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Dialysis Firms' Profits Are Obscene. What Will Happen If California Tries To Cap Them?
Article from Los Angeles Times.
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  July 20, 2018
Circumstances of Death among Undocumented Immigrants Who Rely on Emergency-Only Hemodialysis
Non-viewable CJASN Express research letter from the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Editor's note: Shame on the American Society of Nephrology for putting this article behind a paywall (since July 13). Why would a professional medical organization choose to make money from the unnecessary deaths of immigrants? These patients most often die of cardiac arrest.
Groups Suggest 5 Practices to Avoid in Pediatric Nephrology
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
B. Braun to Acquire Bloodlines Business of NxStage Medical, Inc.
Press release.

"The acquisition is subject to Federal Trade Commission approval and contingent upon the closing of the pending merger of NxStage with a subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Holdings, Inc."
Iran Pays Kidney Donors. Should the U.S. Follow?
Article and video from PBS NewsHour.
Restricting Who Gets an Organ Transplant
Article from Tufts Now.
Study Reveals Long-Term Effectiveness of Therapy for Common Cause of Kidney Failure
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Vanderbilt Opens Telemedicine Clinic for Kidney Transplant Screening
Press release from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
The Pregnancy Outcomes in Patients with Stage 3-4 Chronic Kidney Disease and the Effects of Pregnancy in the Long-Term Kidney Function
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
Patient Discourse on Chronic Kidney Disease Monitoring: a Qualitative Study at a Veterans Affairs Renal Clinic
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
Rethinking Regenerative Medicine From a Transplant Perspective (and Vice Versa)
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Dialysate Potassium Concentration: Should Mass Balance Trump Electrophysiology?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Articles from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report:
Laminate Medical Technologies Announces First Forearm Fistula Cases in Germany
Press release.
U.S. Deaths From Liver Disease Rising Rapidly
Article from HealthDay.
Merck Joins the List of Drug Makers Agreeing to Freeze or Lower Some Prices
Article from STAT.
ESRD Quality Incentive Program: CY 2019 ESRD PPS Proposed Rule Call — August 14
Tuesday, August 14 from 2 to 3 pm ET. Register here.

During this call, learn about proposals for the End Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program (ESRD QIP) in the CY 2019 ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule. Topics include:
  • ESRD QIP legislative framework
  • Proposed updates to ESRD QIP measures, domain structure, and weights
  • Proposed modifications to data submission requirements and the National Healthcare Safety Network Validation Study
  • Methods for reviewing and commenting on the proposed rule
Please note: This call will not include a question and answer session.
Proposed Rule Changes from CMS Get Mixed Reviews
Article from Medical Economics.


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Thursday, July 19

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  July 19, 2018
ECRI Institute to Continue Providing National Guideline Clearinghouse
News brief from the American Hospital Association. Press release from ECRI.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Burden of Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients in Japan: A Literature Review
Free, Open Access, Early View article from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Cost of Dialysis Therapy by Modality in Manitoba
CJASN Express abstract.
Falls and Fall-Related Injuries Among US Adults Aged 65 or Older With Chronic Kidney Disease
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Preventing Chronic Disease via Medscape Nephrology.
Dramatic Secular Changes in Prognosis for Kidney Transplant Candidates in the United States
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Advance Care Planning with Patients Who Have End-Stage Kidney Disease: a Systematic Realist Review
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Quality of Life of Children and Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Cross-Sectional Study
Online First abstract from Archives of Disease in Childhood.
ESRD-Associated Immune Phenotype Depends on Dialysis Modality and Iron Status: Clinical Implications
Free, Open Access article from Immunity and Aging.
Dialysis Without Borders
Editorial extract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Annals for Hospitalists Inpatient Notes - Bedrest Is Toxic—Why Mobility Matters in the Hospital
Extract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Adding Sulfonylureas to Metformin May Be Safer Than Switching Entirely
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch. Free, full-text article from The BMJ. Article from HealthDay.
Articles/News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Lowering Hospitals' Medicare Costs Proves Difficult
Press release from Washington University in St. Louis. Abstract from The New England Journal of Medicine. Article from Internal Medicine News.
Administrator Verma Statement on FDA's Biosimilars Action Plan
Press release.


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Wednesday, July 18

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  July 18, 2018
Michigan Man Murdered While Getting Dialysis
Article extract from Sanilac County News. Article from Port Huron Times Herald.
Why One Sacramento family's $127 Million Jury Award Became Part of Debate over Prop. 8
Article from The Sacramento Bee.
Free, Full-Text, CJASN Express Articles:
Association Between Interdialytic Weight Gain, Perception About Dry Weight, and Dietary and Fluid Behaviors Based on Body Mass Index Among Patients on Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Free, Open Access Articles from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease:
Determinants of Organ Donation Registration
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
The Unexpected Effects of L-Carnitine Supplementation on Lipid Metabolism in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Which Anticoagulants Should Be Used for Stroke Prevention in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation and Severe Chronic Kidney Disease?
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
Wireless, Intraoral Hybrid Electronics for Real-Time Quantification of Sodium Intake toward Hypertension Management
Abstract from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Novel Therapies for Diabetes Mellitus in Pregnancy
Full-text article from The BMJ.
HIPAA and Protecting Health Information in the 21st Century
Free, full-text, viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Insurers Are Helping Shape the Future of Our Health Care System
First Opinion piece from STAT. Related posting from the KevinMD blog.
Yes, There Is Low-Value Care in the Very Ill, Despite MIT Study
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape.
Dialysis Facility Report (DFR) Review Period, DFC Notes
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.


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Tuesday, July 17

Why One Sacramento family's $127 Million Jury Award Became Part of Debate over Prop. 8
Article from The Sacramento Bee.
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  July 17, 2018
How To Better Enable Kidney Exchanges To Improve Health and Save Money
Article from Stanford Engineering.
UCLA Led the Nation in Organ Transplants in 2017
Press release.
Cricket Health Appoints Dr. Carmen A. Peralta as Chief Medical Officer
Press release.
Calcitriol New Contract Manufacturing Submission Receives FDA Approval and Allows Rockwell Medical Commercialization of Calcitriol
Press release.
Fresenius Medical Care Ventures Invests in Israeli Medical Device Company
Press release.
Phase 3 CREDENCE Renal Outcomes Trial of INVOKANA® (canagliflozin) is Being Stopped Early for Positive Efficacy Findings
Press release from Johnson & Johnson.
Postings from the KevinMD Blog:
Chronic Kidney Disease: Considerations for Monitoring Skeletal Muscle Health and Prescribing Resistance Exercise
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
ABO-Incompatible Kidney Transplant Outcomes — A Meta-Analysis
CJASN Express abstract.
Longer-Period Effects of Bicarbonate/Lactate-Buffered Neutral Peritoneal Dialysis Fluid in Patients Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Testosterone in Renal Transplant Patients: Effect on Body Composition and Clinical Parameters
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Virtual Counseling Helps Lower Blood Pressure
UK Report: Editing Human Embryos 'Morally Permissible'
Article from the BBC.
The Artful Dodge That Saved Kavanaugh from Supreme Court Doom
Article from Bloomberg via Yahoo! Finance.
Surveys of Patients about Health Care Providers Are Likely of Little Use
Press release from Baylor University.
More Than 7000 Fail to Meet Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas
Article from The Hill.


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Monday, July 16

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  July 16, 2018
Last Month in Nephrology Blog
July 2018 posting.
A New, Dialysis Fluid Restriction Calculator
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Can Economic Incentives Increase the Use of Home Dialysis?
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
JASN Express Abstracts:
Delayed Graft Function: The AKI of Kidney Transplantation
Free, full-text, Online First article from Nephron.
Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
Patients Receiving Dialysis Do Not Have Increased Energy Needs Compared with Healthy Adults
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Early View Abstracts from Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica:
Rehydration with Fructose Worsens Dehydration Induced Renal Damage
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Guidelines for Clinical Evaluation of Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Improving Precision in Prediction: Using Kidney Failure Risk Equations As a Potential Adjunct to Vascular Access Planning
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
New Definition Means Almost Half the World's Adult Population Now Hypertensive
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Death Rates from Heart Failure Higher for Women Than Men
Dear Dr. Gawande
Opinion piece from MedPage Today (registration required).

Caroline Poplin offers advice for running the Amazon/JPMorgan/Berkshire Hathaway healthcare venture.
CMS Drops Four Quality Incentive Program Measures in Proposed Rule
Article from Healio.


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Fri/Sat, July 13-14

A New, Dialysis Fluid Restriction Calculator
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Dear Dr. Gawande
Opinion piece from MedPage Today (registration required).

Caroline Poplin offers advice for running the Amazon/JPMorgan/Berkshire Hathaway healthcare venture.
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New York Organ Collection Agency, Nation's Second-Largest, Threatened with Closure
Article from The Washington Post.
NKF Statement on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rule on Medicare Payments to Dialysis Facilities
Press release.
Living the Fullest Life Possible with Kidney Disease – Part Two
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Direct Oral Anticoagulants Linked with Higher Bleeding Risk in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology. Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
CDC Awards ASN Contract for Continued Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Research
Press release.
Free, Full-Text , Online First Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Peritonitis in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: the Case for Rapid Diagnosis, Targeted Treatment, and Monitoring to Improve Outcomes
Editor's pick from European Medical Journal.
Preservation of Kidney Function in Kidney Transplant Recipients by Alkali Therapy (Preserve-Transplant Study): Rationale and Study Protocol
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
New Guidelines Mean Almost 800,000 More U.S. Kids Have High Blood Pressure
Article from HealthDay.
Hypertension Among Youths — United States, 2001–2016
Article from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Hospitals May Take Too Much of the Blame for Unplanned Readmissions
Press release from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
A Hospital's Human Touch: Why Taking Care In Discharging A Patient Matters
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Direct Primary Care — One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Jury Orders J&J to Pay $4.7 Billion in Missouri Asbestos Cancer Case
Article from Reuters.
CMS Releases Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule for CY 2019; Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship
CMS press release. Articles from Internal Medicine News and Modern Healthcare. News brief from the American Hospital Association. Proposed rule is a 1473-page pdf.

Now Available: MIPS 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide
Article from Kidney News Online.



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Thursday, July 12

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  July 12, 2018
New CMS Proposals to Modernize and Drive Innovation in Durable Medical Equipment and End-Stage Renal Disease Programs
Press release, fact sheet and proposed rule. Comments are due Sept. 10, 2018. Articles from Modern Healthcare and Healthcare Finance.
DaVita Lost Because Of Its Conduct
Guest commentary from The Denver Post.
Winter Is Coming For DaVita
Article from Seeking Alpha.
Dialysis Centers Are the Health Industry's Growth Story
(Registration required, but free.) Article via Modern Healthcare.
In UK, Steady Progress in Kidney Transplant Wait
News release from Kidney Research UK.
 IDEAS Conference: Innovations in Dialysis
Scheduled for August 20-21 in Seattle, WA and sponsored by the Center for Dialysis Innovation.

"IDEAS brings together innovators of wearable, portable and implantable dialysis technologies, as well as industry professionals, bioengineers, nephrologists, government officials and more to discuss one goal: transform dialysis."
Tweet from CMS Deputy Administrator on ESRD Innovations
July 11 tweet from Adam Boehler.
KHI Patient Survey
American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Health Initiative (KHI).
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) To Present Four ESRD Component Trainings during August 2018
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Association between Serum Ferritin and Mortality: Findings from the USA, Japan and European Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Cognitive Changes in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: A Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Ventilator-Induced Kidney Injury: Are Novel Biomarkers the Key to Prevention?
Free, full-text, Online First article from Nephron.
BP Monitoring in Young Adults: Is It More Than Just One Number?
Posting from the AJKD blog.
New Guidelines Label Millions More People As Having High Blood Pressure
Press release and full-text article from The BMJ. Article from Internal Medicine News.
High Blood Pressure Threatens Aging Brain, Study Says
Article from HealthDay. Press release from the American Academy of Neurology.
3 of 4 Black Americans Have High Blood Pressure by 55
Article from HealthDay. Press release from the American Heart Association.
Kidney Podocytes, All Grown Up
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Everyone Deserves a Holistic, Patient Centric Health Care System
Opinion piece from STAT.
Trump Told Pfizer CEO Price Hikes Hurt His Drug Plan: Source
Article from Reuters. Article from STAT.
EHRs Tied to Lower Hospital Mortality, but Only with Time and Experience
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
MA Outperforms Traditional Medicare for People with Chronic Conditions, Study Finds
News brief from Healthcare DIVE. Article from HFMA.
QIP Notes from July 11 Webinar
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.


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Wednesday, July 11

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  July 11, 2018
NKF Peers: Successful Model of Patient Engagement
Posting from the NKF Advocacy in Action blog.
2018 ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest Finalists
Winners will be announced in August 2018 and will be awarded a prize worth $5,000.
Articles via Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Free, Full-Text, Issue-In-Progress Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
Gender Differences in Medication Adherence among Adolescent and Young Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
The Physiology of Uric Acid and the Impact of End-Stage Kidney Disease and Dialysis
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Prevalence and Control of Hypertension by 48 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Hemodialysis Patients: a Study by the European Cardiovascular and Renal Medicine (EURECA-m) Working Group of the ERA-EDTA
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
At-Home, Wearable ECG Patch Helps Diagnose Atrial Fibrillation
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch. Article from HealthDay. Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers Prevent, Reverse Renal Injury by Inhibiting Immune Regulating Molecule
Press release from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Patients with Early Kidney Cancer Benefit from Robotic Partial Nephrectomy
Press release from the University of Southern California.
Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics: FDA Requires Labeling Changes Due to Low Blood Sugar Levels and Mental Health Side Effects
FDA Safety Alert.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Under Pressure from Trump, Pfizer Agrees to Roll Back Price Hikes
Articles from STAT and The Hill.
Trump Administration Cuts Grants to Help People Get Obamacare
Reuters article.
Trump Tariffs Place $836 Million in Duties on the Medtech Industry
News brief from MassDevice.
On Breaking Bad News
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
August 7 CMS QIP UFR Webinar
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
CMS Announces New Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Federally-Facilitated Exchange Navigator Program
Press release.


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Tuesday, July 10

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  July 10, 2018
American Renal Associates and UnitedHealthcare Reach Settlement
Press release.
BD Acquires TVA Medical to Advance Leadership in Solutions for Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release.
Using Hepatitis C-Infected Donor Kidneys Could Reduce Time on Dialysis for Transplant Patients with HCV
Press release from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. Latest Article abstract, editorial excerpt, and full-text Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine. Article from HealthDay.
Trends in Rates of Lower Extremity Amputation Among Patients With End-stage Renal Disease Who Receive Dialysis
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine. Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
ESRD Physician Level Measures TEP Conference Call
Technical Expert Panel (TEP) will be meeting for a conference call on July 11, 2018 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm ET to discuss the additional work performed by UM-KECC since the in-person meeting was held on February 28, 2018.

Call-in Information:

 -  Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-888-296-6500
 -  Guest Code: 965094
 -  WebEx Link
 -  Agenda (1-page pdf)
Ohio Renal Association Statement on Proposed Constitutional Amendment (Ballot Initiative) on Dialysis
(2-page pdf) Press release of the Ohio Renal Association web site.
Vascular Access Differences in Men and Women: Time to Solve the Problem?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
The European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) Publishes Their First Clinical Practice Guidelines for Vascular Access
Article from the European Nephrology Portal. Free, full-text article from European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.
Inconsistencies in ISPD Peritonitis Recommendations: 2016 Update on Prevention and Treatment and The ISPD Catheter-Related Infection Recommendations: 2017 Update
Free, full-text article from Peritoneal Dialysis International.
Can We Get the Immune System to Tolerate Organ Transplants?
Press release from Boston's Children's Hospital.
Efficiency and Nutritional Parameters in an Elderly High Risk Population on Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration in Italy and France: Different Treatments with Similar Names?
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Artificial Intelligence Outperforms Experienced Nephrologists to Assess Dry Weight in Pediatric Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Effect of Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide on Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Levels in Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Nephron.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Selection of Intravenous Fluids
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Postings from the Nephron Power Blog:
Effect of Electronic Health Record–Based Medication Support and Nurse-Led Medication Therapy Management on Hypertension and Medication Self-management — A Randomized Clinical Trial
New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Chronic Kidney Disease is 40% More Common in T2DM Than T1DM
Article and video from Internal Medicine News.
Gaps in Health Insurance Linked to Five-Fold Increase in Hospital Stays & ER Visits for Adults with Type 1 Diabetes
Press release from the University of Michigan.
Human Clinical Trial Reveals Verapamil As an Effective Type I Diabetes Therapy
Press release from University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Diabetes Diagnosis 'Silver Lining'? Other Family Members' Health May Improve
Article from HealthDay.
Pay Less, Take More: Success in Getting Patients to Take Their Medicine
Press release from the University of Michigan.
End-of-Life Care Depends on Doctor
Article from HealthDay.
Administration Freezes Program That Pays Billions To Insurers To Help Stabilize Health Law Marketplaces
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
The Health Insurance Marketplaces
Free full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
US Puts Fierce Squeeze on Breast-Feeding Policy, Shocking Health Officials
Article from Ars Technica.
Red Cross Issues Nationwide Call for Blood Donations
Medicare Advantage Rankings Penalize Plans Serving Disadvantaged Populations, Study Finds
Press release from Brown University.


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Monday, July 9

Ohio Renal Association Statement on Proposed Constitutional Amendment (Ballot Initiative) on Dialysis
(2-page pdf) Press release of the Ohio Renal Association web site.
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Denver Hospital Puts Transplant Program on Hold
Article from KKTV.com.

"The hospital is one of just three transplant programs in the state. They say they're short staffed and need time (to) recruit more employees."
July 2018 Issue of Kidney News
Newsletter from ASN's Kidney News Online.
Postings from the KidneyViews Blog:
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Clinical Journal of the American Society Of Nephrology:
Obese HD Patients Need Less Erythropoietin to Treat Anemia
Article from Renal & Urology News.
April-June 2018 Issue of CANNT/ACITN Journal
(10-page pdf) Publication from the Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
A Consensus Statement on Health-Care Transition of Patients with Childhood Onset Chronic Kidney Diseases: Providing Adequate Medical Care in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Free, Open Access article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
A Narrative Review of the Impact of Interventions in Acute Kidney Injury
Free, Open Access article from Journal of Nephrology.
Acute Kidney Injury Following Coronary Revascularization Procedures in Patients with Advanced CKD
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Hemodialysis during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Patients with Severe Metabolic Acidosis
Online First abstract from The International Journal of Artificial Organs.
New Targets Found to Reduce Blood Vessel Damage in Diabetes
Press release from Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
Amended Version of SB 1156 Passed by California Assembly Health Committee
Press release from the American Kidney Fund.
Insurers Warn of Rising Premiums after Trump Axes Obamacare Payments Again
Article from Reuters.
Doctors and Patients Can Benefit from Motivational Psychology
Article from Medical Economics.
Errors Common When Speech Recognition Software Is Used to Document Patient Visits
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
Experimental HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial
The Rising Price of Medicare Part D’s 10 Most Costly Medications
Press release from University of California San Diego Health.
Medicare Advantage Flexibility: Improving Care For Seriously Ill Beneficiaries
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.


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Fri/Sat, July 6-7

Denver Hospital Puts Transplant Program on Hold
Article from KKTV.com.
The Rising Price of Medicare Part D’s 10 Most Costly Medications
Press release from University of California San Diego Health.
Obese HD Patients Need Less Erythropoietin to Treat Anemia
Article from Renal & Urology News.
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Union Gives Up on Dialysis Ballot Initiative in Arizona
Article from The Daily Courier.
Implementing a Theory-based Intradialytic Exercise Program in Practice: a Quality Improvement Project
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Online First Abstracts from Transplantation:
Diagnostic Usefulness of the Protein Energy Wasting Score in Prevalent Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Sodium Removal by Peritoneal Dialysis: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Variations in 24-Hour BP Profiles in Cohorts of Patients with Kidney Disease around the World — The I-DARE Study
CJASN Express abstract.
Regional Variation in Chronic Kidney Disease and Associated Factors in Hypertensive Individuals in Rural South Asia: Findings from Control of Blood Pressure and Risk Attenuation — Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Researchers Develop Gene Therapy Method to Target Kidney Cells
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Telenor Norway and DIPS Trial Mobile Patient Journal and Home Dialysis Monitoring in Nordland County
Doctors and Hospitals Got $8.4 Billion in Payments from Drug Companies in 2017, Says CMS
Article from Healthcare Finance.
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Evacuated Due to Possible TB Exposure
Article from Reuters.
Science Investigation Casts Doubt on FDA Conflict-of-Interest Policies
News brief from NEJM Journal Watch.
Comprehensive ESRD Care Model Telehealth: Implementation MLN Matters Article — Revised
(6-page pdf)
ESRD Claims Error: Transitional Drug Adjustment Add-On Payment Adjustment


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Thursday, July 5

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  July 5, 2018
Signatures Submitted for Ballot Initiative to Improve Dialysis Care in Ohio
Article from Cleveland.com.
Interview with Ed Simcox, Acting Chief Technology Officer at HHS and liaison to KidneyX
Article from Kidney News Online.
Paying Cash to Family of Deceased for Organs Is a Terrible Idea, It Paves the Way to Monetizing Body Parts
Blog posting from The Times of India.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Phosphate Control Adherence in Hemodialysis Patients: Current Perspectives
Abstract and link to full-text article (17-page PDF) from Patient Preference and Adherence.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:

Online First Abstracts from Blood Purification:

Impact of Hemoglobin Variability on Cardiovascular Mortality in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Applying Regional Citrate Anticoagulation in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy for Acute Kidney Injury Patients with Acute Liver Dysfunction: a Retrospective Observational Study
Free, Open Access, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Dyskalemia in Chronic Kidney Disease: How Concerned Should We Be?
Free, full-text Online First article from Nephron.
Use of Machine-Learning Algorithms to Determine Features of Systolic Blood Pressure Variability That Predict Poor Outcomes in Hypertensive Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
New Anticlotting Drugs Linked to Lower Risk of Serious Bleeding
Fresenius Medical Care Successfully Places €500 Million Euro Notes
Asian Development Bank to Invest $10 M in Indian Dialysis Firm DCDC Health
Pfizer Hikes Prices on 100 Drugs
Article from The Hill.
Perspectives: Amazon's Reliability Could Make Huge Difference In Getting Patients To Actually Take Their Pills
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Musical Chairs: Using Wheelchair Ballroom Dance in Disability Education
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

CMS Wants To Experiment With Alternative Pay Model For Medicare Advantage Plans
News summary from Kaiser Health News.

CROWNWeb: “A Look Into the Future” Town Hall Recording Is Now Available


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Tuesday, July 3

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  July 3, 2018
Update of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism
Tweet and 2018 statement (4-page pdf) from the Declaration of Istanbul web site.
Reflections on my Experience at the Building Research Capacity in the Dialysis Community at the Local Level Workshop
Posting from the NKF Advocacy in Action blog.
Articles from Healio (no direct links due to Return/Back failure in web browsers):
  • Will the Proposed PATIENTS Act Limit Access to Transplantation?
  • Unions Push for Change in the Dialysis Industry
  • Impact from the Kidney Dialysis Patient Protection Act Could Be Felt in Ohio, California
  • The Value of Certification in Kidney Care
  • Nebraska Joins States That Require Credentialing for Dialysis Patient Care Technicians
  • Dialysis Provider's Transition to Methoxy Polyethylene Glycol-Epoetin Beta for Anemia in Patients with In-Center Hemodialysis
A Nephrology Fellow's Guide to Billing/Coding
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Causes of Renal Allograft Failure in the UK: Trends in UK Renal Registry and National Health Service Blood and Transplant Data from 2000 to 2013
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Phosphate Binders As a Cause of Hypothyroidism in Dialysis Patients: Practical Indications from a Review of the Literature
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Angiotensin Related Genetic Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Plasma Cystine Levels and Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Having Hypertension during Pregnancy May Affect Cardiovascular Health for Life
Press releases from American College of Physicians and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Latest Article abstract, editorial extract, and full-text Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine. Article from HealthDay.
Association of Metformin Use With Risk of Lactic Acidosis Across the Range of Kidney Function — A Community-Based Cohort Study
Abstract and editorial extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Articles from STAT:
FDA Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Carbohydrate-Insulin Model of Obesity — Beyond "Calories In, Calories Out
Free, full-text, New Online special communication and editorial extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
CMS Press Releases:


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Monday, July 2

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  July 2, 2018
Yemeni Ministry of Health: 1,200 Dialysis Patients Died, 9,500 Dying
Article from AhluBayt News Agency (Iran).
Industry Payments to Physician Specialists Who Prescribe Repository Corticotropin
Free, full-text article from JAMA Network.

"In this cross-sectional study of 235 specialist physicians who frequently prescribe corticotropin to Medicare beneficiaries, 207 (88%) received a monetary payment from the drug's maker, with more than 20% of frequent prescribers receiving more than $10?000."

"Of the 235 included physicians, 65 were nephrologists; 59, neurologists; and 111, rheumatologists."

Editor's note: If there is one specialty where payment has driven practice (and data reporting), it is U.S. nephrology. Why would virtually no U.S. nephrologists accept for themselves the dialysis treatment regimen that over 85% of their patients receive?
A Dream Starting to Come True: Wearable Kidneys
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS One:
Limited Health Literacy and Adverse Outcomes Among Kidney Transplant Candidates
Accepted Article abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Measurement Characteristics of the Knowledge Assessment of Renal Transplantation (KART)
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Differences in Peritoneal Solute Transport Rates in Peritoneal Dialysis
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
End Stage Renal Disease Patients Using Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers May Reduce the Risk of Mortality: A Taiwanese Nationwide Cohort Study
Accepted Article abstract from Internal Medicine Journal.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Vascular Surgery:
Hypertension Canada 2018 Update
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Air Pollution Contributes Significantly to Diabetes Globally
A Baby Was Treated With A Nap And A Bottle Of Formula. The Bill Was $18,000
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Could Psychedelics Transform Mental Health?
Article from the BBC.
Federal Court Blocks Kentucky's Move for Medicaid Work Requirement
Article from Healthcare Finance. Statement from CMS Adminstrator Verma. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Feds Boast Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown Ever at $2B in False Claims
Brief from Healthcare DIVE.
July CROWNWeb Newsletter Now Available


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