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Monday, July 25

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  July 25, 2016
International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare - 2016 Gothenburg Keynote Address by Maureen Bisognano
64-minute video via YouTube. Extract from The BMJ.
Ask patients “What matters to you?” rather than “What’s the matter?”
Editor's note: The patient-focused portion of her talk starts at 24:00 min.
Phosphate-Binding Agents in Adults With CKD: A Network Meta-analysis of Randomized Trials
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephron:
Hemodialysis Plastic Cannulae — A Possible Alternative to Traditional Metal Needles?
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Comparison of Urine Output among Patients Treated with More Intensive Versus Less Intensive RRT: Results from the Acute Renal Failure Trial Network Study
CJASN Express abstract.
Risk of Pulmonary Embolism in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease Receiving Long-Term Dialysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Abstracts from Nephron:
Advance Online Abstracts from the Journal of Vascular Access:
Cleveland Nephrologist Peter DeOreo Dies
Notice from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Could New 'Talk Therapy' Cut Cost of Treating Depression?
Play On!  In a First, Brain Training Cuts Risk of Dementia 10 Years Later
Article from STAT.
FDA Renews Call to Reduce Salt in Processed Foods
Three Individuals Charged in $1 Billion Medicare Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme
Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Article from Healthcare Finance.
CROWNWeb Town Event July 28th
Registration page.


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Fri./Sat., July 22-23

Cleveland Nephrologist Peter DeOreo Dies
Notice from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
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  July 22, 2016
Driving Earlier, Better CKD Care Through a Patient-focused Payment Model
Posting from the AJKD blog.

Editor's note:
This will do little to change US dialysis care. There will still be no incentive for increasing patient employment and rehabilitation, nor will there be any incentive to drive changes in dialysis technology or infrastructure.

Until there is well-dialysis-patient statistical reporting and a substantial financial incentive for increasing employment rates, we are unlikely to see major improvements in patients' lives, technology, system infrastructure, or societal lost opportunity costs. Unfortunately, the business focus of the largest for-profit provider has been to drive out the competition by providing minimalist, standardized dialysis care utilizing their forty-year-old technology. They are unlikely to embrace changes that will damage their business model and also give opportunities for other providers to further surpass them in terms of positive patient outcomes.

US nephrology is still a long way away from having an effective understanding of the harmful effects of the financial incentives in its dialysis care system. More than any other medical specialty, US nephrology has tied its practice of medical to junk-bond financiers, resulting in a system of care that nephrologists would avoid for themselves and their own family members. Like chiropractors and naturopaths, too many of them fool themselves into believing they are doing the right thing... and take the money.
Association of Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents and the Incidence Risk of Cancer Diagnosis among Chronic Dialysis Patients: a Nested Case-Control Study
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Kidney Transplant Organ Failure Risk Can Now Be Predicted Due to 'Landmark' Research
Article from ABC Online (Australia). Abstract from The Lancet.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Metabolic Profiling of Impaired Cognitive Function in Patients Receiving Dialysis
JASN Express abstract.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Early Mortality on Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT): the Prairie CRRT Study
Free, full-text, Open Access Article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Clinical Profile and Outcome of Patients with Acute Kidney Injury Requiring Dialysis-an Experience from a Hemodialysis Unit in a Developing Country
Free, full-text, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Hemodialysis Plastic Cannulae-a Possible Alternative to Traditional Metal Needles?
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
World Hepatitis Day — July 28, 2016
Humana Pulling Out of Many Obamacare Markets
Article from Politico.com.
Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability
Article from HealthDay.
$42 Billion Saved in Medicare and Medicaid Primarily Through Prevention
Posting from The CMS Blog.
102 Hospitals Will Earn 5 Stars in New Overall Star Ratings, CMS Says
Article from Healthcare Finance. Data brief from CMS. Article from Kaiser Health News.
Medicare Announces Participants for a New Initiative To Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes
Comment Requests for CROWNWeb and Diabetes Outpatient Training


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Thursday, July 21

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  July 21, 2016
Hospital Alert System Improves Care Coordination at Northwest Kidney Centers
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Kidney Transplants from HLA-Incompatible Live Donors and Survival
Correspondence from the New England Journal of Medicine.
High Cut-Off Dialysis in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients Reduces Serum Procalcific Activity
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Metabolomics in Diabetic Kidney Disease: Unraveling the Biochemistry of a Silent Killer
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from American Journal of Nephrology.
Malnutrition Assessment in Hemodialysis Patients: Role of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis Phase Angle
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Pharmacodynamic Effects of Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide and Sevelamer Carbonate on Vitamin D Receptor Agonist Bioactivity in Dialysis Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.

Medical Device Interoperability
New resource page from the FDA.

Sulfonylureas May Increase Hypoglycemia in Late-Stage CKD Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Coming Up: The Global Kidney Health Summit
California Biotech with Hyperkalemia Drug Gets $1.5 Billion Buyout
Obamacare's Skyrocketing Premiums? Why the Sky Isn't Falling
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
PCORI Board Approves $153 Million to Support Patient-Centered Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research
Press release from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
AHRQ Report Looks at Trends in Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance
News brief from AHANewsNow. Report (11-page pdf) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
30 Years Of Emphasizing Low-Fat Diets May Have Backfired, Study Finds
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
9/16 QIP PY2017 Preview Deadline
8/15 CW May Clinical Deadline Moved


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Wednesday, July 20

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  July 20, 2016
Depression in Dialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Accepted Review Article from Nephrology.
The Bioengineered Kidney: Science or Science Fiction?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension via Medscape Nephrology.
Wearable Biosensors Studied for Clinical Monitoring and Treatment
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Arterial Line vs. Venous Line Administration of Low Molecular Weight Heparin, Enoxaparin for Prevention of Thrombosis in The Extracorporeal Blood Circuit of Patients on Hemodialysis or Hemodiafiltration: a Randomized Crossover Trial
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Trimethylamine N-Oxide and Cardiovascular Events in Hemodialysis Patients
JASN Express abstract.
Correspondence from BMC Nephrology:
The Association between Individual Counseling and Health Behavior Change: the See Kidney Disease (SeeKD) Targeted Screening Program for Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Comparison of Peritonitis Rates and Patient Survival in Automated and Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis: a 10-Year Single Center Experience
Abstract from Renal Failure.
Mumbai Police Suspect Poor Are Targeted for Organs in Kidney Transplant Racket
Article from Reuters.
Meta-Analysis Shows No Clear Survival Benefit among Diabetes Drugs
Article from HealthDay. Article from MedPage Today (registration required, but free). Abstract and Patient Page from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers Identify Brain Circuits That Underlie 'Resilient Coping'
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
U.S. Teen Diabetes Rate Exceeds Prior Estimates
Florida Zika Case Could Be First Local Transmission In U.S.
Article from Reuters.
Covered California Health Plan Rates To Jump 13.2 Percent In 2017
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Why Many Medicare Beneficiaries Cling to an Allegedly Worse Deal
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Tuesday, July 19

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  July 19, 2016
High Prevalence of Frailty in End-Stage Renal Disease
Free, full-text article from International Urology and Nephrology.
Mortality and Associated Risk Factors in Dialysis Patients with Cardiovascular Disease
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress, Open Access article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Organ Donor Research: It Is Time for Much Needed Clarity
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Kidney Transplantation Outcomes across GN Subtypes in the United States
JASN Express abstract.
A Comparison of Patency and Interventions in Thigh Versus Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow Grafts for Chronic Hemodialysis Vascular Access
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Kidney Toxins and Kidney Injury Biomarker Detected in Children
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Management of Chronic Insomnia Disorder in Adults: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians
Free, full-text article and Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
FDA Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Oral Liquid Docusate Sodium Manufactured by PharmaTech and Distributed by Rugby Laboratories
Workplace Violence in Health Care — A Critical Issue With a Promising Solution
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Helping Doctors Transform Their Practices into Patient-Centered Models of Health Care
 


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Monday, July 18

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  July 18, 2016
Hemodialysis Patients' Satisfaction and Perspectives on Complications Associated with Vascular Access Related Interventions: Are We Listening?
Free, full-text article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
The Impact of Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Fistula on Hemodynamic Parameters of the Cardiovascular System
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Parathyroid Ultrasonography in Renal Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: An Overlooked and Useful Procedure
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Practical Tips for Home Dialysis Training Nurses
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
9 Out of 10 Strokes Could Be Prevented
Psychotherapists Gravitate Toward Those Who Can Pay
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Massachusetts General Hospital Tells Staff to Stop Playing Pokémon Go at Work
Article from Healthcare FinanceNews item from Hospitals & Health Networks.
FDA Extends Authority to e-Cigarettes: Implications for Smoking Cessation?
Free, full-text, Online First article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
 


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Fri./Sat., July 15-16

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  July 15, 2016
House Ways and Means Committee Approves ESRD Legislation
News release from Kidney Care Partners. H.R.5659 - ESRD Choice Act of 2016.

Editor's note: Among patient groups, only Dialysis Patient Citizens lobbied for this legislation. It would be interesting to know who paid for the "Patient Ambassadors" to appear in Washington.

In the grand scheme of things, who benefits most from this "sick-patient model" legislation?
Utilizing High-Risk Kidneys—Risks, Benefits, and Unintended Consequences?
Free, full-text, Early View editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Too Much Red Meat Might Harm Kidneys
Article from HealthDay. Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Risk of Cerebral Infarction in Japanese Hemodialysis Patients: Miyazaki Dialysis Cohort Study (MID Study)
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Test of the Recommended Dialysis Dose on One-Year Mortality of Nondiabetic Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients; Observations from a Single Dialysis Unit
Abstract from Renal Failure.
Low Dentin Matrix Protein 1 Is Associated with Incident Cardiovascular Events in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Technical Brief on Telehealth
National Health Spending Expected To Hit New High Of $10,000 Per Person
Brief from Kaiser Health News.
Professing the Values of Medicine — The Modernized AMA Code of Medical Ethics
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Zika Epidemic Likely to End within 3 Years
June 2016 Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program
(211-page pdf) Dialysis is covered in chapters 5 and 11. The MedPAC Data Book provides information on national health care and Medicare spending as well as Medicare beneficiary demographics, dual-eligible beneficiaries, quality of care in the Medicare program, and Medicare beneficiary and other payer liability.
CMS Draft PRS Review Call Aug. 2
CROWNWeb QARM Review July 19


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Thursday, July 14

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  July 14, 2016
CDC to Host NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Training Webinars on Aug. 1 and 11
Training is for new or experienced National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) users.
Willingness to Participate in a Randomized Trial Comparing Catheters to Fistulas for Vascular Access in Incident Hemodialysis Patients: an International Survey of Nephrologists
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Linked to Low Magnesium in Dialysis Patients
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Initiation Strategies for Renal-Replacement Therapy in the Intensive Care Unit
Abstract and editorial extract from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Free, Full-Text, Early View Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Influence of Staff Encouragement on Perceived Burden of Dietary Restriction among Patients Living Alone
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Renal/Nephrology Organization Newsletters:
New Study Shows Differences in Blood Pressure Variation across Ethnicity
Press release from Binghamton University.
Role of Vitamin D in Vascular Complications and Vascular Access Outcome in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
2015-2025 Projections of National Health Expenditures Data Released
Press release from CMS. Free, full-text, Web First article from Health Affairs.
The Importance of Listening to the Patient before We Develop Our Plans
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Should Nurse Licenses Hold Across States?
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Americans Say Political Candidates Are Not Listening to Their Health Concerns
2016 Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings Refresh
32-slide (pdf) presentation and transcript given on June 22, 2016.
Social Risk Factors Can Be Addressed in Medicare: National Academies Report
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks. Press release and report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
CMS Chief Suggests Possible Delay in MACRA Implementation
Article from HFMA.
CMS Proposed Rule for Transplant Centers and Transplant Reporting
186-page document from The Federal Register.
CROWNWeb Deadline for Pain Assessment is Aug. 1
CROWNWeb Downtime Scheduled for July 14-18


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Wednesday, July 13

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  July 13, 2016
Behind the Expansion of Home Dialysis, Rigorous Training and Texting
Article from HealthLeaders Media.

"For two days in June, Satellite brought patients from its service area to San Jose, CA to brainstorm new technology and workflows in an effort to double its home dialysis rate again to 40%."

Editor's note: The best and most innovative dialysis care is occurring at the non-profit chains. If these non-profits were given a significant financial incentive to improve employment and rehabilitation, they would reinvest the profits in patient care. Their ever-improving outcomes would then leave the large for-profit providers even further behind. While publishing this employment data would be extremely helpful to patients, it would be detrimental to the interests of most for-profit providers.

Is that one of the reasons why the KIDNEYWORKS conference (see below) did not focus on dialysis patients?
Labor Force Initiative Targets Kidney Patients
Press release from the American Association of Kidney Patients.

Editor's note: This KIDNEYWORKS conference was about patients who are NOT  on dialysis. I believe patients would want the leadership of this "Dream Team" to explain the reasons why, with their decades of experience, they failed to address dialysis patient employment and rehabilitation.

Considering today's abysmal employment and rehabilitation rates after more than 40 years of Medicare funding, the methods embraced by the leaders of this Dream Team have failed dialysis patients miserably. These leaders have become part of the problem (see comments) and too often function as apologists for the large for-profit providers that fund them.

In his 1991 book, Kidney Failure and the Federal Government, Richard Rettig identified patient employment as the issue in most need of immediate attention in dialysis care. He urged the creation of a financial incentive (pg. 50) to boost employment. KIDNEYWORKS and its leadership has always failed to acknowledge this crucial need and have instead pushed solutions that utilizes MEI products.

In my opinion, the real story of this conference was not the work being done at the table, but the money being passed and channeled under the table.
Patients To Lead National Research Priorities for Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.

Editor's note: It would be far better to have patients take the lead in creating financial incentives to improve chronic kidney disease care.
Good Samaritan Donor Kicks Off a Kidney Donation 'Chain Reaction'
Article from the Mayo Clinic.
Ways and Means Announces Markup of Health, Tax, and Social Security Legislation
The July 13 meeting includes consideration of HR 5659, Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis (ESRD) Choice Act of 2016.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
HIV and Transplantation: New Reasons for HOPE
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Dialysis Headache: A Narrative Review
Early View abstract from Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Indian Journal of Nephrology:
Patterns of End-Stage Renal Disease Caused by Diabetes, Hypertension, and Glomerulonephritis in Live Kidney Donors
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Design and Baseline Characteristics of the LANDMARK Study (Phosphate Binders)
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Educational Interventions for CKD Patients
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Transitioning Pediatric Patient to Adult Facility
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
New Diabetes Screening Recommendation Misses More Than Half of High-Risk Patients
Lighter Weights Just As Effective As Heavier Weights to Gain Muscle, Build Strength
Hospital Leaders Urge Congress to Remove Legal Barriers to Health Care Transformation
News brief from AHANewsNow.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
 


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Tuesday, July 12

Labor Force Initiative Targets Kidney Patients
Press release from the American Association of Kidney Patients.
Patients To Lead National Research Priorities for Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.

Editor's note: It would be far better to have patients take the lead in creating financial incentives to improve chronic kidney disease care.
Ways and Means Announces Markup of Health, Tax, and Social Security Legislation
The July 13 meeting includes consideration of HR 5659, Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis (ESRD) Choice Act of 2016.
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Physician Payment Reform Has Led to Decrease in Home-Based Dialysis
Press releases from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. Full-text article from American Journal of Managed Care.
"Our findings indicate that economic incentives have had a substantial effect on physicians' decisions regarding dialysis modality, and that payment reform had the unintended consequence of leading fewer patients to home dialysis. Since the choice of dialysis modality is central to patients' quality of life, independence, and healthcare costs, a reduction in the use of home dialysis can be seen as a failure of the policy."
Editor's note: Why wasn't this published in JASN?

It is hoped the Medicare Telehealth Bill that was introduced in February and last week's proposed changes to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule will change this perverse financial incentive. Also see this GAO report from Nov. 2015.

The majority of U.S. dialysis care is driven by financial incentives, not the pursuit of medical excellence. Creating a strong financial incentive to increase dialysis patient employment would revolutionize U.S. dialysis care.

Opinion Piece from Dr. Frank Maddux Appears in The Hill
Copy of opinion piece from the Renal Care Partners web site.

Editor's note:
I simply do not understand how Franklin Maddux can sleep at night.

He ends his article by stating "As a nephrologist and chair of the nation's largest advocacy organization for quality kidney care...".

This is a field of medicine in which nearly all nephrologists would avoid for themselves the treatment regimens that over 85% of their patients receive. As a patient advocate, will he ever be able to state this out loud or in print?

This legislation continues the "sick-patient model" of dialysis care that nephrologists themselves would avoid. It funnels more Medicare money to Fresenius Medical Care — which will likely funnel more patients into more treatment regimens that no nephrologist would accept for themselves.

"If the treatment of chronic uremia cannot fully rehabilitate the patient, the treatment is inadequate." — B. Scribner.

The Physician Influence Industry Is Under Scrutiny
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.

Editor's note: U.S. nephrology should be the poster child of physician self-interest.
Hemodialysis Vascular Access Roundtable on July 18
Notice from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Articles from Nephrology News and Issues:
Cancer and Mortality in Solid-Organ Transplantation: Preventable or Inevitable?
Free, full-text Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Discriminative Value of Frailty Screening Instruments in End-Stage Renal Disease
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Pragmatic Trials in Maintenance Dialysis: Perspectives from the Kidney Health Initiative
JASN Express abstract.
Risk Factors for the Development of Active Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infection in Patients Colonized with MRSA at Hospital Admission
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Infection Control.
NRAA and Renal Services Exchange (RSE) Sell Renal Purchasing Group (RPG) to Cardinal Health
Notice from the National Renal Administrators Association.
  Effectiveness of a Multicomponent Quality Improvement Strategy to Improve Achievement of Diabetes Care Goals: A Randomized, Controlled Trial
Online First abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
True Impact of Global Diabetes Epidemic Is Vastly Underestimated
Press release from Monash University.
Study: Water Intake Overlooked in Obese Individuals
Magnesium May Modestly Lower Blood Pressure
Many Drugs Can Cause or Worsen Heart Failure, Cautions New Statement
Personal Actions to Minimize Mosquito-Borne Illnesses, Including Zika Virus
Free, full-text, Online First article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Obama Renews Call For A Public Option In Health Law
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Pregnancy Multivitamins 'Are a Waste of Money'
Healthcare Providers Push for MACRA Delay
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.


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Monday, July 11

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  July 11, 2016
Choosing Between Home HD and Home PD: When, and Why
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
'Gift Certificate' Enables Kidney Donation When Convenient and Transplant When Needed
Press release from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Organ Transplants Have Come a Long Way but Hurdles Remain
AP article.
July 2016 Issue of Renal Society of Australasia Journal
4 full-text articles and 2 book reviews in PDF format.
Comparison of Pregabalin with Doxepin in the Management of Uremic Pruritus: a Randomized Single Blind Clinical Trial
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Mortality Trends among Japanese Dialysis Patients, 1988-2013: a Joinpoint Regression Analysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Seasonal Variations of Nutritional Status in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Recurrent Vascular Access Dysfunction as a Novel Marker of Cardiovascular Outcome and Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Physical Function at the Time of Dialysis Initiation Is Associated with Subsequent Mortality
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Safety and Efficacy of Denosumab in Osteoporotic Hemodialyzed Patients
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Ultrashort Cell-Free DNA Reveals Health of Organ Transplants
Press release from Cornell University.
Rio 2016: Aries Merritt Misses Olympic Title after Kidney Transplant
Diabetes Reversal after Bypass Surgery Linked to Changes in Gut Microorganisms
Press release and Article in Press abstract from the American Journal of Pathology.
 


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Fri./Sat., July 8-9

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  July 8, 2016
Medicare Proposes Substantial Improvements to Paying for Care Coordination and Planning, Primary Care, and Mental Health in Doctor Payment Rule
Press release, fact sheet, and posting from the CMS Blog. News brief from AHANewsNow.

CMS is proposing to add several codes to the list of services eligible to be furnished via telehealth.  These include:

  • End-stage renal disease (ESRD) related services for dialysis;
  • Advance care planning services;
  • Critical care consultations furnished via telehealth using new Medicare G-codes.
KCP Applauds Legislation to Expand Medicare Coverage Options for Dialysis Patients
Press release from Kidney Care Partners. Text of the bill (HR 5659) is not available at this time.
KDIGO Announces Appointment of Programs Director
Press release from Kidney Disease | Improving Global Outcomes.
Olympic Hurdler Isn't Letting (Kidney) Disease Stand in His Way
Article from The New York Times.
Patient Acceptability of the Yorkshire Dialysis Decision Aid (YoDDA) Booklet: A Prospective Non-Randomized Comparison Study Across 6 Predialysis Services
Free, full-text, Open Access article from Peritoneal Dialysis International.
Free, Full-Text Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Dose-Response Efficacy and Safety of PA 21 in Japanese Hemodialysis Patients with Hyperphosphatemia: a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Phase II Study
Free, full-text, First Online, Open Access article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Identifying and Integrating Patient and Caregiver Perspectives for Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Screening and Management of Infectious Microorganisms in Hemodialysis Units
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
FDA MedWatch: June 2016 Safety Labeling Changes
Includes 42 products with revisions to Prescribing Information including Hectorol.
July 26 Webinar: Shared Decisionmaking for Chronic Conditions and Long-Term Care Planning
July 27 Webinar: Understanding and Managing Fabry Disease
Feds Announce Slew of New Actions to Address Nation's Deadly Opioid Epidemic
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Articles from the KevinMD Blog:
CMS Calls for 90-Day Reporting in 2016 and Easing Meaningful Use Stage 3 EHR Objectives
Article from Healthcare IT News.
CMS Proposes Expanding Diabetes-Prevention Model


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Thursday, July 7

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  July 7, 2016
Dialysis Choice or Dollars?
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Living Kidney Donor Profile Index: Utility and Limitations
Free, full-text editorial from American Journal of Transplantation.
Comparison of High-Flux Hemodialysis with Hemodialysis Filtration in Treatment of Uremic Pruritus: a Randomized Controlled Trial
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Structured Exercise in Obese Diabetic Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Issue-in-Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
The Mode of Sensitization and Its Influence on Allograft Outcomes in Highly Sensitized Kidney Transplant Recipients
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
For the Love of Nursing and Patient Care
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
Wealthier Americans Now Get Much More Health Care Than Middle Class or Poor: Harvard Study
Press release from Physicians for a National Health Program. Abstract from Health Affairs.
NIH Awards $55 Million to Build Million-Person Precision Medicine Study
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
Does Medical Marijuana Reduce Need for Other Meds?
Article from HealthDay.
CMS Issues Proposed Rule for 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rates
News brief from AHANewsNow.


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Wednesday, July 6

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  July 6, 2016
Apple Urges Organ Donation Via New iPhone Software
AP article via STAT. Press release from Donate Life America. Statement from the National Kidney Foundation.
Comments from Home Dialyzors United on KECC Request for Information on ESRD Patient Reported Outcomes and Patient Centric Measures
Letter (5-page pdf) to the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Nephrology:
Cognitive Impairment and CKD Progression Among Adults with CKD
Posting from AJKD blog.
Medicaid, Private Insurers Begin To Lift Curbs On Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Effect of Palliative Care–Led Meetings for Families of Patients With Chronic Critical Illness — A Randomized Clinical Trial
Abstract and Patient Page from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Pharmacist-Led Chronic Disease Management: A Systematic Review of Effectiveness and Harms Compared With Usual Care
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Pill Organizers Could Cause Adverse Effects among Elderly
Press release from University of East Anglia.
Pay-for-Performance: Will the Models Provide Value? — So Far, Evidence Weak That They Boost Quality or Cut Costs
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Doctor-Assisted Deaths Didn't Soar After Legalization
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, special communication and press release from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Stemming the Escalating Cost of Prescription Drugs: A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians
Free, full-text, position paper from Annals of Internal Medicine.
 


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Mon-Tues, July 4-5

Comments from Home Dialyzors United on KECC Request for Information on ESRD Patient Reported Outcomes and Patient Centric Measures
Letter (5-page pdf) to the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center.
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  July 4-5, 2016
Refugees Who Cannot Pay People Smugglers 'Being Sold for Organs'
Articles from The Independent (UK) and The Times (London).
UnitedHealthcare Sues Dialysis Chain Over Billing
Article from The New York Times.

Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:

Independent and Incremental Prognostic Value of Novel Cardiac Biomarkers in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Article in Press abstract from American Heart Journal.
Chitotriosidase As a Novel Biomarker of Early Atherosclerosis in Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
CKD Prevalence Varies across the European General Population
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
HRSA Recognizes Hospitals for Organ Donation Efforts
Dangerous and Deadly Drug Combinations
(Registration required, but free.) 12-slide presentation from Medscape.
Placebo Effect May Reveal Some of Its Secrets in New Study
Article from STAT.
False Claims Penalties Set to Double
News brief from Healthcare DIVE. Interim rule from The Federal Register.
July CROWNWeb News Letter
2-page pdf.
CMS Rule Would Allow Qualified Entities to Share/Sell Nonpublic Analyses of Claims Data
News brief from AHANewsNow.


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