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Thursday, Oct. 23

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  Oct. 23, 2014
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DaVita HealthCare Partners To Pay $400M in Total To Settle Anti-Kickback Charges
Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Press release and photos of whistleblower from Phillips & Cohen LLP. Articles from TheDenverChannel.com and The Denver Post.  Press release from DaVita.

DOJ - "DaVita would then gather specific information about the physicians or physician group to determine if they would be a "winning practice." In one transaction, a physician's group was considered a "winning practice" because the physicians were "young and in debt.""

DOJ - “When a company pays doctors and/or their practice groups for patient referrals, the company’s focus is not on the patient, but on the profit to be extracted from providing services to the patient.”

Phillips & Cohen - "The complaint says that DaVita rewarded doctors who referred patients to its dialysis centers by:

  1. Selling them shares in existing DaVita dialysis centers for less than fair-market value.
  2. Buying shares in dialysis centers owned by physicians for more than fair-market value.
  3. Giving physicians kickbacks masked as profits from joint ventures.
  4. Paying them to refrain from building competing dialysis centers."

Editor's note: Is this how you build "the best healthcare company in the world?" Damn straight. Give me three cheers.

In the long-term, will DaVita prove to be a business model, a model for greed in healthcare that ultimately harms patients, or a corporate propaganda model?

Who is benefitting the most from all this? Give them three cheers.

bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners to Acquire Colorado Springs Health Partners
Press release.
bullet point DaVita Stock Trades at 12-Month High
Graphic from BigCharts.com.
bullet point Association Between Hospital Conversions to For-Profit Status and Clinical and Economic Outcomes
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Hospital conversion to for-profit status was associated with improvements in financial margins but not associated with differences in quality or mortality rates or with the proportion of poor or minority patients receiving care."
bullet point Americans Show Distrust of Medical Profession in Survey
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.

"The United States is tied for 24th place in terms of the proportion of adults who agree with the statement, “All things considered, doctors in [your country] can be trusted.”"
bullet point FMC Buys National Cardiovascular Partners in Services Expansion
Press release from Fresenius Medical Care.
bullet point A Case of Severe Ebola Virus Infection Complicated by Gram-Negative Septicemia
Free, full-text, Online First brief report and related perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Bone Histomorphometry before and after Long-Term Treatment with Cinacalcet in Dialysis Patients with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from Kidney International.
bullet point Use of Procalcitonin in Patients With Various Degrees of Chronic Kidney Disease Including Renal Replacement Therapy
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Infectious Diseases.
bullet point Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Pediatric Renal Allograft Survival in the United States
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.

Editor's note: Why is this being published in a European journal?
bullet point To Be or Not to Be: an Insight into the Legality of Organ Trade in Iran
Article from Your Middle East.
bullet point Neuropathy: Learn the Warning Signs & Seek Help
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point Hospital Study Offers Solutions to 'Alarm Fatigue'
Article from HealthDay. Press release from UCSF.
bullet point Fresenius Medical Care Announces Offering of Senior Notes
bullet point Recall - Packaging Mix-Up: Assured Brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets by Contract Packaging Resources
bullet point Thermal Receipt Paper May Be a Potentially Significant Source of BPA
bullet point Health Care Savings Not Realized from Medical Malpractice Tort Reform; Doctors Still Practice 'Defensive Medicine'
Press release. Article from HealthLeaders Media. Abstract from Health Affairs.
bullet point NIH Begins Early Human Clinical Trial of VSV Ebola Vaccine
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Wednesday, Oct. 22

FMC Buys National Cardiovascular Partners in Services Expansion
DaVita HealthCare Partners to Acquire Colorado Springs Health Partners
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  Oct. 22, 2014
bullet point CDC Demonstrates New Ebola Procedures
Video from CBS Evening News on Oct 21 (commercial message precedes story).

"At Emory, dialysis was performed on an Ebola patient and no healthcare workers got infected." (at 2:15)

Also see:
bullet point American Nurses Association Reacts to New Guidance from the CDC to Ensure Patient, Health Care Professional Safety
(2-page pdf) Press release. Statement from National Nurses United.
bullet point Articles from HealthDay:
bullet point Portable and Wearable Dialysis Devices for the Treatment of Patients with End-Stage Kidney Failure: Wishful Thinking or Just over the Horizon?
Free, full-text, Online First review article from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Patient Engagement and Patient-Centered Care in the Management of Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease and Chronic Kidney Failure
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.

Editor's note: Perhaps the most telling statement of this review is this:

"LIMITATIONS: A limitation of this review is the absence of a substantial pre-existing literature on this topic."

Nephrologists, the alchemical gods of internal medicine, have little interest in practicing this kind of medicine. Patient leaders should force nephrology to answer for decades of wrong thinking, hubris, and self-serving financial interests.

bullet point AAKP To Honor Dr. Allan Collins and Dr. Richard Glassock with 2014 Medal of Excellence Award
Press release from the American Association of Kidney Patients.
bullet point In Canada, New Exercise Program Helps Dialysis Patients Take Control of Their Health
Article from Medical Xpress.
bullet point Bariatric Surgery Now an Option for Transplant Patients Trying to Get on the Waiting List
Press release from Houston Methodist.
bullet point The Debate on Warfarin Use in Dialysis Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: More Fuel for the Fire
Free, full-text article from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Effects of Dietary Interventions on Incidence and Progression of CKD
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point Nutritional Treatment in Chronic Kidney Disease: the Concept of Nephroprotection
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Online First Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
  Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Early Markers of Obesity Related Renal Injury in Childhood
Free, full-text, Online First editorial commentary from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Hospital-Acquired Acute Kidney Injury and Hospital Readmission: A Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point NRAA honors Douglas Johnson, MD with 2014 Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership
bullet point Hedge Fund Third Point Urges Amgen To Consider Breakup
bullet point Hospitals' Struggles To Beat Back Familiar Infections Began Before Ebola Arrived
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Flu Season and Ebola Scare Could Strain ER Capacity
Brief from Healthcare Dive.
bullet point Paralyzed Man Walks Again after Cell Transplant
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Poll: 89 Percent of Uninsured Unaware of Open Enrollment


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Tuesday, Oct. 21

Bariatric Surgery Now an Option for Transplant Patients Trying to Get on the Waiting List
Press release from Houston Methodist.
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  Oct. 21, 2014
bullet point CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients
Articles from HealthDay and AP.
bullet point Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola
Fact sheet and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
bullet point Ebola and Dialysis: Lessons Learned
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Offer Ebola Victims Dialysis If They Need It
Article from Renal & Urology News.
bullet point The Potential Ebola Virus–Infected Patient in the Ambulatory Care Setting: Preparing for the Worst Without Compromising CareThe Potential Ebola Virus–Infected Patient in the Ambulatory Care Setting
Free, full-text, Online First article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Some People Drinking Bleach in Mistaken Belief It Prevents Ebola Infection
1-page pdf on chlorine poisoning from the CDC.
bullet point Tennessee Dialysis Clinic Closed Due to Infection Control Lapses
Article from The Tennessean.
bullet point Amgen Studying What Impact Switching to 'Biosimilar' Aranesp Has on Patients
Article from BioPharma-Reporter.com.
bullet point Communication About Serious Illness Care Goals
Online First abstract from JAMA Intenal Medicine.

"An understanding of patients' care goals in the context of a serious illness is an essential element of high-quality care, allowing clinicians to align the care provided with what is most important to the patient."
  New Standards for Patient-centered Cancer Care
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.

Editor's note: It is so saddening that dialysis care is so far behind the rest of medicine in treating the whole patient. Nephrology still practices "plantation medicine."
bullet point Acute Renal Failure Following Treatment of a Common Culture Contaminant:  A Teachable Moment
Online First extract (select "View Large") from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Dialysis, Cognition, and Mortality
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point Articles from The Washington Post:
bullet point Capillary Rarefaction: an Early Marker of Microvascular Disease in Young Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Access abstract from Clinical Kidney Journal.
bullet point Association of Indoxyl Sulfate with Heart Failure among Patients on Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Heparin and Albumin As Part of the Priming Solution Limits Exposure to Anticoagulation during Hemodialysis: In Vitro Studies
Article in Press abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Body Mass Index and Mortality in Kidney Transplant Recipients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point The Consult Guys - Dressed to Kill? Can Neckties Spread Infection?
Video from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point DANA Brain Health Testing App Cleared by FDA
bullet point What CDC Can Do To Fight Ebola
Article from Kaiser Health News. Related story on ebola and nurses' union contract talks.
bullet point Nurses Not Happy with Hospital EHRs
Article from Healthcare IT News.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
 


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Monday, Oct. 20

Ebola and Dialysis: Lessons Learned
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
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  Oct. 20, 2014
bullet point CDC to Call for New Ebola Protections for Medical Workers
Articles from HealthDay and Bloomberg.  Joint statement (1-page pdf) from AHA, AMA and ANA
bullet point Medicare Needs to Step Up, Ensure Patient Access to Home Dialysis Treatment
Commentary from Roll Call.
bullet point An Open-Source Practical Manual for Home Hemodialysis: a Catalyst for Change!
Editorial extract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point In UK, NHS Trial of Medical Video Conferencing for Patients on Dialysis
Video from BBC Health.
bullet point Rethinking the Restriction on Nutrition During Hemodialysis Treatment
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Economics of Dialysis Dependence Following Renal Replacement Therapy for Critically ill Acute Kidney Injury Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point End-Stage Renal Disease Risk in Live Kidney Donors: What Have We Learned from Two Recent Studies?
Free, full-text article from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Eluted Substances From Hemodialysis Membranes Elicit Positive Skin Prick Tests in Bioincompatible Patients
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
bullet point Vascular Access in the Obese: Superficialisation of Native Radiocephalic and Brachiocephalic Fistulae
Article in Press abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Experience with Continuous Venovenous Hemodiafiltration in Four Newborns: a Case Series and Review of the Literature
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point GFR Decline as an End Point for Clinical Trials in CKD: A Scientific Workshop Sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and the US Food and Drug Administration
Free, full-text, Article in Press from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Hospira Announces Lidocaine Recall
bullet point Politics Swirl Around President's Ebola 'Czar' Pick
News summary from Kaiser Health News. Related articles from AP and The Hill.
bullet point Is the United States Prepared for Ebola?
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Ebola Crisis: Nigeria Set to Be Declared Free of Virus
Article from the BBC.
 


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Fri./Sat., Oct. 17-18

Medicare Needs to Step Up, Ensure Patient Access to Home Dialysis Treatment
Commentary from Roll Call.
President Obama Names Ron Klain 'Ebola Czar'
In UK, NHS Trial of Medical Video Conferencing for Patients on Dialysis
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  Oct. 17, 2014
bullet point Ebola Watch
Resources from Hospitals and Health Networks.

The American Hospital Association is hosting a call for hospital and health system leaders to discuss Ebola preparedness on Friday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET. The dial-in number is 1-888-453-9924 and the passcode is 568461.
bullet point Conventional Medical Centers May Be Unable to Prevent Spread of Ebola
Press release and free, full-text, Online First article from Annals of Internal Medicine. Related article from USA Today.
bullet point Novel RNAi-based Therapy for Anemia Stimulates Liver to Produce EPO
Press release and free, full-text article from Nucleic Acid Therapeutics.
bullet point Citizens against Government Waste Releases Poll Results regarding Use of Biosimilar Drugs
Press release.
bullet point Let Us Give Twice-weekly Hemodialysis a Chance: Revisiting the Taboo
(Registration required, but free.) In Focus piece from NDT via Medscape Nephrology. Also see this related full-text article from NDT on twice-weekly hemodialysis in China.
bullet point Heparin Use in Hemodialysis Patients following Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
bullet point Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Lipid Profiles in Dialysis Patients: Meta-analysis
Abstract from Archives of Medical Research.
bullet point Systemic Lupus Erythematous and Clinical Outcomes in Peritoneal Dialysis
Online First abstract from Lupus.
bullet point Early Onset Type 2 Diabetes: Risk Factors, Clinical Impact and Management
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Diseases via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Hospira Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Certain Lots of Several Lifecare Solution Products Due to Potential for Leakage
Press release.
bullet point FDA's September 2014 Safety Labeling Changes
55 products with revisions to Prescribing Information are listed, including Fosrenol and Xylocaine.
bullet point More Evidence That Exercise May Help Fight Depression
bullet point Medical Products Push Baxter Profit above Estimate
bullet point American Nurses Association Calls on the CDC for Clear, Concrete Guidelines to Ensure Patient, Health Care Professional Safety in Light of Ebola Transmissions
(3-page pdf) Press release.
bullet point CDC: Nurse Not to Blame for Breach of Protocols in Ebola Infection
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Largest Nurse's Union Threatens to Picket over Ebola Response Training, Protocols
Brief from Healthcare Dive.
bullet point Critiquing US Health Care
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
 


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Thursday, Oct. 16

Medical Products Push Baxter Profit above Estimate
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  Oct. 16, 2014
bullet point FDA Allows Baxter To Import PD Solutions from European Manufacturing Plants
Notice on the FDA's Drug Shortages web page for peritoneal dialysis solutions. Click on the blue bar that says "Baxter Healthcare (New 10/14/2014)." Note the packaging and labeling differences explained in these Baxter documents:
bullet point Existing Protocols Might Not Be Enough for Ebola
Article from AP. Nurses' Toolkit from National Nurses United. News summary from Kaiser Health News. Ebola Watch from Hospitals & Health Networks. Article on Ebola treatments from The Huffington Post.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal of Medicine:
bullet point Significant Racial Disparities Identified in Diabetes Related Amputations
(3-page pdf) Press release and report (70-page pdf) from The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free.)
bullet point FDA Bans Maker of Suspect Chinese Heparin
FDA warning letter of Sept. 29. Article from FiercePharmaManufacturing.
bullet point Adverse Technical Events in Home Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point Advance Online Abstracts from Kidney International:
bullet point Inflammation and Myocardial Damage Markers Influence Loss of Residual Renal Function in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Abstract from Archives of Medical Research.
bullet point

Dietary Protein and Fiber in End Stage Renal Disease
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.

bullet point Nutritional Treatment in Chronic Kidney Disease: the Concept of Nephroprotection
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Eculizumab in the Treatment of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in an Infant Leads to Cessation of Peritoneal Dialysis and Improvement of Severe Hypertension
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Major Advance for Diabetes Stem Cell Therapy?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point National Kidney Foundation Launches Interactive Nutrition Portal My Food Coach
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
Dialysis Facility Reports / Dialysis Facility Compare Changes and Deadlines
Posting from the Northwest Renal Network.
New Affordable Care Act Initiative to Support Care Coordination Nationwide
CMS press release.
Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 15


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Wednesday, Oct. 15

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  Oct. 15, 2014
bullet point Second Health Care Worker At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Tests Positive For Ebola
Articles from the Huffington Post and CNN.
bullet point Corruption of the Health Care Delivery System
Press release from The Dartmouth Institute.

“The problems of greatest concern to patients are often left uninvestigated, with emphasis given to research that expands market share,”...

Editor's note: Is there a more succinct criticism of the dialysis care delivery system?
bullet point Very Old Patients on Hemodialysis: How They Start and Can We Predict Survival?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article and accompanying video from Blood Purification.
bullet point Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Estimated Post Transplant Survival Calculator
An Estimated Post Transplant Survival (EPTS) score is assigned to all adult candidates on the kidney waiting list and is based on four factors:
  1. Candidate time on dialysis
  2. Current diagnosis of diabetes
  3. Prior solid organ transplants
  4. Candidate age
bullet point Estimating Time to ESRD Using Kidney Failure Risk Equations: Results From the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK)
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Issue-In-Progress Articles from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal of Nephrology:
bullet point Switch from Epoetin to Darbepoetin Alfa in Hemodialysis: Dose Equivalence and Hemoglobin Stability
Abstract and link to full-text pdf from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
bullet point 'Be Careful' When Evaluating AKI Recovery
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video from Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Clearance of Glucoregulatory Peptide Hormones during Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration in Nondiabetic End-Stage Renal Disease Patients
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Study Protocol — Your Path to Transplant: a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Tailored Computer Education Intervention to Increase Living Donor Kidney Transplant
Provisional abstract and full-text article (29-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Acute Allograft Rejection Following Interferon Therapy for Hepatitis C in Recipients Who Have Returned to Dialysis after Kidney Transplant Failure: Case Study
Article in Press abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point An Overview of Disparities and Interventions in Pediatric Kidney Transplantation Worldwide
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Personalized Treatment for Stress-Related Diabetes
bullet point FDA Approves First Combination Pill to Treat Hepatitis C
bullet point Fish Oil Supplements Have Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat
bullet point Articles on Ebola-Related Care:
bullet point Another Study Links Mediterranean Diet to Better Heart Health
Article from HealthDay.
CROWNWeb Downtime Scheduled for October 16, 2014


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Tuesday, Oct. 14

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  Oct. 14, 2014
bullet point Aethlon Medical Announces First Treatment of an Ebola Patient with Humopurifier®
Press release. Article from MedGadget.
bullet point Study Results: Patient Safety Culture in Nephrology Nurse Practice Settings
Press release from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
  Surprising Link Found between Kidney Disease and Gut Inflammation
Article from HealthCanal. Abstract from Nature Genetics.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point The Relative Abundance of Fetuin-A in Peritoneal Dialysis Effluent and Its Association with in-situ Formation of Calciprotein Particles, an Observational Pilot Study
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Acute Kidney Injury and Tools for Risk Stratification in 456 Patients with Hantavirus Induced Nephropathy Epidemica
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point 15 Cases of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia are Reported to WHO
bullet point Ebola-Related Articles from Nurse.com:
bullet point Health Officials Reviewing Ebola Treatment Procedures at Dallas Hospital
Article from HealthDay. CDC's Ebola virus disease web site.
bullet point Drug and Vaccine Access in the Ebola Epidemic: Advising Caution in Compassionate Use -- Drug and Vaccine Access in the Ebola Epidemic
Free, full-text, Online First opinion piece from Annals of Internal Medicine.
bullet point Who Determines Physician Effectiveness?
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Even More Illness Caused by Smoking Than Previously Estimated
Online First commentary, article and press release from JAMA Internal Medicine.
 


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Monday, Oct. 13

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  Oct. 13, 2014
bullet point Articles from Modern Healthcare (registration required, but free)
bullet point Home Dialyzors United (HDU) Offering Free Registration, Hotel and Food for Upcoming Conference
The 5th annual HDU Conference and Meetup will be held in Indianapolis on Oct. 23-24.
bullet point A Creative Way to Find a Home HD Care Partner
Blog posting by Lana Schmidt.
bullet point Bioinspired Coating for Medical Devices Repels Blood and Bacteria
Press release from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.
bullet point Assessing the Utility of Testing Aluminum Levels in Dialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Fluid Management in Hemodialysis: Conventional Versus Body Composition Monitoring (BCM) Supported Management of Overhydrated Patients
(10-page pdf) Free, full-text article from Portuguese Journal of Nephrology and Hypertension.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Cochrane Library: Treatment for Lupus Nephritis
Featured educational content from the International Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola; CDC Blames Protocol Breach
Articles from HealthDay and Reuters. CDC media statement and Oct. 12 telebriefing.
bullet point As First U.S. Nurse Tests Positive for Ebola Virus RNs Also Plan Wednesday National Conference Call
Press release and call for highest standards for protective equipment for from National Nurses United.
bullet point RWJF Study: More BSN Nurses Lowers Mortality Rates, Care Costs
Article from Nurse.com. Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Medical Care.
bullet point Treating Clostridium difficile Infection with Oral, Frozen Encapsulated Fecal Material
Slide Presentation from the Recent Open Door Forum on Dialysis Facility Compare & the New Star Ratings
61-slide pdf used during the October 6th conference call.
Frequently Asked Questions from Dialysis Facilities about Participation in the In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (ICH CAHPS) Survey
Bulletin from the Northwest Renal Network.
Improved Quality of Medicare Plans and Steady Premiums Are Great News As Open Enrollment Set to Begin on October 15
Message from Marilyn Tavener, CMS Administrator.


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Fri./Sat., Oct. 10-11

Dialysis Providers Expect ACOs, Payment Cuts, Consolidation
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
Home Dialyzors United (HDU) Offering Free Registration, Hotel and Food for Upcoming Conference
The 5th annual HDU Conference and Meetup will be held in Indianapolis on Oct. 23-24.
A Creative Way to Find a Home HD Care Partner
Blog posting by Lana Schmidt.
Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola
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bullet point Kidney Transplant: Surgeons Carry out First European Keyhole Kidney Transplant
Article from the BBC.

"Normally a kidney transplant would involve serious open surgery and a sizeable incision to perform the transplant.

The team at the Royal Liverpool used keyhole surgery to implant the donor kidney through an incision of just 6cm (2in)."
bullet point New NCC Website and FFCL Access Planning Manual Launched
News release from the ESRD Network Coordinating Center. (FFCL = Fistula First, Catheter Last)
bullet point Recent Kidney Policy Changes Have Not Created Racial Disparities in Care
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Self-Rated Health and Adverse Events in CKD
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Effects of Acute Exercise on Markers of Inflammation in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease: a Pilot Study
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from American Journal Of Nephrology:
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point

Association of Malnutrition Inflammation Score, Dialysis Malnutrition Score and Serum Albumin with Novel Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Diseases in Hemodialysis Patients
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.

bullet point Renal Dietitian Peggy Harum Gains National Recognition
bullet point Stem Cell Success Raises Hopes of Type 1 Diabetes Cure
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Ebola-Related News:
bullet point NIH Invests Almost $32 Million to Increase Utility of Biomedical Research Data
No Change in Medicare Part B Premiums and Deductibles Next Year
News item from HFMA. Press release from HHS.gov.


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Thursday, Oct. 9

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  Oct. 9, 2014
bullet point Spanish Ebola Nurse 'Touched Face with Infected Glove'
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Reducing the Risk of Infection in End-Stage Kidney Failure Patients Treated by Dialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
bullet point Follow-up of Blood-Pressure Lowering and Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes
Abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point Phenotypes Influencing Low Physical Activity in Maintenance Dialysis
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Kidney Transplantation
Advance Online abstract from Kidney International.
bullet point It's Time for a Healthy Discussion on End-of-Life Care
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks. Link to Institute of Medicine report (free pdf download).
bullet point Rockwell Medical Announces FDA Advisory Committee Review of Triferic for the Treatment of Iron Replacement and Maintenance of Hemoglobin in Hemodialysis Patients
bullet point Ebola Patient in Dallas Dies
bullet point Infection Rates in Nursing Homes on the Rise: Study
bullet point New Study Finds Hospital Patients Are Not Washing Their Hands
bullet point Pure Hold Hygiene Hospital Door Handles Make Sure Hands are Sanitized
bullet point VA Sharply Reduces Drug-Resistant Staph Infections in Hospitalized Veterans
bullet point National Health Spending in 2014 — Acceleration Delayed
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point NIH Funds Research Consortia to Study More Than 200 Rare Diseases
bullet point 'Instagram for Doctors' to Be Launched in Europe
Supreme Court to Decide If Providers Can Sue Medicaid for Higher Rates
Brief from Healthcare Dive.


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Wednesday, Oct. 8

Ebola Patient in Dallas Dies
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  Oct. 8, 2014
bullet point A Stronger Patient Voice Can Lead to Better Care
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.

"A failure of leadership to make engaging patients a priority is mainly to blame."
bullet point Dallas Ebola Patient Dies; Was on Ventilator and Receiving Kidney Dialysis
Article from Reuters and HealthDayRelated article from The Washington Post.
bullet point WHO Warns of Ebola Health Care Risks
Article from the BBC.
bullet point Patient Call on Employment Oct. 28
Notice of AAKP Healthline conference call.

Editor's note: A conference call for employed patients in the middle of the workday? Will there be patient participation/engagement?

Until nephrologists target increasing dialysis patient employment, most patients will be enslaved to a life called dialysis.

bullet point Screen Everyone Over 45 for Diabetes: U.S. Task Force
Article from HealthDay.
bullet point Long-Term Risks of Kidney Donation: Age Known
Full-text, Early View letter to the editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Understanding by Older Patients of Dialysis and Conservative Management for Chronic Kidney Failure
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Emotional Well-Being of Living Kidney Donors: Findings From the RELIVE Study
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
bullet point Chronic Kidney Disease and Premature Aging
Advance Online abstract from Nature Reviews Nephrology.
bullet point PDI in Press Abstracts:
bullet point Hiring Home Health Help
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Recognized by Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
DaVita press release.

Editor's note: How much money does DaVita spend on lobbying and contribute to political campaigns?
bullet point Visualizing Health Policy: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak
Free graphic by the Kaiser Family Foundation in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point Prevalence of Antimicrobial Use in US Acute Care Hospitals, May-September 2011
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from HealthDay.
bullet point U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record of 78.8 Years — for Those Born in 2012
bullet point Wal-Mart To Cut Health Coverage for 30,000 Part-time Workers
 


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Tuesday, Oct. 7

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  Oct. 7, 2014
bullet point Industry Questions Grassley's Request To Hike Pay For Home Dialysis Training
Headline only from InsideHealthPolicy. com, a pay-for-view web site. Related article from Nephrology News & Issues.

Editor's note: Why don't we finally admit that the dialysis industry is like the antebellum American South.

Dialysis clinics are the plantations of the dialysis industry. They must be populated with enslaved patients in order to make the profits that Wall Street expects. The large for-profit dialysis providers are the plantation owners, pushing agendas and legislation to make them richer. Kidney Care Partners is the political body that justifies it all to the world.

Nephrologists and renal administrators are the overseers, getting their share of the profits. The complacent patient groups are the trustees, urging the enslaved to conform and to try to see the wise benevolence of their owners and overseers.

No owner, nephrologist, or dialysis professional would accept the care given to the vast majority of enslaved patients on these "plantations." 

Chronic dialysis care began just over 50 years ago.  The federal dialysis program that pays for most treatments began just over 40 years ago.  While everyone applauds the life sustaining potential of dialysis therapy, there is a general consensus that this specialty of nephrology has lagged far behind other fields of medicine in terms of reducing mortality and restoring patients to health. 

For whose benefit are we maintaining this system?
bullet point Healthcare Worker in Spain First Case of Ebola Transmission outside of Africa
Articles from the BBC and Nurse.com.
bullet point Nursing Practice & Patient Advocacy Alert—Treatment of Patients with Ebola
Article from National Nurses United. Related article from Nurse.com.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Expands Beyond Dialysis in India
Press release.
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
bullet point Transplant Delay Not Needed in Lupus Nephritis
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point Training and Certification in Dialysis Access
Article in Press abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Glycemic Pattern in Diabetic Patients on Hemodialysis: Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Analysis
Issue in Progress abstract from Blood Purification.
bullet point Your Life, Your Choice — Stories from Kidney Transplant Patients and Donors
(52-page pdf) New booklet from the ESRD network coordinating center (NCC).
bullet point September 2014 510(k) Clearances
Dialysis-related products cleared for marketing in the U.S. include:
bullet point Rockwell Medical Receives $8 Million in Cash Via Exercise of Warrants
bullet point Is Internet-based Diabetes Self-Management Education Beneficial?
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Attitudes of Hospital Leaders Toward Publicly Reported Measures of Health Care Quality
Online First abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
CMS Announces Two Medicare Quality Improvement Initiatives
Press release.


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Monday, Oct. 6

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bullet point Dallas Ebola Patient on Dialysis, in ‘Critical’ Condition
Article from Today, WFAA, and HealthDay. October 5th press briefing from the CDC. Related article on ethics from Nurse.com.
bullet point World War Parallels Diabetes Epidemic
(Registration required, but free.) Article and video from Medscape Medical News.
bullet point In Australia, Kidney Disease Exhibition Depicts Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Cabinet Ministers on Dialysis
Images and article from the Australian Broadcasting Company.

Editor's note: Perhaps it would help the CEOs and Medical Directors of the large for-profit dialysis corporations understand patients better if a Photoshop artist did the same for them.
bullet point Observational Modeling of Strict vs Conventional Blood Pressure Control in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
bullet point Is the Kidney Donor Risk Index a Step Forward in the Assessment of Deceased Donor Kidney Quality?
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
bullet point Recognition and Reporting of AKI in Very Low Birth Weight Infants
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Rockwell Medical, Baxter Enter Commercialization Agreement Covering Hemodialysis Concentrate Line
Articles from StreetInsider.com and FierceBiotech. Press release from Rockwell Medicial.
bullet point The Gap between Calculated and Actual Calcium Substitution during Citrate Anticoagulation in an Immobilized Patient on Renal Replacement Therapy Reflects the Extent of Bone Loss-a Case Report
Provisional abstract and full-text article (10-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Blood Markers Predict CKD Heart Failure
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
bullet point KDIGO Announces Guideline Update Project
Press release from Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO).
bullet point Gout May Be Linked to Raised Diabetes Risk: Study
bullet point Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Gets New Patent for Ferric Citrate
bullet point Technology Opens New Avenues for Patient Communication
Article from Medical Economics.
bullet point HHS Releases 13th Report on Carcinogens
The Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit Fact Sheet
Resource from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.


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Fri./Sat., Oct. 3-4

bullet point Rockwell Medical, Baxter Enter Commercialization Agreement Covering Hemodialysis Concentrate Line
Articles from StreetInsider.com and FierceBiotech. Press release from Rockwell Medicial.
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bullet point Aerobic Exercise May Boost Quality of Life for Dialysis Patients
Article from HealthDay. Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point DaVita's New Mexico Health Clinics Lay Off 5% of Staff
Article and video from KOB4.
bullet point Palliative Care Nephrology: A Call for Action in Fellowship Training
Posting from the eAJKD blog.
bullet point CJASN Express Abstracts:
bullet point The Financial Impact of Increasing Home-Based High Dose Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis
Provisional abstract and full-text article (22-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point High-Volume Postdilution Hemodiafiltration Is a Feasible Option in Routine Clinical Practice
Free, full-text, Early View article from Artificial Organs.
bullet point Effect of Dialysis Initiation for Preemptively Listed Candidates in the Revised Kidney Allocation Policy
Early View abstract of brief communication from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point Lower versus Higher Hemoglobin Threshold for Transfusion in Septic Shock
Free, full-text, Online First article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
bullet point FDA Product Recall Notices from Enforcement Report for October 1, 2014:
bullet point About 100 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas
Article from HealthDay. CDC information page.
bullet point 8 in 10 Doctors 'Overextended' or at 'Full Capacity'
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
bullet point The FDA Takes Steps to Strengthen Cybersecurity of Medical Devices
Press release.
bullet point 42 States Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids
bullet point 2nd Baby 'Cured' of HIV Suffers Relapse
Medicare Fines 2,610 Hospitals In Third Round Of Readmission Penalties
Article from Kaiser Health News.


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Thursday, Oct. 2

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bullet point SRTR Releases Kidney Transplant Report Cards
Interactive report from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Results can be sorted by states.
bullet point ‘Killed to Order’ Documentary on China’s Organ Tourism Featured at UCLA Film Festival
Article from Epoch Times.
bullet point DCI Signs Agreement with RoundingWell; Utilizes New Platform for Patient Engagement, Care Management
Press release.
bullet point Delaware Hospital Expansion Designed by Patients for Patients
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.

Editor's note: Why hasn't anything like this ever been done in dialysis care?
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
bullet point The New Kidney Allocation System (KAS) and the Highly Sensitized Patient: Expect the Unexpected
Early View letter to the editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
bullet point The Kinetics of Cystatin C Removal by Hemodialysis
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point Issue in Progress Abstracts from Blood Purification:
bullet point Disseminated Tuberculosis: a Neglected Entity in Immunocompromised Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
bullet point Understanding the Associations Between Modifying Factors, Individual Health Beliefs, and Hemodialysis Patients' Adherence to a Low-Phosphorus Diet
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
bullet point Images in Medicine: Chronic Obstructive Pyelonephritis
Feature from the New England Journal Of Medicine.
bullet point US Hunts Contacts of Seriously Ill Ebola Patient
Article from AFP.
bullet point 'The Health Care System Falls Apart When You're A Complex Patient'
Article from Kaiser Health News.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
bullet point The Interoperability Problem: Why ACOs Can't Share Data
Article from Medical Economics.
bullet point Sense of Smell 'May Predict Lifespan'
 


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Wed., Oct. 1

DCI Signs Agreement with RoundingWell; Utilizes New Platform for Patient Engagement, Care Management
Press release.
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bullet point CMS Special Open Door Forum: Star Ratings on Dialysis Facility Compare, Monday, October 6, 2014
Conference call only 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m, ET.

"We invite questions from ESRD patients, consumers and consumer advocates, and plans, providers, and purchasers in advance, or during the forum. Please submit questions here.

Please follow along during the call for the Power Point slides: www.dialysisdata.org.  

We look forward to your participation."

Special Open Door Participation Instructions: Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935, Conference ID #: 8597626.
bullet point National Kidney Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the American Society of Nephrology Achieve Consensus on Combating Diabetic Kidney Disease
Press release.
bullet point Association of Mortality Risk with Various Definitions of Intradialytic Hypotension
JASN Express abstract.
bullet point Hemodialysis Catheter Locking Solutions and the Prevention of Catheter Dysfunction: a Meta-Analysis
Article in Press abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Outcomes of Endovascular Versus Intravenous Thrombolytic Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke in Dialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
bullet point Predictors of Protein Energy Wasting in Hemodialysis Patients: a Cross-Sectional Study
Early View abstract from Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
bullet point ClearGuide ONE Easy to Use Needle Guidance System FDA Cleared
Article and video from MedGadget.
bullet point CDC: Ebola Confirmed in Dallas Patient
Articles from WFAA, Reuters, and HealthDayPress release and Ebola information center from the CDC.
bullet point PCORI Board Approves $102 Million in Support for 46 New Research Projects
News release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
bullet point Treating Pain With Acupuncture
Free, full-text JAMA Patient Page. Related article from HealthDay.
bullet point C. Diff  Rate Nearly Doubled between 2001-2010
CMS Makes First Wave of Drug & Device Company Payments to Teaching Hospitals and Physicians Public
Press release. News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Sept. 30

CMS Special Open Door Forum: Star Ratings on Dialysis Facility Compare, Monday, October 6, 2014
Conference call only 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m, ET.

"We invite questions from ESRD patients, consumers and consumer advocates, and plans, providers, and purchasers in advance, or during the forum. Please submit questions here.

Please follow along during the call for the Power Point slides: www.dialysisdata.org.  

We look forward to your participation."

Special Open Door Participation Instructions: Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935, Conference ID #: 8597626.
CDC: Ebola Confirmed in Dallas Patient
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bullet point Transplant Nephrologists and Surgeons: Do More to Increase Living Donation
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
bullet point Call for Survey Participants Regarding Clinical Trial Endpoints in Dialysis Vascular Access
Notice from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
bullet point 2014 Issue of Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis
21 free, full-text articles (PDFs).
bullet point Quality of Survey Reporting in Nephrology Journals: A Methodologic Review
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
bullet point Sleep Apnea in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: a Single Center Experience
Early Online abstract from Renal Failure.
bullet point 44-h Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring: Revealing the True Burden of Hypertension in Pediatric Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
bullet point Serum IL-31 Linked to Itching in Hemodialysis Patients
bullet point Redesigned Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Website Launched September 26
bullet point Transplant Drug Could Boost the Power of Brain Tumor Treatments
bullet point Flexible Skin Temperature Sensor Changes Color, Helps Detect Blood Flow and Hydration Levels
bullet point Dollars for Doctors: How Industry Money Reaches Physicians
Article from ProPublica. Also see their 'Dollars for Doctors' project page.
bullet point Higher Nurse to Patient Standard Improves Staff Safety
News release from UC Davis Health System.
bullet point Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from JAMA Internal Medicine:
bullet point Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources Directory
NIOSH directory page.
bullet point Heart, Mini-Stroke Risks From Asthma Drug: FDA
bullet point Accurate and Efficient Assessments of Working Posture
Turbulent Times for Accountable Care Organizations
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Hospital Leaders Say More Time Needed for Stage 2 Meaningful Use
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
CROWNWeb Downtime Scheduled for September 30, 2014


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Monday, Sept. 28

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bullet point Wearable Artificial Kidney: A Dialysis Machine to Clean Blood While On The Go
Article and video from MedGadget.
bullet point Adequate Hemodialysis Improves Anemia by Enhancing Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Activity in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease
Provisional abstract and full-text article (5-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Vascular Access Type, Inflammatory Markers, and Mortality in Incident Hemodialysis Patients: The Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for End-Stage Renal Disease (CHOICE) Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point CDC Issues Updated Preparedness Framework for Flu Pandemics
Recommendations and reports from the MMWR. News item from AHANews.com.
Results from Medicare ACOs May Send a Signal for Upcoming Kidney Care Demonstration
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.


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