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Fri/Sat, April 19-20

The Case of Intradialytic Hypotension
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Commentary: Modifications to Medicare Rules Could Support Care Innovation for Dialysis
Press release from Emory Health Services.
Shared Decision Making and the Importance of Time
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
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April 19, 2019
Laugh Out Loud Hemodialysis (LOL-HD): Improving the Dialysis Experience at Satellite Healthcare
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Investigators Incorporate Randomized Trial within Dialysis Care Delivery
Press release and Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from HealthDay.
When Is More Frequent Hemodialysis Beneficial?
Recent findings from AdvancingDialysis.org (sponsored content).
Clinical Outcomes after ABO-Incompatible Renal Transplantation: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Online First abstract from The Lancet.
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Kidney Transplant Patients Need Even Better Aftercare!
Press release from ERA-EDTA.
Major Adverse Kidney Events in Pediatric Sepsis
Published Ahead of Print CJASN article.
NAV-KIDS2 Trial: Protocol for a Multi-Center, Staggered Randomized Controlled Trial of a Patient Navigator Intervention in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Process of Selecting and Educating HCV Uninfected Kidney Waiting-List Candidates for HCV infected Kidney Transplantation
Accepted Article abstract from Artificial Organs.
Mount Sinai Researchers Discover That Diabetes Drug May Reverse Heart Failure
Press release from Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
No 'One-Size-Fits-All' Diet for Diabetics, Expert Panel Says
Article from HealthDay.
Novel Obesity Tx OK'd; Sugar Labels to Prevent Diabetes — News and Commentary from the Endocrinology World
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Soon, Kidneys-on-a-Chip Will Rocket to Space Station
Press release from the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Donate Life Hollywood Reboot
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Cedars-Sinai Debuts Alexa in Hospital Rooms to Improve Care
Article from Nurse.com.
8 Things to Watch for If You, or a Family Member, Is Hospitalized
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
CMS Issues Final Rule for the 2020 Annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters
CMS press release.


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Thursday, April 18

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April 18, 2019
Kidney Patients And The GW School Of Medicine And Health Sciences Host Inaugural Global Summit Focused On Innovations in Kidney Care
Press release from George Washington University.
Great Quote by Belding Scribner in Jonathan Himmelfarb's Talk at WCN Melbourne
Tweet from proychaudhury. RenalWEB article.
How Do Multiple Symptoms Really Affect Older Adults?
Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
American Society of Nephrology Announces KidneyX Chair
Article from Kidney News Online.
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Routine Is the Worst Enemy of the Dialysis Patient
Free, full-text, Online First Letter to the Editor from Blood Purification.
NKF Study Reveals Challenges in Co-Management of Kidney Patients in Primary Care
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
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Notices from the Northwest Renal Network:
Atrasentan and Renal Events in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease (SONAR): a Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial
Online First abstract from The Lancet.
In the NEWS: Credence, Rise of the Nephron Throne
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Is CREDENCE a Game Changer for Diabetic Nephropathy?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Cardiovascular Benefits of a Diet Enriched in Fruits and Vegetables
Free, full-text, Online First editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
Kidney Disease Awareness and Knowledge among Survivors of Acute Kidney Injury
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Best Dietary Practices for Patients with CKD
Article from Healio.
Key Updates in Cardio-Nephrology from 2018: Springboard to a Bright Future
Free, full-text, Online First editorial from CardioRenal Medicine.
Online First Abstracts from CardioRenal Medicine:
Articles from HealthDay:
Hypoglycemia in People with Type 2 Diabetes and CKD
Published Ahead of Print CJASN article.
Mortality Outcomes With Intensive Blood Pressure Targets in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Online First abstract from Hypertension.
Hands Clean: Road to Zero Infections at Satellite Healthcare
YouTube video (3min21sec).
Health Stocks Crumble as Fears of 'Medicare for All' Snowball
Article from Bloomberg.
Measles in 2019 — Going Backward
Free, full-text, Recently Published editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
The Pigs Were Dead. But Four Hours Later, Scientists Restored Cellular Functions in Their Brains
Article from STAT.
Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Payment and Policy Changes for Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CMS-1710-P)
CMS fact sheet.


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Wednesday, April 17

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April 17, 2019
Lengthier Dialysis Doesn't Translate to Longer Life
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology. (see below)
Replacing 30 Minutes of Sitting With Activity May Cut Mortality
Article from HealthDay.
What You Might Not Know about Being an Organ Donor
Short video from the Mayo Clinic.
FDA Recall Notice: MedComp 14F SLX Double Lumen Full Tray Hemodialysis Catheter
Notice from the FDA Enforcement Report for April 17, 2019.
Patient and Clinician Perspectives on Electronic Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in the Management of Advanced CKD: A Qualitative Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Medical Solutions International
Association between Prediabetes (defined by HbA1C, fasting plasma glucose, and impaired glucose tolerance) and the Development of Chronic Kidney Disease: a 9-Year Prospective Cohort Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Scientists Report New Approach to Reduce or Prevent Renal Fibrosis
Press release from the American Journal of Pathology.
Effect of Additional Oral Semaglutide vs Sitagliptin on Glycated Hemoglobin in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Uncontrolled With Metformin Alone or With Sulfonylurea — The PIONEER 3 Randomized Clinical Trial
Abstract and editorial extract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Better Manage Diabetes with Technology
Article from Medical Economics.

Most People Pay Less Than $5 per Month for the Drug. But Some Pay $11,002
Article from STAT.

"Most* patients pay between $0 and $5 per month" for Janssen's drug Stelara, the chart proclaims.

Editor's note: Janssen is the maker of INVOKANA® (canagliflozin), the subject of the CREDENCE trial.

Hackers' Favorite Target Is Now Health Care, Report Finds
Article from Nashville Public Radio.
The Uncertain Effect of Financial Incentives to Improve Health Behaviors
Free, full-text, viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from HealthDay on Workplace Wellness Programs.
News Briefs from NEJM Journal Watch:
HHS OIG Work Plan Addition: Review of Monthly ESRD-Related Visits Billed by Physicians or Other Qualified Healthcare Professionals
Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
Medicare Payment Rules Hinder the Fight against Superbugs
Article from STAT.


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Tuesday, April 16

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April 16, 2019
New: Toolkit on Care Transitions
(103-page pdf) Best practices identified by the ESRD Forum of Networks Medical Advisory Council (MAC).
Breakthrough Kidney Disease Treatment Offers Hope for Hundreds of Millions with Diabetes Worldwide
Press releases from the University of Oxford and Stanford University. Article from HealthDay.
Funny, the Complaints That Canagliflozin Increases Amputations Are Nowhere to Be Seen
Tweet from Daniel Coyne, MD.
Free, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Added Sugar Labeling Could Reduce CVD, Diabetes Cases
Article from HealthDay.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Safety of Dynamic Intravenous Iron Administration Strategies in Hemodialysis Patients
Published Ahead of Print CJASN article.
Etelcalcetide Is Effective at All Levels of Severity of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Cardiovascular Disease in the Kidney Transplant Recipient: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Management Strategies
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
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Predictors of Short-Term Successful Discontinuation of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy: Results from a Prospective Multicenter Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Ultraviolet and Red Light Kill Infections in Donor Organs
Article from MedGadget.
How To Tell the Difference between Kidney Pain and Back Pain
Article from MedicalNewsToday.
Normalizing BP in Elderly With Hypertension May Up Mortality
Article from HealthDay.
Improving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Insurance Coverage Provisions: A Position Paper From the American College of Physicians
Free, full-text, Latest Article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Israeli Team Announces First 3D-Printed Heart Using Human Cells
Article from HealthDay.
 


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Monday, April 15

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April 15, 2019
Late Breaking Clinical Trials from ISN World Congress of Nephrology
See (live-) streaming feeds.
  • CREDENCE (BLOCKBUSTER!): Free, full-text NEJM article and editorial extractResults from the George Institute. NKF statement. Press release from Janssen Pharmaceutical. YouTube video of presentation. Twitter #CREDENCETRIAL, Tweets  #1,  #2.

    "Data from the CREDENCE trial published today in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrate that INVOKANA® (Canagliflozin) can help reduce the risk of end stage renal disease (ESRD) and cardiovascular events in patients already diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD). If this supplemental indication is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it would be the first new treatment for diabetic kidney disease (DKD) in decades."

  • ACTIVE: Tweet: #1

  • SONAR:

Home-Dialysis Patients Fare Better
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.

Team Develops Device That Reduces Infection Risk during At-Home Dialysis (PD)
Article from Johns Hopkins University.
"How To Manage the Symptoms of ESKD" by Prof Sara Davison, University of Alberta, Canada
Presentation at ISN World Congress. Tweet thread by Sourabh Sharma, MD.
Dialysis Initiation, Modality Choice, Access, and Prescription: Conclusions from a Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Controversies Conference
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Blog: Last Month in Nephrology
March-April 2019 installment.
Air Contamination during Medical Treatment Results in Deposits of Microemboli in the Lungs: an Autopsy Study
OnlineFirst abstract from The International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Options for End Stage Vascular Access: Translumbar Catheter, Arterial Arterial Access or Right Atrial Graft?
OnlineFirst abstract from The Journal of Vascular Access.
Evaluating a New International Risk-Prediction Tool in IgA Nephropathy
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
Nephros
Children of a Lesser God: Exclusion of Chronic Kidney Disease Patients from Clinical Trials
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Gentamicin As Empirical Treatment in Hemodialysis Patients: Safety, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
HIV Antiretroviral Therapy: Also Anti-Kidney?
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Press Releases from European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases:
'Superbugs' Found on Many Hospital Patients' Hands and What They Touch Most Often
Press release from the University of Michigan.
Chronic Care Patients Improve through Teamwork
Article from Medical Economics.
Democratic Proposals to Overhaul Healthcare: a 2020 Primer
Article from The Hill.
Physician Salaries Up in 2019, Report Shows Who Earns the Most
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
92% of Mount Sinai Patients Engage When Prescribed an App
Article from Healthcare IT News.
Biologics Are Natural Monopolies
Part I and Part II from the Health Affairs blog.
CROWNWeb April Town Hall Meeting
Thu, April 18th 2019, 2:00 pm ET.


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Fri/Sat, April 12-13

Team Develops Device That Reduces Infection Risk during At-Home Dialysis (PD)
Article from Johns Hopkins University.
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U.S. Nephrologists Announce Official Party Song
YouTube videos featuring Amy Winehouse. Related tweet and article. Learn the lyrics and sing along. Come up with better lyrics and send them to RenalWEB. Let's get the old timers off their fat... wallets. (Farcical Friday)
KIDNEYcon 2019, April 12-14 in Little Rock, AR
Website, sessions and Twitter: @KIDNEYcon and #KIDNEYcon.
Kidney Health Atlas Reveals Global Burden of Disease and Inequities in Access
Press release from the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) . Article from Bloomberg.

ISN World Congress of Nephrology April 12-15 in Melbourne, Australia. Web site and Twitter: @ISNWCN and #ISNWCNRegister to watch LIVE the Late Breaking Clinical Trials session from the #ISNWCN.
The Nephrology Social Media Collective
Blog posting from NEJM Journal Watch.
NKF Statement on Landmark Legislation Signed by Oklahoma Governor to Protect Living Organ Donors
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
When to Initiate Dialysis in Children and Adolescents: Is Waiting Worthwhile?
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Once-Weekly Ketamine Infusions Keep Resistant Depression at Bay
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Medical News.
Published Ahead of Print CJASN Articles:
Dialysis 101 for Home Hemodialysis (HD)
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Living Transplant Donors Need Long-Term Monitoring, Too
Press release from University of California - San Francisco. Free, full-text article from JAMA Network Open.
Hypomagnesemia Is Not an Independent Risk Factor for Mortality in Japanese Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Dravon Medical
Hemodynamic Efficiency of Hemodialysis Treatment with High Cut-off Membrane during the Early Period of Post-Resuscitation Shock: The HYPERDIA Trial
Article in Press abstract from Resuscitation.
FDA Issues Final Rule on Safety and Effectiveness of Consumer Hand Sanitizers
FDA news release.
Drug-Resistant Fungus a 'Public Health Emergency'
Press release from Cornell University. Article from Emerging Infectious Diseases via Medscape (registration required).
How to Fight ‘Scary’ Superbugs? Cooperation — And A Special Soap
Article from Kaiser Health News.
From Distrust to Building Trust in Clinician-Organization Relationships
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Lower Pension, Shorter Life
Transcript from April 4-5 MedPAC Meeting
Warning: 360-page pdf. Discussion of low-volume and isolated dialysis facilities is on pages 333-360 (or begins on page 68 of the Day 2 agenda).
An Initial Assessment Of Initiatives To Improve Care For High-Need, High-Cost Individuals In Accountable Care Organizations
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.


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Thursday, April 11

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April 11, 2019
Kidney Disease Triggers Cognitive Impairment, Even in Early Stages
Press release from ERA-EDTA.
Research Underscores Value of Cognitive Training for Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Press release from Center for Brainhealth.
Psychoactive Medications and Adverse Outcomes Among Older Adults Receiving Hemodialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Journal of the American Geriatrics Society via Medscape Nephrology.
FTC Grants Final Approval for Fresenius's $2B Buyout of NxStage
Article from MassDevice.
When Doctors Are Poor Explainers
Posting from the KevinMD blog.

Editor's note: Are doctors even worse explainers when their own financial interests are involved?

PHFP QIA C: Support Gainful Employment of ESRD Patients Meeting
Notice from the ESRD National Coordinating Center. Registration now open for event scheduled on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.
April 2019 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal
23 free, full-text articles.
Are Dialysis Patients Too Frail to Exercise?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Risk Factors for Early Onset Peritonitis: the Scope Collaborative
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Dialysate Cell-Free Mitochondrial DNA Fragments As a Marker of Intraperitoneal Inflammation and Peritoneal Solute Transport Rate in Peritoneal Dialysis
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Better Water
Case 11-2019: A 49-Year-Old Man with HIV Infection and Chronic Kidney Disease
(Registration required, but free.) Case report from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Association of Post-Discharge Specialty Outpatient Visits with Readmissions and Mortality in High-Risk Heart Failure Patients
Abstract from American Heart Journal.
Incidence and Prognosis of Acute Kidney Diseases and Disorders Using an Integrated Approach to Laboratory Measurements in a Universal Health Care System
Free, full-text article from JAMA Network Open.
House Panel Probes High Cost of Insulin
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
Home Dialyzors United Meeting in Virginia
April 27, 2019 meeting is limited to 50 participants.
CDC Says Nearly 600 Cases of Deadly Drug-Resistant Fungus Reported
Article from The Hill.
'I Don't Know How You People Sleep at Night': Visibly Irate Lawmakers Blast Pharma, PBMs over Insulin Prices
Article from STAT. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Building Trust Between the Government and Clinicians — Person to Person and Organization to Organization
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
People With Obesity Are Blatantly Dehumanized
Article from HealthDay.
Clinicians, CMS Confer over Heart Failure-Readmission Penalty
Article from Internal Medicine News.
'Medicare for All' Keeps Defining 2020 Political Landscape
Article from Roll Call. News brief from the American Hospital Association. Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Wednesday, April 10

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April 10, 2019
2nd London Nephrology & Transplantation Update 10 April 2019
Web site and Twitter: @LDNephroTx and #LDNephroTx.
Register for the KidneyX Summit!
Taking place on April 29–30 in Washington, DC. #KidneyX
The Social Worker Problem in U.S. Dialysis Care
Tweet from Nephrology Journal Club chat.

Editor's note: Until we align the providers' financial incentives with renal re/habilitation for each patient, U.S. dialysis care will remain debilitating for most.
Human Factors Testing of the Quanta SC+ Hemodialysis System: an Innovative System for Home and Clinic Use
Free, Open Access, Early View article from Hemodialysis International.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from NDT:
Accuracy of Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) for Screening to Detect Major Depression: Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
Randomized Controlled Trial of Exercise in Chronic Kidney Disease— the RENEXC Study
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Epicardial Fat, Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Calcifications in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
B Braun
Clinical Taste Perception Test for Patients With End-Stage Kidney Disease on Dialysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Mortality of Critically ill Children Requiring Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy — Effect of Fluid Overload, Underlying Disease, and Timing of Initiation
Abstract from Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
Sanofi To Cut U.S. Insulin Costs for Some Patients to $99 per Month
Article from Reuters.
New York Measles Emergency Declared in Brooklyn
Articles from the BBC and HealthDay.

A ‘Totally Unnecessary, Self-Inflicted Wound’: U.S. On Course To Shatter Measles Outbreak Records
News summary from Kaiser Health News.

Is Texting at Work Acceptable for Nurses?
Blog posting from Nurse.com.
Lethal Plans: When Seniors Turn To Suicide In Long-Term Care
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Approval of an Application From Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. for CMS Approval of Its End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facility Accreditation Program
Notice from The Federal Register.
CMS Proposes Expanding Coverage of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)
CMS press release.


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Tuesday, April 9*

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April 9, 2019
The Wait For A Kidney Can Be A Lot Longer If You're Not White
Article from New England Public Radio.
ISN World Congress of Nephrology
April 12-15 in Melbourne, Australia. Register to watch LIVE the Late Breaking Clinical Trials session from the #ISNWCN. The worldwide nephrology community will get an in-depth understanding of the rationale, execution and results of the 3 major nephrology studies: CREDENCE, ACTIVE and SONAR.
Drive for Dialysis
National Kidney Foundation program. Recent tweet about collaboration with Microsoft.
NephMadness 2019 Champion: US Hypertension Guideline
Posting from the AJKD blog. Related tweet.

Editor's note: NephMadness needs to be introduced to a concept called renal rehabilitation. . They can't keep excluding what's most important to patients — to live as normal lives as possible.
It's time to stop the widespread debilitation of dialysis patients.
How Can We ASCEND from the Depths of Depression?
Nephrology Journal Club chat scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 9 PM ET.
Depression in Primary Care: Part 1—Screening and Diagnosis
State of the Art Review from The BMJ.
Kidney Disease/Failure Warning on Deodorant
Posting from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.
Vifor Pharma and Akebia Therapeutics Announce Expansion of License Agreement
Press release.
FLAVIS and the NKF Team-Up to Promote Kidney Health Through Diet
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
KDIGO Seeks Nominations for New Methods Committee
News release.
NKF: Partnering on Patient-Centered Research for People with Kidney Disease
Blog posting from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Published Ahead of Print CJASN Articles:
Impact of U.S. Public Health Service Increased Risk Deceased Donor Designation on Organ Utilization
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
NxStage
Most Exposed: the Endothelium in Chronic Kidney Disease
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Association between BMI Changes and Mortality Risk in Children with End-Stage Renal Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Timing of Referral for Vascular Access for Hemodialysis: Analysis of the Current Status and the Barriers to Timely Referral
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Analysis of 2897 Hospitalization Events for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Results from CKD-JAC Study
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension:
Veverimer Versus Placebo in Patients with Metabolic Acidosis Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled, Phase 3 Trial
Free, full-text article and editorial extract from The Lancet.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
FDA Warns about Risks of Using Home Use Test Strips That Are Pre-owned or Not Authorized for Sale in US, Including Those for Glucose, Warfarin
FDA news release.
This Doctor Saves Lives through Organ Transplants — and He's Also a World-Class Dancer
Article from From the Grapevine.
Consumers Rejected Drug Plan That Mirrors Trump Administration Proposal
Article from Kaiser Health News.
In Growing Trend, Hospitals Offering Tablets And Apps For Patients, Family Members To Track Care
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Biosimilars Are A Distraction
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
Dietary Supplements Do Nothing for You: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Florida Health Care Businessman Charged In $1B Medicare Fraud Scheme, One Of Biggest In History
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, April 8

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April 8, 2019
Tribunal Hears Evidence on Forced Organ Harvesting in China
Article from NDT.
New Organ Transplant Device Helping Boston Hospitals Transport Organs
Article from The Daily Free Press (Boston University).
Improving Payment for Low-Volume and Isolated Outpatient Dialysis Facilities
(15-slide pdf) Presentation from the April 5th MedPAC Meeting. Article from Modern Healthcare (registration required).
Patient Perspectives on the Meaning and Impact of Fatigue in Hemodialysis: A Systematic Review and Thematic Analysis of Qualitative Studies
Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
NephMadness 2019: The Left and Right Kidneys
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Forum of ESRD Networks Webinar — The ESRD QIP: What Every Facility Should Know
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network. Scheduled for April 10.
Upcoming CMS/NKF Webinar with Nephrologists, Dialysis Facility Medical Directors and Renal Care Providers
May 22,2019 at 3:00 ET presentation on Population Health Strategies for Kidney Disease Risk Reduction. 
Bill to Protect Organ Donors Advances in California Assembly Committee
Article from Healio.
Dravon Medical
The Cost of Care for People With Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Impact of Salt Taste Dysfunction on Interdialytic Weight Gain for Hemodialysis Patients; a Cross-Sectional Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Too Much of a Good Thing? High Doses of Vitamin D Can Lead to Kidney Failure
Press release from the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
The Effect of Blood Pump Flow and Arteriovenous Fistula Blood Flow on the Blood Pressure and Cardiac Function in Patients Undergoing Maintenance Hemodialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Bioimpedance Underestimates Bone Mineral Content in Association With High Levels of Phosphate
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Catheter-Related Infections in Peritoneal Dialysis: Comparison of a Single Center Results and the Literature Data
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Efficacy and Safety of Evocalcet in Japanese Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Social Exclusion, Intravenous Drug Use and the Kidneys
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
FDA Says Patients Can Take Tainted Blood Pressure Meds Until Shortages End
Article from HealthDay.
Candida auris — A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy
Article from The New York Times. Fact sheets from the CDC.
Medical Guidelines May Be Biased, Overly Aggressive
Press release from Cornell University.
Amazon Alexa is Now HIPAA-Compliant. Tech Giant Says Health Data Can Now Be Accessed Securely
Article from STAT.
Hospitals Add 13,600 Jobs in March
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
CMS Finalizes Policies to Bring Innovative Telehealth Benefit to Medicare Advantage
Press release from CMS.
Contract Year 2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Flexibility Final Rule (CMS-4185-F)
Fact sheet from CMS.


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Fri/Sat, April 5-6

Improving Payment for Low-Volume and Isolated Outpatient Dialysis Facilities
(15-slide pdf) Presentation from the April 5th MedPAC Meeting. Article from Modern Healthcare (registration required).
NephMadness 2019: The Left and Right Kidneys
Posting from the AJKD blog.
FDA Says Patients Can Take Tainted Blood Pressure Meds Until Shortages End
Article from HealthDay.
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April 5, 2019
Fresenius FCPA Enforcement Action: Part II –  The Bribery Schemes
Article and Part III from JD Supra.
Quanta SC+ HD Machine on the Horizon - a 2019 Update
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Selling My Own Kidney Should Be My Body, My Choice
Article from The Federalist.
NephMadness 2019: The Filtered Four
Posting from the AJKD blog.
B Braun
Days like Today Are the Reason That I Skip (Dialysis)…
Posting with over 100 comments from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.
Acute Dialysis in Children: Results of a European Survey
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Articles from Healio (registration required):
Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
Hepatitis C Not A Barrier For Organ Transplantation, Study Finds
Article and audio from NPR.
Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion Versus Multiple Daily Injection Regimens in Children and Young People at Diagnosis of Type I Diabetes: Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial and Economic Evaluation
Free, full-text article, patient perspective and author perspective from The BMJ.
Swallowable Vibrating Pill Shakes Faecis to Relieve Constipation
Article from MedGadget.
Being a Nurse: the Hardest and the Best Job of All
Posting from KevinMD blog.
CMS Suspends Several Consultant Contracts That Sparked Ethics Concerns When They Came To Light
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
The Implications of "Medicare for All" for US Hospitals
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Thursday, April 4

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April 4, 2019
Racial Disparities Seen in Kidney Transplant for Highly Sensitized
Article from HealthDay. Press release from Yale University. Free, full-text Online First article and editorial extract from JAMA Surgery.
NephMadness 2019: The Effluent Eight
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Use of a Decision Aid for Patients Considering Peritoneal Dialysis and In-Center Hemodialysis: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Myron L Company
Emergency Planning for Home Dialyzors
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Changing Dialysate Composition to Optimize Acid-Base Therapy
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Free, Open Access, Articles in Press from Kidney International Reports:
Free, Open Access, Online First Articles from Blood Purification:
Online First Abstracts from Blood Purification:

Maintenance Haemodialysis in the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in the Gambia
Free, Online First commentary from Nephron.
Wearables for Hyperkalemia Screening: Hold the Applause?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
The Paradox of Hypertonic Saline Use in Heart Failure
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Articles from Medical Economics:
CIGNA Says It Will Cap Insulin Costs at $25 a Month for Some Patients
Articles from MassDevice and The Hill.
Esketamine and Psychedelics Will Require Restructuring Mental Health Care Visits
Article from STAT.
NIH Announces Trial of Vaccine for All Flu Strains
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch. NIH press release.
UPS and Matternet Launch America's First Medical Delivery Service Using Drones
Article from MedGadget.
CMS's Innovation Center 'the Playing Field' for the Future of Kidney Care Policy
Article from Healio.
Trump Administration Approves Medicaid Expansion in Maine
Article from The Hill.


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Wednesday, April 3

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April 3, 2019
Transplant Patients Need Anti-Rejection Drugs. Why Won't Insurers Pay for Some of Them?
Article from The New York Times.
Nova Scotia To Become 1st in North America with Presumed Consent for Organ Donation
Article from the CBC.
Clinical Guidelines from North American Specialty Societies Often Biased, Have Conflicts of Interest
Article from Healio.
Elizabeth Warren: Corporate Executives Must Face Jail Time for Overseeing Massive Scams
Editorial from The Washington Post.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
Patient-Reported Advantages and Disadvantages of Peritoneal Dialysis: Results from the PDOPPS
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Medical Solutions International
Effect of Progression in Malnutrition and Inflammatory Conditions on Adverse Events and Mortality in Patients on Maintenance Hemodialysis
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
Automated Individualization of Dialysate Sodium Concentration Reduces Intradialytic Plasma Sodium Changes in Hemodialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Artificial Organs.
Identifying Needs for Self-Management Interventions for Adults With CKD and Their Caregivers: A Qualitative Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Blood Pressure Control, Acute Kidney Injury, and Cardiovascular Events: Separating the Chaff from the Wheat
Free, full-text, Online First editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Modeled Daily Ingested, Absorbed and Bound Phosphorus: New Measures of Mineral Balance in Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Efficacy and Safety of Tenapanor in Patients with Hyperphosphatemia Receiving Maintenance Hemodialysis: A Randomized Phase 3 Trial
Free, full-text JASN article.
Obesity As a Barrier to Kidney Transplantation: Time to Eliminate the Body Weight Bias?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Indoxyl Sulfate and p-Cresyl Sulfate Promote Vascular Calcification and Associate with Glucose Intolerance
Published Ahead of Print JASN abstract.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology is (registration required, but free):
Gout Treatment May Help Prevent Obesity-Related Type 2 Diabetes, Suggests Small NIH Study
Media advisory from the National Institutes of Health.
Probiotics Are Touted As Good for the Gut. They May Be Trouble for the Immune System
Article from STAT.
McConnell to Trump: We're Not Repealing and Replacing Obamacare
Article from The Hill.
The Physician-Patient Relationship Has Changed
Article from Medical Economics.
Under-the-Tongue Allergy Pills Replacing Shots for Many
Article from HealthDay.
Medicare Advantage Is Nudging Aside 'Old Medicare' with a Free Ride, a Warm Meal, and a Handyman
Article from STAT.
Federal Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Intended to Address Readmission Rates for Medicare Patients Has Spill-Over Effect on Patients with Medicaid
Press release from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


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Tuesday, April 2

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April 2, 2019
DOJ, SEC Settle FCPA Charges with Another Foreign Issuer (Fresenius Medical Care AG)
Article from JD Supra. Press releases from the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.

"The misconduct involved took place in Saudi Arabia, Morocco, eight countries in the West Africa region, Angola, Turkey, Spain, China, Serbia, Bosnia and Mexico.

"During the period employees made improper payments through a variety of fraudulent schemes. Those included sham consulting contracts, falsified documents and the use of third-party conduits who served as facilitators for the payment of bribes."

Editor's note: Everyone should read about these business practices which are apparently necessary to sustain growth in companies that utilize junk-bond financing.
China's 'Genocide' Unlike Any Other
Article from La Croix International.

"The global community must act to end the forcible extraction of organs from prisoners of conscience."

Editor's note: See recent Fresenius Medical Care press release announcing business in China.
Reimagining Health—Flourishing
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Related article from Health Affairs.

Editor's note: This should be a goal of care in treating chronic illness. Unfortunately, U.S. dialysis care has neither a well-patient model nor renal rehabilitation. The standard of U.S. dialysis care remains "not dead, not in the hospital, as cheaply as possible."
KidneyX Scores Major Victories in Congress and Administration
Article from ASN's Kidney News Online. Press release from Kidney Care Partners.

Editor's note: When did ASN begin writing Trump-style propaganda headlines?
#NephMadness 2019: The Saturated Sixteen
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Dravon Medical
AMA Backs UnitedHealth's Billing Codes For Social Determinants Of Health
Article from Forbes.

"As one example, a proposed new code would assist a dialysis patient in need of transportation. A patient in need of dialysis three times a week who missed an appointment could have a poor health outcome and wind up in the more expensive emergency room or end up in the hospital for a long-term stay."
A Clinical Discussion of AV Fistula and Graft Complications: Part 2
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Will the Results of the Proactive IV Iron Therapy in Hemodialysis Patients Trial Impact the Anemia Guidelines?
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Articles from Healio (registration required):
A Retrospective Study on Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agent Dose Reducing Potential of an Anti-Platelet Activation Membrane Dialyzer in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Economic and Quality of Life Burden of Anemia on Patients with CKD on Dialysis: A Systematic Review
Open Access article from Journal of Medical Economics.
Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
Published Ahead of Print CJASN Articles:
Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
Abstracts of Comment & Response from JAMA Internal Medicine:
Association of Mineral Content Outside of Bone with Coronary Artery Calcium and 1-Year Cardiovascular Prognosis in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Artificial Organs.
Renal Denervation Reduced BP in Sham-Controlled Trials, Meta-Analysis Shows
Article from Internal Medicine News.
Management of Small Kidney Tumors in 2019
New Online abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Discharge, Interhospital Transfer Varies With Insurance Status
Article from HealthDay.
Trump Says Vote on Healthcare Can Wait until after 2020 Election
Articles from Reuters and The Hill.
Republicans On Hill Quietly Hope Trump Forgets Promise That They Are Working On ‘Spectacular’ Replacement Plan
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Medicare for All and Its Rivals: New Offshoots of Old Health Policy Roots
Free, full-text, latest opinion piece from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Coffee on Your Mind? Even Thinking About It 'Arouses' the Brain
April 9: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program (ESRD QIP) Webinar on Standardized Hospitalization Ratio (SHR) Measure
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
MedPAC April 5 Meeting Agenda Includes Improving Payment for Low-Volume and Isolated Dialysis Facilities
(1-page pdf) Meeting agenda.
CMS Approves Utah Work Requirements Just Two Days After Court Ruled Them Illegal For Kentucky, Arkansas
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CMS Finalizes Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment and Policy Updates to Maximize Competition and Coverage
CMS press release.
Medicare Advantage Networks Are Broad and Getting Broader
Press release from Boston University School of Medicine.
CMS Rule Gives Medicare Advantage Plans an Edge over Traditional Medicare
Article from Healthcare Finance.
Counties with More Trees and Shrubs Spend Less on Medicare, Study Finds
Press release from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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Monday, April 1

#NephMadness 2019: The Saturated Sixteen
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American Renal Associates To Restate Yearly Earnings from 2014; Stock Plunges 38%
Article from Healio.
Fresenius Medical Care To Pay $231 Mln To Resolve Criminal, Civil Foreign Bribery Charges
Articles from Reuters and Seeking Alpha. Press release from Fresenius Medical Care.
Dialysis Centers Get Angry at Patients When They Say They Want a Transfer!!
Posting from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook page.
Nipro Medical
Chronic Kidney Disease of Undetermined Causes, Described Originally in Central America and Sri Lanka
Press release from Barcelona Institute for Global Health.
The Promise of Bioimpedance for Volume Management in American Dialysis Patients: an Unfulfilled Opportunity
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Serum Calcification Propensity and Coronary Artery Calcification Among Patients With CKD: The CRIC (Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort) Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Making Procurement Biopsies Important Again for Kidney Transplant Allocation
Free, full-text, Online First article from Nephron.
Recent Advances in Acute Kidney Injury and Its Consequences and Impact on Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Prevention of Complications from Use of Conventional Immunosuppressants: a Critical Review
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Body Composition and Arterial Stiffness in Pediatric Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Effect of Chronic Kidney Disease on Progression of Clinical Attachment Loss in Older Adults: a 4-Year Cohort Study
Early View abstract from Journal of Periodontology.
Diabetes Standards of Care Updated to Include New Data on CV, Kidney Health
Posting from NEJM Journal Watch. Press release from the American Diabetes Association.
New Renal, CV Disease Indication Sought for Canagliflozin
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Internal Medicine News.
Addressing the Caregiving Crisis
Article from the Chronic Disease Coalition.
Trump's Health Overhaul Efforts Hit Legal Roadblocks
Article from The Hill.
Canada's Amendment to Patented Drug Price Regulation — A Prescription for Global Drug Cost Control?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Problem with Research Posters — and a Bold Approach to Fixing Them
Article and video from NEJM Journal Watch.
 


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