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Fri./Sat., Sept. 26-27

Wearable Artificial Kidney: A Dialysis Machine to Clean Blood While On The Go
Article and video from MedGadget.
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  Sept. 26, 2014
bullet point “There Is More to Me than Just Being a Dialysis Patient”
Template for patient engagement from the Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point "Bio-Artificial Liver" Begins Clinical Testing
Article from MED Device Online.
bullet point Rep. Reed Visits Ithaca, NY Dialysis Center
News item the Lansing Star.
bullet point Who Would Donate a Kidney to a Stranger? An 'Anti-Psychopath'
Article from New York Magazine.
bullet point Significant Association Between Bone-Specific Alkaline Phosphatase and Vascular Calcification of the Hand Arteries in Male Hemodialysis Patients
Open Access, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
bullet point Medical Director Responsibilities to the ESRD Network
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Reassessing Medical Risk in Living Kidney Donors
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point The Relationship between AASI and Arterial Atherosclerosis in ESRD Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Peritonitis in a Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Patient by Two Different Species of Enterococci: a Rare Finding
Free, full-text article from Indian Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Recalls Vacutainer Tubes:
bullet point Gastric Bypass Bests Banding for Weight Loss, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol Control
Press release from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
bullet point IV Fluids Shortage Continues in Hospitals
bullet point HHS Awarding $200M To Fight Chronic Diseases
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Substantial Decrease in Uncompensated Care Costs Expected
Article from HFMA.
bullet point The Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance for Latinos
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point And Then There Were 19: More Pioneer ACOs Seave the Program
“CROWNWeb 4.5 – Questions and Answers” Town Hall Slides Now Available


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Thursday, Sept. 25

"Bio-Artificial Liver" Begins Clinical Testing
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  Sept. 25, 2014
bullet point Lung Dialysis to Help Treat COPD Successfully Tested in Italy
Article from Xinhua. Background information on Respiratory Dialysis® from ALung Technologies. The technology was first used on a U.S. patient earlier this year.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point Factors Influencing Survival after Kidney Transplant Failure
Provisional abstract and full-text article (18-page pdf) from Transplantation Research.
bullet point Risk Factors for Frailty in a Large Prevalent Cohort of Hemodialysis Patients
Abstract from the American Journal of the Medical Sciences.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Correction of Metabolic Acidosis in Hemodialysis: Consequences on Serum Leptin and Mineral Metabolism
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point

Body Composition Monitoring and Nutrition in Maintenance Hemodialysis and CAPD Patients—A Multicenter Longitudinal Study
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Stroke Rounds: Kidney Disease Not Always a Barrier to tPA
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point He Fixed South Africa's AIDS Policy, Now He's Out To Fight Salt
Article from NPR.
bullet point Ebola-Hit Nations May 'Face Collapse'
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Survey: ACOs Limited by Poor HIT Interoperability
News item from HFMA.
bullet point U.S. Still Lags in Infant Mortality Rates, Report Finds
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point India's Pharma Sector Mints Billionaires
CROWNWeb Downtime Scheduled for September 25, 2014


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Wednesday, Sept. 24

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  Sept. 24, 2014
bullet point Diabetes Rates Leveling Off in U.S.
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Anticoagulation in Kidney Disease: Options and Considerations
Presentation from UKidney.
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Variation in the Level of eGFR at Dialysis Initiation across Dialysis Facilities and Geographic Regions
CJASN Express abstract.

bullet point Red Cell Distribution Width Is an Independent Factor for Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Open Access, full-text, Online First article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Risk Factors for Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients Undergoing Elective and Emergency Abdominal Surgery
Free, full-text article from Surgery Today.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Targeting Recovery from Acute Kidney Injury: Executive Summary from the Round Table Conference at the 19th International Conference on Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies (Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, Calif., USA, March 2-3, 2014)
Free, full-text article from Nephron Clinical Practice. Also see this introduction to the articles appearing its latest issue on changing paradigms in acute kidney injury.
bullet point How Accurate Are We in Sending Patients to Angiography?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Global Kidney Academy: Transplantation Nephrology Online Course 2014
bullet point Artificial Biospleen Cleans Blood with Magnets
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Receives 510(k) for CRIT-LINE Clip (CLiC) Blood Chamber
bullet point Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in Months, CDC Predicts
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola Death Rates 70% - WHO Study
Article from the BBC.
bullet point PCORI Announces Winners of Patient-Researcher "Matchmaking App" Challenge
How To Fix Medicare? Ask The Public


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Tuesday, Sept. 23 (Break)***

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  Sept. 23, 2014
bullet point What I Have Learned And How It Can Help
Book by dialysis patient Elliott B. Brown.
bullet point Trends in Polycystic Kidney Disease–Related CKD and ESRD
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Comparative Short-Term Safety of Bolus Versus Maintenance Iron Dosing in Hemodialysis Patients: a Replication Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Abstracts from Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Associations of Sugar and Artificially Sweetened Soda and Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Abstracts and Links to Full-Text PDFs from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease:
bullet point Long-Term Follow-up of the ADVANCE Study
Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine (Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease: Preterax and Diamicron Modified Release Controlled Evaluation (ADVANCE)). Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
bullet point Study: Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors May Prevent 80 Percent of Heart Attacks
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Health Woes to Worsen Due to Climate Change, Study Warns
Article from HealthDay. Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections
Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point HHS Announces Sept. 29 Webinar on Hospital Ebola Preparedness Checklist
bullet point Too Many People Die In Hospital Instead Of Home. Here's Why.
CMS Announces ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Opportunity
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Reporting Deadline is 9/30


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Monday, Sept. 22

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  Sept. 22, 2014
bullet point Protein Energy Wasting and Uremic Failure to Thrive in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease: They Are Not Small Adults
Free, full-text, Online First editorial commentary from Pediatric Nephrology.

bullet point Incidence of Erythropoietin Antibody Mediated Pure Red Cell Aplasia: the Prospective Immunogenicity Surveillance Registry (PRIMS)
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.

"Conclusion This large, prospective registry demonstrates that PRCA is rare with subcutaneous administration of either the new coated-stopper syringe presentation of Eprex®, or NeoRecormon® or Aranesp®."

bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Baxter Recalls Certain Lots of Hemodialysis Solutions Due to Particulate Matter Found in the Product
Press release from Health Canada.
bullet point Obama Calls for National Plan to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Lobbyists Push to Change Obamacare's Definition of Full-Time Work
Article from The Hill.
Medicare Advantage Enrollment at All-Time High; Premiums Remain Affordable
CMS press release.


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Fri./Sat., Sept. 19-20

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  Sept. 19, 2014
bullet point Cooling of Dialysis Fluids Protects Against Brain Damage
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Cognitive Function and All-Cause Mortality in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Temperature Management Market Worth $2.5 Billion by 2019
Press release from MarketsandMarkets.
bullet point Sudden Cardiac Death in Haemodialysis Patients – Preventative Options
Accepted Article abstract and free, full-text, review article (39-page pdf) from Nephrology.
bullet point Who is Representing Dialysis Patients in Washington, DC?
Posting from the FixDialysis blog. Follow-up press release from Kidney Care Partners.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Fungal Peritonitis in Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis: the Impact of Antifungal Prophylaxis on Patient and Technique Outcomes
Free, full-text article from Indian Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Comparing Lung Ultrasound with Bioimpedance Spectroscopy for Evaluating Hydration in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point DARPA Working on Portable and Ruggedized Artificial "Biospleen" To Fight Sepsis
Article from Gizmag.
bullet point FDA Approves Trulicity to Treat Type 2 Diabetes
bullet point Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot: CDC
bullet point Ebola Outbreak: Health Team 'Found Dead' in Guinea
Article from the BBC.
bullet point First Board Certification for Faith Community Nursing Announced
Article from Nurse.com.
CMS Announces 7.3 M with ACA Plans Have Paid Premiums


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Thursday, Sept. 18

Who is Representing Dialysis Patients in Washington, DC Today?
Posting from the FixDialysis blog.
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  Sept. 18, 2014
bullet point Judge Will Unseal DaVita Inc. Court Records
(Registration required) Article from the Daily Report.

See this 2012 CNN report on the case, which is Vainer v. DaVita, No. 1P:07-cv-02509. Recent related article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point US Health System Not Properly Designed to Meet Needs of Patients Nearing End of Life, Says IOM
Press release from the National Academy of Sciences. Institutes of Medicine report introduction page.  News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Ankle-Brachial Index and Bone Turnover in Patients on Dialysis
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Weekly High-Dose Ergocalciferol to Correct Vitamin D Deficiency/Insufficiency in Hemodialysis Patients: a Pilot Trial
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Usefulness of Bioimpedance Spectroscopy for Detection of Hypotensive Episode during Dialysis
Abstract from ASAIO Journal.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
  Mineral Bone Disease in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients: Association with Morbidity and Mortality
Free, full-text article from Indian Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Difficult Peritonitis Cases in Children Undergoing Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis: Relapsing, Repeat, Recurrent and Zoonotic Episodes
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Clinical Manifestation of Macrolide Antibiotic Toxicity in CKD and Dialysis Patients
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Covance, Frenova Renal Research Collaborate on Kidney, Renal Diseases
bullet point Math Model Designed to Replace Invasive Kidney Biopsy for Lupus Patients
bullet point Patient, Advocate Bill Litchfield Dies
bullet point Hospitals Struggled during Sandy, Report Says
Article from AP. Report (43-page pdf) from the HHS Office of Inspector General.
bullet point The Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model: Improving Quality and Lowering Costs
Free full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Related news summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point New Affordable Care Act Tools and Payment Models Deliver $372 Million in Savings, Improve Care
Press release from US Department of Health & Human Services. Brief from Healthcare DIVE.
 


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Wednesday, Sept. 17

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  Sept. 17, 2014
bullet point United Arab Emirates To Ban Kidney Failure Patients from Driving
Article from Emirates 24/7.

"Reports and medical studies found that diseases requiring withdrawal of driving license include epilepsy, Parkinson's, kidney failure and sudden acute bouts of diabetes."
bullet point NxStage Medical Says Single Needle Technology OneSite Obtains FDA Clearance
Press release.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care To Issue $518M Convertible Bonds
News item from Reuters.
bullet point U of Washington Testing First-of-its-Kind Wearable Dialysis Machine
News item from MyNorthwest.com.
bullet point Manager of West Hollywood (CA) Ambulance Company Admits to Dialysis Transportation Medicare Conspiracy
Article from Los Angeles Register.
bullet point A Black Kidney Patient Makes Documentary To Warn Others
Feature from the Washington Post.
bullet point NephroCheck®-Can We Predict AKI in the ICU? And Then What?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point Low-Frequency Electrical Stimulation Attenuates Muscle Atrophy in CKD—A Potential Treatment Strategy
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Predictors of Poor Sleep Quality and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Impact of Chronic Kidney Disease on the Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease in Patients with Type II Diabetes in Spain: PERCEDIME2 Study
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Progress in Risk Prediction for People with Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point The Role of Aldosterone Antagonism Agents in Diabetic Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Study Dampens HOPE of HIV Organ Donations
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Baxter Initiates U.S. Voluntary Recall of One Lot of Potassium Chloride Injection Due to Shipping Carton Mislabeling
bullet point Patient's Question Triggers Important Study about Blood Thinners
bullet point Fatty Dairy May Keep T2D at Bay
bullet point Patient Engagement in the US: Three Videos
Videos from Health Affairs.
bullet point One-Quarter Of ACOs Save Enough Money To Earn Bonuses
Posting from the Kaiser Health News blog.
bullet point Guideline: New HCV Drugs Should Go to Sickest Patients
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point

Obama Steps Up Aid to Fight Ebola in West Africa
Article from HealthDay.

Project CROWNWeb Learning Update: Complete All Fields on CMS-2728 Forms Before Printing


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Tuesday, Sept. 16

NxStage Medical Says Single Needle Technology OneSite Obtains FDA Clearance
Fresenius Medical Care To Issue $518M Convertible Bonds
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  Sept. 16, 2014
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Introduces New Sleep•Safe Harmony Cycler for a Peritoneal Dialysis Therapy Tailored to Patients' Needs
Press release.

"The device is available from now on in selected countries including Germany, Spain, Great Britain and France."
bullet point RPA Letter to the Food and Drug Administration on the Peritoneal Dialysis Shortage
Correspondence from the Renal Physicians Association.
bullet point Does Acute Kidney Injury Cause Longer-Term Kidney Function Decline?
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Renal Replacement Therapy in the ICU: Comparison of Clinical Features and Outcomes of Patients with Acute Kidney Injury and Dialysis Dependent End-Stage Renal Disease
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point Effect of Exercise Training on Estimated GFR, Vascular Health, and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Patients With CKD: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Nosocomial Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae Bacteremia in Hemodialysis Patients and the Implications for Antibiotic Therapy
Free, full-text, Article in Press from International Journal of Infectious Diseases.
bullet point Comparison of Patient Survival between Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis in a Single Chinese Center
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point A Randomized Study Evaluating Cinacalcet to Treat Hypercalcemia in Renal Transplant Recipients With Persistent Hyperparathyroidism
Early View abstract and full-text editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point

Outcome of Renal Transplantation from Older Living Donors Compared to Younger Living Donor in Developing Country
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point The Kidney Research National Dialogue: Gearing Up to Move Forward
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Dietary Sodium Restriction: a Neglected Therapeutic Opportunity in Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print abstract this link to full-text pdf from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point FDA's August 2014 Safety Labeling Change
Includes 32 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point Gilead To Boost Price Of New Hepatitis C Drug
bullet point Study Finds Half of U.S. Adults at Risk for Health Problems Related to Elevated Blood Sugar
Article and video from PBS NewsHour.
bullet point Decision Aids for Advance Care Planning: An Overview of the State of the ScienceDecision Aids for Advance Care Planning
Free, full-text review from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Patient Expectations Largely Dictate Antidepressant Response
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point The Historic Role of Boards of Health in Local Innovation:  New York City's Soda Portion Case
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Hackbarth To Leave MedPAC After 15 Years


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Monday, Sept. 15

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bullet point KCP and Congressional Kidney Caucus To Hold Lunch Briefing Sept. 18; "Kidney Disease: An Epidemic Sweeping America — HR 4814 a Blueprint to the Future"
Press release from Kidney Care Partners. HR 4814 summary.

Editor's note: Shouldn't such a blueprint include ending the enslavement of more than 85% of dialysis patients to a treatment regimens that no nephrologists would choose for themselves? How about restoring more patients to health and improving a dismal employment rate among working-age patients? Or how about simply improving nephrology's goals and objectives in chronic dialysis care? When will legislation finally focus on improving the quality of dialysis patients' lives instead of increasing revenues for corporations and nephrologists?

Chronic dialysis care continues to be medicine practiced primarily for money, not for patients. Why do patient groups tolerate this?
bullet point Shortage of In-Home (PD) Dialysis Solution Has Patients Worried
Article from the Los Angeles Times.
bullet point In Saudi Arabia, 15,000 on Kidney Transplant Wait List, But Only 50 Donors a Year Available
Article from Arab News.
bullet point New Patient Experience Video: Jay's Story
ESRD Network Coordinating Center (NCC) feature via ESRD Network 4.
bullet point Transplant Stories: Personal Stories from Native Americans in Network #15
28-page pdf.
bullet point Combo Diabetes Therapy Outperforms Other Treatments, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Evidence-based Review of Gastrointestinal Bleeding in the Chronic Kidney Disease Patient
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Effect of Plasma Exchange and Immunosuppressive Medications on Antibody Titers and Outcome in Anticomplement Factor H Antibody Associated Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
  Diagnostic and Prognostic Role of Peritoneal CA 125 in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Presenting with Acute Peritonitis
Provisional abstract and full-text article (10-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Brain Atrophy in Peritoneal Dialysis and CKD Stages 3-5: A Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Urine Creatinine–Based Estimates of Fat-Free Mass in Community-Dwelling Older Persons: The Rancho Bernardo Study
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Post-Transplant Urologic Cancers More Likely in Women
bullet point New Hyperkalemia Drug Safe, Effective in Phase 3 Trial
bullet point Time to Act on Innovation
Video blog via Hospitals & Health Networks by Douglas Wood, MD of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation.
bullet point Report: U.S. Likely to See Future Shortage of Healthcare Workers
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Nursing Community to Host Webinar on the Midterm Federal Elections (October 9, 2014)
Notice from the ANNA web site.
bullet point

TEDMED DC Day 2 Stage: Unexpected Inspiration, Provocative Proposals, and Having Fun
Summary from MedGadget.

bullet point Analysis: Readmission Penalties Disproportionately Affect Safety Net Hospitals
bullet point Research Suggests Workplace Wellness Programs Don't Work
Study: Socioeconomic Factors Key to Variation in Medicare Spending
News item from AHANewsNow. Abstract and link to full paper from the Brookings Institution.
Financial Penalties Nearing for Physician Incentive Programs
Article from Medical Economics.


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Fri./Sat., Sept. 12

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  Sept. 12, 2014
bullet point Many Kidney Failure Patients Have Concerns about Pursuing Kidney Transplantation
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point The DOPPS Approach to Improving Patient Care
News release from the Arbor Research Collaborative for Health.
bullet point RSN's 12th Annual Essay Contest Winners
Five essays via the Renal Support Network website.
bullet point Diabetics Face Much Greater Risk of Heart Damage, Study Says
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from Circulation.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point 30 Years Survivor on Hemodialysis: a Case Report
Free, full-text article from Saudi Journal of Kidney Disease and Transplantation.
bullet point Efficacy and Safety of Gabapentin for Uremic Pruritus and Restless Legs Syndrome in Conservatively Managed Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
bullet point High-Resolution, Whole Body Vascular Imaging with Ferumoxytol As an Alternative to Gadolinium Agents in a Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease Cohort
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point U500 Insulin Price Spikes
(Registration required, but free.) Additional article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of Heparin Sodium, 1,000 USP Heparin Units/500 mL (2 USP Heparin Units/mL), In 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, 500 mL, Due to Particulate Matter
bullet point MedComp Product Recall: Split Cath III Trays, 16F x 28CM
bullet point TEDMED Day 1 Stage: Innovation through Imagination and Day of Personal Stories
Summary from MedGadget.
bullet point 'Cybersecurity Activity Is Following the Geopolitical Landscape'
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point 'Fat Shaming' Doesn't Motivate Obese People to Lose Weight: Study
CMS Delays Dialysis Five-Star Program
Brief from Healthcare Dive. Related comments from:
CROWNWeb 4.5 Released on September 10, 2014
News item from the Project CROWNWeb website.
CMS Releases HIPAA Privacy/Security Fact Sheet


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Thursday, Sept. 11

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  Sept. 11, 2014
bullet point CMS Delays Implementation of Star Rating System for Dialysis Facilities until January 2015
(1-page pdf) Document from CMS.
Satellite Healthcare Names Rick J. Barnett as President and Chief Executive Officer
Press release.
bullet point Do Physicians with Diabetes Have Differences in Dialysis Use and Survival Than Other Patients with Diabetes?
Abstract from Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.

"Conclusions: (Taiwanese) Physicians with diabetes mellitus (DM) survived longer than other patients with diabetes, likely benefiting from their professional resources in disease control and prevention. Nonetheless, they displayed no advantage from their medical backgrounds compared with the general patients if they developed end stage renal disease."
bullet point ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Announces Inaugural Bennett Clinical Scholar
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point ESRD Network Coordinating Center Offers Free Vaccination Webinar for ESRD Community on Sept. 30
National Healthcare Associated Infections Learning and Action Network Event: “Aiming for 100%:  What You Should Know to Increase Your Patient’s Willingness to Take the Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines.”
bullet point A Case of Anaphylactoid Reaction to Acetate in Acetate Containing Bicarbonate Dialysate
Full-text article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology Case Reports.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Artificial Organs:
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point Outcome of Tunneled Central Venous Catheters Used for Hemodialysis in Children Weighing Less Than 15 Kg
Abstract from Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
bullet point Left Ventricular Function and Chronic Kidney Disease: How Soon It Starts?
Advance Access extract from NDT.
bullet point Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) Wall of Experts
Feature from UKidney.
bullet point Flood Preparedness
1-page pdf from the Kidney Community Emergency Response.
bullet point Even a Little Excess Weight Can Boost Blood Pressure: Study
bullet point Healthcare Workers Wash Hands More Often When in Presence of Peers
bullet point Baxter Announces Baxalta as the Name of New Global Biopharmaceutical Company
bullet point Using Sandbags to Stop the Flood of Unhealthy Behaviors
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Eating Habits, Body Fat Related to Differences in Brain Chemistry
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point Ebola Then and Now
Free, full-text, perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Obamacare Has Not Cut Uninsured Rate For Kids
bullet point New Medicaid Enrollees Sicker, Increasing ED Use
 


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Wednesday, Sept. 10

CMS Delays Implementation of Star Rating System for Dialysis Facilities until January 2015
(1-page pdf) Document from CMS.
Satellite Healthcare Names Rick J. Barnett as President and Chief Executive Officer
Press release.
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bullet point Re-analysis of Clinical Trial Data Can Change Conclusions, Say Stanford Researchers
Press release from Stanford University Medical Center. Abstract and free, full-text editorial from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"As many as one-third of previously published randomized clinical trials could be re-analyzed in ways that modify the conclusions of how many or what types of patients need to be treated, ..."

Related article from Medscape (registration required).
Physician Donated Kidney to Patient She Hadn't Met
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:

bullet point Published Ahead of Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
Transplantation: to Accept, or Not to Accept—That Is The Question
Extract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Center-defined Unacceptable HLA Antigens Facilitate Transplants for Sensitized Patients in a Multi-center Kidney Exchange Program
(Registration required, but free.) Full-text article from the American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology: Study Indicates That Statins May Protect against Microvascular Complications of Diabetes
Press release and summary from The Lancet.
bullet point Nine of 10 American Kids Eat Too Much Salt: CDC
Articles from HealthDay, the CDC, and MedPage Today (registration required).
bullet point Diabetics Pay Little Attention to Salt Warnings: Study
bullet point Smartphones May Aid in Dietary Self-Monitoring
bullet point Positive Outlook and Social Support Help Diabetes Patients Cope
bullet point 500 Cyclists to Attend Eighth Annual Tour DaVita in Oregon
bullet point A Cost-Effective Plan for Managing Violence in the Kidney Care Setting, a Resource from Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.
Introduction and link to a 45-pag pdf from the Renal Services Exchange website.
bullet point Survey: Almost 1 in Five Nurses Leave First Job within a Year
The Role of Medicare Advantage
Graphics from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Tuesday, Sept. 9

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  Sept. 9, 2014
Milestone Reached in Work to Build Replacement Kidneys in the Lab
Press release from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The Double Helix: When The System Fails The Intertwined Needs Of Caregiver And Patient
Free, full-text article from Health Affairs.

"Together, people with chronic conditions and their primary caregivers constitute a double helix, whose needs intertwine and are largely inseparable."
Penn State Receives $1.8 Million from PCORI To Help Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release (if link does not respond, try this alternate source).

"Patients with advanced kidney disease and their family members face many challenges in dealing with the disease and the decisions that relate to choice of treatment," said Ghahramani, associate professor of medicine. "Quite frequently, patients and their family members decide on a treatment option without full awareness of all the options and may ultimately not be satisfied with their choice. Poor satisfaction is likely to result in poor quality of life for the patients and increased sense of burden for the caregiver."
Patient Engagement: Four Case Studies That Highlight The Potential For Improved Health Outcomes And Reduced Costs
Abstract from Health Affairs.

"The aim of patient engagement is to shift the clinical paradigm from determining “what is the matter?” to discovering “what matters to you?”"

Editor's note: Nephrology needs to provide training in understanding the importance of asking dialysis patients the second question, not just the first.
Before and After TREAT
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
Pocket Guide to Clinical Dialysis
ISN Education is releasing 4 free chapters of this book, covering early CKD & maintenance dialysis preparation, cardiovascular risk and management, managing first HD treatment and assessing the adequacy of PD.
bullet point The Changing Landscape of Home Dialysis in the United States
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Impact of Patient Training Patterns on Peritonitis Rates in a Large National Cohort Study
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Abstracts from Health Affairs:
bullet point Decreasing Intradialytic Morbid Events and Assessment of Dry Weight in Children on Chronic Hemodialysis Using Noninvasive Changes in Hematocrit
Free, full-text article from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation.
bullet point Incidence and Mortality of Acute Kidney Injury in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients: a Comparison between AKIN and RIFLE Criteria
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Temporal Regulation of Venous Extracellular Matrix Components during Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation
Article in Press abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point NRAA Asks FDA to Consider Allowing Import of PD Solutions, Warns of Hardships If Shortage Continues
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Renal Ventures Management Announces its First Vascular Access Center
bullet point Kidney and Thyroid Cancer Rates Up Among U.S. Children, Study Finds
bullet point Health Insurance May Not Be Affordable for All
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point HHS Announces $60 Million to Help Consumers Navigate Their Health Care Coverage Options in the Health Insurance Marketplace
Press release from US Department of Health & Human Services.
bullet point Doctors', Nurses' Opinions Differ About End-of-Life Care
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point DEA Widens Program Making Providers Drop-Off Point for Prescription Drugs
Brief from Healthcare Dive.
CMS Reverses Decision, Will Release Hospital Errors
Brief from Healthcare Dive.
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Monday, Sept. 8

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  Sept. 8, 2014
Performance Measures in Dialysis Facilities: What Is the Goal?
CJASN Express abstract.
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval of Ferric Citrate with Unexpected Warnings
Press release. Articles from MSN Money, AP and MedPage Today.
bullet point Occult Hepatitis B Virus Infection of Hemodialysis Patients: a Cross-Sectional Study in a Hepatitis B Virus Endemic Region
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Medical Professionals Rallied To Help Dialysis Patients during Toledo Water Crisis
Article from the Toledo Free Press.
bullet point Paricalcitol for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Renal Transplantation
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Predictive Parameters of Survival in Hemodialysis Patients with Restless Leg Syndrome
Free, full-text article from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation.
bullet point FDA Clears Lab Test for Predicting Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
Articles from Renal & Urology News and Medscape Nephrology (registration required).
bullet point More Proof: Renal Denervation Success Depends on Total Ablation
bullet point Virus Hospitalizes Hundreds of Kids in Midwest and South
Article from The Washington Post.
bullet point Physicians May Soon Be Paid for End-Of-Life Discussions
Article from Medical Economics.
bullet point Mandatory Policy Boosts Flu Vaccination Rates among Health Care Workers
National Kidney Foundation Comment Letters to CMS:
  • Letter 1 (pdf) - End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies
  • Letter 2 (pdf) - Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, Access to Identifiable Data for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Models & Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2015
Nearly $25B Paid To Providers for Meaningful Use


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Fri./Sat., Sept. 5-6

Performance Measures in Dialysis Facilities: What Is the Goal?
CJASN Express abstract.
National Kidney Foundation Comment Letters to CMS:
  • Letter 1 - End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies
  • Letter 2 - Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, Access to Identifiable Data for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Models & Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2015
Medical Professionals Rallied To Help
Dialysis Patients during Toledo Water Crisis

Article from the Toledo Free Press.
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval of Ferric Citrate; Stock Price Drops Due to Warnings
Press release. Article from MSN Money.
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bullet point Dr. Robert S. Lockridge, Jr. Receives Award from Lynchburg Academy of Medicine
Article from The News & Advance (Lynchburg, VA).

"“His contributions to medical care and the quality of life in the community are impressive,” Jacquie Glens, executive director of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine said."

Editor's note: Nephrologists need to create an award for the physician who does the most to improve the quality of dialysis patients' lives.
bullet point Dialysis Products and Services Market Expected to Reach USD 115.4 Billion Globally in 2020: Transparency Market Research
Press release.
bullet point DOPPS Practice Monitor Update
Data through April 2014 from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) Program. Summary from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point ESRD and Death after Heart Failure in CKD
JASN Express abstract and press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Paradigm Shifts in Heart-Failure Therapy — A Timeline
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Optimal Targets for Blood Pressure Control in Chronic Kidney Disease: The Debate Continues
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology & Hypertension.
bullet point Knowledge and Attitudes of Canadian First Nations People Toward Organ Donation and Transplantation: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis & Dialysis:
bullet point Alterations of Intestinal Barrier and Microbiota in Chronic Kidney Disease
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
bullet point Dephosphorylated-Uncarboxylated Matrix Gla Protein Concentration Is Predictive of Vitamin K Status and Is Correlated with Vascular Calcification in a Cohort of Hemodialysis Patients
Provisional abstract and full-text article (17-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Online First Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Dietary Phosphorus Intake and Distribution in Chinese Peritoneal Dialysis Patients with and without Hyperphosphatemia
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Renal Denervation: Revived for Hypertension?
bullet point Compliance is a Dirty Word
bullet point New Map Of The Most Obese States Shows A Troubling Trend
Obesity prevalence maps from the CDC. Article from Business Insider.
bullet point Announcements: Recommendation Regarding Diabetes Prevention — Community Preventive Services Task Force
Notice from the CDC's MMWR.
bullet point Health Care Data Emerging As New Way To Profit
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Ebola Could Reach the U.S. By the End of This Month
Article from The Wire.
bullet point U.S. Launches Ebola Vaccine Trial
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Thursday, Sept. 4

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bullet point GAO: VA Dialysis Pilot Plagued By Delays And Poor Communication
(34-page pdf) Report from the Government Accountability Office. Article from The Daily Caller.
bullet point Sit Less, Protect Your DNA and Live Longer?
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Lab Created Thymus Gland is First Completely Functional Man-Made Organ
Article from MedGadget.com.
bullet point Consider Incentive System for Organ Donation
Editorial from The Denver Post.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephrology:
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Online First Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Clinical Characteristics, Causes and Outcomes of Acute Interstitial Nephritis in the Elderly
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point DaVita Awaiting Judge's Ruling about Testimony over Drug Dosing
bullet point Who Will Volunteer To Help Fight Ebola?
Article from The Hill. Related full-text Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point CVS Changes Name, Stops Tobacco Sales
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Enrolling People In Obamacare Who Have No 'Concept Of Insurance'
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point CMS: Health Spending To Hit $5.2T within 10 Years
Article from The Hill. CMS press release. Free, full-text article from Health Affairs.


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Wednesday, Sept. 3

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bullet point Baxter, FMC Sign PD Solution Supply Agreement; ISPD 'Deeply Concerned' about PD Fluid Shortage
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Care Transitions Survey
Bulletin from the Northwest Renal Network web site.
bullet point To be Young, Dating… and Living with Kidney Disease
KIdneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Observational Modeling of Strict vs Conventional Blood Pressure Control in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Changes in Body Mass, Age, Race/Ethnicity Associated with Rising Diabetes Prevalence in US
News item from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Responsiveness to Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents and Renal Survival in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point PDI in Press Abstracts:
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Open Access Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
bullet point Online First Abstracts from International Urology And Nephrology:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
bullet point Daily Exercise May Halve Risk for Heart Failure, Study Says
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point FDA: PMA Approval for Fluency® Plus Endovascular Stent Graft
bullet point Aethlon Medical Announces Receipt of IRB Approval to Initiate Hemopurifier® Clinical Studies
bullet point This Ebola Chart Is Terrifying
Articles from Reuters and the BBC.
bullet point Victory In Massachusetts Health Costs May Be Temporary
This story is part of a partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Comparison of Weight Loss Among Named Diet Programs in Overweight and Obese Adults:  A Meta-analysis
Abstract and Patient Page from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point 5 Social Media Steps To Improve The Future Of Health Care
Posting from the Mayo Clinic web site.
bullet point Many Nurses Unprepared to Meet Dying Patients
bullet point Taxes and Subsidies Could Encourage Healthier Diet and Lower Healthcare Costs
bullet point RPA Comments on 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.
bullet point CMS Offers Final Ruling for Stage 2 Attestation
bullet point Stage 3 Meaningful Use Delay Finalized


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Tuesday, Sept. 2

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bullet point Comment Letter from Home Dialyzors United on ESRD Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program
(5-page pdf) Also see letter on the Home Dialyzors United (HDU) web site.

"...we are dismayed that, again this year, CMS continues to turn its collective back on the problem facing patients who would like to choose home dialysis."

"The almost total emphasis on biochemical markers ignores the everyday quality of life issues that are ultimately more meaningful to patients than laboratory measurements."

"HDU feels that any future QIP measures need to be more meaningful to patients. The ultimate goal of any rule is to contribute to the patient's clinical outcomes, wellbeing and quality of life."

bullet point Ways to Reduce the Kidney Shortage
Editorial from The New York Times.

"There are lots of reforms that could be made without resorting to paying for kidneys. Congress ought to hold hearings on the best ways to reduce the shortage and save more lives on the waiting list."

bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Conversion From Tacrolimus to Belatacept to Prevent the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in Pancreas Transplantation: Case Report of Two Patients
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Fluid Resuscitation in Sepsis: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Kidney Stones Linked to Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners VP Leanne M. Zumwalt Unloads 3,214 Shares
bullet point Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Low Carb Diets More Than Low Fat Ones May Help Protect against Heart Disease
Article from the Washington Post. Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Ebola Epidemic Decimating Health Workers in Guinea
Article from AFP.
bullet point Telehealth Visits, Wearable Medical Devices Sales To Skyrocket
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Monday, September 1

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bullet point 'We Can Do Better' With CKD and ESRD Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's comment:  Let me offer my congratulations to Dr. Berns on his upcoming presidency of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).

While I am heartened by his election and his emphasis on patients, the NKF turned its back on dialysis patients several years ago. Their focus now seems to be on dialysis avoidance, either through prevention or transplantation.

In the first comment to this posting, Dr. JW made some of the most insightful statements about dialysis care I have ever read.

By not focusing on continually improving the quality of patients’ lives, nephrology care has enslaved patients to a way of life called dialysis. If no nephrologists would choose the care that 85% of their patients receive, aren’t we sustaining an immoral system? Is it wrong to compare today’s dialysis industry to the economy of the antebellum American South?

My greatest hope is that Dr. Berns will be like Abraham Lincoln, elected for his decency and then able to move an entire nation to embrace a greater vision and a greater truth.

No pressure, Doc.

bullet point Rumors Circulate That CMS Will Delay Dialysis Star-Rating Program
(Headline only) News item from InsideHealthPolicy.com (pay-for-view site).
bullet point European Society of Cardiogy: Novel Heart Failure Drug a Game-Changer
Articles from HealthDay and Reuters.  Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free). Free, full-text, Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point HIV Transmission at a Saudi Arabia Hemodialysis Unit
Free, full-text article from Clinical Infectious Diseases.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point Improving Care Coordination Between Nephrology and Primary Care: A Quality Improvement Initiative Using the Renal Physicians Association Toolkit
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Vascular Surgery:
bullet point Press Releases from the European Society of Cardiology:
bullet point Infection Prevention in Your Day to Day Care
(1-page pdf) Patient Bulletin from Northwest Renal Network.
bullet point CBO Chief Says Obamacare Is Reducing Deficit
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Single Animal to Human Transmission Event Responsible for 2014 Ebola Outbreak
bullet point New CMS Rule Allows Flexibility in Certified EHR Technology for 2014
Press release from CMS.


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Fri./Sat., Aug. 29-30

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bullet point Kidney Organ Allocation in the USA - Upcoming Changes
6-minute video presentation by Leonardo Riella, MD, PhD from Harvard Medical School. Also see this previous posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
bullet point HemoDialysis Frequency Article Published by Noridian
Link from the California Dialysis Council.
bullet point Patient- and Provider-Reported Information about Transplantation and Subsequent Waitlisting
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Arteriovenous Fistula Placement in the Elderly: When Is the Optimal Time?
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point The Association between Dialysis Modality and the Risk for Dialysis Technique and Nondialysis Technique Related Infections
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Counseling Potential Donors to the Risk of ESRD After Kidney Donation: Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?
Letter to the Editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Four Seasons for Reflecting. Summer: Taste and Touch
Free, full-text article from NDT.
bullet point How Does Fluzone High-Dose Differ from Other Flu Vaccines?
Article from The Mayo Clinic.
bullet point The Joint Commission Issues Alert In Preparation for New Tubing Connector Standards
News item from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).
bullet point 15 Gambro Renal Product Recalls Related to Prisma/Prismaflex
See FDA Enforcement Report for week of August 27, 2014.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Introduces New ‘Chair Yoga’ Program
bullet point Report: FBI Issues Healthcare Hacker Alert
News item from HFMA.
bullet point The PCORI Perspective on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Urgent Care Centers Opening For People With Mental lllness
bullet point MedPAC Comment Letter on CMS's Proposed Rule: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, Access to Identifiable Data for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Models & Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2015
18-page pdf from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
bullet point Pennsylvania Becomes 27th State to Expand Medicaid under ACA
bullet point ICD-10 Testing Weeks Set


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Thursday, Aug. 28

Fresenius Medical Care Introduces New ‘Chair Yoga’ Program
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bullet point Home Dialyzors United Announces 2014 Award Winners
News release.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)-a New Factor That Interplays between Inflammation, Malnutrition, and Atherosclerosis in Elderly Hemodialysis Patients
Abstract with link to full-text PDF from Clinical Interventions in Aging.
bullet point Published Ahead of Print Abstracts from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
bullet point B-type (brain) Natriuretic Peptide and Pruritus in Hemodialysis Patients
Abstract with link to full-text PDF from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point Elevated Circulating PCSK-9 Concentration in Renal Failure Patients is Corrected by Renal Replacement Therapy
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Everest Study Finds High Altitude Affects Blood Pressure
bullet point Operator? Business, Insurer Take On End-of-Life Issues By Phone
Article from WHYY via Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Face to Face with Ebola — An Emergency Care Center in Sierra Leone
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Participants of Cardiac Clinic Trials Do Not Represent Real World Patients, Study Finds
bullet point MERS Virus Doesn't Seem to Spread Easily, Study Finds
bullet point CBO Projects Lower Medicare and Medicaid Costs
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Wednesday, Aug 27

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bullet point Dialysis Providers Have Serious Concerns about CMS Renal ACO Program
Article from the Healthcare Dive. Article (registration required) from Modern Healthcare.
bullet point Survey of Home Hemodialysis Patients and Nursing Staff regarding Vascular Access Use and Care
Free, full-text Early View article from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Hypertension Self-Management Program Helps Reduce Blood Pressure for High-Risk Patients
Press release and abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Articles from MedPage Today and Renal & Urology News.
bullet point International Transplant Nurses Society Call for Public Comments
Notice from the American Nurses Association web site.
bullet point RPA Comments on NCCI Edits Affecting Dialysis and Evaluation and Management Services
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.
bullet point Economic Evaluation of Dialysis Therapies
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point Serum Bicarbonate and Bone Mineral Density in US Adults
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Prophylactic Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Does Not Decrease Time to Achieve a Negative Fluid Balance After the Norwood Procedure – A Randomized Controlled Trial
Article in Press abstract from the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
bullet point Factors That Can Minimize Bleeding Complications after Renal Biopsy
Free, full-text, Online First review article from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Association of Apolipoprotein E Gene Polymorphism with End-Stage Renal Disease and Hyperlipidemia in Patients on Long-Term Hemodialysis
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point Testing for “Silent” Coronary Heart Disease
JAMA Patient Page.
bullet point EU Gives OK for Vifor Fresenius Phosphate Binder Velphoro
bullet point When Medical Care Is Futile, Other Patients Pay The Hidden Price
Article from WBUR.
bullet point Bedside Manners: If Compassion Doesn't Come Naturally, Try Simple, Patient Pleasing "Etiquette-based Medicine"
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Another Pioneer ACO Bites the Dust
Article from Healthcare Dive.
bullet point French Hospital Opens Wine Bar for Terminally ill
bullet point MedPAC Comments on CMS Proposed Rule for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Physician-Owned Hospitals: Etc.
(14-page pdf) Letter from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.


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Tuesday, Aug. 26

Dialysis Providers Have Serious Concerns about CMS Renal ACO Program
Article from the Healthcare Dive.
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bullet point 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2014; DaVita's Kent Thiry is Rated #10
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.

Kent Thiry is also the fourth highest paid healthcare executive at $17,099,000, according to a 2014 proxy statement.
bullet point Risks to Live Kidney Donors: What to Tell Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Anemia Management in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Taiwan Practice Guidelines
Accepted Article abstract and full-text article (17-page pdf) from Nephrology.
bullet point Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents and Thrombotic Events in Dialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Thrombosis Research.
bullet point The Role of Minority Geographic Distribution in Waiting Time for Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Kidney Donor Risk Index (KDPI) and Donor Selection
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Bone, Mineral Parameters Vary By Time of Day in ESRD
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Ocular and Systemic Factors Associated with Glaucoma in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point 15 Gambro Renal Product Recalls Related to Prisma/Prismaflex
See FDA Enforcement Report for week of August 20, 2014.
bullet point IP Gloves Help Prevent Spread of Infection Thanks to Clever Trick
bullet point Study Shows 25% Fewer Opioid Related Deaths in States Allowing Medical Marijuana
Press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Ebola Outbreak Has Killed More than 120 Healthcare Workers
Articles from RTE News and CNN.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
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Monday, August, 25

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bullet point Ask Patients About Recovery Time Post-Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog via Medscape Nephrology.

"This is a very interesting study, and it suggests that there are some opportunities to help our patients feel better through simple manipulations of the dialysis treatment, and asking them this very simple question from time to time: "How long does it take you to recover from your dialysis session?""

Editor's comment: Right brain.
bullet point Improving Clinical Outcomes Among Hemodialysis Patients: A Proposal for a “Volume First” Approach From the Chief Medical Officers of US Dialysis Providers
Article in Press abstract from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases.

Editor's comment: Left brain.
bullet point Association of Initial Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis Treatment with Preservation of Residual Kidney Function in ESRD Patients
Issue in Progress abstract from a American Journal of Nephrology.

Conclusion: Twice-weekly HD during the first year of dialysis therapy appears to be associated with better RKF preservation.
bullet point NxStage Launches Nurse Hero Campaign to Recognize Home Hemodialysis Nurses
Press release.
bullet point Daily Protein Intake and Patient Outcomes in Severe Acute Kidney Injury: Findings of the Randomized Evaluation of Normal versus Augmented Level of Replacement Therapy (RENAL) Trial
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Blood Purification.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Provisional Abstract and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Intradialytic Exercise Training: a Pragmatic Approach
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Hemoconcentration: a Major Risk Factor for Neurological Involvement in Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point

Scientists 'Grow' First Functioning Organ from Reprogrammed Cells

bullet point American Heart Association Issues e-Cigarette Recommendations
News release.
bullet point About 30.1M Patients Affected by Health Data Breaches Since 2009
News item from the California HealthCare Foundation.
bullet point Violinist Plays during Brain Surgery
bullet point CMS Delays Implementation of Sepsis Quality Measure


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