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Fri./Sat., April 4-5

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  Apr. 4, 2014
bullet point FMC Eyes $300M Lower Annual Costs from 2017
Article from Reuters. Press release from Fresenius Medical Care. Additional article from Reuters.
bullet point Hemoglobin Levels and Health-Related Quality of Life: a Neglected Hard End Point
Advance Access extract from NDT.

"Almost all of the papers dealing with chronic kidney disease (CKD) invariably start underlining that morbidity and mortality rate of this patient population is unacceptably high. Conversely, very few papers have considered quality of life and none selected quality of life as the primary end point."
bullet point Too Much Bed Rest Keeps ICU Patients Weak Longer
Article from Epoch Times.

“We must stop making excuses about why a patient can’t do rehabilitation today—he has a CT scan or she’s getting dialysis,” Needham says. “We need to highly prioritize rehabilitation, which we now see as just as—if not more—important than many other tests and treatments we offer our patients in intensive care.”

Editor's note: Why isn't rehabilitation stressed in dialysis care?
bullet point Poor Quality of Life May Contribute to Kidney Disease Patients’ Health Problems
Press release and JASN Express abstract.
bullet point With No Hope of Kidney Match, Woman Receives Successful Transplant
News release from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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JASN Express Abstracts:

bullet point Initial Hemodialysis with a Temporary Catheter Is Associated with Complications of a Later Permanent Vascular Access
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Drug Eluting Stents in Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis: Paclitaxel Eluting Stents Versus Limus Eluting Stents
Abstract from Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine.
bullet point Reduction of HIV Persistence Following Transplantation in HIV-Infected Kidney Transplant Recipients
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Call for Comments on FDA Guidance Document: Labeled Vial Fill Size in Injectable Drug and Biological Products
(7-page pdf) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Comments and suggestions on this draft guidance are due June 12, 2014.
bullet point Is Your Clinic Failing the NHSN Submission Requirement?
Information from ESRD Heartland Kidney Network regarding the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Dialysis Event Surveillance (summary 1-page pdf program.
bullet point Kidney Remaining After Donor Nephrectomy Increases in Size
bullet point Transitioning to ICD-10 (Updated)
Policy brief from Health Affairs.
bullet point National Pill Take-Back Day is April 26
Notice from the USDA.
bullet point FDA Calls for Classifying Health IT Products by Patient-Safety Risk Level
bullet point HHS Announces Important Medicare Information for People in Same-Sex Marriages


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Thursday, April 3

Poor Quality of Life May Contribute to Kidney Disease Patients’ Health Problems
Press release and JASN Express abstract.

JASN Express Abstracts:

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  Apr. 3, 2014
bullet point Can Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. Get Past Medicare Reimbursement Issues?
Article from The Motley Fool.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Modifies Dialysis Reimbursement
Article from Tech Insider. Related article from InnovatioNews (puff piece).
bullet point The Dialysis Procedure As a Trigger for Atrial Fibrillation: New Insights in the Development of Atrial Fibrillation in Dialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Heart. Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Collaboration Leads to Transplant Hope for Kidney Patients in Palestine
Article from the International Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Fatigue in Advanced Kidney Disease
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Acute Hemodynamic Response and Uremic Toxin Removal in Conventional and Extended Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration: A Randomized Crossover Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Small Distal Muscles and Balance Predict Survival in End-Stage Renal Disease
Issue in Progress abstract from Nephron Clinical Practice.
bullet point Do Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Get Optimal Cardiovascular Risk Reduction?
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Association between Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor or Angiotensin Receptor Blocker Use Prior to Major Elective Surgery and the Risk of Acute Dialysis
Provisional abstract and full-text article (21-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Vancomycin Dosing in Patients Undergoing Maintenance Hemodialysis
Letter to the editor from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Epidemiology, Outcomes and Validation of RIFLE and AKIN Criteria in Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in Critically ill Patients: Indian Perspective
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point One Step Closer to the Artificial Pancreas: Interview with Medtronic’s Dr. Francine Kaufman
Article from MedGadget.com.
bullet point One in Four People with High Blood Pressure Not Taking Their Meds Properly
bullet point Is Roundup by Monsanto Behind Skyrocketing Celiac Disease?
bullet point Hang Up Your Lab Coat (What Not to Wear -- for Patient Care)
(Registration required, but free.) Slideshow from Medscape Nurses.
bullet point Running, Cardio Activities in Young Adulthood May Preserve Thinking Skills in Middle Age
bullet point Law Firm Spins Off Healthcare Lobbying Operation
bullet point CMS Plans Landmark Release of Medicare Data
Posting from The Hill's HealthWatch blog.
bullet point NHSN QIP Deadlines


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Wednesday, April 2

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  Apr. 2, 2014
bullet point Obama Signs Bill Temporarily Fixing Medicare Doctor Fees
AP article.
bullet point ESRD Community Benefits from New Medicare Bill
Article and blog posting from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury Due to Antituberculosis Drugs: a Five-Year Experience in an Aging Population
Free, full-text article from BMC Infectious Diseases.
bullet point Dialysate Sodium Prescription and Blood Pressure in Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Access abstract from American Journal of Hypertension.
bullet point Levels of Sodium Intake Recommended by CDC Associated with Harmful Health Outcomes
Press release from Oxford University Press USA. Abstract from American Journal of Hypertension.
bullet point Mortality Prediction in Patients with Dialysis-dependent Acute Kidney Injury after Cardiac Surgery with Cardiopulmonary Bypass
Abstract from Heart, Lung and Circulation.
bullet point Health Care–Associated Infection After Red Blood Cell Transfusion:  A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point NxStage Wins 2014 American Red Cross Northeast Chapter Workplace Hero Award
bullet point El Paso Company To Design, Build Dialysis Machine
bullet point Post-Transplant Hip Fracture Rate Declining
bullet point Expensive Hepatitis Drug Draws Huge Sales
bullet point In Memory of Norma Knowles
bullet point Most People Use Antibacterial Soap Incorrectly
Article from Live Science.
bullet point Jury Still Out on Benefits of Vitamin D
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Obama: 7.1M Enrolled in O-Care
bullet point U.S. FDA Advisers Back MannKind's Inhaled Diabetes Drug
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Tuesday, April 1

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  Apr. 1, 2014
bullet point Obama Gets Bill Giving Docs Temporary Medicare Fix
Posting from The Hill's HealthWatch blog. Articles from AP and Medical Economics.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Invests in Apollo Medical
News item from Los Angeles Business Journal.
bullet point

There’s No Place Like Home (Dialysis)
Blog posting by Jim McFarlin via Home Dialyzors United.

bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease in an Electronic Health Record Problem List: Quality of Care, ESRD, and Mortality
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Using the Knowledge to Action Framework to Guide the Timing of Dialysis Initiation
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Roles of Phosphate and Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 in Cardiovascular Disease
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point What is the Role of Bone Biopsy in the Management of Adult Dialysis Patients?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Effect of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers on All-Cause Mortality, Cardiovascular Deaths, and Cardiovascular Events in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Renal Transplantation Using Belatacept Without Maintenance Steroids or Calcineurin Inhibitors
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Combined Liver and Kidney Transplantation in Children
Free, full-text, educational review from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Evidence Supporting a Systolic Blood Pressure Goal of Less Than 150 mm Hg in Patients Aged 60 Years or Older: The Minority View - Systolic Blood Pressure Goal for Patients Aged 60 Years or Older
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point The Incidence and Determinants of Primary Nonadherence With Prescribed Medication in Primary Care: A Cohort StudyPrimary Nonadherence With Prescribed Medication in Primary Care
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Ohio Pharmacy to Pay Government $4.19 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations of Kickbacks (from Amgen)
Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
bullet point UCLA Professor Ira Kurtz Receives $3M Grant for Kidney Research
bullet point PullClean Handles Make Sure You’re Never Too Busy to Sanitize Your Hands
bullet point Bariatric Surgery Benefits Obese Diabetes Mellitus Patients
Articles from AP and HealthDay. Free, full-text, Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Stem Cells May Rejuvenate Failing Hearts, Study Suggests
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Effectiveness of Combination Therapy With Statin and Another Lipid-Modifying Agent Compared With Intensified Statin Monotherapy: A Systematic Review
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Health Care Spending Growth Hits 10-Year High
Article from USA Today.
bullet point ObamaCare Traffic Surges in Rush to March 31 Deadline
bullet point 'White Coat Effect' Higher for Doctors than Nurses
bullet point Mixed Reaction To Possible ICD-10 Delay


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Monday, March 31

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  Mar. 31, 2014
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U.S. FDA Moves To Offset Shortage of Common Saline Solution
Reuters news item.

bullet point Blood Pressure Goals: How Low Is Safe in CKD?
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Examining HeRO Catheter Performance and Cost in Hemodialysis Access
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Surgical Research.
bullet point Parathyroid Hormone and Heart Rate Variability in Haemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from Nephron Clinical Practice.
bullet point Renal Denervation Fails To Lower Blood Pressure in Critical Test
Articles from Reuters and MedPage Today. Free, full-text, Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Poster on Leaving Dialysis Early
bullet point Amgen's New Drug Lowers Cholesterol Beyond What Statins Can Do, Study Finds
Articles from HealthDay, Bloomberg, and Reuters.
bullet point New Blood Pressure Guidelines May Take Millions of Americans Off Meds
Article from HealthDay.

Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):
bullet point Underweight Even Deadlier Than Overweight, Study Says
bullet point Shifting Medicare Advantage Landscape Unsettles Patients
Article from The Hartford Courant.
bullet point Permanent 'Doc Fix' May Be On Hold As House Passes Short-Term Patch
Video and article from Kaiser Health News.


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Fri./Sat., March 28-29

U.S. FDA Moves To Offset Shortage of Common Saline Solution
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  Mar. 28, 2014
bullet point Doctor Priorities vs. Patient Priorities
Must-read blog posting from The New York Times.

"It’s not surprising that doctors and patients have contrasting agendas. We come to illness from entirely different perspectives and backgrounds. Moreover, the angles of our respective lenses are mismatched."

Editor's note: Being a quality-markers-focused nephrologist can make you a very lousy patient's physician.

The patients' voice is essentially unrecognized and unheard in the nephrology/ESRD-industrial complex. You could almost say they don't speak the same language. Unfortunately instead, nephrologists/patient advocates "speak" for them.
bullet point 'Doc Fix' Vote in Senate Planned for Monday
Posting from The Hill's HealthWatch blog.
bullet point House Passes Controversial SGR Patch Bill on Voice Vote; Measure Moves to Senate
Posting from The Hill's HealthWatch blog. Article from National Journal.
bullet point Baxter to Split Into Two Companies by the Middle of 2015
Article from Bloomberg. Press release from Baxter.
bullet point Early Nephrology Referral Key to Dialysis Decision — A Cross-Atlantic Conversation
(Registration required, but free.) Conversation podcast and article from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Depressed Diabetics May Face Higher Risk of Kidney Disease
Article from HealthDay. CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point Iron Toxicity: Relevance for Dialysis Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from NDT via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Immunosuppressive Effects of Erythropoietin on Human Alloreactive T Cells
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
bullet point Indianapolis Company Wins $1M Grant for Kidney Research
bullet point CryoLife Acquires Distribution Rights and Purchase Option for ProCol® Vascular Bioprosthesis for Hemodialysis Access
bullet point Consumer Reports Releases Top Hospitals for Safety List
Article and 3-page pdf from Consumer Reports.
bullet point Exercise Affects Men's, Women's Hearts Differently: Study
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Obama Announces 6 Million Have Signed Up for Insurance
bullet point Woman’s Native Skull Replaced with 3D Printed Plastic Model
bullet point CMS Revamps End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) Website


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Thursday, March 27

Doctor Priorities vs. Patient Priorities
WOW !!! Must-read blog posting from The New York Times.
House Passes Controversial SGR Patch Bill on Voice Vote; Measure Moves to Senate
Posting from The Hill's HealthWatch blog. Article from National Journal.
Baxter to Split Into Two Companies by the Middle of 2015
Article from Bloomberg. Press release from Baxter.
CMS Revamps End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) Website
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bullet point Proposed Legislation for One-Year SGR Patch Would Also Change ESRD Regulations, Delay ICD-10; Swift Passage Likely
121-page pdf from House.gov. Articles from HFMA, The Hill's HealthWatch blog, Bloomberg, and Government Health IT.

Section 212, page 19 (based on numbers on top of pages) would delay the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for one year.

Section 217, pages 58-62 (based on numbers on top of pages) would modify several Medicare ESRD provisions. Most notably, it would change the date of the inclusion of oral drugs into the bundle from 2016 to 2024.

Quote from AP article:

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

Quote from Modern Healthcare article:

"Both leaders have pledged to allow an up or down vote, Nachimson said, with the House going first on Thursday and the Senate Friday. “This thing, I think, came up rather quickly. It caught a few people by surprise, including me.”

Editor's note: It appears that Amgen is once again inserting provisions into last-minute legislation — little discussed or debated — which greatly enrich Amgen. Amgen knows that payment drives practice in ESRD care... patients be damned.
bullet point Young Kidney Failure Patients Suffer Avoidable Hospitalizations in Adult Care Centers
Article from Reuters Health. Early Release abstract from Pediatrics.
bullet point Mothers Requiring Dialysis: Parenting and End-Stage Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point NIHSeniorHealth.gov Offers Comprehensive Information on End of Life
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point No Significant Effect of Angiotensin II Receptor Blockade on Intermediate Cardiovascular End Points in Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Published Ahead-of-Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point Hemoglobin Value Not Predictive of CVD Risk
Article from Renal & Urology News. Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point FDA Recall Notice on Portable Reverse Osmosis System
Mar Cor Purification Millenium HX Portable Reverse Osmosis System. Model 3025975.
bullet point FMCNA Introduces Newly Branded Frenova Renal Research Business
Press release.
bullet point Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC
Article from HealthDay. Press briefing transcript from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
bullet point Half Of Uninsured Not Planning On Getting Coverage, Poll Finds
Posting from the Kaiser Health News blog.
bullet point Mr. Waxman Went to Washington
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Obama Administration Will Extend Healthcare.gov Sign-Up Period Beyond March 31 Deadline
bullet point New Medicaid Recipients Healthier


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Wednesday, March 26

Proposed Legislation Would Change ESRD Regulations, Delay ICD-10
121-page pdf from House.gov. Article from Government Health IT.

Section 212, page 19 (based on numbers on top of pages) would delay the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for one year.

Section 217, pages 58-62 (based on numbers on top of pages) would modify several Medicare ESRD provisions. Most notably, it would change the date of the inclusion of oral drugs into the bundle from 2016 to 2024.

Quote from AP article:

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

Quote from Modern Healthcare article:

"Both leaders have pledged to allow an up or down vote, Nachimson said, with the House going first on Thursday and the Senate Friday. “This thing, I think, came up rather quickly. It caught a few people by surprise, including me.”

Editor's note: It appears that Amgen is once again inserting provisions into last-minute legislation — little discussed or debated — which greatly enrich Amgen... and dialysis patients be damned.
FMCNA Introduces Newly Branded Frenova Renal Research Business
Press release.
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bullet point Stroke Rounds: Warfarin No Help for Dialysis Patients
Article from MedPage Today. Abstract from Circulation.
bullet point NephMadness 2014: Only One More Day to Join Up!
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Effects of Music on Complications during Hemodialysis for Chronic Renal Failure Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Be App Savvy: Track and Plan Your Way to Healthy Meals
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Nephrotoxic Effects of Designer Drugs: Synthetic Is Not Better!
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Can We Predict Recovery From Severe Acute Kidney Injury with Biomarkers?
Early View extract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Effects of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers in Contrast-Induced Nephropathy
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress review article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Open Letter to Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China: China's Fight Against Corruption in Organ Transplantation
Published Ahead-of-Print extract from Transplantation.
bullet point Salt in the Diet
Free, full-text JAMA Patient Page.
bullet point

National Kidney Foundation to Honor Univision Advertising President
Press release.

Editor's note: ???

bullet point Telehealth Helps Home Dialysis Rates
bullet point Doctors Raise Blood Pressure in Patients
bullet point Dialysis Center in India Closes Due to Lack of Nephrologist
bullet point Texas Children's Hospital Performs More Solid Organ Transplants Than Any Other Pediatric Hospital in the Nation
bullet point Most Bloodstream Infections Are Community-Onset
bullet point Urinary Catheter Can Flush Itself to Prevent Biofilm Infections
bullet point Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012
Article from BBC. Related press release from the Society of Toxicology.
bullet point Must-Have Smartphone Apps for Clinicians
(Registration required, but free.) Slideshow from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Post-Katrina Heart Woes Persisted at Least 6 Years
Article from HealthDay.
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Tuesday, March 25

U.S. Should Revamp Dialysis Drug Payments, Auditor Says
Article from Bloomberg. Summary and full report (41-page pdf) from the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
(Update 1 PM : In the news item directly below, Kidney Care Partners has updated the link to the Kidney Care Quality Alliance Phase 2 steering committee list. It does not include Kent Thiry.)
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bullet point Kidney Care Partners Announces Major Initiative to Develop Quality Metrics that Assess Dialysis Provider Performance
Press release from Kidney Care Partners.

Editor's note: Here is the 10-member steering committee for the Kidney Care Quality Alliance. (Why is Kent Thiry, who is no longer CEO of DaVita, on this committee? Isn't the CMO of DaVita enough?)

(Update 1 PM : Kidney Care Partners has updated the link to the Phase 2 steering committee list. It does not include Kent Thiry.)

This committee will duck the most important work that needs to be done in dialysis care: aligning corporate financial interests with patients' interests. It will work to maintain a relic system of care, its infrastructure, and its financial foundations.

So, a corporate-led lobbying group has formed a committee of mostly corporate officers from this relic system to establish quality performance measures for dialysis care. None of them are likely to state what they believe have been the most successful approaches in dialysis care worldwide, nor are they likely to state the treatment choices they would make for themselves and their own family members.
(Also, would they consider the treatments that most U.S. dialysis patients receive to be iatrogenic for themselves?)

The committee conveniently includes no patients who have enjoyed "Life to the Fullest" while on dialysis. Beyond their financial interests, the committee members have no "skin in the game."

Is there any worse recipe for creating a system of quality medical care?
bullet point Rockwell Medical Submits New Drug Application for Triferic™ for the Treatment of Iron Replacement in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients on Hemodialysis
Press release.
bullet point Ceftriaxone and Acute Renal Failure in Children
Early release abstract from Pediatrics. Article from Medscape Medical News (registration required).
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease and the Aging Population
Free, full-text editorial from Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Cardiovascular Effects of Cholecalciferol Treatment in Dialysis Patients - A Randomized Controlled Trial
Provisional abstract and full-text article (22-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point The Association of ECG and Echocardiographic Abnormalities with Sudden Cardiac Death in a Dialysis Patient Cohort
Abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Propensity Matched Comparison of Drug Eluting Stent Implantation and Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Abstract and full-text editorial from Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Disparities in the Burden, Outcomes, and Care of Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
bullet point Kidney Function Decline Linked to Higher Protein Intake
bullet point Hypertension, Obesity Tied to Kidney Cancer
bullet point Microfluidic Device Mimics Coronary Arteries for Personalized Testing of Anti-Coagulants
bullet point In Search of a Few Good Apps
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point FAQ: What Are The Penalties For Not Getting Insurance?
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Many Don't Understand Obamacare or Health Insurance, Survey Finds
bullet point CMS: Expect an 'Array of Adjustments' in Revised Renal ACO Demonstration Rules
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Study: States Refusing Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit the Most
Posting from The Hill's HealthWatch blog.


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Monday, March 24

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  Mar. 24, 2014
bullet point The Tragedy of American Organ Donations: So Many More People Could Be Saved
Article from Salon.
bullet point Ohio Rejects Organ Donation Request from Convicted Akron Child Killer
AP article.
bullet point Medical Debate over Defining Death Has Implications for Organ Donors
Article from CBC News (Canada).
bullet point Managing Kidney Dialysis Treatments: Why More Frequent Treatment Can Lead to Better Health
Article from The St. Louis American.
bullet point Unions Claim Victory in NYC in Fight over For-Profit Dialysis
Article from Capital New York.
bullet point Implementing an IV Iron Administration Protocol within a Dialysis Organization
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Doing 'Technological Time' in a Pediatric Hemodialysis Unit: an Ethnography of Children
Abstract from Health & Place.
bullet point Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Unbreakable Bonds: 3 Generations in One Family Are Living Kidney Donors
bullet point University Of California Hospital Strike Averted by Last-Minute Deal
bullet point NIH Funded Findings Point to New Potential Strategies for Disease Prevention, Treatment
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point FDA Finds Medical Device Recalls Nearly Doubled In 10 Years
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Transitioning to ICD-10
Policy Brief from Health Affairs.
bullet point Doctors Often Comply When Patients Ask for Advertised Drugs: Study
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Top Five Things Nurses Must Know about Where Healthcare Is Heading
bullet point 7.9 Million People with Medicare Have Saved over $9.9 Billion on Prescription Drugs


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Fri./Sat., March 21-22

Managing Kidney Dialysis Treatments: Why More Frequent Treatment Can Lead to Better Health
Article from The St. Louis American.
Unions Claim Victory in NYC in Fight over For-Profit Dialysis
Article from Capital New York.
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bullet point Study Shows Higher Medicaid Coverage Leads to Lower Kidney Failure Rates
Press release from Stanford Medicine. JASN Express press release and abstract.
bullet point NxStage Establishes First Annual National Home Hemodialysis Day
Press release.
bullet point Special 40th Anniversary Meeting Edition of RPA News
6-page pdf from the Renal Physicians Association.
bullet point In AKI, Dialysis Works Better With Higher Creatinine
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Article abstract and case study abstract from CJASN.
bullet point Food Insecurity Linked to Cost Related Medication Underuse in Chronically ill American
Press release and abstract from the American Journal of Medicine.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Increasing Home Dialysis Knowledge through a Web-Based e-Learning Program
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point JASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Influence of Dialysis Techniques and Alternate Vitamin Supplementation on Homocysteine Levels in Patients with Known MTHFR Genotypes
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Body's Fatty Folds May Help Fight Kidney Failure
bullet point Study Reveals a Major Mechanism Driving Kidney Cancer Progression
bullet point The Perpetual Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Registration Open for 2nd National Provider Call on Standardized Readmission Ratio for Dialysis Facilities: National Dry Run
Call is scheduled for Thursday, April 17; 2:30-4pm ET.


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Thursday, March 20

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  Mar. 20, 2014
bullet point Rationing Salt Water (Saline) — Disaster Planning and Daily Care Delivery
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Effective Actions for Increasing the Number of Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

"The group developed the “We don’t just survive, we thrive,” campaign. That effort include several components, as detailed by Miller-Grandfield:
  • Removal of the word ‘no’ from our vocabulary: all needs, wishes, goals … even prescription changes…are met with an open mind and the patient’s quality of life as a priority.”
  • The dialysis team accommodated patient schedules. “…We became very flexible. We arranged our schedule to accommodate the needs of the patients.” The staff trained working patients in the evening and opened early evening lab draws to accommodate work schedules. They became the only program in the area to train nursing home staff on peritoneal dialysis.
  • Get patients to talk about the outcomes.  The dialysis team empowered patients “to not only focus on their quality of life but to document that quality via testimonials, pictures and postcards."

Editor's note: The title of this article is somewhat misleading. When I first read the article's title and first few sentences a month ago, I stopped reading before I found the gems that I have highlighted here. These are great!

bullet point ASN Special Session Presentations from ASN Renal Week 2013:
bullet point KIDney Notes – May/June 2014
9-page pdf from the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point A Phase III Study of the Efficacy and Safety of a Novel Iron-based Phosphate Binder in Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from Kidney International.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Use of Pedometers to Increase Physical Activity among Children and Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Intraocular Pressure and Hemodialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from JAMA Ophthalmology via Medscape.
bullet point The Use of Eculizumab® in Transplantation: What’s New?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point FDA Safety Labeling Changes for February 2014
Safety Labeling Changes includes 35 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point Diabetes in Midlife Shrinks the Brain
bullet point Free Full-Text Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point NPSF Pushes for Attention on Patient Engagement
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Common Cold Meds May Pose Health Threats
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Wednesday, March 19

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  Mar. 19, 2014
bullet point Home Dialyzors United Celebrates the LIfe of Kathe LeBeau
Press release.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Announces Leadership Transition
Press release.
bullet point Mexican Cartel Kidnapped Kids To Harvest Organs, Police Say
Posting from The Huffington/World Post.
bullet point iChoose Kidney App Helps Patients Understand Treatment Options
Press release and iPhone app developed at Emory University.
bullet point Nephrologist in Nigeria Says Unskilled Persons Are Running Most Dialysis Units There
Article from AllAfrica.com.
bullet point Association Between the Hemodialysis Adequacy and Sexual Dysfunction in Chronic Renal Failure
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from BMC Urology via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point ICU Patients May Face Mental Health Issues After Discharge
Article from HealthDay. Press release and free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Nonintravenous Approaches to Iron Therapy in Chronic Kidney Disease: Will It Improve the Benefit to Risk Ratio?
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Long-Term Oral Nutrition Supplementation Improves Outcomes in Malnourished Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease on Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Online First article from Journal of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition.
bullet point Anemia Management Trends in Hospital-Based Dialysis Centers (HBDCs), 2010 to 2013
Abstract from Clinical Therapeutics.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Hypoglycemia in the Treatment of Hyperkalemia with Insulin in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point A Higher Serum Alkaline Phosphatase Is Associated with the Incidence of Hip Fracture and Mortality among Patients Receiving Hemodialysis in Japan
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Building and Validation of a Prognostic Model for Predicting Extracorporeal Circuit Clotting in Patients with Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Association of Co-Occurring Serious Mental Illness with Emergency Hospitalization in People with Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Cardiovascular Complications in Diabetic Patients Undergoing Regular Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from Angiology.
bullet point Diabetic Kidney Disease in Children and Adolescents
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point B. Braun Plans To Build Kidney Dialysis Centre in Hanoi
bullet point Drug Addicts Have Broad Range of Kidney Pathologies
bullet point Website Seeks To Link Albany (NY) Kidney Patients with Donors
bullet point Many Hospitals Ineffectively Treat Bloodstream Infections, Study Suggests
bullet point What Americans Pay for Health Insurance Under the ACA
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Re-engaging Physicians with Their Noble Purpose
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Redesigning Healthcare for Patients
Article from Healthcare IT News.
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Tuesday, Mar. 18

Mexican Cartel Kidnapped Kids To Harvest Organs, Police Say
Posting from The Huffington/World Post.
Nephrologist in Nigeria Says Unskilled Persons Are Running Most Dialysis Units There
Article from AllAfrica.com.
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bullet point Calgary Program Treats Kidney Patients As They Sleep
Articles from Globalnews.ca and CTV News Calgary.
bullet point New Zealand Renal Service Enhances Dialysis Experience for Patients
Article from Scoop Media.

"The Freedom Dialysis Project has been launched to purchase and kit out a campervan with dialysis equipment ."
bullet point Does Self-Esteem Affect Seniors' Health?
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from Psychoneuroendocrinology.
bullet point Coordinated Care Helps Elderly With Chronic Diseases
Article from HealthDay. Press release and abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Behavioral Counseling Research and Evidence-Based Practice Recommendations: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Perspectives
Free, full-text article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Pennsylvania Dialysis Patient Bleeds To Death Inside Car on I-279 Ramp
Report from WPXI.com.
bullet point Dialysis for Toxic Alcohols, New Empiric Data
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point Association between Vascular Access Type and Patient Mortality among Elderly Patients on Hemodialysis in Canada
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstract from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Cognitive and Physical Function in Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Dose Selection Method for Pharmacokinetic Study in Hemodialysis Patients Using a Subpharmacological Dose: Oseltamivir As a Model Drug
Provisional abstract and full-text article (20-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Considerations for Screening Live Kidney Donors for Endemic Infections: A Viewpoint on the UNOS Policy
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point First Patients Enrolled into European CKD-Associated Anemia Trial
bullet point Study Finds Risk of Death among ICU Patients with Severe Sepsis Has Decreased
Press release and free, full-text, Online First article from Journal American Medical Association.
bullet point Sepsis Study Comparing Three Treatment Methods Shows Same Survival Rate
Press release from the National Institutues of Health.

Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine:
bullet point Obama: Enough People Have Signed Up -- Health Law Will Work
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Majority Of Americans Are Satisfied With The Health Care System
bullet point All-in-One Smartphone-Connected Glucometer Going on Sale in Select Markets
bullet point Can Congress Put An End To Annual Medicare Payment Ritual?
Article from NPR via the Kaiser Health News blog.
bullet point ANA, CMS Officials Meet to Discuss Heath Care Reform, Nurses’ Roles
Article from The American Nurse.


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Monday, March 17

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bullet point Univ. of Cal. Medical Centers' Technical Workers Authorize Five Day Strike, March 24-29
Articles from Westside Today and Bay Area Indymedia.

"As was the case with previous hospital strikes, AFSCME 3299 has voluntarily exempted 49 patient care technical workers from participating in the strike—Respiratory Therapists in the PICU, NICU and Burn Units, as well as several Hemodialysis Technicians."
bullet point Marshfield Clinic Nephrologist Donates Kidney
Article from Stevens Point Journal (Wisc).
bullet point Public Advocate Warns NYC Mayor To Reject For-Profit Dialysis Deal
Article from Capital New York.
bullet point The Doctor’s Customer Has Become the Insurer
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
bullet point NephMadness 2014: Renal Replacement Therapy Bracket
Posting from the eAJKD blog. This year there is also a kidney regeneration bracket. See the NephMadness.com web site for all brackets.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Dietary Intake of Trace Elements, Minerals, and Vitamins of Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Online Kt/V Monitoring in Haemodialysis by UV Absorbance: Variations during Intra-Dialytic Meals
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Survey of Chronic Hemodialysis in Children between 2007 and 2012 in China
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Systematic Conversion to Generic Tacrolimus in Stable Kidney Transplant Recipients
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Regression Methods for Investigating Risk Factors of Chronic Kidney Disease Outcomes: the State of the Art
Provisional abstract and full-text article (24-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Kidney Disease Patient Use of Vitamin D Supplements Rising
bullet point FreeStyle and FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meter by Abbott: Recall - May Produce Mistakenly Low Blood Glucose Results
bullet point Three Quarters of People with Seasonal and Pandemic Flu Have No Symptoms
Press release from The Lancet.
bullet point Lawsuit Shines Light On Doctor-Device Maker Relationship
News summmary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Release Report to Congress: (Info from the Fact Sheet) Outpatient Dialysis
  • The Congress should not increase the outpatient dialysis bundled payment rate for calendar year 2015
  • The Congress should instruct the Secretary to:
    • Include a measure that assesses poor outcomes related to anemia in the End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program
    • Re-design the low-volume adjustment to consider a low-volume facility's distance to the nearest facility; and
    • Audit dialysis facilities' cost reports.


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Fri./Sat., March 14-15

Marshfield Clinic Nephrologist Donates Kidney
Article from Stevens Point Journal (Wisc).
Public Advocate Warns NYC Mayor To Reject For-Profit Dialysis Deal
Article from Capital New York.
The Doctor’s Customer Has Become the Insurer
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
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bullet point NIH Urges Older Americans to Protect Their Kidneys
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point The Effect of Lowering LDL Cholesterol on Vascular Access Patency: Post Hoc Analysis of the Study of Heart and Renal Protection
Free, full-text CJASN Express article.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
bullet point BP, Cardiovascular Disease, and Death in the Folic Acid for Vascular Outcome Reduction in Transplantation Trial
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Relationship of Late Arteriovenous Fistula Stenosis with Soluble E-selectin and Soluble EPCR in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients with Arteriovenous Fistula
Article in Press abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Huge Burden of Foot Ulcers Doubles Diabetes Costs in US
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Diabetes Adds to Cancer Mortality Risk
bullet point Contrast-Induced Nephropathy Risk Lowered with ED Drug
bullet point How the Internet of Things Will Connect Our Bodies to the Cloud
Article from The Motley Fool.
bullet point Prevalence of Influenza-Like Illness and Seasonal and Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Workers — United States, 2009–10 Influenza Season
Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
bullet point Cyberattack Alerts Coming to Healthcare
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point OpEd Column: Why Aren't Doctors Drug Tested?
New York Times piece via the HHS Office of Inspector General web site.
bullet point Recognizing the Value of Kindness in Health Care
Article from Hospitals & Health Network.
bullet point Kidney Care Partners Applauds CMS' Reversal on Proposed Policy Changes Affecting Immunosuppressant Drugs


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Thursday, March 13

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  Mar. 13, 2014
bullet point Today Is World Kidney Day
World Kidney Day web site and National Kidney Foundation document (1-page pdf).
bullet point Webinar on Kidney Care Partners' Comprehensive ‘Strategic Blueprint’ for Improving Kidney Care Quality
The webinar will be held today, Thursday, March 13 at 1 p.m. ET.
bullet point RenalWEB's Commentary on Kidney Care Partners' Blueprint for Quality Care
Concerns about corporate control of medical care quality.
bullet point Satellite Offers All-Hours Dialysis
Article from Marinscope Community Newspapers (CA).
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Announces Management Board Changes
Press release.
bullet point Anticoagulation, Delivered Dose and Outcomes in CRRT: the Program to Improve Care in Acute Renal Disease (PICARD)
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Metformin and Other Antidiabetic Agents in Renal Failure Patients
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Echocardiography Predicts Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events after Renal Transplantation
Issue in Progress abstract from Nephron Clinical Practice.
bullet point Kidney Health Initiative: Creating a Bright Future
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Palliative Care Evolves: Dispelling the Myths
Article from Irish Medical Times.
bullet point Sodium: The Silent Killer of African Americans
Posting from The Huffington Post.
bullet point Study: Hypertension Going Untreated in US Hispanic Community
bullet point Researchers Find Reason Why Many Vein Grafts Fail
bullet point Employed Doctors Report: Are They Better Off?
(Registration required, but free.) Slideshow from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point

Improving Clinical Learning Environments for Tomorrow's Physicians
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.

bullet point Safety Checklists for Surgery May Not Lower Deaths, Complications: Study
bullet point Obama Threatens to Veto GOP 'Doc Fix' Bill
Posting from The Hill's HealthWatch blog.


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Wednesday, March 12

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bullet point Risk of Mortality Increases with Recovery Time after Dialysis
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point Mystery Kidney Disease Spreads In Sri Lanka
Article from Asian Scientist.
bullet point Glyphosate (Roundup™) To Be Banned in Sri Lanka
News item from Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka).
bullet point Perfect Is the Enemy of Good: The Iranian System of Paid Donation
Early View Letter to the Editor from the American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Invests $140 Million To Locate Manufacturing Facility In Knoxville, Tennessee
Article from Area Development Online.
bullet point Expanding the Role of Objectively Structured Clinical Examinations in Nephrology Training
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
  Factors Associated with Depression and Anxiety in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease Receiving Maintenance Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Variability of Cognitive Performance during Hemodialysis: Standardization of Cognitive Assessment
Issue in Progress abstract from Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders.
bullet point Dialysis Requiring Acute Kidney Injury Increases Risk of Long-Term Malignancy: a Population-based Study
Abstract from Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology.
bullet point Relationship Between Lower Extremity Muscle Strength and All-Cause Mortality in Japanese Patients Undergoing Dialysis
Online First abstract from Physical Therapy.
bullet point Plasma Inflammatory and Apoptosis Markers Are Associated with Dialysis Dependence and Death among Critically ill Patients Receiving Renal Replacement Therapy
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Laptop with Patient Information Stolen from Emory Dialysis Clinic
Article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
bullet point Nephros and Mar Cor Purification Announce Distribution Agreement
bullet point Cost Of New Hepatitis C Drugs Ignites Debate About Who Needs Them Now
bullet point More Than 4 Million People Have Signed Up for Obamacare, White House Says
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Abstracts from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
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Tuesday, March 11

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bullet point Lecture on Herbal Medicine and Kidney Disease
Posting and follow-up from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point High BP + Depression = Clinical Inertia
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Online First research letter from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Urgent Need for Urgent Start Peritoneal Dialysis
Posting from the eAJDK blog.
bullet point Aging and Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress review article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Potassium-Binding Resins: Associations with Serum Chemistries and Interdialytic Weight Gain in Hemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Family Perspectives on Deceased Organ Donation: Thematic Synthesis of Qualitative Studies
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Non-Catheter Related Bacteremia Caused by Pseudomonas oryzihabitans in a Patient Undergoing Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Cost-Related Motivations for Conducting Research:  Participants Should Be Informed
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Informed Consent in Randomized Quality Improvement Trials:  A Critical Barrier for Learning Health Systems
Free, full-text, Online First editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Stem Cells: Scientist Asks for Research To Be Withdrawn
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Study: 2 Percent of Americans Have New Hips, Knees
AP article.
bullet point Report Names States with Highest Prevalence of Mental Illness
bullet point Medicare Officials Back Away From Changes To Prescription Drug Plan
Posting from the Kaiser Health News blog. Posting from The Hill's HealthWatch blog.
bullet point Stage 2 Meaningful Use Off To Slow Start


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Monday, March 10

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bullet point UK Dialysis Games Founder Mark Hallam — 'I Want to Generate Some Heroes'
Article from York Press.

Editor's note: Shouldn't U.S. dialysis patients be living "Live to the Fullest"?
bullet point Comparative Effectiveness of Two Anemia Management Strategies for Complex Elderly Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text article from Medical Care. Abstract via PubMed.gov.

"Conclusions: Among hemodialysis patients, we did not find differences in 6-month survival or cardiovascular risk between clinical strategies that target Hct at 30.0%–34.5% versus 34.5%–39.0%."
bullet point Blood and Breath Profiles of Volatile Organic Compounds in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease
Provisional abstract and full-text article (26-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Trends in Incidence of End-Stage Renal Disease Among Persons With Diagnosed Diabetes — Puerto Rico, 1996–2010
Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
bullet point Evaluation of Quality of Life by Young Adult Survivors of Severe Chronic Kidney Disease in Infancy
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Survival Rates Improving in Kids' Kidney Transplant
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Issue-in-Progress Articles from American Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Kidney Disease Guideline Profusion and Confusion: Unintended Consequences of Different Perspectives and Definitions
Free, full-text, Article in Press editorial from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Article in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Potassium-Binding Resins: Associations with Serum Chemistries and Interdialytic Weight Gain in Hemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point HDL Cholesterol Is Not Associated with Lower Mortality in Patients with Kidney Dysfunction
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Cardiovascular Risk Markers Associated with Arterial Calcification in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 3 and 4
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point 3D Printed Tissue Integrated with Human Blood Vessel Cells
Article from MedGadget.
bullet point 510(k) Clearance for NMI Dialysis Catheter
bullet point Artificial Kidney Belt May Be Dialysis Game Changer
bullet point Next Step for Smart Phones: Keeping Tabs on Patients
Article from WIRED and Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Simple Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Dementia Risk
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Hospital Employment Falls by 1,200 in February
bullet point CMS Announces an Extension to the Public Comment Period for the Draft Quality Measures of the Comprehensive ESRD Care Initiative
Notice from the NRAA web site. The new deadline for submitting comments is 5:00pm ET on March 31, 2014.


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Fri./Sat., March 7-8

Comparative Effectiveness of Two Anemia Management Strategies for Complex Elderly Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text article from Medical Care. Abstract via PubMed.gov.

"Conclusions: Among hemodialysis patients, we did not find differences in 6-month survival or cardiovascular risk between clinical strategies that target Hct at 30.0%–34.5% versus 34.5%–39.0%."
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bullet point FDA Product Recalls from the Enforcement Report for March 5, 2014:
bullet point Two Studies: Preimplant Kidney Biopsy Doesn't Predict Organ Viability
Article from Internal Medicine News.
bullet point Organ Donor Status: Results of eAJKD Poll
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Warning over UK Hospital Superbug Linked to 16 Deaths
Article from the BBC.

"Some had diabetes, kidney problems or transplant rejection;"
bullet point Florida Bill Would Give Nurse Practitioners More Authority
AP article via The Palm Beach Post. (Article features a NP working in dialysis.)
bullet point Early View Extracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
bullet point Utility of Peritoneal Dialysis in Neonates Affected by Inborn Errors of Metabolism
Early View abstract from Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
bullet point Handbook of Peritoneal Dialysis: Second Edition
bullet point Amgen To Cut 252 Jobs
bullet point RSN's 12th Annual Essay Contest
bullet point Study: ObamaCare Not Reaching Uninsured
Posting from The Hill's HealthWatch blog.
bullet point Wello for Vital Signs Monitoring on Your iPhone
Article from MedGadget.
bullet point Notices from CMS:
bullet point Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending
Policy brief from Health Affairs.
bullet point CMS Requests Comments on Application for Participation in the Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) Demonstration
Notice in The Federal Register.


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Thursday, March 6

Notices from CMS:
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  Mar. 6, 2014
bullet point 3 Reasons Buffett Whiz Ted Weschler Likes DaVita HealthCare Partners
Article from The Motley Fool.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point Handgrip Strength at Baseline and Mortality Risk in a Cohort of Women and Men on Hemodialysis: A 4-Year Study
Article in Progress abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Economic Consequences Incurred by Living Kidney Donors: A Canadian Multi-Center Prospective Study
Free, Full-Text, Early View article from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Metformin and Other Antidiabetic Agents in Renal Failure Patients
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Clinical Significance of Multifrequency Bioimpedance Spectroscopy in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: Independent Predictor of Patient Survival
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury following Unselected Emergency Admission: Role of the Inflammatory Response, Medication and Co-Morbidity
Issue in Progress abstract from Nephron Clinical Practice.
bullet point American Nurses Foundation and Fresenius Kabi USA Announce Film Documentary "The American Nurse"
News item from the American Nurses Association.
bullet point Baxter Initiates U.S. Voluntary Recall of One Lot of Peritoneal Dialysis Solution Due to Container-Closure Non-Integrity
bullet point Poor Fitness in Middle Age Tied to Higher Risk of Dementia
bullet point How the Internet Is Transforming our Experience of Being ill
Press release from University of Bristol.
bullet point Patient Engagement: Your Not-So-Secret Weapon to Transform Care
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Alzheimer's May Kill Far More Americans Than Thought
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Top CMS Official To Resign at Month's End


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Wednesday, March 5

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bullet point Nanofiber Mesh Filters Blood of Toxins, May Allow for Tiny Hemodialysis Machines
Article from MedGadget.
bullet point Kidney Care Partners Releases Comprehensive ‘Strategic Blueprint’ for Improving Quality
Press release. The document is a 48-page pdf.

Editor's note: A full commentary on this document will be published soon.
bullet point Warfarin Safe for Kidney Patients With Irregular Heartbeat: Study
Article from HealthDay. Abstract and editorial extract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Erythropoietin Resistance Index and the All-Cause Mortality of Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Evaluation of the Oral Health Status in Chinese Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point New Markers for Acute Kidney Injury
Press release from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
bullet point High HDL May Raise Hemodialysis Patient Death Risk
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Illinois Woman with Kidney Failure Uses Experience to Help Others
bullet point U.S. Hospitals Overuse, Misuse Antibiotics, CDC Says
Article from HealthDay. Early Release report, checklist, and guidance from the CDC. Online First editorial extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Drug Firms Trimming Speaking Fees To Doctors
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point FDA Approval of New Drugs
Free, full-text, Patient Page from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Report: About 18% of U.S. Adults Experience Mental Illness Each Year
bullet point Obama Proposes $3.5 Billion in Medicare Provider Cuts
News items from HFMA and AHANewsNow.
bullet point Features/Modifications of CROWNWeb Version 4.3.4 Released on February 25, 2014
bullet point Study: Structural Changes Could Save Medicare Additional $900 Billion


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Tuesday, March 4

Kidney Care Partners Releases Comprehensive ‘Strategic Blueprint’ for Improving Quality
Press release. The document is a 48-page pdf.
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bullet point Observations from the Atlanta ADC
Blog posting by Dr. John Agar.

"Double their (dialysis treatment) time and halve the rate at which their internal chemistry is "re-arranged." Double their time and halve the rate at which fluid is sucked from their circulation...and dialysis is gentler. It is symptom-free. In fact, it is far easier to sit in the chair for 5 hours than 3."

Editor's note: See the eAJKD posting directly below for a contradictory view.

I believe that increased dialysis treatment times can have medical and psychological effects that are contradictory. Every additional minute can be either beneficial or detrimental to a patient's well-being, depending on the patient's relationship with the dialysis environment and the limitations that increased treatment time places on their lives. Every patient will draw the line differently as to when increased treatment time is no longer beneficial to them.

Instead of a one-time-fits-all approach, setting dialysis times need to be a collaboration between patients and their physicians. Given a choice of environments and times of day, patients will likely opt for very different treatment times that they feel are appropriate for their optimal well-being.
bullet point Recovery Time From Dialysis Session? Does It Matter?
Posting from the eAJKD blog.

"... in your analysis, longer dialysis sessions were associated with longer recovery times as well."
bullet point The Sunshine Act: What Does It Mean for Nephrology?
(3-page pdf) Information from the Renal Physicians Association.
bullet point Trends in Anemia Care in Older Patients Approaching End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States (1995-2010)
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Renoprotective Effect of Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Blockade in Patients With Predialysis Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension, and Anemia
Abstract and editorial extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes after Temporary Hemodialysis Transfer for Peritonitis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Peritoneal Dialysis International:
bullet point Hemodiafiltration Beneficially Affects QT Interval Duration and Dispersion Compared to Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point The Relationship between Intact Parathyroid Hormone Levels and Daily Physical Activity in Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point There’s a Life-Saving Hepatitis C Drug, But You May Not Be Able To Afford It
Article from Kaiser Health News and The Daily Beast.
bullet point Nearly 3 Million Americans Living With Hepatitis C
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Redesigning Hospital Alarms for Patient Safety
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point L.A. County Officials Told Inspectors To Cut Short Nursing Home Probes
Article from Kaiser Health News and Los Angeles Daily News.

"They say they were trying to help clear a California backlog of 9,000 cases."
bullet point Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities
Resources from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
bullet point Taking Care of My Parents
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Women Still Left Out of Medical Research: Report
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Monday, March 3

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bullet point Kidney Care Partners To Release New FrameWork for Kidney Care Quality
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point Renal Replacement Therapy in Europe: a Summary of The 2011 ERA–EDTA Registry Annual Report
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Bioimpedance-Guided Fluid Management in Maintenance Hemodialysis: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Association Between the Hemodialysis Eating Index and Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Disease in Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition..
bullet point PDI in Press Abstracts
32 new In Press abstracts from Peritoneal Dialysis International.
bullet point Dietary Phosphorus Restriction by a Standard Low-Protein Diet Decreased Serum Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Levels in Patients with Early and Advanced Stage Chronic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Comparison between On-Line High-Efficiency Hemodiafiltration and Conventional High-Flux Hemodialysis for Polyclonal Free Light Chain Removal
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Prevalence of Subclinical Atheromatosis and Associated Risk Factors in Chronic Kidney Disease: The NEFRONA Study
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Crush Syndrome
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from the Journal of Emergency Medicine via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point 8 Foods That Are Saltier than You Think
bullet point Diet to Reduce Blood Pressure May Also Stave Off Kidney Stones
bullet point Hand Hygiene Lacking in Many U.S. Health Care Facilities: Study
bullet point Microneedle Patches Allow for Self Administering of Flu Vaccine
Article from MedGadget.
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