medicine Providers
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Low Levels of Circulating Protein Linked to Kidney Function Decline
Study Shows 1 in 8 Americans – 17 Million – Have "Masked" Hypertension
Plan A Is to Get Patients to Stick to Their Blood Pressure Pills
GOP Governors Who Turned Down Medicaid Money Have Hands Out
Articles from AP and The Hill.
One Foot Out the Door, Medicare Chief Launches His Own Twitter Barrage
Article from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Releases ESRD QIP Performance Score Reports for PY 2017
Notice from the Medicare Learning Network.
Webinar on CMS-2744 Form (Annual Facility Survey)
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network. Webinar scheduled for Jan. 23 and repeat on Jan. 26.
Number of Five-Star Hospitals Declines in CMS Ratings
3 Reasons CMS Star Ratings Are Misleading


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Thursday, Jan. 19

CMS Releases ESRD QIP Performance Score Reports for PY 2017
Notice from the Medicare Learning Network.
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24 New ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) Announced — Comprehensive ESRD Care Model (CEC Model) Fact Sheet
(3-page pdf)  Press release and CEC Model web page from CMS. Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

"For the 2016 performance year, 13 ESCOs participated in the CEC Model. For the 2017 performance year, 24 ESCOs joined the model, for a total of 37 participating ESCOs."
GAO Releases Report of Kidney Disease Research Funding and Priority Setting
Fast facts from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Highlights (1-page pdf) and full report (33-page pdf).
American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Welcomes GAO Report Confirming Urgent Need for Greater Research Funding
ASN press release.

“Despite the federal government’s commitment to care for patients with kidney failure, for decades we have seen too few new therapies for kidney patients,” said Crystal Gadegbeku, MD, Chair of the ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee. “Today’s report strengthens ASN’s resolve to foster innovation that improves patients’ lives and extends the value to the Medicare program that has saved so many lives.”

Editor's note: Until we change the financial incentives for the large for-profit dialysis corporations to deliver employed and rehabilitated patients, we will see little of these innovations in use. As in the case of sorbent technology, self-care dialysis machines and blood monitoring tools, these corporations can buy up innovative technology — and then delay its use or make it disappear from the marketplace.

ASN continues to fail its patients by failing to embrace a well-patient model of dialysis care and failing to strive to continually improve employment and rehabilitation rates. What was Dr. Scribner's vision?

“If the treatment of chronic uremia cannot fully rehabilitate the patient, the treatment is inadequate”.
Interaction between Acyl-Ghrelin and BMI Predicts Clinical Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
The Risk of Cancer in Kidney Transplant Recipients May Be Reduced in Those Maintained on Everolimus and Reduced Cyclosporine
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
High Donor Volume Hospitals Recover More Transplantable Organs per Donor
Press release from the American College of Surgeons.
Blood Pressure Care in US Improving, but Disparities Remain
Article from Reuters Health.
New Weapons in Infection Control and Prevention
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
Too Much Sitting Ages You Faster
Article from HealthDay. Press release from UC San Diego.
Health Law Has Never Been More Popular — Just As GOP Is Poised To Dismantle It
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
 


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Wednesday, Jan. 18

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  Jan. 18, 2017
FDA Class II Recall for over 205,000 Fresenius 2008 Dialysis Machines due to UF Rate Errors: "When the UF Rate, Goal or Time is adjusted using the up and down arrow keys, and the change is cancelled by using the esc key, the cancelled UF Rate is actually being executed rather than rate displayed on the machine"
Fresenius Medical Care North America Announces New CEO Bill Valle
News release.
Patient Advocacy Organizations (PAOs), Industry Funding, and Conflicts of Interest
Free, full-text, New Online article and editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.

"Given the growing ability of PAOs to influence health care policy and practice, their financial practices and safeguards demand the same degree of scrutiny applied to other key actors in the health care landscape."

"In our view this new work demonstrates an urgent need for patient advocacy organizations to explicitly focus much more on representing the interests of patients and citizens, rather than serving—inadvertently or otherwise—the interests of their industry sponsors."

Editor's note: There are a few PAOs in the US dialysis field that primarily function to increase the revenues of the large for-profit dialysis providers. Most other PAOs take money from industry to attempt to provide some of the components of well-patient dialysis care that the for-profit companies do not provide. This allows these companies to avoid most of the costs and responsibilities for a well-patient model of dialysis care. This keeps US dialysis care minimal, stagnant, and failing most patients.
Financial Ties of Principal Investigators and Randomized Controlled Trial Outcomes: Cross Sectional Study
Free, full-text article and editorial from The BMJ.

"Financial ties of principal investigators were independently associated with positive clinical trial results. These findings may be suggestive of bias in the evidence base."

"Trials with industry funding or authors with financial ties should be interpreted with caution until all relevant information is fully disclosed and easily accessible."
Kidney Disease Patients Have Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs than Stroke and Cancer Patients
Press release from Loyola University Health System. Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
CDC: Kidney Failure from Diabetes down 54% among American Indians
News brief from AHANews.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Thyroid Testing in Kidney Disease – Should We Be Routinely Assessing?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
The Large Spectrum of Renal Disease in Diabetic Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Access editorial from Clinical Kidney Journal.
(Re)Building a Kidney
JASN Express abstract.
Treatment of HCV in Renal Transplant Patients with Peginterferon and Ribavirin: Long-Term Follow-Up
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Weekly Diabetes Drug Provides Similar Benefits to Daily Version
Drugmakers Manipulate Orphan Drug Rules To Create Prized Monopolies
Article from Kaiser Health News. Additional articles:
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
CBO Report: Obamacare Repeal Could Bring Many More Uninsured, Higher Premiums
Article from HealthDay.
 


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Tuesday, Jan. 17

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  Jan. 17, 2017
Nashville's Public Housing Agency Opens Its First Dialysis Clinic For Residents
Article from Nashville Public Radio.
Atrial Fibrillation More Prevalent in Dialysis Patients Than Expected
Press release from Medical University of Vienna. Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.
It Takes More Than Laws to Boosts Organ Donations
Opinion piece from The Globe and Mail (Canada).
Medical Groups Raise Blood Pressure Rx Threshold for Healthy Adults Over 60
Articles from HealthDay and STAT. Free, full-text, Latest Articles clinical guidelinesSummary for Patients, and related abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Thirty Years: Lessons Learned in Dialysis — Hemodialysis Treatment Time: As Important As It Seems?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Gastrorenal Syndrome
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
Management of Coronary Artery Disease and Acute Coronary Syndrome in the Chronic Kidney Disease Population-A Review of the Current Literature
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Serum Lipid Profile and Oxidative Stress in Pediatric Patients on Regular Hemodialysis: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Chronic Disease Management Interventions for People with Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Importance of Body Water in the Efficacy of Convective Solute Transport in Online Hemodiafiltration
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Association Between Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Adherence to Chronic Disease Medications: A Cohort Study
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Lifepak 1000 Defibrillators by Physio-Control: Voluntary Field Action - Immediately Remove and Reinstall Battery
Trump's HHS Secretary Pick Tom Price Invested in Company, Then Introduced a Bill To Help It
Article from CNN. Other conflict-of-interest articles about Tom Price regarding PAC support and a sweetheart deal from Kaiser Health News.
Biggest Obstacles to Patient Centered Care? Coordination and Quality Measurement
Article from Healthcare IT News.
'Superbug' May Be More Widespread Than Thought
Article from HealthDay.
GOP Dismissive Of Trump’s Medicare ‘Bidding’ Idea — Long A Non-Starter — To Curb Drug Prices
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Jan. 16

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  Jan. 16, 2017
Dialysis Providers Win Victory in Fight over Third-Party Financial Aid to Patients
Article from CNBC.
Patients Receiving Frequent Hemodialysis Have Better Health-Related Quality of Life Compared to Patients Receiving Conventional Hemodialysis
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International. Article from Renal & Urology News.
Limited Reduction in Uremic Solute Concentrations with Increased Dialysis Frequency and Time in the Frequent Hemodialysis Network Daily Trial
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
DOPPS January 12, 2017 Web Conference Materials
Four presentations from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
The Robot That Performed My Kidney Transplant Declined to Be Interviewed
Article from The New York Times.
Jeffrey Berns Steps Down as Editor-in-Chief on Medscape Nephrology
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
FDA Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves Takes Effect Jan. 18
Trump's Healthcare Plan Will Offer 'Insurance for Everybody': Report
Articles from Reuters and The Hill.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
'Superbug' Resistant to All Antibiotics Killed Nevada Woman
Articles from HealthDay and the BBC.
 


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 13-14

Dialysis Providers Win Victory in Fight over Third-Party Financial Aid to Patients
Article from CNBC.
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US Judge Blocks Rule on Financial Assistance for Dialysis Patients
Articles from Reuters and MarketWatchStatement from Fresenius Medical Care.

"The temporary restraining order (TRO) will remain effective until the earlier of January 26, 2017 or the date the court is able to conclude further proceedings and rule on the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction."

RPA Comments on CMS Interim Final Rule with Comment (IFC) Entitled “Conditions for Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities—Third Party Payment
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association. Statement from the National Kidney Foundation.

Beware What You Wish For, or How Good Dialysis Got Gazumped
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Thirty Years: Lessons Learned in Dialysis — Target-based Anemia Management with Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (Risks and Benefits Relearned) and Iron (Still More to Learn)
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
An Introduction to CKD MBD Research: Restart for the Future
Free, full-text, First Online editorial from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Total Phosphate Elimination is Negatively Associated With Increased Serum Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Levels in Patients who Undergo Peritoneal Dialysis
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Diabetic Nephropathy As the Cause of End-Stage Kidney Disease Reported on the Medical Evidence Form CMS2728 at a Single Center
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Oral Iron Drug Found Safe and Effective for Treating Anemia in (Non-Dialysis) Kidney Disease Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Prevention of Cardiac Surgery Associated Acute Kidney Injury
Abstract from Current Opinion in Anesthesiology. The February 2017 issue contains nine articles on acute kidney injury.
3-D Printing Could Transform Future Membrane Technology
Exercise… It Does a Body Good: 20 Minutes Can Act As Anti-Inflammatory
Health Claims On The Rise For Kids' With Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity-Related Conditions
Article from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Thursday, Jan. 12

Beware What You Wish For, or How Good Dialysis Got Gazumped
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

RPA Comments on CMS Interim Final Rule with Comment (IFC) Entitled “Conditions for Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities—Third Party Payment
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.

Federal Government Defends Final Rule for Dialysis Facilities, Argues Against Provider Suit
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
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DaVita CEO: ESRD Reg Likely Won't Make Short List For Congressional Review Act
Article extract only from InsideHealthPolicy.com. Press release from the American Kidney Fund.
Nominations Sought for Technical Expert Panel (TEP) on ESRD Patient Reported Outcomes
The TEP nomination period opens on January 10, 2017 and closes on February 10, 2017.

Editor's note: The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) has released a white paper (155-page pdf) on Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO), consisting of a 28-page UM-KECC report and 127 pages of supporting documentation.

Not once in the 28-page report are the words employment or rehabilitation used. The chief medical officer of Fresenius Medical Care represented the "renal community." The report guarantees that no new significant financial incentives will occur other than those that benefit the large for-profit corporations. The TEP will likely recommend the use of Fresenius products (Crit-Line) and that CMS provide reimbursement for its use. All change must feed the junk-bond nephrology machine and not disturb its factory-like approach to patient care.

Patients and patient groups would have so much more leverage negotiating with CMS and the for-profit dialysis corporations if they pushed for continuous improvements in employment and rehabilitation rates. This report shows that their main concerns are safety and cleanliness. More inspections anyone?
Implantable Device Shows Promise for Treating Anemia in ESRD Patients
Letter from the New England Journal of Medicine. Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
Incidence of and Risk Factors for Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Recipients in the United States
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Dermatology. Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
A New Kind of Resolution for Kidney Patients in 2017
News release and new education campaign from the National Kidney Foundation.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Empire Acquires AmeriWater from SUEZ
Press release.
Mar Cor Signs Distribution Agreement with Rephile Biosciences for Laboratory Water Purification Market
Press release.
Study Explains How Western Diet Leads to Overeating and Obesity
Senate Approves Measure Launching Obamacare Repeal Process
Article from Reuters. Article from The Hill. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
From Obamacare to Trumpcare
Articles from Health Affairs.
HHS Nominee Might Not Be Confirmed Until Mid-February, Says Senator
Article from Roll Call.
Trump Says Pharma 'Getting Away with Murder,' Stocks Slide
Article from Reuters.
  Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
Customers Who Receive Genetic Health Data Not Alarmed by Results, Find Information Useful
Press release from the University of Michigan.
 


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Wednesday, Jan. 11

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Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
30 Years: Lessons Learned in Dialysis — Is Hemodialysis Patient Survival Dependent upon Small Solute Clearance (Kt/V)?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
FDA Product Recall Notices:
Calcimimetic Promising for Hyperthyroidism in ESRD
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.

(Studies funded by Amgen.) Abstracts from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Predicting 6-Month Mortality Risk of Patients Commencing Dialysis Treatment for End-Stage Kidney Disease
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
C-Reactive Protein and Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease: Results from TREAT
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Rate of Elevated Systolic Blood Pressure Increases Globally, along with Associated Deaths
Press release and free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from HealthDay.
'Goldilocks' Drug Prevents Chronic Kidney Disease in Primates
Press release from Massachusetts General Hospital.
Scientists Pave the Way for Enhanced Detection and Treatment of Vascular Graft Infections
Press release and Article in Press abstract from the American Journal of Pathology.
Transfusions of “Old” Blood May Harm Some Patients
National Salt Reduction Strategy Is Cost-Effective 'Best Buy' for 183 Countries Worldwide
Press release from Tufts University. Full-text article from The BMJ. Article from HealthDay.
Trump Committee on Vaccine Safety a Concern, Could Threaten Kids' Health
Press release from the University of Chicago Medicine. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Tuesday, Jan. 10

Calcimimetic Promising for Hyperthyroidism in ESRD
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Abstracts from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
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Involuntary Discharge from Dialysis: a Health Care Practice like No Other
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
"Involuntary discharge from dialysis — a life-sustaining treatment — is a uniquely American phenomenon. It is not reported with any frequency in other first-world countries."

"Why uniquely American? Over 80 percent of dialysis care in the U.S., care that costs Medicare over $35 billion annually, is provided by two for-profit public companies. Creation of shareholder value is the driving force of these companies. In fact, the CEO of one of these companies (DaVita) has proclaimed that “the business of [my company] is not about patients.”"
Editor's note: For well over a decade these for-profit companies have trailed the largest non-profit company (DCI) in survival and hospitalization rates. They place little or no emphasis on patient employment and rehabilitation, which has kept technology stagnant and prevented the development of a well-patient model of care. These for-profit corporations practice a perverted form of medicine that is focused on reimbursement and margins and probably is best described as junk-bond, zombie nephrology.
Fresenius Medical Care Shares Dive After U.S. Subpoena Linked to American Kidney Fund
Articles from Bloomberg and Yahoo! Finance. 10-day stock charts of Fresenius Medical Care (FMS) and DaVita (DVA).
Fresenius Says Pending Regulation To End Premium Assistance Could Harm Its Business
News brief from Seeking Alpha. Ad hoc announcement from Fresenius Medical Care.
DaVita Enters Into New Sourcing and Supply Agreement with Amgen and Initiates 2017 Kidney Care Guidance
Press release.
The Effects of Pay-for-Performance Programs on Health, Health Care Use, and Processes of Care: A Systematic Review
Free, full-text, Latest article from Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Conclusion: Pay-for-performance programs may be associated with improved processes of care in ambulatory settings, but consistently positive associations with improved health outcomes have not been demonstrated in any setting."
Risk Factors and Clinical Course of Hungry Bone Syndrome after Total Parathyroidectomy in Dialysis Patients with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Post-Listing Survival for Highly Sensitized Patients on the UK Kidney Transplant Waiting List: a Matched Cohort Analysis
Abstract from The Lancet.
Providing Coverage for the Unique Lifelong Health Care Needs of Living Kidney Donors Within the Framework of Financial Neutrality
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Role of Uremic Toxins on Apoptosis With Varying Periods of Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Catheter Safeguards at Hospitals Reduce Infections and Save Money, Study Shows
Press release from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
US Organ Transplants Increased Nearly 20% in Five Years
Article and video from CNN.
New Online Abstracts from JAMA Internal Medicine:
New Data Show U.S. Hospital Readmissions are 54 Percent Higher for Malnourished Patients
Fresenius Expands CytoSorbents Deal
The Worst That Could Happen: Industry Braces For Repeal’s Possibly ‘Devastating’ Consequences
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Smoking Costs $1 Trillion, Soon to Kill 8 Million a Year: WHO/NCI Study
Article from Reuters.
Dialysis Providers Seek to Block CMS Final Rule on 'Steering' Dialysis Patients
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
CMS Finalizes New Medicare and Medicaid Home Health Care Rules and Beneficiary Protections
Press release.


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Monday, Jan. 9

Fresenius Medical Care Shares Dive After U.S. Subpoena Linked to American Kidney Fund
Articles from Bloomberg and Yahoo! Finance. 5-day stock charts of Fresenius Medical Care (FMS) and DaVita (DVA).
Fresenius Says Pending Regulation To End Premium Assistance Could Harm Its Business
News brief from Seeking Alpha. Ad hoc announcement from Fresenius Medical Care.
DaVita Enters Into New Sourcing and Supply Agreement with Amgen and Initiates 2017 Kidney Care Guidance
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Dialysis Chains Receive Subpoenas Related to Premium Assistance
Articles from The New York Times and Reuters.

Press releases from organizations receiving subpoenas:

DaVita Announces Dialysis Patients' Suit; Acknowledges Subpoena
News brief from Seeking Alpha.

Editor's note: CMS published an interim rule (63-page pdf) on Dec. 14, 2016 (see pages 23-27 for provider misbehaviors). At that time, the for-profit corporations' surrogates responded with these press releases:
Justice Department Probing Premium Assistance for Dialysis Patients
Article extract from The Wall Street Journal.

"Dialysis providers DaVita and Fresenius confirm receipt of subpoenas related to premium program"

"The American Kidney Fund said in a statement that it has "received an administrative subpoena from the Boston U.S. attorney's office requesting information about AKF's Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP)..."
Fresenius Medical Care NA Restructures Patient Safety Organizational Entities
Press release.
How Spain Achieved a Remarkably High Rate of Deceased Organ Donation
Press release and Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Thirty Years: Lessons Learned in Dialysis — Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
Free, Open Access, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Physicians Can Better Predict Outcomes for Kidney Transplant Patients with Key Data, Study Finds
Press release from Intermountain Medical Center. Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Dialysis Modality and Readmission Following Hospital Discharge: A Population-Based Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Mineral Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease in CKD
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
The First 2 Years of Activity of a Specialized Organ Procurement Center: Report of an Innovative Approach to Improve Organ Donation
Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Moving Biomarkers toward Clinical Implementation in Kidney Transplantation
JASN Express abstract.
Repealing the ACA without a Replacement — The Risks to American Health Care
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Study: ACA Repeal Would Increase Uncompensated Care by $1.1 Trillion over 10 Years
News brief from AHANews.
Uncompensated Care Falls to Lowest Level in 25 Years
Article from HFMA.
Cleveland Clinic to Censure Doctor Who Promoted Anti-Vaccine Claims
Article from STAT.
Jan. 12 Meeting Brief of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
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Fri./Sat., Jan. 6-7

Dialysis Chains Receive Subpoenas Related to Premium Assistance
Articles from The New York Times and Reuters.

Editor's note: CMS published an interim rule (63-page pdf) on Dec. 14, 2016 (see pages 23-27 for provider misbehaviors). At that time, the for-profit corporations' surrogates responded with these press releases:
DaVita Announces Dialysis Patients' Suit; Acknowledges Subpoena
News brief from Seeking Alpha. Press release from DaVita. Press release from Fresenius Medical Care.
Justice Department Probing Premium Assistance for Dialysis Patients
Article extract from The Wall Street Journal.

"Dialysis providers DaVita and Fresenius confirm receipt of subpoenas related to premium program"

"The American Kidney Fund said in a statement that it has "received an administrative subpoena from the Boston U.S. attorney's office requesting information about AKF's Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP)..."
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ANNA Announces National Election Results
News release from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
Dr. Suzanne Watnick Named Chief Medical Officer at Northwest Kidney Centers
Press release.

Proposed Legislation Expands Option for Home Clinic Visits by Telehealth
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

Free CE Webinar: Reducing Infection in the Outpatient Dialysis Facility - Results of the Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric End Stage Renal Disease (SCOPE)
Registration now open for January 31 webinar from the CDC.
Structure of Kidney Failure Patients' Blood Clots May Increase Their Risk of Early Death
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Many Kidney Failure Patients Lack Advance Directives near the End of Life
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Impact of Gender and Dialysis Adequacy on Anemia in Peritoneal Dialysis
Free, Open Access, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
A Phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Etelcalcetide (ONO-5163/AMG 416), a Novel Intravenous Calcimimetic, for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Japanese Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Peritoneal Macrophage Heterogeneity Is Associated with Different Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Telemedically Supported Case Management of Living-Donor Renal Transplant Recipients to Optimize Routine Evidence-Based Aftercare: A Single-Center Randomized Controlled Trial
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
DaVita Appoints 'Majority Diverse' Board, Names New CFO
Centers for Dialysis Care Announces New CMO
Amgen Wins a Monopoly on a Pricey Cholesterol Drug
Only 20 Percent Of Americans Support Health Law Repeal Without Replacement Plan
Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News.
Postings from the KevinMD Blog:
New Guidelines Urge Early Introduction to Peanuts for High-Risk Infants
Article from HealthDay. News release from the National Institutes of Health.
New "21st Century Cures" Legislation — Speed and Ease vs Science
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CMS Announces Revision of Webpages on the Prospective Payment System (PPS)
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Medicaid Expansion Boosts Michigan's Economy and Will More Than Pay for Itself
Press release from the University of Michigan Health System.


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Thursday, Jan. 5

ANNA Announces National Election Results
News release from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
Dr. Suzanne Watnick Named Chief Medical Officer at Northwest Kidney Centers
Press release.
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Fresenius Medical Care Closes RAI Dialysis Unit in Fredericktown, MO
Article from Daily Journal Online.
Maintaining Momentum on Capitol Hill
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Epidemiology of Acute Kidney Injury in Critically ill Children and Young Adults
Abstract and editorial extract from The New England Journal of Medicine.
The Prevalence, Association, and Clinical Outcomes of Frailty in Maintenance Dialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
1-Year Course of Fatigue in Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Efficacy and Safety of Everolimus Plus Low-Dose Tacrolimus Versus Mycophenolate Mofetil Plus Standard-Dose Tacrolimus in De Novo Renal Transplant Recipients: 12-Month Data
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis: Perspectives on Patient Selection in Low-to Middle-Income Countries
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
Articles from Indian Journal of Nephrology:
Efficacy and Effectiveness of Screen and Treat Policies in Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Screening Tests and Interventions
Free, full-text article and editorial from The BMJ.
Vowing To Jettison Obamacare, Republicans Face Immediate Resistance And Risks
Articles from Kaiser Health News and The Hill.
Bill Would Give Physicians Lead on Advanced Illness Care
Article from Medical Economics.


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Wednesday, Jan. 4

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France Just Made Every Citizen An Organ Donor, Unless They Opt Out
Video and article from The World Post.
What it is Like to Receive a Life Saving Transplant From Your Teenage Niece
Article from Orange Coast Magazine.
Clinical Outcomes of Metformin Use in Populations With Chronic Kidney Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, or Chronic Liver Disease: A Systematic Review
Latest Articles abstract and free, full-text clinical practice guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Effect of Fish Oil Supplementation and Aspirin Use on Arteriovenous Fistula Failure in Patients Requiring Hemodialysis: A Randomized Clinical Trial
New Online abstract and editorial extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Myths in Peritoneal Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text articles from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension via Medscape Nephrology.
Higher PTH Levels May Increase Risk of Dialyzer Clotting
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Big Data, Predictive Analytics, and Quality Improvement in Kidney Transplantation: A Proof of Concept
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Time-Extended Local rtPA Infiltration for Acutely Thrombosed Hemodialysis Fistulas
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Surgeon Experience Affects Outcome of Forearm Arteriovenous Fistulae More Than Outcomes of Upper-Arm Fistulae
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Abstracts from Nephron:
A Clinical Study on Low-Molecular Weight Heparin Infusion as Anticoagulation for Nocturnal Home Haemodialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Resolution Introduced to Start Process to Repeal and Replace the ACA
News brief from AHANews.
AMA CEO: Before Repealing ACA, Offer Replacement Details
Letter to congressional leaders from the American Medical Association (AMA) CEO. Related AMA news item. Article from The Hill.
Leading Republicans See A Costly Malpractice Crisis — Experts Don't
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Gun Violence May Be 'Contagious,' Study Suggests
Medicare Bundled-Payments Model Cut Joint Replacement Costs by More Than 20 Percent
Press release from Penn Medicine. New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
HHS Nominee Is Foe of Bundled Payments despite Data Proving Their Success
Articles from Kaiser Health News and Healthcare Finance.


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Monday/Tuesday, Jan. 2-3

France Just Made Every Citizen An Organ Donor, Unless They Opt Out
Video and article from The World Post.
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Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse
Article from Slate.com.
Kent Thiry Is Mentioned As Possible Candidate for Colorado Governor in 2018
Article from The Denver Post.
American College of Physicians Updates Recommendations for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
Press release from American College of Physicians. Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text clinical practice guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Peritoneal Dialysis Registry With 2013 Survey Report (Japan)
Abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Teaching Peritoneal Dialysis in Australia: An Opportunity for Improvement
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Fabry's Disease: What Every Nephrologist Should Know
43-slide presentation from UKidney.
Management of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: How and Why?
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Calcitriol May Be Optimal Vitamin D3 Therapy for SHPT
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Obesity Increases the Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease among Living Kidney Donors
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Hypomagnesemia and Increased Risk of New Onset Diabetes Mellitus after Transplantation in Pediatric Renal Transplant Recipients
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Detecting Heterogeneous Treatment Effects to Guide Personalized Blood Pressure Treatment: A Modeling Study of Randomized Clinical Trials
Latest Articles abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Oscillometric and Auscultatory Blood Pressure Measurement Methods in Children: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Abstract from Journal of Hypertension.
Canagliflozin Slows Progression of Renal Function Decline Independently of Glycemic Effects
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Preoperative Renal Resistive Index Predicts Risk of Acute Kidney Injury in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery
Article in Press abstract from Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
Corporate Health Care Is Doomed. Here's Why.
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Most Doctors Ignore One of the Most Potent Ways to Improve Health, Penn Experts Say
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Germany's Model For Drug Price Regulation Could Work In The US
Posting from Health Affairs Blog.
House, Senate Headed for Clash on Medicare
Article from The Hill.
January CROWNWeb Newsletter Now Available


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Monday, Jan. 2

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Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse
Article from Slate.com.
Kent Thiry Is Mentioned As Possible Candidate for Colorado Governor in 2018
Article from The Denver Post.
Peritoneal Dialysis Registry With 2013 Survey Report (Japan)
Abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Obesity Increases the Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease among Living Kidney Donors
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Hypomagnesemia and Increased Risk of New Onset Diabetes Mellitus after Transplantation in Pediatric Renal Transplant Recipients
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Oscillometric and Auscultatory Blood Pressure Measurement Methods in Children: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Abstract from Journal of Hypertension.
Canagliflozin Slows Progression of Renal Function Decline Independently of Glycemic Effects
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Preoperative Renal Resistive Index Predicts Risk of Acute Kidney Injury in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery
Article in Press abstract from Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.
Corporate Health Care Is Doomed. Here's Why.
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Most Doctors Ignore One of the Most Potent Ways to Improve Health, Penn Experts Say
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Germany's Model For Drug Price Regulation Could Work In The US
Posting from Health Affairs Blog.
House, Senate Headed for Clash on Medicare
Article from The Hill.


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 30-31

Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse
Article from Slate.com.
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Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
2016 in Review Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
The Use of Incremental Peritoneal Dialysis in a Large Contemporary Peritoneal Dialysis Program
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Racial Disparities Exist in Children's Access to Kidney Transplantation
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Rates Are Low in Women with Advanced Kidney Disease
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from American Society of Nephrology.
First Online Abstracts from International Urology and Nephrology:
Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Ups Risk of Kidney Allograft Loss
Article from Renal and Urology News.

In the News: Fake Nephrology Conferences and Journals: Have You Have Been Getting These E-Mails?
Posting from the NephronPower blog.

Could Anemia Cause Hearing Loss?
Pharmacies Missed Half of Dangerous Drug Combinations
Article from the Chicago Tribune.
QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Aged =18 Years Who Are Very Worried about Medical Costs, by Home Ownership and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2015
Feature from the CDC's MMWR.
 


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Thursday, Dec. 29

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Serious Illness Conversations in ESRD
CJASN Express abstract.
JASN Express Abstracts:
Lifetime Risk of Renal Replacement Therapy in Europe: a Population-based Study Using Data from the ERA-EDTA Registry
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Diagnosis and Management of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in Chronic Kidney Disease: a Review
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Subtotal Parathyroidectomy for SHPT Safe, Effective
Article from Renal & Urology News.
The Central Role of Endothelial Dysfunction in Cardiorenal Syndrome
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from CardioRenal Medicine.
Hepatitis B Reactivation in HBsAg-Negative/HBcAb-Positive Patients Receiving Immunosuppressive Therapy for Glomerulonephritis: A Retrospective Analysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Cycling in Bed Is Safe for ICU Patients, Study Suggests
Nurses Call on Senate to Reject Tom Price as HHS Secretary
Press release from National Nurses United.
Free, Full-Text Articles from The New England Journal of Medicine:
CROWNWeb Town Hall: "Connecting the Pieces"
Registration for Jan. 26, 2017 event now open.


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Wednesday, Dec. 28

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Three Stories of Renal Vocational Rehabilitation
(2-page pdf) Newsletter from the Northwest Renal Network.
As Jobs Left the US, Suicides Rose
Articles from The Boston Globe and Slate.com. This draft version of the report is a  68-page pdf.

"We find that counties more exposed to a plausibly exogenous trade liberalization exhibit higher rates of suicide and related causes of death, concentrated among whites, especially white males."

Editor's note: More supporting evidence that providing renal replacement therapy with no emphasis on renal rehabilitation can be self-defeating and harmful to patients (especially white males?).
Dr. Larry Fleischmann, Pioneering Pediatric Kidney Expert, Dies
Article from the Detroit Free Press.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Levels Associate with AKI and Death in Critical Illness
JASN Express abstract.
Nephros Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance of HydraGuard(TM) 10" UltraFilter
Nephros press release.
When It Comes to Reducing Hospital Readmissions, Financial Penalties Work
Press release from Yale University. Abstract from The Journal of the American Medical Association. Related Latest abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Back Pain Dominate US Health Care Spending
Press release from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Free, full-text article from The Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Potential Costs of Tom Price As HHS Secretary
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Serial Testers and Cursory Checks: India's Flawed Generic Drug Trials Business
Article from Reuters.
CMS Announces New Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model
Article from Healthcare Finance.


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Monday/Tuesday, Dec. 26-27

As Jobs Left the US, Suicides Rose
Articles from The Boston Globe and Slate.com. This draft version of the report is a  68-page pdf.

"We find that counties more exposed to a plausibly exogenous trade liberalization exhibit higher rates of suicide and related causes of death, concentrated among whites, especially white males."

Editor's note: More supporting evidence that providing renal replacement therapy with no emphasis on renal rehabilitation can be self-defeating and harmful to patients (especially white males?).
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American Kidney Fund Seen Insisting on Donations, Contrary to Government Deal
Article from The New York Times (page 1 on Dec. 26).

"Under an agreement with the federal government, the Kidney Fund must distribute the aid based on a patient's financial need. But the charity has resisted giving aid to patients at clinics that do not donate money to the fund, an investigation by The New York Times has found. The actions have limited crucial help for needy patients at these clinics."

Editor's note: The American Kidney Fund functions as a fixed slot machine for the large for-profit dialysis providers and as a shakedown organization for the small dialysis providers. It routinely promotes policies that benefit for-profit dialysis providers. It fails patients once they receive a transplant. The long-time CEO pays herself a salary greater than President Obama's.
Living Kidney Donors Often Pay Their Own Expenses
Article from Reuters.
A Nation Divided, Even on Organ Transplants
Article from The Boston Globe.
Top Nephrology-Related Stories of 2016
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
The Role of Psychological Factors in Fatigue among End-Stage Kidney Disease Patients: a Critical Review
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
A Randomized, Single-Blind, Crossover Trial of Recovery Time in High-Flux Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Fragility Fracture
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Advance Access Abstracts of from NDT:
Bedside Tunneled Dialysis Catheter Removal—A Lesson Learned From Nephrology Trainees
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Inflammation and Oxidation: Do They Improve after Kidney Transplantation? Relationship with Mortality after Transplantation
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Peritonitis As a Risk Factor for Long-Term Cardiovascular Mortality in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: The Case of a Friendly Fire?
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Intraperitoneal Vancomycin Plus Either Oral Moxifloxacin or Intraperitoneal Ceftazidime for the Treatment of Peritoneal Dialysis-Related Peritonitis: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The Peritoneal Sieving of Sodium: a Simple and Powerful Test to Rule out the Onset of Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis in Patients Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Variations in Outcomes of Hemodialysis Vascular Access by Race/Ethnicity in the Elderly
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Study: Hospital Readmission Rates Decrease after Passage of ACA Financial Penalties
Press release from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Latest Articles abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Cleveland Clinic's 15-Year Focus on Improving Minority Health
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Medicaid Expansion Tied to Employment among People with Disabilities
Article from Reuters Health.


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Monday, Dec. 26

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  Dec. 26, 2016
American Kidney Fund Seen Insisting on Donations, Contrary to Government Deal
Article from The New York Times (front page Dec. 26).

"Under an agreement with the federal government, the Kidney Fund must distribute the aid based on a patient's financial need. But the charity has resisted giving aid to patients at clinics that do not donate money to the fund, an investigation by The New York Times has found. The actions have limited crucial help for needy patients at these clinics."
Living Kidney Donors Often Pay Their Own Expenses
Article from Reuters.
A Nation Divided, Even on Organ Transplants
Article from The Boston Globe.
Top Nephrology-Related Stories of 2016
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
The Role of Psychological Factors in Fatigue among End-Stage Kidney Disease Patients: a Critical Review
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
A Randomized, Single-Blind, Crossover Trial of Recovery Time in High-Flux Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Fragility Fracture
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Inflammation and Oxidation: Do They Improve after Kidney Transplantation? Relationship with Mortality after Transplantation
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Peritonitis As a Risk Factor for Long-Term Cardiovascular Mortality in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: The Case of a Friendly Fire?
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Intraperitoneal Vancomycin Plus Either Oral Moxifloxacin or Intraperitoneal Ceftazidime for the Treatment of Peritoneal Dialysis-Related Peritonitis: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The Peritoneal Sieving of Sodium: a Simple and Powerful Test to Rule out the Onset of Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis in Patients Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Variations in Outcomes of Hemodialysis Vascular Access by Race/Ethnicity in the Elderly
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Cleveland Clinic's 15-Year Focus on Improving Minority Health
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
 


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