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Fri./Sat., Jan. 30-31

NY State Panel Doesn't Recommend For-Profit Dialysis Centers
Article from Capital.
DaVita, Centura Health Announce FullWell System Brand Name
Article from Denver Business Journal.
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  Jan. 30, 2015
bullet point Nephrologists Can't Have It Both Ways
Opinion piece from RenalWEB.
bullet point Citing Evidence of Lying, Judge Says Attorney-Client Privilege May Be Pierced in Health Fraud Case (DaVita Whistleblower)
(Registration required, but free.) Article from the Daily Report.

Editor's note: In 2012, DaVita settled a whistleblower suit on ESA use and billing for $55 million.

In October of last year, DaVita settled another whistleblower suit and related claims on physician kickbacks for $400 million. Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

This current case is another medication-related whistleblower suit against DaVita. See this 2012 CNN story (10-minute video) on this case when it began.
bullet point Kmart To Pay $102K For Refusing To Hire Dialysis Patient Who Couldn't Give Urine Sample
Article from the National Law Review.
bullet point Free Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal
The February 2015 issue has 21 full-text articles.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Wearable Devices for Blood Purification: Principles, Miniaturization, and Technical Challenges
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Dialysis Fluid Endotoxin Level and Mortality in Maintenance Hemodialysis: A Nationwide Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Cardiovascular Changes Occurring with Occlusion of a Mature Arteriovenous Fistula
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Effectiveness of Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Dialysis Patients with Diabetes: the DIALYDIAB Pilot Study
Abstract from Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.
bullet point Advancing Renal Education: Hybrid Simulation, Using Simulated Patients to Enhance Realism in Hemodialysis Education
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
bullet point Longitudinal Relationships of Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity with Kidney Function: Healthy Twin Study
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Arterial Flow Regulator Enables Transplantation and Growth of Human Fetal Kidneys in Rats
Early View brief communication from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Can Sugarcane Workers Be Saved With Simple Water and Shade?
Article from National Geographic.
bullet point Need to Improve 'Fragmented' ADPKD Care in Europe: Report
bullet point Baxter's Fourth Quarter Financial Results Exceed Expectations
bullet point Telemedicine & You: Mayo Clinic Expert Explains New Health Care Option, How State and National Policies Can Catch Up
Blog posting from the Mayo Clinic.
bullet point When It Comes To The Health Law And Taxes, Millions May Face Penalties
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Updates Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings Page to Include Disclaimer
CMS Announces Intent to Revisit Some Aspects of EHR Incentive Program
CMS Intends to Shorten Meaningful Use Reporting Period


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Thursday, Jan. 29

Citing Evidence of Lying, Judge Says Attorney-Client Privilege May Be Pierced in Health Fraud Case (DaVita Whistleblower)
(Registration required, but free.) Article from the Daily Report.

Editor's note: In 2012, DaVita settled a whistleblower suit on ESA use and billing for $55 million.

In October of last year, DaVita settled another whistleblower suit and related claims on physician kickbacks for $400 million. Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

This current case is another medication-related whistleblower suit against DaVita. See this 2012 CNN story (10-minute video) on this case when it began.
Kmart To Pay $102K For Refusing To Hire Dialysis Patient Who Couldn't Give Urine Sample
Article from the National Law Review.
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  Jan. 29, 2015
bullet point Nephrologists Can't Have It Both Ways
Opinion piece from RenalWEB.
bullet point Nephrology Report Signals Trouble for Specialty
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point No Nashville-Area Dialysis Centers Get Top 5-Star Ranking
Article from The Tennessean.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia Presenting as Bilateral Adrenal Hemorrhages
Free, full-text correspondence from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point A Meta-analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials Assessing Hemodialysis Access Thrombosis Based on Access Flow Monitoring: Where Do We Stand?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Abstracts from Nephron Clinical Practice:
bullet point Following Blood Pressure Guidelines Saves Lives, Dollars: Study
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine. Press release from Columbia University Medical Center.
bullet point Is Tight BP Control During Pregnancy Moot?
(Registration required, but free.) Articles from MedPage Today and HealthDayAbstract from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Reminder — Call for Technical Expert Panel (TEP) Members: ESRD Access to Kidney Transplantation TEP
Nominations are due by 5PT ET on Feb. 15, 2015.
bullet point Focus on Peritoneal Dialysis Training: Working to Decrease Peritonitis Rates
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Organ Transplants Could Provide Two Million Extra Years of Life, Researchers Say
bullet point Insurers Find Way around Obamacare 'Pre-Existing Conditions' Rule by Hiking Drug Co-Pays
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Patient Engagement: Are Docs Doing It All Wrong?
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point 9.5 Million Sign Up For Insurance Through Health Law Marketplaces
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point 72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says
How to Fix Meaningful Use to Help Physicians
Article from Medical Economics.


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Wednesday, Jan. 28

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  Jan. 28, 2015
bullet point Dialysis Bus Provides Vacation Lifeline in Australia
Article from The Age (Australia).
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from Nephron Clinical Practice:
bullet point Articles from Renal & Urology News:
bullet point Mortality Risk of Darbepoetin Alfa Versus Epoetin Alfa in Patients With CKD: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Indicators and Correlates of Psychological Disturbance in Chinese Patients Receiving Maintenance Hemodialysis: a Cross-Sectional Study
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
bullet point Diabetes: Is This Tattoo Worth a 1,000 Needle Pricks?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Amgen Tops 4th Quarter Forecasts
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners' VillageHealth and Humana Team up in Las Vegas
bullet point Industry Group to Back Results-Focused Care
Article from The New York Times.
bullet point Patient Engagement Means 'Attitude Adjustments' on Both Sides
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point PCORI Board Approves New Advisory Panel and New PCORnet Demonstration Project
News release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
bullet point Supervision Bill Aims to Protect Rural Access to Outpatient Services
CMS Special Open Door Forum: Understanding Dialysis Facility Compare — Driving Informed Decision Making
Conference call only (pdf announcement) scheduled for Wed., Feb. 4, 2-3 PM ET. Slides available at dialysisdata.org.

Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935, Conference ID #: 62054250.

Comprehensive ESRD Care Initiative Demonstration Delayed until July
News item from Nephrology News & Issues.


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Tuesday, Jan. 27

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  Jan. 27, 2015
bullet point FDA Approves Rockwell Medical's Iron Replacement Drug Triferic™
Article from Reuters. Press release from Rockwell Medical.
bullet point Emerging Role of Biosimilar Epoetins
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Medscape Nephrologist Lifestyle Report 2015
(Registration required, but free.) Slideshow from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Articles on Dialysis 5-Star Rating System: Editor's note: Despite the 5-star ratings, virtually no nephrologists would accept for themselves the short, fast, cheap, unphysiological treatments that are provided in almost all U.S. dialysis centers. Dialysis-by-numbers is something only a corporation can love.
bullet point Weather Emergency Resources for Dialysis Patients
Listings from ESRD Network of New England and KCER.  Press release from Fresenius Medical Care. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Is Peritoneal Dialysis Still an Equal Option? Results of the Berlin Pediatric Nocturnal Dialysis Program
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus in Dialysis Units: A Systematic Review of Reports on Outbreaks
Advance online abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Renal Team Prom a Huge Success
Video and press release from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure in Study
bullet point Dementia Tied to Common Hay-Fever and Insomnia Drugs (Anticholinergics)
Article from the BBC. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Precision Medicine: Mayo Clinic Expert Describes Next Steps to Help More Patients
Article from the Mayo Clinic.
bullet point Five Key Questions at the End of Life
(Registration required, but free.) Article and video from Medscape Internal Medicine.
bullet point Vice President Joe Biden Calls For Renewed Focus On Patient Safety
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Budget Office Lowers ObamaCare Price Tag by 20 Percent
bullet point Prolonged High Cholesterol in Middle Age Raises Heart Risk Later: Study
HHS Pledges To Quicken Pace Toward Quality-Based Medicare Payments
Article from Kaiser Health News. Articles from The Hill and Modern Healthcare (registration required, but free).

"By 2018, half of Medicare spending outside of managed care will be paid under contracts with incentives to manage quality and costs, federal officials said Monday."
Burwell: Tie More Medicare Pay to Quality and Value
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks. Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
No Progress on Medicare Physician Pay Fix


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Monday, Jan. 26

FDA Approves Rockwell Medical's Iron Replacement Drug Triferic™
Article from Reuters. Press release from Rockwell Medical.
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  Jan. 26, 2015
bullet point Weather Emergency Resources for Dialysis Patients
Listings from ESRD Network of New England and KCER. Weather Channel reports on winter storm Juno.
bullet point FDA Approves Natpara to Control Low Blood Calcium Levels in Patients with Hypoparathyroidism
January 23rd press release.
bullet point Fresenius Plans To Raise Dividend after Hitting 2014 Goals
Article from Reuters.
bullet point Free Access to Full-Text Issue-in-Progress Articles from Blood Purification
Over 20 articles of interest for dialysis care practitioners.
bullet point

Advance Online Abstracts from the International Journal of Artificial Organs:

bullet point Venovenous Hemodiafiltration for the Management of Dabigatran Overdose in Intensive Care Unit
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Saline Recall for Particulate Matter: 250 mL by Hospira
Safety Alert from the FDA.
bullet point Jan. 29 Webinar: Engaging Patients as Partners in Care
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
bullet point FDA Permits Marketing of First System of Mobile Medical Apps for Continuous Glucose Monitoring
bullet point Coupler Device Shows Promise for Hypertension Control
bullet point Diabetes-Related Foot Condition Often Missed
bullet point Study: Antimicrobial Wipes Don't Reduce HAIs
bullet point Just Five Ebola Cases Left in Liberia
bullet point British Nurse Makes Full Recovery from Ebola
 


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 23-24

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  Jan. 23, 2015
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Medicare's 'Dialysis Facility Compare' Now Displays Facility Star Ratings
Article from AP. CMS press release. Dialysis Facility Compare home pagefact sheet, and star rating explanation.

Press release and www.5stardialysis.org web site from Kidney Care Partners that denounce Medicare's star rating system for dialysis facilities.

KidneyTalk podcast on the 5-star rating system for dialysis facilities from Renal Support Network.

Editor's note: I examined the ratings of some of top nephrology programs in the country (5 stars is best):

  • Mayo Clinic - 2 stars
  • Cleveland Clinic - 1 star
  • Massachusetts General - 1 star
  • UCSF (at General Hospital) - 3 stars
  • Rogosin Institute (NY, NY) - 2 stars
bullet point DaVita to Settle Shareholder Lawsuits Stemming from Federal Kickback Settlement for $7.3 Million
Article from Denver Business Journal.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Buys Remaining Stake in India's NephroLife Care for $32.5 Million
Article from The Economic Times (India).
bullet point UK Renal Registry 2014 - 17th Annual Report of the Renal Association
Free access to report PDFs via Nephron.
bullet point Articles from Medical Economics®:
bullet point High Blood Calcium Linked with Increased Risk of Premature Death in Dialysis Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Is There a Moral Way to Fix America's Kidney Shortage?
Article from The Atlantic.
bullet point CKD in Elderly Patients Managed without Dialysis: Survival, Symptoms, and Quality of Life
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point A Very Simple Formula to Compute pCO2 in Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Blood Glucose Fluctuations in Hemodialysis Patients with End Stage Diabetic Nephropathy
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications.
bullet point Long-Term Outcome of Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis (EPS) Patients in a Single Center
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Trends in Kidney Transplant Outcomes in Older Adults
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from the Journal of American Geriatrics Society via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Reliant Renal Care to Provide Assisted Home Hemodialysis in NexCare Health Systems Nursing Centers
bullet point Elizabeth Warren: How about a 'Swear Jar' for Drug Companies?
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Optimizing High-Risk Care Management
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point 2015 Nurse Practitioner Ranks Surge to 205,000, Nearly Doubling Over Past Decade
Press release from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
bullet point American Nurses Association's 'Year of Ethics' Kicks off with Release of Revised Code of Ethics
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Superbug Spread through Contaminated Scopes Sickened Dozens in Seattle
bullet point Ebola Crisis: Experimental Vaccine 'Shipped to Liberia'
1,700 Hospitals Win Quality Bonuses From Medicare, But Most Will Never Collect
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Thursday, Jan. 22

Medicare's 'Dialysis Facility Compare' Now Displays Facility Star Ratings
Dialysis Facility Compare home page.

Editor's note: I examined the ratings (5 stars is best) of some of top nephrology programs in the country:

  • Mayo Clinic - 2 stars
  • Cleveland Clinic - 1 star
  • Massachusetts General - 1 star
  • UCSF (at General Hospital) - 3 stars
  • Rogosin Institute (NY, NY) - 2 stars
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  Jan. 22, 2015
bullet point Is Cinacalcet Useful in Dialysis Patients?
Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: It is amazing how this industry finds ways to make money.

In January 2013, The New York Times reported that Congress included a delay of Medicare price restraints on Sensipar/cinacalcet (made by Amgen) until 2016 in the 'fiscal cliff' legislation. See articles from NN&I, Ventura County Star, and The Hill.

In response to this criticism, Amgen provided a press release on Feb. 22, 2013 stating that a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis released that week showed that keeping oral-only drugs in Medicare Part D would actually achieve significant savings over time for both taxpayers and the Medicare program. However, where did this analysis go?  It now does not appear in the Amgen press release, nor in the CBO listing for February 2013, nor in the link in this Huffington Post story based on the CBO analysis.

In March 2014, Amgen was able to insert a provision into rushed legislation (121-page pdf) that delayed Medicare price restraints on Sensipar/cinacalet until 2024. AP article quote:

"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."

And now Dr. Berns asks, "Is cinacalcet useful in dialysis patients?"
bullet point Transplant First: Organ Donation from UK Newborn
Article from the BBC.
bullet point March 12 -- World Kidney Day 2015: Work Together to Raise Awareness
Notice from the International Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation:
bullet point Dialysis Outcomes in India: a Pilot Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point End-Stage Renal Disease in Japanese Children: a Nationwide Survey during 2006–2011
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Massive Catheter Related Thrombosis of Vena Cava Superior Protruding into the Right Atrium in a Hemodialysis Patient
Online First abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Peritoneal Dialysis is Limited by Kidney and Liver Volume in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
bullet point Current Exercise Guidelines Unrealistic, Say Experts
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Study: EHRs Make Little Difference in Coordinating Care
Brief from Healthcare DIVE.
bullet point Docs Urge Big Changes to Health Records Meaningful Use Program
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says
Medicaid Pay Hike Opened Doors For Patients, Study Finds


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Wednesday, Jan. 21

Is Cinacalcet Useful in Dialysis Patients?
Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: In January 2013, The New York Times reported that Congress included a delay of Medicare price restraints on Sensipar/cinacalcet (made by Amgen) until 2016 in the 'fiscal cliff' legislation. See articles from NN&I, Ventura County Star, and The Hill.

In response to this criticism, Amgen provided a press release on Feb. 22, 2013 stating that a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis released that week showed that keeping oral-only drugs in Medicare Part D would actually achieve significant savings over time for both taxpayers and the Medicare program. However, where did this analysis go?  It now does not appear in the Amgen press release, nor in the CBO listing for February 2013, nor in this Huffington Post story based on the CBO analysis.

In March 2014, Amgen was able to insert a provision into rushed legislation (121-page pdf) that delayed Medicare price restraints on Sensipar/cinacalet until 2024. AP article quote:

"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."

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  Jan. 21, 2015
bullet point Long Nocturnal Dialysis: a Single-Center Experience
(8-page pdf) Full-text article from Portuguese Journal of Nephrology & Hypertension.
bullet point New AHRQ Toolkit Helps Keep Dialysis Patients Safer from Infection
Resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The ESRD Toolkit was created to help end-stage renal disease clinics prevent healthcare-associated infections in dialysis patients.
bullet point 17th International Conference on Dialysis. Advances in Kidney Disease 2015, January 28-30, 2015, New Orleans, La.: Abstracts
23-page pdf from Blood Purification.
bullet point Timing of Cannulation of Arteriovenous Grafts: Are We Too Cautious?
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point The "Phosphorus Pyramid": a Visual Tool for Dietary Phosphate Management in Dialysis and CKD Patients
Provisional abstract and full-text correspondence (13-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Successful Recovery from Iatrogenic Severe Hypernatremia and Severe Metabolic Acidosis Resulting from Accidental Use of Inappropriate Bicarbonate Concentrate for Hemodialysis Treatment
Free, full-text article from Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation.
bullet point Birth Weight, Malnutrition and Kidney Associated Outcomes-A Global Concern
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point NT-ProBNP and Troponin T and Risk of Rapid Kidney Function Decline and Incident CKD in Elderly Adults
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Contrast Induced Acute Kidney Injury: Potential New Strategies
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Avoiding the Use of a Femoral Bridging Catheter Using a Two-Stage Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow (HeRO) Graft Implantation Technique
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point High-Dose Statin May Protect Heart Surgery Patients' Kidney Health
bullet point Baxter Receives FDA Approval for PHOXILLUM Solution for Electrolyte Management During Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
bullet point Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces $100 Million Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock
bullet point Critical Care Evidence—New Directions
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Gunman Kills Physician at Brigham And Women's Hospital in Boston
Articles from Healthcare DIVE and Reuters.
MedPAC Floats 3.5% Hike in Hospital Reimbursement, Freeze of Physician Rates and Dialysis Payments
Article from Healthcare Finance.


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Tuesday, Jan. 20

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  Jan. 20, 2015
bullet point Regardless of Exercise, Sitting for Long Periods Increases Risk of Disease and Early Death
Articles from University Health Network, HealthDay, and MedPage Today (registration required). Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Fresenius Sheds 'Junk' Credit Rating for First Time
Article from Reuters.
bullet point The Effect of a Diet Containing 70% Protein from Plants on Mineral Metabolism and Musculoskeletal Health in Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point TVA Medical Wins Innovation Award For Minimally Invasive Hemodialysis Access System
Press release.
bullet point A Bit More Salt Each Day May Not Harm Older Adults
Article from HealthDay. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, New Protections
Press release from National Nurses United.
bullet point Majority Still Support Single-Payer Option, Poll Finds
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Couples More Likely to Get Healthy Together
Press release from Cancer Research UK.
bullet point Global Soil Hunt for New Drugs
bullet point Walking Groups Boost Overall Health without Side Effects
 


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Monday, Jan. 19

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  Jan. 19, 2015
bullet point Mystery Kidney Disease Killing Sri Lankan Farmers
Article from AP.
bullet point FDA Recall Notices for Week of Jan. 14, 2015:
bullet point Qualitative Research Methods in Renal Medicine: an Introduction
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point New Findings Provide Practical Guidance on Using the Instrumental Variable Approach
News release from Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program (DOPPS).
bullet point Applications Accepted Until Feb. 5th for the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient and Family Partnership Council (PFPC)
Notice from the American Society of Nephrology web site.
bullet point

Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:

bullet point Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
bullet point A Simple Self-Report FRAIL Scale Might Be More Closely Associated with Dialysis Complications Than Other Frailty Screening Instruments in Rural Chronic Dialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point

The Importance of Ultrasonographic Measurement of Peritoneal Wall Thickness in Pediatric Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
bullet point Nephrology Social Media Collective Inaugural Internship Class Announced
bullet point Diaverum Enters Asian Market by Acquiring Kidney Centres in Kazakhstan
bullet point Univ. of Cincinnati Professor Explores Effects of Living on Kidney Dialysis with New Memoir
bullet point Sharing Clinical Trial Data:  Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Tavenner To Leave CMS
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CROWNWeb Downtime on Tuesday 1/20/15


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 16-17

Tavenner To Leave CMS
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  Jan. 16, 2015
bullet point DaVita Sees Dialysis as Senior Living Service Niche
Article from Senior Housing News.
bullet point Cantel Medical Subsidiary Mar Cor Purification Given 510(k) Clearance For MINNCARE® HD Disinfectant For Use In Water System Disinfection In Kidney Dialysis Applications
Press release.
bullet point Call for Technical Expert Panel (TEP) Members: ESRD Access to Kidney Transplantation TEP
Nominations are due by 5PT ET on Feb. 15, 2015.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Tool Helps Measure Patients' Readiness To Make Decisions about Starting Dialysis
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Release of Uremic Retention Solutes from Protein Binding by Hypertonic Predilution Hemodiafiltration
Abstract from ASAIO Journal.
bullet point FDA MedWatch: December 2014 Safety Labeling Changes
Includes 72 products with revisions to Prescribing Information.
bullet point Saline Solution Shortages--And Shortcuts--Cause Severe Sickness
Article from Forbes.
bullet point In UK, Coroner Rules Out Chlorine Contamination after Two Dialysis Patients Die in Birmingham Hospital
ITV report.
bullet point

Report Shows Progress in Decreasing Nation's Healthcare-Associated Infection Rates
Press release from the CDC. Article from Nurse.com.

bullet point Only 23 Percent Protection From This Year's Flu Vaccine
bullet point Nurses Want Solution to ‘Epidemic’ of Workplace Violence
bullet point Number of People with Medical Bill Problems Declines
Last Chance to Register for National Provider Call on ESRD QIP Payment Year 2017 and 2018 Final Rule
Call will be held Wed., Jan. 21 at 2 PM ET.


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Thursday, Jan. 15

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  Jan. 15, 2015
bullet point DOPPS Practice Monitor Update (data through August 2014)
Data from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program. There is a web conference today, January 15, 2015, at 3 p.m. EST. Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Lack of Exercise Responsible for Twice As Many Deaths As Obesity
Press release from the University of Cambridge. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point FDA Approves First of Kind Device to Treat Obesity
FDA press release. Article from MedGadget.
bullet point Provisional Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from BMC Nephrology:
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point Abstracts from the New England Journal of Medicine:
bullet point Biomarkers of Kidney Injury and Klotho in Patients with Atherosclerotic Renovascular Disease
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Association of TNF-á Polymorphism in Patients with End Stage Renal Disease
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Onglyza OK in Renal Patients
bullet point Lower Mortality Rates among Asian and Hispanic Lupus Patients
bullet point Shifting Health Care's Focus to Appropriate Care
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
bullet point Health Outcomes Improve in States Where Nurse Practitioners Independently Provide Care
Press release from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
bullet point Guiding Choice — Ethically Influencing Referrals in ACOs
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Fewer Americans Delayed Needed Medical Care in 2014, Survey Says
Medicare Per Capita Spending By Age And Service: New Data Highlights Oldest Beneficiaries
Web First article from Health Affairs.
Medicare at 50 — Origins and Evolution
Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Wednesday, Jan. 14

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  Jan. 14, 2015
bullet point US Biosimilar Advancement: Next Up, Hospira's Epoetin Alfa
Articles from BioPharma-Reporter.com and Bloomberg.
bullet point Now FDA Cleared: AmeriWater's Heatsan Integrated Heat Disinfection System for the Loop and Dialysis Machines
Press release.
bullet point

Historic Illinois Bill Helps Undocumented Migrants with Kidney Transplants
Article from CCTV-America.

bullet point Strategies for Preserving Residual Renal Function in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
bullet point A Review of Dietary Intake Studies in Maintenance Dialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Socioeconomic Status Influences Chronic Kidney Disease Prevalence in Primary Care: a Community-Based Cross-Sectional Analysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Allopurinol and Progression of CKD and Cardiovascular Events: Long-term Follow-up of a Randomized Clinical Trial
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Saxagliptin: A Therapy Option in Diabetes and Renal Failure
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point What It's Like To Spend Your Late 20s On Dialysis, Then Be Saved By A Gift
Article from KPLU.org (Seattle).
bullet point How Do You Tell Someone They're Dying?
bullet point Dr. Norman Coplon, Founder of Satellite Healthcare, Passes Away
bullet point NxStage Increases Revenue Guidance
bullet point FDA Okays Larger Insulin Pump
bullet point Spending on Medical Research Falls in U.S. While Growing Globally
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Viewpoint Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Our Perspective: “Wellness” Based Healthcare is a Scam
News item via the National Nurses United web site.
bullet point How Intense Efforts Boosted Heart Health for One Maine Community
MedPAC Questions CMS's Current Quality Measurement Approach
(4-page pdf) Letter from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to the CMS Administrator.

"Over the past few years the Commission has become increasingly concerned that Medicare's current quality measurement approach is becoming "over-built," and is relying on too many clinical process measures that are, at best, weakly correlated with health outcomes."

Editor's note: It is ridiculous that -- after 40 years -- CMS does not consider rehabilitation or employment to be quality measures of dialysis care.
New Jersey Ambulance Operators Facing Medicare Cash Crunch
Article from NJ.com.
Medicare to Pay Physicians to Coordinate Care
Briefing from Healthcare DIVE.
Medicare Extends ICD-10 Testing Sign-Up
89 ACOs Join Medicare Shared Savings Program


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Tuesday, Jan. 13

Now FDA Cleared: AmeriWater's Heatsan Integrated Heat Disinfection System for the Loop and Dialysis Machines
Press release.
What It's Like To Spend Your Late 20s On Dialysis, Then Be Saved By A Gift
Article from KPLU.org (Seattle).
Dr. Norman Coplon, Founder of Satellite Healthcare, Passes Away
New Jersey Ambulance Operators Facing Medicare Cash Crunch
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bullet point Implementation of a Quality and Safety Checklist for Hemodialysis Sessions
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point #NephWorkForce TwitterChat on Tuesday January 13 at 9pm EST
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point One-Size-Fits-All Approach Can Lead to Overtreatment in Older Diabetes Patients
Press release from Yale University.  Press release and free, full-text, Online First article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Extracorporeal Treatment for Lithium Poisoning: Systematic Review and Recommendations from the EXTRIP Workgroup
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point The Effects of a Novel Calcium-Free Lactate Buffered Dialysis and Substitution Fluid for Regional Citrate Anticoagulation - Prospective Feasibility Study
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Trends in Arteriovenous Fistula Use at Dialysis Initiation After Automated eGFR Reporting
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Mental Health Among Living Kidney Donors: A Prospective Comparison With Matched Controls From the General Population
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Early View Case Report Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:

bullet point Early Online Abstracts from Renal Failure:
bullet point High Hepatitis C Cure Rate Seen in Trial of 6-Week Oral Drug Regimens
Article from ScienceDaily.
bullet point Withholding and Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatments in Intensive Care Units in Asia
Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Tom F. Parker III, M.D., named Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Dialysis at Renal Ventures Management, LLC
bullet point $375 Billion Wasted on Billing and Health Insurance Related Paperwork Annually: Study
Press release from Physicians for a National Health Program.
bullet point As Health Law Becomes More Entrenched, GOP Divided Over Strategy
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Bold Claim: 'An Operating System for the Entire Healthcare Industry'
Article from Healthcare IT News.
MedPAC To Vote Jan 15 on Outpatient Dialysis Payment Adequacy
See page 2 of this 5-page pdf from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
PY2016 QIP Attestation Deadline


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Monday, Jan. 12

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bullet point Hurricane Sandy Deadly to Dialysis Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Articles from MedPage Today and Medical News Today. AJKD abstract.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Effects of Wall Shear Stress in Venous Neointimal Hyperplasia of Arteriovenous Fistulae
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Quanta SC+ Hemodialysis System for In-Office or At-Home Treatment Cleared in EU
bullet point Bad Flu Season Continues to Take Toll, Especially Among the Young and Old
Articles from HealthDay and The Hill.
bullet point CDC Health Update Regarding Treatment of Patients with Influenza with Antiviral Medications
Notice from the Health Alert Network.
bullet point Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline Nears
January 2015 MedPAC and MACPAC Data Book: Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
(78-page pdf)
Medicare Aims to Improve Coordinating Seniors' Chronic Care
Article from AP.


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 9-10

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  Jan. 9, 2015
bullet point Lessons to Learn After Hurricane Sandy Significantly Impacts Kidney Patients
Article from HealthCanal.com. Abstract from AJKD. Related article from NorthJersey.com.
bullet point UAB Piloting Three-Year Dialysis Study Using Telemedicine
Article from Health IT Outcomes.
bullet point ASN Nephrology Fellow Survey Report
16-page pdf and introduction from the American Society of Nephrology. Summary from Nephrology News & Issues.
bullet point Optimal Targets for Blood Pressure Control in Chronic Kidney Disease
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Molecules Great and Small: The Complement System
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
bullet point Analysis of Different Thermal Processing Methods of Foodstuffs to Optimize Protein, Calcium, and Phosphorus Content for Dialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Working Through Your Illness
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point

Study Provides Insights into the Role of Genetic Variants in Kidney Disease

bullet point FDA Approves Anticlotting Drug Savaysa
bullet point Tacrolimus for Induction in Lupus Nephritis?
bullet point Metformin Label Too Restrictive on Renal Grounds, Limits Use
bullet point Wearable Devices as Facilitators, Not Drivers, of Health Behavior Change
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Workers Pay More For Health Care Despite Slowed Premium Increases
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Cancer Groups Urge More Regulation of E-Cigarettes
 


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Thursday, Jan. 8

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bullet point Kidney Disease on the Rise, but Patients on Dialysis or with Kidney Transplantation Living Longer
Press release from the University of Michigan Health System. . Related article from MedPage Today.
bullet point ANNA Election Results Finalized
Sheila Doss-McQuitty was selected to be President-Elect of the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
bullet point FDA Advisory Panel Gives OK for First Biosimilar in U.S.
Articles from Bloomberg and Reuters.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Simple Tools Increase CKD Diagnosis and Referral in Primary Care Settings
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia in Living Kidney Donors
Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Modified-Release Calcifediol Effectively Controls Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Associated with Vitamin D Insufficiency in Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Classifying AKI by Urine Output versus Serum Creatinine Level
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Increased Plasma Catalytic Iron in Patients May Mediate Acute Kidney Injury and Death Following Cardiac Surgery
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point Poor Acceptance of Illness Associated with Worse Quality of Life in Chronic Heart Failure
bullet point Rockwell Medical Announces Two Triferic Abstracts to be Presented at Annual Dialysis Conference Jan. 31 - Feb. 3, 2015 in New Orleans
bullet point The American Health Care Consumer
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.

When you hear the word "empowerment," it's code for "You're on your own, pal."
bullet point Antibiotics: US Discovery Labeled 'Game Changer' for Medicine
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Monitor Medication Adherence from Inside Your Patients
Article from Nurses.com.
bullet point Nine Measles Cases Linked to Disney Theme Parks in California
 


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Wednesday, Jan. 7

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  Jan. 7, 2015
bullet point Small Change in Blood Acidity Could Prove Detrimental to Kidney Disease Patients
Press release from the University of Manchester. JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Cardiac Imaging in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point Early Blood Glucose Control Lengthens Life in People with Type I Diabetes
Press release from the National Institutes of Health. Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Lower Life Expectancy in Study
Article from HealthDay. Press release and abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Does Creatinine Say More About Muscle Quality than Mass?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Potential Option for Treating Chronic Kidney Disease
bullet point Blood Sugar Levels in Heart Failure Patients Predict Risk of Early Death
bullet point Study Quantifies the Effect of Depressive Thoughts on Memory
bullet point Bariatric Surgery Associated with Improved Long-Term Survival
bullet point EURODOPPS Seeks Investigators
bullet point Providers Collect Increasing Amounts Of Data But It Doesn't Always Lead To Better Care
Summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point

Texas VA Clinic Shooting Leaves 2 Dead
Article from AP.

bullet point The Biggest Win for the VA Telehealth Program
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
bullet point UK Ebola Nurse Has 'Stabilized'
Visualizing Health Policy: Medicare Spending
Graphic from the Kaiser Family Foundation via the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Tuesday, Jan. 6

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bullet point Five States To Get $22 Million in DaVita Kickbacks Case
Posting from the Denver Business Journal. Article from The Denver Post.
bullet point George Aronoff, M.D., Named Chief Medical Officer of Renal Ventures Management, LLC
Press release.
bullet point Free Webinar on Engaging Patients to Eliminate Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs), January 27th, 2015
Posting from the ESRD National Coordinating Center.
bullet point Infections Increase Death Risk by 35% for ICU Patients, Study Finds
Press release from Columbia University Medical Center. Prevention efforts reduce costs by more than $150,000 per patient.
bullet point Effect of Medicare's Nonpayment for Hospital-Acquired Conditions:  Lessons for Future Policy
Free, full-text, Online First article from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Incentivizing "Structures" Over "Outcomes" to Bridge the Knowing-Doing Gap
Free, full-text, Online First commentary from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Call for TEP Members: ESRD Vascular Access Technical Expert Panel
Scroll down page to "Project Title: End-Stage Renal Disease Vascular Access Technical Expert Panel." Nominations are due Feb. 5.
bullet point Quanta Receives CE Mark for its Advanced Haemodialysis System SC+
Press release. Quanta web site.
bullet point Hemopurifier FDA Approved to Filter Ebola Out of Blood in Clinical Study
News item from MedGadget.
bullet point Dialysis Dose and Risk Factors for Death Among ESRD Patients Treated with Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis: A Prospective Cohort Study
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Free Issue of Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
The January 2015 issues has 12 articles and features focusing on socioeconomics, disparities, and the kidney.
bullet point Abstracts from JAMA Internal Medicine:
bullet point A Renewed Question in Haemodialysis Patients: Should We Correct Low Serum Magnesium Levels
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
bullet point Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 and Sudden Versus Non-sudden Cardiac Death: The Cardiovascular Health Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point The Impact of Social Disadvantage in Moderate-to-Severe Chronic Kidney Disease: an Equity-Focused Systematic Review
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Semaphorin 3A Serum Levels Are Influenced by Hemodialysis: What Clinical Significance?
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Multitarget Therapy for Induction Treatment of Lupus Nephritis: A Randomized Trial
Abstract and Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Study Debunks Notion of 'Healthy Obese'
bullet point Bad Flu Season Getting Worse, CDC Says
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
bullet point CDC Issues Guidance To Help Hospitals Estimate Ebola PPE Needs
RPA Comments on the 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule
December 29 letter from the Renal Physicians Association.
CROWNWeb Clinical Months to Close Monthly in 2015
Seniors Switching to Medicare Advantage, Study Finds


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Monday, Jan. 5

Five States To Get $22 Million in DaVita Kickbacks Case
Posting from the Denver Business Journal. Article from The Denver Post.
George Aronoff, M.D., Named Chief Medical Officer of Renal Ventures Management, LLC
Press release.
Call for TEP Members: ESRD Vascular Access TEP
Scroll down page to "Project Title: End-Stage Renal Disease Vascular Access Technical Expert Panel." Nominations are due Feb. 5.
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bullet point A New Year for Dialysis—Home and In-Center
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

Editor's note: Instead of continuing to pursue universal solutions for all, why don't we pursue what works for each individual patient?
bullet point Disturbed Skin Barrier in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Open Access article from the Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Assessing the Validity of Surrogate Outcomes for ESRD: A Meta-Analysis
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Death Rates from Viral Hepatitis Among Adults Aged =18 Years,* by Age Group and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1999–2011
Report from the CDC's MMWR.
bullet point Simple Ways to Improve Blood Pressure Measurement
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point Cantel Medical Acquires Pure Water Solutions, Inc.
Press release.
bullet point U.S. Healthcare Spending On Track To Hit $10,000 Per Person This Year
Article from Forbes.
bullet point Ebola-Struck UK Nurse in 'Critical' Condition
Article from AFP.
bullet point Getting Paid for Chronic Care
Article from Medical Economics.
bullet point Mortality in the United States, 2013
Data from the National Vital Statistics System.
bullet point FDA Shares Advice to Avoid Colds and Flu
bullet point Metformin Contamination of Lake Michigan May Endanger Fish
bullet point Rotating Night Shift Work Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Big Investments For ACA Innovation Lab, But Most Results Still Pending
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Friday, Jan. 2

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bullet point Transplant Candidates Often Struggle to Accept Kidneys
Article from Reuters Health. Online First abstract from Transplantation.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Celebrates Milestones of 2014
Press release.

Editor's note: Here is a quote from Stephen R. Covey:

"If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster."

Looking at DaVita's list, I am disheartened to see that there is no mention of any effort to improve patients' quality of life. The latest statistics from the United States Renal Data System showed that in 2012 there were 128,923 dialysis patients between ages 18-54. Less than 10% of them were either receiving vocational rehab (620), employed full or part-time (11,180), or attending school (883). (See reference table J.10)

90% of patients, who are in the prime of their lives, do not escape enslavement to a life called dialysis. These numbers are only getting worse and should be a source of disgrace and shame for the leaders of this field of medicine. How could any chronic health care company fail to focus on these goals?

It is time in 2015 for patients to develop a universal declaration of dialysis patients' rights and needs -- and to fight for its enforcement.
bullet point Researchers Find Significant Link to Daily Physical Activity, Vascular Health
Press release from University of Missouri-Columbia.
bullet point Hemodynamic Behavior During Hemodialysis: Effects of Dialysate Concentrations of Bicarbonate and Potassium
Free, full-text Open Access article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Nearly 3,000 GranuFlo Lawsuits Now Filed in Federal Mass. Litigation
bullet point NephroGenex Shares Rocket after Lead Drug Found Safe for Heart
bullet point The 12 Most Important Healthcare Stories of 2014
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
bullet point Leapfrog Names 'Top Hospitals' of 2014
List from The Leapfrog Group. Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point The Best Medical Technologies of 2014
Article from MedGadget.com.
bullet point Little Change in Fast Food Calorie Counts, Salt Content
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Perspective Pieces from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point Most Cancer Types 'Just Bad Luck'
bullet point Cautious Doctors Use Telemedicine to Diagnose Flu
CMS Memo: Errors Published in ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) Performance Standards
2-page pdf.


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Wed., Dec. 31

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bullet point Flu at Epidemic Levels in U.S.
Articles from HealthDay and Reuters. CDC's influenza web site and weekly flu report.
bullet point Vancomycin May Harm Kids' Kidneys, Study Says
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Keryx Drug for Dialysis Patients Poised to Challenge Genzyme
Article from Boston Business Journal.
bullet point Free Issue of Kidney International
The January 2015 issue includes over 35 articles and features. Some highlights include:
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Comparison of Longer-Term Outcomes After Kidney Transplantation Between Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Whites in the United States
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point A Feasibility Study of Colestipol As an Oral Phosphate Binder in Hemodialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Health Care Professionals Warned Not to Inject Patients with IV Solutions from Wallcur of San Diego
FDA MedWatch notice.
bullet point Healthcare's Winners and Losers for 2014
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Ebola, Obamacare Top U.S. Health News for 2014
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola Patient Zero Found? -- Epidemic Likely Started with Fruit Bat Contact
Articles from the BBC and The Hill.
bullet point First-Aid Kits: Stock Supplies That Can Save Lives
Blog posting from the Mayo Clinic.
Medicare Places 14-Day Hold on Physician Claims


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Tuesday, Dec. 30

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bullet point

Dialysis Pits Patients' Desires Against Clinicians' Goals
Berns on Nephrology video blog posting via Medscape Nephrology.

Editor's note: Dialysis patients want to live as normal lives as possible. Patients will accept, and even pursue, longer dialysis treatments as long as they can maintain the most important and meaningful activities of their lives. Look to Tassin (France) or the long-time home hemodialysis patients in the Nordic countries for examples.

The title of this article illustrates U.S. nephrology's long-term failure to consider both the medical and psychosocial needs of dialysis patients. Patients want to dialyze to live, not live to dialyze. With most U.S. nephrologists financially invested in maximizing dialysis clinic profits, nephrology has little interest in tailoring dialysis treatments or equipment to meet patients' psychosocial needs.  Nephrologists would tailor dialysis treatments, times, and schedules for themselves and their own family members. Why should patients comply with a(n economic)  system of care that is designed to fail them?

The economic foundation of U.S. dialysis care is not unlike the antebellum South.   The professional community's thinking is insular and specious. Until U.S. nephrology develops a code of ethics that treats their patients as equals and includes the necessity of emphasizing patients' goals -- or until dialysis patients develop a universal declaration of their human rights and needs and then fight for its enforcement -- the economic system of U.S. dialysis care will continue to discount and ignore the meaning and purpose of patients' lives.

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Free, Full-Text Issue of Journal of Renal Nutrition
The January 2015 issue has ten articles.

bullet point Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis & Dialysis:
bullet point Cardiovascular Disease & Mortality in Kidney Transplant Recipients: Is Vitamin K Status the Missing Link?
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement in the Right Lower Quadrant Is Associated with a Lower Risk of Catheter Tip Migration: a Retrospective Single Center Study
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Poverty Makes Diabetes Care Tougher, Study Reports
Article from HealthDay. Press release and Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Lupus Nephritis ESRD Rates Stable
bullet point Yoga As a Potential Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Syndrome
bullet point Preventing Emergency Surgeries Could Save $1 Billion
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Health Worker with Ebola Transferred to London Hospital
Article from Reuters.
How A State's Choice On Medicaid Expansion Affects Hospitals
PBS NewsHour video from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Dec. 29

Dialysis Pits Patients' Desires Against Clinicians' Goals
Berns on Nephrology video blog posting via Medscape Nephrology.
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bullet point Delivering Higher Value Care Means Spending More Time with Patients
Article from Harvard Business Review.
bullet point Considerations and Challenges in Defining Optimal Iron Utilization in Hemodialysis
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point The Demise of Calcium-based Phosphate Binders-Is This Appropriate for Children
Free, full-text, Online First review article from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point High-Protein Diets and Renal Health
Free, full-text article from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Evaluating the Benefits of Home-Based Peritoneal Dialysis
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point Development and Validation of a Short Version Checklist for Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis Based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point A Longitudinal Study of Inflammation, CKD-Mineral Bone Disorder, and Carotid Atherosclerosis after Renal Transplantation
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Glucose Challenge Test (50-g GCT) in Detection of Glucose Metabolism Disorders in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: Preliminary Study
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Influence of Hemodialysis Duration on Midterm Clinical Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients with Coronary Artery Disease after Drug Eluting Stent Implantation
Online First abstract from Heart and Vessels.
bullet point Digital Infarction in a Hemodialysis Patient Due to Embolism from a Thrombosed Brachial Arteriovenous Fistula
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Why We Needed Kayexalate in the First Place
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
bullet point Use of Google Translate in Medical Communication: Evaluation of Accuracy
Free, full-text article from British Medical Journal.
bullet point Malaria Killing Thousands More Than Ebola in West Africa
Article from AP.
CMS Releases ICD-10 Testing Results


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 26-27

Delivering Higher Value Care Means Spending More Time with Patients
Article from Harvard Business Review.
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Top Nephrology Related Stories of 2014
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.

bullet point Coordinated Care Through 'Medical Home' Best for Chronically ill Kids: Study
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Efficacy and Safety Data of Subsequent Entry Biologics Pertinent to Nephrology Practice: a Systematic Review
Provisional abstract and full-text article (27-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
bullet point Abstracts from Nephrology:

bullet point Blood Pressure Apps May Be Dangerously Wrong
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Reuters Health via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Diabetes Drug Metformin Safe for Patients With Kidney Disease: Review
Article from HealthDay. Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point 16th Annual Renal Teen Prom
This Renal Support Network event will be held Sunday, Jan. 18th at the Hilton Hotel in Glendale, CA.
bullet point He's the Only Convicted Organ Trafficker in the U.S., and Now He Can Stay
Article from Bloomberg.
bullet point The 5 Biggest Successes and 5 Biggest Failures of 2014
Article from HealthCare Dive.
bullet point 6.4 MillionsHave Already Enrolled In 2015 Health Policies, Deadline Still 7 Weeks Off
 


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Wednesday, Dec. 24

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  Dec. 24, 2014
bullet point Tornado Hits Dialysis Unit in Mississippi
Article from SunHerald.com (Biloxi-Gulfport).

"At around 3 p.m., the twister tore off the north end of the Columbia Dialysis Unit -- Hattiesburg Clinic building, prompting officials to move about 30 dialysis patients and their equipment to nearby facilities in Hattiesburg, Tylertown and Silver Creek."
bullet point Older Donors With Hypertension May Safely Part With Kidney
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Reuters Health via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Five Days of Extreme Heat Drives Up Incidence of Kidney Failure
Article from HealthDay. News release from Harvard School of Public Health.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Effect of an Enhanced Medical Home on Serious Illness and Cost of Care Among High-Risk Children With Chronic Illness:  A Randomized Clinical Trial
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Nearly All Diabetics Should Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: Experts
Article from HealthDay. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free).
bullet point Serum Ferritin Is Associated with Progression of Peripheral Arterial Disease in Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Issue-In-Progress Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
bullet point Reductions in Red Blood Cell 2,3-Diphosphoglycerate Concentration during Continuous Renal Replacment Therapy
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
bullet point Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Is Associated with Pulmonary Hypertension in Older Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and Proteinuria
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Metformin in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Kidney Disease:  A Systematic Review
Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point The First Nephrology Social Media Internship
bullet point When Cardiologists Are Away at Conferences, Their High-Risk Patients May Fare Better
Article from HealthDay. Online First abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point FDA to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola Perspectives From Opposite Sides of the Globe
Free, full-text perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
89 ACOs To Join Medicare Shared Savings Program Next Year
As Docs Face Big Cuts In Medicaid Pay, Patients May Pay The Price


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Tuesday, Dec. 23

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  Dec. 23, 2014
bullet point Is Spironolactone a 'Savior' for Hemodialysis Patients?
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog via Medscape Nephrology. Abstract from Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Recent, free, full-text, Issue in Progress article on spironolactone from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point 'Obesity Paradox' Apparent in Heart Failure
Article from HealthDay. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free). Abstract from Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
bullet point Potassium Busters Have Arrived
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Will a New Kidney Allocation System Even the Playing Field?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Design and Participant Baseline Characteristics of ‘A Clinical Trial of IntensiVE Dialysis’ - the ACTIVE Dialysis Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Mortality Prediction Using Modern Peptide Biomarkers in Hemodialysis Patients - A Comparative Analysis
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point Dialysis-Requiring AKI Quadrupled in ICU Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point ESRD From Lupus Nephritis in the United States, 1995–2010
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Percutaneous Thrombectomy of AVF: Immediate Success and Long-term Patency Rates
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
bullet point Use with Caution: High Doses of Vancomycin Fuel Risk of Kidney Damage in Children
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Alliant Health Solutions, Inc., Completes Double Merger with ESRD Networks
bullet point NxStage Receives FDA Clearance for Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis
bullet point PCORI Offers Up to $150.7 Million to Support Second Phase of Development of PCORnet, its National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Initiative
Press release.
bullet point The 2014 Ebola Outbreak and Mental Health:  Current Status and Recommended Response
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point CDC: End to Ebola Not Yet in Sight
Transcript of Dec. 18 MedPAC Meeting
(Warning: 452-page pdf) The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met to discuss outpatient dialysis services reimbursement.

MedPAC's draft recommendation was that Congress should eliminate the update to the outpatient dialysis payment rate for calendar year 2016.

Dialysis reimbursement is discussed on pages 136-160 and on pages 293-295.


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Monday, Dec. 22

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bullet point Nxstage Medical Receives FDA Clearance for Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis with System One™
Press release.
bullet point January 15: DOPPS Practice Monitor Web Conference -- Emerging Trends Through August 2014
(See top news item.) Registration is now open for the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program (DOPPS) web conference.
bullet point Kidney Disease Undiagnosed in Majority of Type 2 Diabetics
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point Articles from MedPage Today:
(Registration required, but free.)
bullet point Use of Vitamin D Receptor Activator, Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Death in a Cohort of Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
bullet point Drinking Pattern and Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease: The Kansai Healthcare Study
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Long-Term Risk of Upper Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage after Advanced AKI
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point FDA Recall Notice: Veta Peritoneal Catheter Kit
Notice from the FDA Enforcement Report for December 17, 2014.
bullet point Poll Finds Many Americans Think Paying For Health Care Is A Hardship
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay.

"Nearly half of the patients said they were struggling to pay their medical bills, which was linked with a poorer health-related quality of life."
bullet point Japanese Stem Cell Scandal Scientist Resigns
bullet point Ebola Nurse Released from NIH
MedPAC Presentation: Assessing Payment Adequacy and Updating Payments: Outpatient Dialysis Services
(14-slide pdf) Dec. 18 presentation to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Editor's comment: Another year of no mention of the abysmal patient rehabilitation or employment rates.
Performance Score Certificates Must Be Posted before Jan. 2nd


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