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Fri./Sat., Dec. 16-17

Disparities in Renal Replacement and Dialysis Therapies
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
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  Dec. 16, 2016
Drive-Through Dialysis
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Comparison of Goals of Care Between Hemodialysis Patients and Their Health Care Providers
Full-text article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
"Health care providers' understanding of their hemodialysis patients' GoC (goals of care) was found to have poor agreement with their patients' reported GoC. This finding supports the importance of frequent and effective goals of care discussions and illness education for this population."
Experiences of Patients Undergoing Dialysis Who Are from Ethnic and Racial Minorities
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Senior Citizens, Even 80-Year-Olds, Can Be Organ Donors
Articles from Kaiser Health News and HealthDayPress release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
High Dialysate Calcium Concentration May Cause More Sympathetic Stimulus During Hemodialysis
Free, Open Access, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Palliative Care for Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease: Approach to Treatment That Aims to Improve Quality of Life and Relieve Suffering for Patients (and Families) with Chronic Illnesses
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Celeste Castillo-Lee: Choosing Hospice
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Are Serious Health Concerns for Older Kidney Transplant Recipients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
A Comparative Effectiveness Analysis of Early Steroid Withdrawal in Black Kidney Transplant Recipients
CJASN Express abstract.
Hyperparathyroidism and Increased Fractional Excretion of Phosphate Predict Allograft Loss in Long-Term Kidney Transplant Recipients
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
A Diet of Fruits, Vegetables May Help Kidney Disease Patients
Press release from Texas A&M University.
A Simple Care Bundle for Use in Acute Kidney Injury
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
First Occurrence of Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, and Hypertension among North American HIV-Infected Adults, 2000-2013
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Investigating Kidney Biomarkers to Track Lupus
Baseball Hall Of Famer Rod Carew to Have Heart, Kidney Transplant
Pope Francis Decries Turning Hospitals "into a Business"
Articles from Catholic Review and AP.
New Report Finds Health Wearable Devices Pose New Consumer and Privacy Risks
Press release from American University.
CMS ESRD QIP: Payment Year 2020 Final Rule Call — January 17
To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects  Event Registration.
Implementation of Changes in the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) and Payment for Dialysis Furnished for Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in ESRD Facilities for Calendar Year (CY) 2017
Transmittal 229, dated November 4, 2016, is being rescinded and replaced by Transmittal 231 (22-page pdf), dated December 15, 2016.
CMS Seeks to Test ACO Model for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries in up to Six States
News brief from AHANews. Press release from CMS. Article from Healthcare Finance.
CMS Announces Additional Opportunities for Clinicians under the Quality Payment Program
CMS press release.


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Thursday, Dec. 15

Pope Francis Decries Turning Hospitals "into a Business"
Articles from Catholic Review and AP.
CMS ESRD QIP: Payment Year 2020 Final Rule Call — January 17
To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects  Event Registration.
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“Zombie” Outbreak Caused by a Synthetic Cannabinoid in New York
Free, full-text, Online First article from The New England Journal of Medicine. Article from HealthDay.

Editor's note: Why haven't zombie outbreaks been reported in US dialysis centers? U.S. nephrology's longtime targets for dialysis care, "not dead" and "not in the hospital," turn far too many patients into zombies. Without any emphasis on patient employment and rehabilitation, U.S. dialysis centers default to becoming zombie factories.

Who would be attracted to this field of medicine today? (Is it the American Society of Junk-Bond Nephrology or the American Society of Zombie Nephrology?)
Nephrology Faces a Lack of Novice Nurse Recruitment
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Cognition in Chronic Kidney Disease: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Free, Open Access article from BMC Medicine.

Editor's note: Is anyone working to investigate and improve dialysis patients' cognitive functions?
Third Rock Ventures Launches Goldfinch Bio with $55 Million Series A Investment
Press release.

"Goldfinch was launched with $55 million in Series A financing to translate breakthroughs in genetics and kidney biology to lead a new era of therapeutic development targeting the molecular basis of progressive kidney diseases."
Renal Grand Rounds: Fevers on Dialysis - Not Always an Infection
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Free, Full-Text Journal of Renal Care Virtual Issue — Vascular Access:
Effects of Daprodustat, a Novel Hypoxia-Inducible Factor Prolyl Hydroxylase Inhibitor on Anemia Management in Japanese Hemodialysis Subjects
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
E-Consultation in Nephrology
Posting from the AJKD blog. Posting from the KevinMD blog: Telemedicine: What could go wrong? A lot.
CKD Patients May Live Longer on a Plant-Based Diet
Article from Renal & Urology News. Press release from the American Society of Nephrology. Related article from HealthNewsReview: Release Suggests Diet Helps Kidney Disease Patients 'Live Longer.' But an Association Study Alone Can't Prove That.
Fresenius Signs 5-Year Distribution Deal with Terumo to Launch CATSmart in US
Physicians React to Tom Price Nomination
Article from Medical Economics.
Health Chief: GOP Plan Is Really 'Repeal and Collapse'
Article from The Hill.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Not All Patients Share the Same Views on End of Life
Posting from KevinMD blog.
Groups Outraged Dialysis Facilities Must Tell Issuers About Premium Assistance; Legal Action Eyed
Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com (pay-for-view web site).


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Wednesday, Dec. 14

Third Rock Ventures Launches Goldfinch Bio with $55 Million Series A Investment
Press release.

"Goldfinch was launched with $55 million in Series A financing to translate breakthroughs in genetics and kidney biology to lead a new era of therapeutic development targeting the molecular basis of progressive kidney diseases."
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  Dec. 14, 2016

CMS Goes after Dialysis Facilities That Steer Patients Away from Medicare
Article from Healthcare Finance. News brief from AHANews.

Press Releases on CMS Interim Rule on Steering Patients into Private Insurance Plans: Editor's note: Mostly crocodile tears from the for-profit corporations' surrogates. Everyone should read pages 23-27 of the Interim Rule in the 63-page pdf or in Section 1D (Conflict Between Dialysis Facilities' Financial Interest and Patients' Interest Has Led to Problematic Steering) of this Federal Register notice.

All of these groups should have acknowledged the immoral policies and behaviors of the many dialysis professionals and corporations involved in these actions, as well as acknowledge all the harm that has done to patients and their families.
President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act;  Includes Provision Allowing Dialysis Patients Access to Medicare Advantage Plans
Press release from Kidney Care Partners. Article from HealthDay. News brief from AHANews.

Editor's note: Some dialysis providers will try to push dialysis patients into Medicare Advantage plans in order to increase their profits, despite many "disadvantages" for the patients. See this Aug. 4 posting in the KidneyViews blog. This legislation has been publically supported by DaVita and Dialysis Patient Citizens.

See this article on the often overhyped benefits of care coordination from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Sustained Enjoyment of Life and Mortality at Older Ages
Free, full-text article from the BMJ. Article from HealthDay.
Arteriovenous Fistula Patency in the 3 Years Following Vonapanitase and Placebo Treatment
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Acute Kidney Injury in Patients with Severe Sepsis or Septic Shock: a Comparison between the 'Risk, Injury, Failure, Loss of Kidney Function, End-Stage Kidney Disease' (RIFLE), Acute Kidney Injury Network (AKIN) and Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Classifications
Free, Open Access, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Can Twice Weekly Hemodialysis Expand Patient Access under Resource Constraints?
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Inter-Method Variability of Ferritin and Transferrin Saturation Measurement Methods in Patients on Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Proteon Therapeutics Kidney Drug Fails Key Study
CDC Reports Unequal Vaccination Coverage of Diabetes Patients
McConnell: Health Law Repeal To Happen Fast, Replacement Specifics Less Clear
News summary and related articles from Kaiser Health News.
Articles from The Hill:
The 21st Century Cures Act — A View from the NIH
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
VA Grants Full Practice Authority to Certain Advanced Practice Nurses
News brief from AHANews.
PCORI Board Approves $42 Million for 19 New Patient-Centered Research Projects
Press release from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Will Technology Destroy the Art of Medicine?
Posting from KevinMD blog.
CMS Releases Its Person and Family Engagement Strategy
Posting from The CMS Blog.


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Tuesday, Dec. 13

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  Dec. 13, 2016
CMS Cracks Down on Dialysis Providers Steering Patients into Private Plans
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare. Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com.

Interim rule from CMS (63-page pdf).

The rule's comment period ends on Jan. 14, 2017.
The Clinical and Economic Burden of Pneumonia in Patients Enrolled in Medicare Receiving Dialysis: a Retrospective, Observational Cohort Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Statins and the Kidney: Friend or Foe
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Blood Purification.
Oral Low-Dose Ferric Citrate Is a Useful Iron Source for Hyperphosphatemic Hemodialysis Patients: A Case Series
Issue-in-Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Targeting Unmet Social Needs—Next Steps Toward Improving Chronic Disease Management
New Online commentary extract and article abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine. Press release from Massachusetts General Hospital.
Physician Volume Affects Outpatient Diabetes Care
Press release from American College of Physicians. Latest Article abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Bone Marrow-Derived Cells Are Source of Key Kidney Disease Biomarker SuPAR
Pioglitazone-containing Medicines: Drug Safety Communication - Updated FDA Review, Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer
Hospital Acquired Conditions Fall 21% over Five Years
News brief from AHANews.
Study: 52M with Pre-Existing Conditions Could Be Denied Coverage without ObamaCare
Article from The Hill.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Dec. 14 Webinar: TeamSTEPPS® on Managing Disruptive Patients
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
 


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Monday, Dec. 12

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  Dec. 12, 2016
MedPAC Considers Recommending Dialysis Pay Hike, Cuts to Hospice, Long Term Care Hospitals
Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com (pay-for-view web site).

Dec. 8th meeting brief (1-page pdf) and presentation (13-page pdf) from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

Editor's note: This is a variation of the same presentation that has been given for decades. It places no emphasis on patient employment or rehabilitation, guaranteeing that nearly all patients will continue to receive a minimal standard of care that debilitates them.
A Bridge to Freedom - How Do You Get from a Lifetime of In-Center Dialysis to Freedom?
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
Mortality, Hospitalization, and Quality of Life among Patients with Hepatitis C Infection on Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
Does Serum HCO3 Predict Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Reduced Erythrocyte Survival in Uremic Patients Under Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis
Free, Open Access, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Orphan Drug Policies and Use in Pediatric Nephrology
Free, full-text article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Infants Requiring Maintenance Dialysis: Outcomes of Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
First Online Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
Blood Calcification Propensity, Cardiovascular Events, and Survival in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis in the EVOLVE Trial
CJASN Express abstract.
Pulmonary Hypertension Is Associated with Mortality and Cardiovascular Events in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Effects of a 12-Week Program of Tai Chi Exercise on the Kidney Disease Quality of Life and Physical Functioning of Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease on Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from Complementary Therapies in Medicine.
Web Resource Compiles Promising Practices for Patients with Complex Needs
News brief from AHANews. Web site of the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs.
Five Quick Ways A New HHS Secretary Could Change The Course Of Health Policy
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Major General James Gilman, M.D., Tapped To Lead NIH Clinical Center
Press release from National Institutes of Health.
Leapfrog Top Hospital Awards
Democratic Senators Seek Assurances From Trump About Plans For Medicare, Medicaid
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 9-10

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  Dec. 9, 2016
Patient-Driven Dialysis Care at Ryhov Hospital (Sweden)
Case study abstract from Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE). Related article on Donald Berwick from Hospitals & Health Networks.

"Sweden's Ryhov Hospital has initiated a self-dialysis program that allows patients to come and go as they please and administer their own dialysis."

"Berwick was joined on stage by two patients from Ryhov, who challenged hospital leaders hesitant to give up such control, to "see the person behind the patient" and "challenge the culture" of your own institution."
Green Dialysis: What to Do with Discarded Water Used during Dialysis?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Nineteen Hospitals Selected for National Pilot Program Aimed at Maximizing Kidney Transplantation
News release from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.
The Five Most Active Transplant Centers in 2015: a Look at the Waitlists
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Reducing Infection in the Outpatient Dialysis Facility - Results of the Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric ESRD (SCOPE) Collaborative
Registration now open for Making Dialysis Safer Coalition webinar scheduled for Jan. 31, 3 PM EST.
Outcome Reporting Bias: A Pervasive Problem in Published Meta-analyses
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Clinical Features of CKD-MBD in Japan: Cohort Studies and Registry
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Healthy Diet May Help Kidney Disease Patients Live Longer
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Dietary Patterns and Clinical Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease: The CKD.QLD Nutrition Study
Article in Press abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
First Online Abstract from Pediatric Nephrology:
Long-Term Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Outcomes of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease in the Era of Second-Generation Drug-Eluting Stents
Issue-in-Progress abstract from CardioRenal Medicine.
Efficacy of Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose Versus Retrospective Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Improving Glycemic Control in Diabetic Kidney Disease Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
OPTN/UNOS Board Places Indiana Donor Network on Probation
Even Small Rise in Blood Pressure Can Harm Black Patients
Yoga Called Good Medicine for High Blood Pressure
Study Furthers Research on Protein Involved in Kidney Disease
As Obama's Term Winds Down, Resistance to Obamacare Diminishes
Article from HealthDay.
Life Expectancy in the US Has Decreased. That's Troubling
News briefs from Healthcare DIVE and AHANews.
Turning Patients Into Profit: Psychiatric Hospital Chain Under Fire For Questionable Practices
News brief from Kaiser Health News.
Mr. Trump: Don't Become the First Anti-Vaccine President
Opinion piece from STAT.
National Influenza Vaccination Week: What Does Medicare Cover?
Resources from CMS.
CMS Announces Two New Patient Engagement Models
News brief from AHANews.


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Thursday, Dec. 8

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Organ Traffickers Lock up People to Harvest Their Kidneys. Here Are the Politics behind the Organ Trade.
Article from The Washington Post. Article from International Studies Perspectives (21-page pdf). Abstract from The British Journal of Criminology.
The Heart Matters in Hemodialysis
Posting from the AJKD blog.
21st Century Cures Bill Clears Congress and Is Sent to Obama; Includes Provision That Allows ESRD Patients To Choose Medicare Advantage Plans
Press release (2-page pdf) from Dialysis Patients Citizens. Articles from Nephrology News & Issues, Kaiser Health News, Reuters and Healthcare DIVE. Article from Medscape Medical News (registration required).

Quote from Hrant Jamgochian, chief executive of Dialysis Patient Citizens:
"We hope insurers will embrace this opportunity to serve dialysis patients and offer them the care-coordination services and lower cost sharing that are not available in traditional Medicare."
Editor's note: Some dialysis providers will try to push dialysis patients into Medicare Advantage plans in order to increase their profits, despite many "disadvantages" for the patients. See this Aug. 4 posting in the KidneyViews blog. This legislation has been publically supported by DaVita and Dialysis Patient Citizens, which was founded as DaVita Patient Citizens.

See the following article on the often overhyped benefits of care coordination from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Cost Containment and the Tale of Care Coordination
Free, full-text, perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.

"The notion that care coordination not only improves outcomes but also lowers costs is not evidence-based, and it poses many potential dangers, beginning with the diminution of the importance of coordinated care itself as a worthy goal."
OMB Reviews Rule Requiring Dialysis Facilities To Disclose Financial Assistance; Final NBPP
Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com (pay-for-view website).
Clinical Course of Acute Kidney Injury in Elderly Individuals Above 80 Years
Free, Open Access, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Burnout Syndrome Among Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis Nurses
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Dry Weight Assessment by Combined Ultrasound and Bioimpedance Monitoring in Low Cardiovascular Risk Hemodialysis Patients: a Randomized Controlled Trial
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
First Online Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:
Effect of Predialysis Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on Early Survival After Hemodialysis Initiation in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: Co-JET Study
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Effects of Lanthanum Carbonate and Calcium Carbonate on Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 and Hepcidin Levels in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Genetic Variants Associated with Circulating Parathyroid Hormone
JASN Express abstract.
Modest Increases in High Blood Pressure Linked to Death; Heart Failure
30M Would Be Uninsured If ‘Replace’ Stalls After ‘Repeal’ Goes Through, Report Finds
News brief from Kaiser Health News.
Senate Finance Leaders Introduce Chronic Care Legislation
News brief from AHANews.


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Wednesday, Dec. 7

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  Dec. 7, 2016

Healthcare Market Consolidation: What the Dialysis Industry Tells Us
Blog posting from Baylor College of Medicine.

Editor's note: Dr. Erickson equates more dialysis centers with greater patient choices. However, he fails to acknowledge that patient outcomes are significantly better at nonprofit dialysis centers (USRDS Chapter 10). Unfortunately for patients, the percentage of nonprofit dialysis centers has been decreasing. Most dialysis patients are shepherded into profit-maximizing treatment regimens that virtually no nephrologists would choose for themselves or their own family members.

Egypt Busts Organ Trading Racket, Arrests 45 People
Article from Reuters.
ASN 2016: New Therapies for Old Ailments
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Supplement Issue of Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
7 full-text articles on data from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
  Full-text Articles from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation:
Basic Description of the Dialysis Population of Kuwait: The 2015 Data
Full-text article from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation.

Magnetic Purification of Blood 'Pulls out' the Bacteria

Repealing Obamacare to Be First on Senate Agenda in 2017
Article from Reuters.
Study: Uninsured Rate Could Rise above Pre-Obamacare Levels under Repeal
Article from The Hill.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
With Media Watchdogs on the Sidelines, Pharma Funded Advocacy Groups Pushed Cures Act to the Finish Line
Posting from HealthNewsReview.
Revised CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines for Health-Related Research Involving Humans
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
How Is Lean Working in Health Care? Not so Well
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facility Claim (Type of Bill 72X) to Accommodate Dialysis Furnished to Beneficiaries with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
Replacement CMS Program Transmittal notice (8-page pdf).
CROWNWeb Town Hall: CROWNWeb Naughty or Nice?
Thu, December 15th 2016, 2:00 pm ET.

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Tuesday, Dec. 6

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  Dec. 6, 2016
Supervised Nocturnal Dialysis Available for Lubbock Patients
Video and article from KSWO.com.
Advisory Opinion from HHS Office of the Inspector General (regarding a laboratory's proposal to provide services consisting of the labeling of test tubes and specimen collection containers at no cost to dialysis facilities)
7-page pdf.
Association Between Changes in CMS Reimbursement Policy and Drug Labels for Erythrocyte-Stimulating Agents With Outcomes for Older Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis Covered by Fee-for-Service Medicare
Abstract and editorial extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Outcomes for Hemodialysis Patients with Hepatitis C Infection
News release from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
Hemodialysis: Intradialytic Meals: Addressing a Neglected Problem
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
Intractable Intradialytic Hypotension with Ischemic Retinopathy
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress Letter to the Editor from Blood Purification.
Outcomes of Kidney Transplantation in Alport Syndrome Compared with Other Forms of Renal Disease
Free, Open Access, Latest Article from Renal Failure.
What Are We Doing? A Survey of United States Nephrology Fellowship Program Directors
CJASN Express abstract.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Treating Mild Hyperkalemia
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
GRADE Methods for Guideline Development: Time to Evolve?
Free, full-text, opinion piece from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Clinic Readings May Underestimate Blood Pressure during Daily Activities
Association Between 900 Steps a Day and Functional Decline in Older Hospitalized Patientsus
GOP’s ‘Repeal And Delay’ Strategy Threatens To Send Already-Teetering Market Into Chaos
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Health Systems Lining up to Offer Telehealth Options
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
As Home Health Services Grow, Staffing Shortages Emerge, Experts Say
Article from Healthcare Finance.
Controlled Interventions to Reduce Burnout in Physicians: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
No Safe Level of Smoking: Even Low Intensity Smokers Are at Increased Risk of Earlier Death
CROWNWeb Down Dec. 8-12


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Monday, Dec. 5

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  Dec. 5, 2016
The Mathematics of Dialysis vs. Two Normal Kidneys
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Be Wary When a Non-Clinician Talks about Acute Kidney Injury
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Free, Full-Text, Issue-in-Progress Articles from Blood Purification:
Effect of Coenzyme Q10 on Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress and Cardiac Function in Hemodialysis Patients: The CoQ10 Biomarker Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Probiotic Supplementation in Diabetic Hemodialysis Patients Has Beneficial Metabolic Effects
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
The Effect of Intradialytic Intralipid Therapy in Pediatric Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Adsorption as a Contributor for Inflammatory Mediators Removal by Different Hemofiltration Membranes: A Pilot Study
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Active Compounds Extracted from Extra Virgin Olive Oil Counteract Mesothelial to Mesenchymal Transition of Peritoneal Mesothelium Cells Exposed to Conventional Peritoneal Dialysate: in vitro and in vivo Evidences
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
DaVita Launches Joint Venture with Inspira Health Network to Provide Dialysis Services in South Jersey
Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood
Mayo Clinic Q and A: Prevent Kidney Stones with the Right Amount of Calcium
Ryan: Obamacare Repeal Is First Priority under Trump
Article from The Hill.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Worldwide Cancer Rates Up More Than One-Third in Past Decade: Report
Article from HealthDay.
CMS Releases 2015 National Health Expenditures
CMS press release. Free, full-text, Web First article from Health Affairs. News brief from AHANews.
Senate Republicans Reluctant To Tinker With Medicare, Despite House GOP's Eagerness
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 2-3

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  Dec. 2, 2016
Kidney Disease Hospitalization and Mortality Rates Continue to Decline in the US
Press release from the University of Michigan Health System.

Editor's note: At least they're not getting worse. These goals — not dead and not in the hospital — are the foundation of the sick-patient model of care that has failed US dialysis patients for decades.

Unfortunately, abysmal employment and rehabilitation rates are strong evidence that US nephrology is still ignoring and denying the harm it is doing to patients' hearts and minds. Without a well-patient model of care as a foundation, US dialysis care and technology will remain largely stagnant and self-defeating.
More Physicians Willing to Hide Mistakes, Survey Reveals
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.

Editor's note: And the same applies for medical societies, I assume.
Adherence in Kidney Transplant Recipients
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Simple Walking Program Provides Physical and Mental Benefits to Dialysis Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.

Editor's note: Perhaps exercise equipment should be built into dialysis center stations (with lower blood flow rates during exercise?).
Survey of Canadian Kidney Transplant Specialists on the Management of Morbid Obesity and the Transplant Waiting List
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Association between Daily Hemodialysis, Access to Renal Transplantation and Patients' Survival in France
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Mortality, Hospitalization, and Quality of Life among Patients with Hepatitis C Infection on Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Notices from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
Hallucinogenic Drug Psilocybin Eases Existential Anxiety in People with Life-Threatening Cancer
Some GOP Voters Skittish On Full Obamacare Repeal, Poll Finds
Article from Kaiser Health News. Related article from The Hill.
Liberal MDs Are Furious after Top Doctors Group Backed Trump's Pick for Health Secretary
Article from STAT. Related article from Medical Economics.
Post by Incoming CMS Chief On Indiana's Groundbreaking Medicaid Waiver
Posting by Seema Verma from the Health Affairs Blog.
CMS Issues FAQs on Emergency Preparedness Rule
News brief from AHANews.
Health Law's Test Kitchen For Payment Reforms Could Offer Tool For GOP Ideas
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Big Changes (MACRA) Coming to How Medicare Pays Clinicians
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.


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Thursday, Dec. 1

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  Dec. 1, 2016
World First MRI Study Sheds Light on Heart Damage during Kidney Dialysis
Press release from the University of Nottingham.

"Our observations confirm the need for interventions to reduce the negative impact of dialysis on the heart."

Editor's note: The U.S. model of junk-bond dialysis care relies upon having a majority of nephrologists that are willing to ignore the damage done to patients' hearts and minds by physiologically brutal treatment regimens (which nephrologists would never accept for themselves).

Why are employment and rehabilitation rates so low?
Infographic: Living Kidney Donation
Data from the Mayo Clinic.
A Closer Look at The Dialysis PATIENTS Act
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
Accuron Technologies' Medtech Division Invests into AWAK Technologies
Press release. Related article from e27 (Singapore).
Vascular Calcification in Chronic Kidney Disease: Different Bricks in the Wall?
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Abstracts from Peritoneal Dialysis International:
Survey Reveals Most People Don't Know Heart Disease Is the No. 1 Killer of People with Type 2 Diabetes
Study: Risk for Heart Failure Soars in Patients with Hypertension, Obesity, Diabetes
Kidney Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Early Trial
Standing or 'Easy' Walks May Help Type 2 Diabetics Control Blood Sugar
Fresenius Medical Care Will Focus on IFRS Reporting and Discontinue U.S. GAAP Financial Statements
House Approves the 21st Century Cures Act, Sending Landmark Bill to Senate
Article from STAT.
Psilocybin May Be a Psychiatry Game Changer
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News. Article from STAT.
 


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Wednesday, Nov. 30

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  Nov. 30, 2016
FDA Warns Chinese Heparin Manufacturer, Reigniting Questions of Contamination
News item from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.
PD Versus HD: Do I Have a Choice?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Arterial Stiffness as a Cardiovascular Risk Factor in Stage 5D Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: An Age Affair
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access, First Online Articles from Journal of Nephrology:
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Peritoneal Dialysis Access Revision in Children: Causes, Interventions, and Outcomes
CJASN Express abstract.
The Role of Fluid Overload in the Prediction of Outcome in Acute Kidney Injury
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Clinical Practice Guideline for Drug-Induced Kidney Injury in Japan 2016: Digest Version
Free, Open Access article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Cardiovascular and Stroke Risk in Japanese Hemodialysis Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Closing On December 1, 2016 - Public Comment for Draft Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life
Notice from the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights.
DaVita and Rock Health Announce Partnership
Press release.
Education on Personalized Diabetes Risk Doesn't Motivate Behavior Change
Insulin Prices Skyrocket, Putting Many Diabetics in a Bind
Beyond Birth Control, Women Could Pay More For Insurance Again Under TrumpCare
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Popular Heartburn Medication Linked to Increased Stroke
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
Price's Appointment Boosts GOP Plans To Overhaul Medicare And Medicaid
Article from Kaiser Health News. Related article from Healthcare Finance.
Trump Picks Seema Verma To Head CMS
Articles from Politico, Medical Economics, and Kaiser Health News.
Connection Found Between Low-Income Communities And Fewer Hospital Stars


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Tuesday, Nov. 29

Trump Picks Seema Verma To Head CMS
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Kidney Community Begins to Embrace Patient Engagement
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

Editor's note: Unfortunately, this article contains no mention of patient engagement by the large for-profit dialysis providers. Until there are substantial financial incentives for these corporations to engage patients and value their feedback in improving dialysis care and technology, little change will occur.

See this recent article by Dr. Allen Nissenson, the Chief Medical Officer of DaVita. Is there any mention of patient engagement in these factory-like standardized practices that dominate U.S. dialysis care?

CDC Issues Draft Guidelines for Dressings to Prevent Catheter Related Infections
News brief from AHANews. Comments are due January 24.
Nominations Wanted: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Star Ratings Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) to convene a Technical Expert Panel to obtain recommendations on potential quality measures to include in the Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings. Nomination period closes Dec. 22, 2016.
Full-Text Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Dialysis Vintage and Outcomes after Kidney Transplantation: A Retrospective Cohort Study
CJASN Express abstract.
Regional Citrate Anticoagulation for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in Children
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Trajectories and Predictors of Allograft Dysfunction after Renal Transplantation in Children
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Vascular Access Types in Patients Starting Hemodialysis after Failed Kidney Transplant: Does Close Nephrology Follow-Up Matter?
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
FDA Approves Removal of Boxed Warning for Hyperkalemia Drug
Article from Renal & Urology News.
JSA Medical Group (a DaVita Medical Group) and Humana Team Up in Florida
Press release.
New Hope for Regeneration in Humans
Reports: Trump Picks Tom Price for HHS Secretary
Article from Roll Call.
Elizabeth Warren Rips 21st Century Cures Bill and Vows to Fight It
Article from STAT. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:

Texas Reports First Case of Zika Spread by Local Mosquitoes

The GOP's Tool to Fast Track Trump's Plans, Privatize Medicare
Article from Roll Call. News summary from Kaiser Health News.



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Monday, Nov. 28

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Patients Increasingly Influence The Direction Of Medical Research
Article from KPBS.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Distinct in vitro Complement Activation by Various Intravenous Iron Preparations
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article and editorial from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Opinions of Nephrologists on the Efficacy and Tolerance of Statins in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Latest Article from Renal Failure.
Evaluate Quality of Kidneys from DCD/ECD Donors by Parameters of Machine Perfusion
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Republicans Reach Deal to Pass Cures Act by End of Year, but Democrats Pushing for Changes
Article from STAT.

FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.

 


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Fri./Sat., Nov. 25-26

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Back To The Future: Insurance Pools For High-Risk Patients Could Be Revived
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Wright said the high-risk pools were among the “failures” in the health care system that led to Obamacare.
November 2016 Issue of RSA Journal
6 articles (in pdf format) from the Renal Society of Australasia.
Topic Discussion: Novel Anticoagulants in CKD and ESRD
Posting from the Nephron Power blog.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Technology and the Future of Kidney Care
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Donor and Recipient Views on Their Relationship in Living Kidney Donation: Thematic Synthesis of Qualitative Studies
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Bicarbonate Balance and Prescription in ESRD
JASN Express abstract.
2MD (DP001), a Single Agent in the Management of Hemodialysis Patients: A Randomized Trial
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
What Has Changed in the Prevalence of Hypertension in Dialyzed Children during the Last Decade?
Free, Open Access, Latest Article from Renal Failure.
Association between Prediabetes and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and All Cause Mortality: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Full-text article from the BMJ.
Do You Wash Your White Coat Often Enough?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape.
Depression Prevalence in Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Statins Recommended for Adults With No Cardiovascular Disease
Federal Judge Blocks Department Of Labor Final Rule on Overtime Pay Affecting 500,000 Healthcare Workers
Article from Healthcare Finance.
News Briefs from Kaiser Health News:
CMS Finalizes Medicare Quality Measures under Consideration
Summary from Healthcare Finance. CMS web page on Pre-Rule Making measures. See the Measures under Consideration List for 2016 (221-page pdf).  An EXCEL spreadsheet of the list is also available.

There are three ESRD Measures under Consideration for Dec. 1, 2016:
  • Standardized Transfusion Ratio for Dialysis Facilities
  • Hemodialysis Vascular Access: Standardized Fistula Rate
  • Hemodialysis Vascular Access: Long-term Catheter Rate
Video: New Emergency Preparedness Rule
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
GOP's Focus On Health Care Could Put Medicare In The Cross Hairs


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Wednesday, Nov. 23

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Incremental Peritoneal Dialysis: a 10 Year Single-Center Experience
Free, Open Access article from Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Dialytic Hemodynamics Are Associated with Changes in Gait Speed
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Issue-in-Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
Rethinking Renal End Points for AKI in Clinical Trials
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Fruits, Veggies May Stave Off Kidney Function Decline
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Study in black community finds less functional decline with access to healthy foods.
Yogic Breathing Helps Fight Major Depression
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
RSN's 18th Annual Renal Teen Prom - Jan. 15
Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn't Extend It
Consumer Reports Calls out 31 Hospitals for Poor Infection Controls
Free, full-text article from Consumer Reports. Summary from Healthcare DIVE.
Blood Thinners, Antibiotics, and Diabetes Drugs Often Send Americans to ERs
 


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Tuesday, Nov. 22

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Explain Hemodialysis Obesity Paradox
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Cardiovascular Events and Death in Japanese Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:

Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
A Comparison of Two Surgical Techniques for the Second Stage of Brachiobasilic Arteriovenous Fistula Creation
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Baxter Touts Data on Home Peritoneal Dialysis
U.S. Hospitals Halve Catheter Infection Rates: Consumer Reports Review
Drug Combo for Irregular Heartbeat Might Raise Bleeding Risk
Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med (thiazide diuretics): Fewer Fractures?
Dramatic Decline in Dementia Seen among Older Adults in the US
Articles from STAT and HealthDay. Free, full-text, New Online article and commentary from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Proposed Legislation Could Fix Gaps in MediGap Coverage
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
CROWNWeb New User Training on Dec. 6


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Monday, Nov. 21

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Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Multinational Study Finds High Rates of Acute Kidney Injury in Children Admitted to ICUs
Press release from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Free, full-text, Online First article and editorial from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Press Releases from the American Society of Nephrology:
Initiative Aims to Significantly Reduce Infection Rate in Dialysis Patients
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Articles from MedPage Today (registration required, but free):
Postings from Kidney Week from the AJKD Blog:
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Sarcopenic Obesity Definitions by Body Composition and Mortality in the Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Free, Open Access, Issue-In-Progress Articles from Kidney and Blood Pressure Research:
Disparities in Kidney Transplantation Access among Korean Patients Initiating Dialysis: A Population-Based Cohort Study Using National Health Insurance Data (2003-2013)
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Pre-operative Assessment for Arteriovenous Fistula Placement for Dialysis
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Comparison of Saudi Arabian Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis Patients' Illness Perceptions
Free, Open Access Latest Article from Renal Failure.
Aethlon's Blood Filtration Device As Broad Countermeasure for Infectious Diseases
Pharma Executives Charged With Fraud, Conspiracy In Multi-Million Dollar Scheme
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Zika No Longer 'Global Health Emergency,' WHO Says
Article from HealthDay.
Report Finds Kansas' Move To Private Management Of Medicaid Fails To Improve Care
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Fri./Sat., Nov. 18-19

Program Helps With Transition to Renal Replacement Therapy
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Multinational Study Finds High Rates of Acute Kidney Injury in Children Admitted to ICUs
Press release from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Free, full-text, Online First article and editorial from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Opioid Rx Linked to Higher Mortality in Dialysis Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
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Press Releases from the American Society of Nephrology:
New Clue May Explain Residual Renal Function Loss in HD Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Press Releases from Fresenius Medical Care and DaVita on their ASN Abstracts
Editor's note: Considering that a respected nephrologist has suggested that U.S. for-profit providers have been reporting fraudulent data to Medicare in order to improve financial reimbursements, one must wonder how many of these abstracts can be considered scientifically valid. Is this the equivalent of tobacco-industry scientific research?
Wayne State and Henry Ford Present Findings on ESRD and CKD
Press release.
Baxter to Present 24 Abstracts at ASN Kidney Week 2016
Press release.
Free, Open Access, Articles in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Effect of Peritoneal Dialysis Versus Hemodialysis on Renal Anemia in Renal in End-Stage Disease Patients: a Meta-Analysis
Free, Open Access, Latest Article from Renal Failure.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Patient Discrimination 101: Five Ways Insurance Carriers Are Discriminating against People with Chronic Health Conditions
Posting from the Chronic Disease Coalition website.
Disparities in the Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes — United States, 1999–2002 and 2011–2014
Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Sleep Apnea Immediately Compromises Blood Pressure
Last-Line Antibiotics Are Failing
News release from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
CDC Reveals Top 5 Causes of Death
Article from HealthDay. Article from MMWR.
CMS Launches New Online Tool to Make Quality Payment Program Easier for Clinicians
CMS press release.


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Thursday, Nov. 17

New Clue May Explain Residual Renal Function Loss in HD Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Telemedicine Program Provides Kidney Care to Patients in Rural Areas
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
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National Report Finds Patients at Dialysis Clinic, Inc., to Have Lowest Hospitalization and Mortality Rates for 14th Straight Year
DCI press release.

24-minute Video from The Kidney Project Facebook Page on their Implantable Artificial Kidney
This is a UCSF project headed by Shuvo Roy.
New Data on Benefits of More Frequent Hemodialysis
Press release from NxStage. New NxStage web site on recent AJKD November supplement on intensive hemodialysis.
High Blood Pressure Rates Have Doubled Worldwide Since 1975
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, Open Access article from The Lancet.
Hemoglobin of 12 g/dl and Above Is Not Associated with Increased Cardiovascular Morbidity in Children on Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Effects of Intravenous Iron on Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 (FGF23) in Hemodialysis Patients: a Randomized Controlled Trial
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Tolvaptan and Kidney Pain in Patients With Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease: Secondary Analysis From a Randomized Controlled Trial
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
ESRD Databases, Public Policy, and Quality of Care: Translational Medicine and Nephrology
CJASN Express abstract.
The Influence of Time Point of Blood Pressure Measurement on the Outcome in Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of the American Society of Hypertension.
Novel HCV Drug Combo Shines in CKD Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Chronically ill Women Underusing Online Self-Care Resources, Study Shows
Device Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Treat Heart Failure
US Lags Behind Providing Affordable, Accessible Health Care
Full-text article from Health Affairs.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine:

Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Employment of More Nurse Assistants Is Associated with More Deaths and Lower Quality Care
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Covering Undocumented Immigrants — State Innovation in California
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Almost 1 in 4 Face Surprise Bills After ER Visit
 


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Wednesday, Nov. 16*

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UW Opens the Center for Dialysis Innovation
Article from Puget Sound Business Journal.
American Renal Associates Announces 3rd Quarter Results;  Will Suspend Assistance in Application Process for Insurance Premium Support from AKF
News release.

"Pending further policy guidance from CMS, in November 2016, for patients enrolled in minimum essential Medicaid coverage, we have temporarily suspended assistance in the application process for charitable premium support from the American Kidney Fund (“AKF”), which we expect will cause an adverse change in the mix of patients and treatments. This change will not affect our provision of such assistance in the application process to other patients."
CDC to Host Webinars on Updates to NSHN Dialysis Component
Notice of Dec. 1st webinar and Dec. 2nd (encore) from the American Nephrology Nurses Association web site.
USRDS Quarterly Update
Latest incident and prevalent counts from the United States Renal Data System.
Hemodialysis Infection Prevention Protocols Ontario - Shower Technique (HIPPO-ST) - A Pilot Randomized Trial
(32-page pdf) In Press Accepted Manuscript from KI Reports.
Free, Full-Text, Issue-In-Progress Articles from Blood Purification:
Infective Spondylodiscitis in Patients on Maintenance Hemodialysis: a Case Series
Free, Open Access, Latest Article from Renal Failure.
Association between Autonomic Nervous Dysfunction and Cellular Inflammation in End-Stage Renal Disease
Free, Open Access article from BMC Cardiovascular Disorders.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
(Singapore) National Kidney Foundation Fires CEO Edmund Kwok
New Drug Beats Standard Therapy in Advanced Kidney Cancer
Heart Failure Hospitalizations on the Rise in the U.S.
Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely
Most Doctors Don't Cite Cost as a Factor When Deciding Treatments
One-Third of Hypertension Patients Fail to Comply With Meds
Articles from STAT:
Statins for Everyone over 40? What Patients Need To Think about Before Filling That Prescription
Article from Health News Review.org.  Free, full-text articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Coming Soon: Lower Cholesterol From a Twice-a-Year Shot?
Article from HealthDay.
CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System Identifies Satellite Healthcare as Leading 10 Largest Dialysis Providers in Percentage of Top-Rated Dialysis Centers
News release.
CMS' Hospital Quality Star Ratings Fail To Pass The Common Sense Test
Posting from the Health Affairs Blog.


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Tuesday, Nov. 15

American Renal Associates Announces 3rd Quarter Results;  Will Suspend Assistance in Application Process for Insurance Premium Support from AKF
News release.

"Pending further policy guidance from CMS, in November 2016, for patients enrolled in minimum essential Medicaid coverage, we have temporarily suspended assistance in the application process for charitable premium support from the American Kidney Fund (“AKF”), which we expect will cause an adverse change in the mix of patients and treatments. This change will not affect our provision of such assistance in the application process to other patients."
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Health Insurers Say Dialysis Clinics Are Scamming Them
Article from Minnesota Public Radio News.
Improving Distress in Dialysis (iDiD): A Tailored CBT Self-Management Treatment for Patients Undergoing Dialysis
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Care.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Effect of a Dialysis Access Coordinator on Preemptive Access Placement among Veterans: A Quality Improvement Initiative
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Effect of Center Practices on the Choice of the First Dialysis Modality for Children and Young Adults
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Vitamin K Deficiency in Chronic Kidney Disease: Evidence Is Building Up
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial from American Journal of Nephrology.
New Cooler Keeps Organs at Right Temperature Prior to Transplantation
Article from MedGadget.
Latest Abstracts from Annals of Internal Medicine:
Annals Consult Guys – In the Hot Seat: What Is This Rash After Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin?
Trump Should Be Good Medicine for the Pharmaceutical Industry. Here's Why
Article from STAT.
Updated Medicare and Medicaid Drug Spending Dashboard
Posting from The CMS Blog. News brief from AHANews.


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Monday, Nov. 14

Health Insurers Say Dialysis Clinics Are Scamming Them
Article from Minnesota Public Radio.
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USRDS 2016 Annual Data Report Now Available
The United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Annual Data Report has been released, covering from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014.

In Volume 2, Chapter 10, Tables 10.1-10.4 contain the all-cause standardized mortality ratios (SMR) and all-cause standardized hospitalization ratios (SHR).

For 2014, of the three largest dialysis organizations, DCI had the lowest SMR in 2014 at 0.92, compared with DaVita's 1.02 and Fresenius Medical Care's 0.98.

Editor's note: For the 14th year in a row, DCI, the only non-profit large dialysis provider, has the lowest standard mortality and hospitalization ratios in the country. For the second consecutive year, DaVita had among the worst standardized mortality ratios, as well as the worst standardized hospitalization ratio in the U.S. dialysis industry.

DaVita has been placing a huge emphasis on improving its employees' lives, as shown in this recent article on DaVita's culture (which does not even mention the word "patient").

For patients being shepherded into short-time, in-center hemodialysis treatments, perhaps DaVita is better described as "DaMorta."

It is time to U.S. nephrologists to address the fact that while a for-profit, junk-bond-financed dialysis care system generously funds their professional organizations and makes many nephrologists wealthy, it has also been killing and harming patients unnecessarily for decades.

The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Junk-Bond Nephrology is being held this week in Chicago. What one sees after taking two steps into the exhibit hall will justify this name.
Trump in 30 Seconds: Science and Medicine in Flux
Article from STAT.
"Heading the (Trump) transition team for health care reform is Paula Stannard, a former deputy general counsel and acting general counsel at HHS and now a Washington lawyer for Alston & Bird LLP"
Editor's note: Among the organizations that have retained Alston & Bird in 2016 are Fresenius Medical Care and the Kidney Care Council.
Identification of Volume Overload Hospitalizations among Hemodialysis Patients Using Administrative Claims: a Validation Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Elements of Dialysis Nursing Practice Associated with Successful Cannulation: Result of an International Survey
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Abstracts from Cochrane Reviews:
Chronic Hyperphosphatemia and Vascular Calcification Are Reduced by Stable Delivery of Soluble Klotho
JASN Express abstract.
Possible Prevention of Uremic Nausea by Vitamin D Receptor Activators in Non-dialysis Patients with Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Allopurinol Does Not Increase Chronic Kidney Disease Risk in Gout Patients
Development of a Wearable Medical Device for Type 2 Diabetes
Urate Lowering Therapy Helps Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Improve Organ Function
Trump's Vague Policies Leave Key Questions On Future Of Health Coverage, Quality, Medicare
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Trump Open to Keeping 'Amended' Version of Obamacare
Article from The Hill.
U.S. Heart Disease Rates Fell 20 Percent Since 1980s: Study
 


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Fri./Sat., Nov. 11-12

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Renal Outcomes in Diabetes Leading Kidney Week
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
ESRD Uncommon among Type 1 Diabetics
Summary from HealthDay.
Extracellular Volume Overload and Increased Vasoconstriction in Patients With Recurrent Intradialytic Hypertension
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Effect of Oral Anticoagulant Therapy on Mortality in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: a Prospective Study
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Study Uncovers Link between Constipation and Kidney Disease
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
JASN Express Abstracts:
High Cutoff Hemofiltration Versus Standard Hemofiltration: Effect on Plasma Cytokines
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Prognostic Biomarkers at Discontinuation of Renal Replacement Therapy in Acute Kidney Injury Patients in the Intensive Care Unit
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress letter to the editor from Blood Purification.
Spleen Contributes Significantly to Increased Circulating Levels of Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 in Response to Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Inflammation
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2016 Results
Too Much Iron Linked to Gestational Diabetes
Former HHS Official Bremberg Tapped For Trump's HHS Transition
(Pay-for-view website) Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Trump Will Face Cybercrisis in First 100 Days, Forrester (Research Firm) Predicts
Article from Healthcare IT News.
Trump's Election: What Now for Healthcare?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
An Abortion Doctor on Trump's Win: 'I Fear for My Life. I Fear for My Patients.'
Article from STAT.
Articles from Healthcare Finance:
Getting Doctors and Nurses to Work Together at Patient Bedsides
Press release from Penn State.
How Other Countries Use Deprivation Indices—And Why The United States Desperately Needs One
Abstract from Health Affairs.
2017 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced
CMS press release.
CROWNWeb Town Hall: Outcomes of the CROWNWeb Data Validation
This Internet streaming event will occur Thursday, November 17th 2016, 2:00 pm ET.
Final Rule on Ambulatory Surgery Centers; Organ Procurement Organization Reporting and Communication; Transplant Outcome Measures and Documentation Requirements
Notice from the Federal Register.

"Further, in this final rule with comment period, we are making changes to tolerance thresholds for clinical outcomes for solid organ transplant programs; to Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) definitions, outcome measures, and organ transport documentation..."


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Thursday, Nov. 10

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DaVita to Spend $55 Million Less on Renal Ventures
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

"... the price was lowered to $360 million because of a decision not to acquire the company's infusion business."
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Initiation of Renal-Replacement Therapy in the Intensive Care Unit
Free, full-text correspondence from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Assessment of Physical Performance and Quality of Life in Kidney Transplanted Patients: a Cross-Sectional Study
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
A Reliable Method to Assess the Water Permeability of a Dialysis System: the Global Ultrafiltration Coefficient
Free, full-text, Advance Access articles from NDT.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Elements of Dialysis Nursing Practice Associated with Successful Cannulation: Result of an International Survey
Advance Online abstract from The Journal of Vascular Access.
Economic Evaluation of a Pre-ESRD Pay-For-Performance Program in Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Citrate-Buffered Dialysis Solution (Citrasate) Allows Avoidance of Anticoagulation During Intermittent Hemodiafiltration—At the Cost of Decreased Performance and Systemic Biocompatibility
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
FDA Action Helps Keryx Move Past Drug Supply Snafu
Fearful of a Trump Administration, Many in Research Call for a 'Tutorial' for the President-Elect
Article from STAT.
Donald Trump Elected: His 7 Point Plan for Healthcare
Article from Healthcare IT News.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
More Provider Effort Needed on Customer Satisfaction
Article from HFMA.
Study Suggests Probable Scientific Misconduct in Bone Health Studies
Press release from American Academy of Neurology.
CMS Announces $66.1 Million to Support Zika Prevention & Treatment Services
Press release.


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Wednesday, Nov. 9

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FDA Recall Notice: GAMBRO Capillary Dialyzer, Polyflux® Revaclear MAX
Class II recall notice Z-0370-2017 is for 22,656 units. Reason for recall is potential presence of particulate matter on the blood side of the dialyzer. FDA Enforcement Reports.
Ballot Measures Changing Primary Voting Rules in Colorado Pass with Major Financial Support from DaVita's Kent Thiry
Article from The Denver Post.

"Let Colorado Vote collected more than $4 million in contributions throughout the campaign, vastly outpacing opponent groups, which raised a few thousand dollars. Let Colorado Vote's primary backer is Kent Thiry, the chairman and CEO of Denver-based kidney dialysis giant DaVita. He contributed more than $1 million."

Editor's note: Senator or governor?
Progress in Transplantation: Will It Be Achieved in Big Steps or by Marginal Gains?
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Folic Acid Supplementation for CKD? Not So Fast
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog posting via Medscape Nephrology.
Fewer Physicians Starting Nephrology Fellowship Training
Article from Renal & Urology News.
U.S. Doctors Don't All Follow Prediabetes Screening Guidelines: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Quality of Life in Late Life Can Be Good
Trump Wins Presidency and Chance to Dump ACA
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
Colorado Single-Payer Healthcare Measure Loses
Article from The Hill.
Big Pharma's Big Question: Is Trump Friend or Foe?
Article from STAT.
Nurses Urge Patients to Check Political Rancor at the Door; RN Salaries, Bonuses Surge
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Why Aren't More Doctors Using Patient Engagement Tools?
Article from Medical Economics.
CROWNWeb Down on December 8-11
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.


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Tuesday, Nov. 8

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George Washington University Report Outlines Opportunities, Challenges for Kidney Health Workforce
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
Outcomes, Risk Factors and Health Burden of Contrast Induced Acute Kidney Injury: an Observational Study of 1 Million Hospitalizations with Image Guided Cardiovascular Procedures
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Update on Lupus Nephritis
Free, full-text CJASN Express article.
Bioimpedance Monitoring of Cellular Hydration during Hemodialysis Therapy
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Risk of Fracture in Adults on Renal Replacement Therapy: A Danish National Cohort Study
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
Rockwell Medical Reports Third Quarter Results
Trump Versus Clinton: Voters Divided over ACA, but 66% Favor Public Option
Article from Healthcare IT News.
Five Things Physicians Realize When They're Patients
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Affordable Care Act Made It Illegal to Deny Care to the Sick, but Insurance Companies Still Do It
Posting from the Chronic Disease Coalition website.
Promotion of Drugs for Off-label Uses: The US Food and Drug Administration at a Crossroads
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Anti-Trump Document Draws Hundreds of Physician Signatures
Knowing When and How to Use Medical Products: A Shared Responsibility for the FDA and CMS
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Seniors Suffer Amid Widespread Fraud By Medicaid Caretakers
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Nov. 7

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  Nov. 7, 2016
New Project Will Monitor and Evaluate Effects of Dialysis Payment Policy
News release from Arbor Research Collaborative for Health.

Editor's note: I hope they come to understand:
  • the importance of pursuing both the sick-patient model of care and the well-patient model of care in organ replacement therapy (without a well-patient model, technology remains stagnant and the patients never develop an effective voice in their care)
  • that federal policy and corporations have created much stronger financial incentives for nephrologists than those created by CMS regulations (physician ownership of dialysis facilities and corporate bonuses have made U.S. nephrology a self-serving, self-advocacy force that dominates U.S. dialysis care policy)
DaVita: Decision To Stop Steering ESRD Patients To Exchanges Is Temporary, Cost Implications Overblown
(Pay-for-view website) Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com.
Data Analytics for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy: Historical Limitations and Recent Technology Advances
Free, full-text article from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Facility-Level CKD-MBD Composite Score and Risk of Adverse Clinical Outcomes among Patients on Hemodialysis
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Lung Ultrasound in the Management of Fluid Volume in Dialysis Patients: Potential Usefulness
Early View editorial abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
The Triad of Sleep Apnea, Hypertension, and Chronic Kidney Disease: A Spectrum of Common Pathology
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from CardioRenal Medicine.
Performance of Physical Examination Versus Ultrasonography to Detect Stenosis in Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Fistula
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Progress in Transplantation: Will It Be Achieved in Big Steps or by Marginal Gains?
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Zika Virus in Transplantation: Emerging Infection and Opportunities
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Finite Element Modeling of Time-Dependent Sodium Exchange across the Hollow Fiber of a Hemodialyzer by Coupling with a Blood Pool Model
Advance Online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Hypoalbuminemia: a Risk Factor for Acute Kidney Injury Development and Progression to Chronic Kidney Disease in Critically ill Patients
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Hemodialysis Device InnAVasc Raises $2.2m
Sanders Calls for Federal Investigation of Diabetes Drug Prices
3D Printed Shoe Insoles to Save Diabetic Feet
Hospital Rankings Contradictory, Cryptic, Confusing
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Four Reasons Why Online Patient Communities Should Be Embraced
Article from Medical Economics.
Deadly Superbug Linked To Four Deaths In the U.S.
Articles from Kaiser Health News and HealthDayPress release from the CDC.
Healthy Recipes and Effective Social Marketing Campaign Improve Eating Habits
Press release from Oregon State University.
Soda Tax Falls Flat
 


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