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Tuesday, Jan. 17

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  Jan. 17, 2017
Nashville's Public Housing Agency Opens Its First Dialysis Clinic For Residents
Article from Nashville Public Radio.
Atrial Fibrillation More Prevalent in Dialysis Patients Than Expected
Press release from Medical University of Vienna. Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.
It Takes More Than Laws to Boosts Organ Donations
Opinion piece from The Globe and Mail (Canada).
Medical Groups Raise Blood Pressure Rx Threshold for Healthy Adults Over 60
Articles from HealthDay and STAT. Free, full-text, Latest Articles clinical guidelinesSummary for Patients, and related abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Thirty Years: Lessons Learned in Dialysis — Hemodialysis Treatment Time: As Important As It Seems?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Gastrorenal Syndrome
Posting from the Precious Bodily Fluids blog.
Management of Coronary Artery Disease and Acute Coronary Syndrome in the Chronic Kidney Disease Population-A Review of the Current Literature
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Serum Lipid Profile and Oxidative Stress in Pediatric Patients on Regular Hemodialysis: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Chronic Disease Management Interventions for People with Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Importance of Body Water in the Efficacy of Convective Solute Transport in Online Hemodiafiltration
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Association Between Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Adherence to Chronic Disease Medications: A Cohort Study
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Lifepak 1000 Defibrillators by Physio-Control: Voluntary Field Action - Immediately Remove and Reinstall Battery
Trump's HHS Secretary Pick Tom Price Invested in Company, Then Introduced a Bill To Help It
Article from CNN. Other conflict-of-interest articles about Tom Price regarding PAC support and a sweetheart deal from Kaiser Health News.
Biggest Obstacles to Patient Centered Care? Coordination and Quality Measurement
Article from Healthcare IT News.
'Superbug' May Be More Widespread Than Thought
Article from HealthDay.
GOP Dismissive Of Trump’s Medicare ‘Bidding’ Idea — Long A Non-Starter — To Curb Drug Prices
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Monday, Jan. 16

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  Jan. 16, 2017
Dialysis Providers Win Victory in Fight over Third-Party Financial Aid to Patients
Article from CNBC.
Patients Receiving Frequent Hemodialysis Have Better Health-Related Quality of Life Compared to Patients Receiving Conventional Hemodialysis
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Limited Reduction in Uremic Solute Concentrations with Increased Dialysis Frequency and Time in the Frequent Hemodialysis Network Daily Trial
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
DOPPS January 12, 2017 Web Conference Materials
Four presentations from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program.
The Robot That Performed My Kidney Transplant Declined to Be Interviewed
Article from The New York Times.
Jeffrey Berns Steps Down as Editor-in-Chief on Medscape Nephrology
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
FDA Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves Takes Effect Jan. 18
Trump's Healthcare Plan Will Offer 'Insurance for Everybody': Report
Articles from Reuters and The Hill.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
'Superbug' Resistant to All Antibiotics Killed Nevada Woman
Articles from HealthDay and the BBC.
 


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 13-14

Dialysis Providers Win Victory in Fight over Third-Party Financial Aid to Patients
Article from CNBC.
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  Jan. 13, 2017
US Judge Blocks Rule on Financial Assistance for Dialysis Patients
Articles from Reuters and MarketWatchStatement from Fresenius Medical Care.

"The temporary restraining order (TRO) will remain effective until the earlier of January 26, 2017 or the date the court is able to conclude further proceedings and rule on the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction."

RPA Comments on CMS Interim Final Rule with Comment (IFC) Entitled “Conditions for Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities—Third Party Payment
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association. Statement from the National Kidney Foundation.

Beware What You Wish For, or How Good Dialysis Got Gazumped
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Thirty Years: Lessons Learned in Dialysis — Target-based Anemia Management with Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (Risks and Benefits Relearned) and Iron (Still More to Learn)
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
An Introduction to CKD MBD Research: Restart for the Future
Free, full-text, First Online editorial from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Total Phosphate Elimination is Negatively Associated With Increased Serum Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Levels in Patients who Undergo Peritoneal Dialysis
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Diabetic Nephropathy As the Cause of End-Stage Kidney Disease Reported on the Medical Evidence Form CMS2728 at a Single Center
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Oral Iron Drug Found Safe and Effective for Treating Anemia in (Non-Dialysis) Kidney Disease Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Prevention of Cardiac Surgery Associated Acute Kidney Injury
Abstract from Current Opinion in Anesthesiology. The February 2017 issue contains nine articles on acute kidney injury.
3-D Printing Could Transform Future Membrane Technology
Exercise… It Does a Body Good: 20 Minutes Can Act As Anti-Inflammatory
Health Claims On The Rise For Kids' With Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity-Related Conditions
Article from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Thursday, Jan. 12

Beware What You Wish For, or How Good Dialysis Got Gazumped
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

RPA Comments on CMS Interim Final Rule with Comment (IFC) Entitled “Conditions for Coverage for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities—Third Party Payment
Letter from the Renal Physicians Association.

Federal Government Defends Final Rule for Dialysis Facilities, Argues Against Provider Suit
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
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  Jan. 12, 2017
DaVita CEO: ESRD Reg Likely Won't Make Short List For Congressional Review Act
Article extract only from InsideHealthPolicy.com. Press release from the American Kidney Fund.
Nominations Sought for Technical Expert Panel (TEP) on ESRD Patient Reported Outcomes
The TEP nomination period opens on January 10, 2017 and closes on February 10, 2017.

Editor's note: The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) has released a white paper (155-page pdf) on Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO), consisting of a 28-page UM-KECC report and 127 pages of supporting documentation.

Not once in the 28-page report are the words employment or rehabilitation used. The chief medical officer of Fresenius Medical Care represented the "renal community." The report guarantees that no new significant financial incentives will occur other than those that benefit the large for-profit corporations. The TEP will likely recommend the use of Fresenius products (Crit-Line) and that CMS provide reimbursement for its use. All change must feed the junk-bond nephrology machine and not disturb its factory-like approach to patient care.

Patients and patient groups would have so much more leverage negotiating with CMS and the for-profit dialysis corporations if they pushed for continuous improvements in employment and rehabilitation rates. This report shows that their main concerns are safety and cleanliness. More inspections anyone?
Implantable Device Shows Promise for Treating Anemia in ESRD Patients
Letter from the New England Journal of Medicine. Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
Incidence of and Risk Factors for Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Recipients in the United States
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Dermatology. Article from MedPage Today (registration required).
A New Kind of Resolution for Kidney Patients in 2017
News release and new education campaign from the National Kidney Foundation.
Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Empire Acquires AmeriWater from SUEZ
Press release.
Mar Cor Signs Distribution Agreement with Rephile Biosciences for Laboratory Water Purification Market
Press release.
Study Explains How Western Diet Leads to Overeating and Obesity
Senate Approves Measure Launching Obamacare Repeal Process
Article from Reuters. Article from The Hill. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
From Obamacare to Trumpcare
Articles from Health Affairs.
HHS Nominee Might Not Be Confirmed Until Mid-February, Says Senator
Article from Roll Call.
Trump Says Pharma 'Getting Away with Murder,' Stocks Slide
Article from Reuters.
  Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
Customers Who Receive Genetic Health Data Not Alarmed by Results, Find Information Useful
Press release from the University of Michigan.
 


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Wednesday, Jan. 11

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  Jan. 11, 2017
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
30 Years: Lessons Learned in Dialysis — Is Hemodialysis Patient Survival Dependent upon Small Solute Clearance (Kt/V)?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
FDA Product Recall Notices:
Calcimimetic Promising for Hyperthyroidism in ESRD
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.

(Studies funded by Amgen.) Abstracts from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Predicting 6-Month Mortality Risk of Patients Commencing Dialysis Treatment for End-Stage Kidney Disease
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
C-Reactive Protein and Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease: Results from TREAT
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Rate of Elevated Systolic Blood Pressure Increases Globally, along with Associated Deaths
Press release and free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article from HealthDay.
'Goldilocks' Drug Prevents Chronic Kidney Disease in Primates
Press release from Massachusetts General Hospital.
Scientists Pave the Way for Enhanced Detection and Treatment of Vascular Graft Infections
Press release and Article in Press abstract from the American Journal of Pathology.
Transfusions of “Old” Blood May Harm Some Patients
National Salt Reduction Strategy Is Cost-Effective 'Best Buy' for 183 Countries Worldwide
Press release from Tufts University. Full-text article from The BMJ. Article from HealthDay.
Trump Committee on Vaccine Safety a Concern, Could Threaten Kids' Health
Press release from the University of Chicago Medicine. News summary from Kaiser Health News.
 


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Tuesday, Jan. 10

Calcimimetic Promising for Hyperthyroidism in ESRD
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today. Abstracts from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
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Involuntary Discharge from Dialysis: a Health Care Practice like No Other
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
"Involuntary discharge from dialysis — a life-sustaining treatment — is a uniquely American phenomenon. It is not reported with any frequency in other first-world countries."

"Why uniquely American? Over 80 percent of dialysis care in the U.S., care that costs Medicare over $35 billion annually, is provided by two for-profit public companies. Creation of shareholder value is the driving force of these companies. In fact, the CEO of one of these companies (DaVita) has proclaimed that “the business of [my company] is not about patients.”"
Editor's note: For well over a decade these for-profit companies have trailed the largest non-profit company (DCI) in survival and hospitalization rates. They place little or no emphasis on patient employment and rehabilitation, which has kept technology stagnant and prevented the development of a well-patient model of care. These for-profit corporations practice a perverted form of medicine that is focused on reimbursement and margins and probably is best described as junk-bond, zombie nephrology.
Fresenius Medical Care Shares Dive After U.S. Subpoena Linked to American Kidney Fund
Articles from Bloomberg and Yahoo! Finance. 10-day stock charts of Fresenius Medical Care (FMS) and DaVita (DVA).
Fresenius Says Pending Regulation To End Premium Assistance Could Harm Its Business
News brief from Seeking Alpha. Ad hoc announcement from Fresenius Medical Care.
DaVita Enters Into New Sourcing and Supply Agreement with Amgen and Initiates 2017 Kidney Care Guidance
Press release.
The Effects of Pay-for-Performance Programs on Health, Health Care Use, and Processes of Care: A Systematic Review
Free, full-text, Latest article from Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Conclusion: Pay-for-performance programs may be associated with improved processes of care in ambulatory settings, but consistently positive associations with improved health outcomes have not been demonstrated in any setting."
Risk Factors and Clinical Course of Hungry Bone Syndrome after Total Parathyroidectomy in Dialysis Patients with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Hemodialysis International:
Post-Listing Survival for Highly Sensitized Patients on the UK Kidney Transplant Waiting List: a Matched Cohort Analysis
Abstract from The Lancet.
Providing Coverage for the Unique Lifelong Health Care Needs of Living Kidney Donors Within the Framework of Financial Neutrality
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Role of Uremic Toxins on Apoptosis With Varying Periods of Hemodialysis
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Catheter Safeguards at Hospitals Reduce Infections and Save Money, Study Shows
Press release from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
US Organ Transplants Increased Nearly 20% in Five Years
Article and video from CNN.
New Online Abstracts from JAMA Internal Medicine:
New Data Show U.S. Hospital Readmissions are 54 Percent Higher for Malnourished Patients
Fresenius Expands CytoSorbents Deal
The Worst That Could Happen: Industry Braces For Repeal’s Possibly ‘Devastating’ Consequences
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Smoking Costs $1 Trillion, Soon to Kill 8 Million a Year: WHO/NCI Study
Article from Reuters.
Dialysis Providers Seek to Block CMS Final Rule on 'Steering' Dialysis Patients
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
CMS Finalizes New Medicare and Medicaid Home Health Care Rules and Beneficiary Protections
Press release.


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Monday, Jan. 9

Fresenius Medical Care Shares Dive After U.S. Subpoena Linked to American Kidney Fund
Articles from Bloomberg and Yahoo! Finance. 5-day stock charts of Fresenius Medical Care (FMS) and DaVita (DVA).
Fresenius Says Pending Regulation To End Premium Assistance Could Harm Its Business
News brief from Seeking Alpha. Ad hoc announcement from Fresenius Medical Care.
DaVita Enters Into New Sourcing and Supply Agreement with Amgen and Initiates 2017 Kidney Care Guidance
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Dialysis Chains Receive Subpoenas Related to Premium Assistance
Articles from The New York Times and Reuters.

Press releases from organizations receiving subpoenas:

DaVita Announces Dialysis Patients' Suit; Acknowledges Subpoena
News brief from Seeking Alpha.

Editor's note: CMS published an interim rule (63-page pdf) on Dec. 14, 2016 (see pages 23-27 for provider misbehaviors). At that time, the for-profit corporations' surrogates responded with these press releases:
Justice Department Probing Premium Assistance for Dialysis Patients
Article extract from The Wall Street Journal.

"Dialysis providers DaVita and Fresenius confirm receipt of subpoenas related to premium program"

"The American Kidney Fund said in a statement that it has "received an administrative subpoena from the Boston U.S. attorney's office requesting information about AKF's Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP)..."
Fresenius Medical Care NA Restructures Patient Safety Organizational Entities
Press release.
How Spain Achieved a Remarkably High Rate of Deceased Organ Donation
Press release and Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Thirty Years: Lessons Learned in Dialysis — Early View Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
Free, Open Access, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Physicians Can Better Predict Outcomes for Kidney Transplant Patients with Key Data, Study Finds
Press release from Intermountain Medical Center. Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Dialysis Modality and Readmission Following Hospital Discharge: A Population-Based Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Mineral Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease in CKD
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
The First 2 Years of Activity of a Specialized Organ Procurement Center: Report of an Innovative Approach to Improve Organ Donation
Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Moving Biomarkers toward Clinical Implementation in Kidney Transplantation
JASN Express abstract.
Repealing the ACA without a Replacement — The Risks to American Health Care
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Study: ACA Repeal Would Increase Uncompensated Care by $1.1 Trillion over 10 Years
News brief from AHANews.
Uncompensated Care Falls to Lowest Level in 25 Years
Article from HFMA.
Cleveland Clinic to Censure Doctor Who Promoted Anti-Vaccine Claims
Article from STAT.
Jan. 12 Meeting Brief of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
(5-page pdf) See page 4 for outpatient dialysis services information.


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Fri./Sat., Jan. 6-7

Dialysis Chains Receive Subpoenas Related to Premium Assistance
Articles from The New York Times and Reuters.

Editor's note: CMS published an interim rule (63-page pdf) on Dec. 14, 2016 (see pages 23-27 for provider misbehaviors). At that time, the for-profit corporations' surrogates responded with these press releases:
DaVita Announces Dialysis Patients' Suit; Acknowledges Subpoena
News brief from Seeking Alpha. Press release from DaVita. Press release from Fresenius Medical Care.
Justice Department Probing Premium Assistance for Dialysis Patients
Article extract from The Wall Street Journal.

"Dialysis providers DaVita and Fresenius confirm receipt of subpoenas related to premium program"

"The American Kidney Fund said in a statement that it has "received an administrative subpoena from the Boston U.S. attorney's office requesting information about AKF's Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP)..."
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ANNA Announces National Election Results
News release from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
Dr. Suzanne Watnick Named Chief Medical Officer at Northwest Kidney Centers
Press release.

Proposed Legislation Expands Option for Home Clinic Visits by Telehealth
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

Free CE Webinar: Reducing Infection in the Outpatient Dialysis Facility - Results of the Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric End Stage Renal Disease (SCOPE)
Registration now open for January 31 webinar from the CDC.
Structure of Kidney Failure Patients' Blood Clots May Increase Their Risk of Early Death
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Many Kidney Failure Patients Lack Advance Directives near the End of Life
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Access Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Impact of Gender and Dialysis Adequacy on Anemia in Peritoneal Dialysis
Free, Open Access, First Online article from International Urology and Nephrology.
A Phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Etelcalcetide (ONO-5163/AMG 416), a Novel Intravenous Calcimimetic, for Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Japanese Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from NDT.
Advance Access Abstracts from NDT:
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Peritoneal Macrophage Heterogeneity Is Associated with Different Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Kidney International.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Telemedically Supported Case Management of Living-Donor Renal Transplant Recipients to Optimize Routine Evidence-Based Aftercare: A Single-Center Randomized Controlled Trial
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
DaVita Appoints 'Majority Diverse' Board, Names New CFO
Centers for Dialysis Care Announces New CMO
Amgen Wins a Monopoly on a Pricey Cholesterol Drug
Only 20 Percent Of Americans Support Health Law Repeal Without Replacement Plan
Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News.
Postings from the KevinMD Blog:
New Guidelines Urge Early Introduction to Peanuts for High-Risk Infants
Article from HealthDay. News release from the National Institutes of Health.
New "21st Century Cures" Legislation — Speed and Ease vs Science
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CMS Announces Revision of Webpages on the Prospective Payment System (PPS)
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Medicaid Expansion Boosts Michigan's Economy and Will More Than Pay for Itself
Press release from the University of Michigan Health System.


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Thursday, Jan. 5

ANNA Announces National Election Results
News release from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.
Dr. Suzanne Watnick Named Chief Medical Officer at Northwest Kidney Centers
Press release.
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Fresenius Medical Care Closes RAI Dialysis Unit in Fredericktown, MO
Article from Daily Journal Online.
Maintaining Momentum on Capitol Hill
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Epidemiology of Acute Kidney Injury in Critically ill Children and Young Adults
Abstract and editorial extract from The New England Journal of Medicine.
The Prevalence, Association, and Clinical Outcomes of Frailty in Maintenance Dialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Journal of Renal Nutrition.
1-Year Course of Fatigue in Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Efficacy and Safety of Everolimus Plus Low-Dose Tacrolimus Versus Mycophenolate Mofetil Plus Standard-Dose Tacrolimus in De Novo Renal Transplant Recipients: 12-Month Data
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis: Perspectives on Patient Selection in Low-to Middle-Income Countries
Abstract and link to full-text PDF from International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease.
Articles from Indian Journal of Nephrology:
Efficacy and Effectiveness of Screen and Treat Policies in Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Screening Tests and Interventions
Free, full-text article and editorial from The BMJ.
Vowing To Jettison Obamacare, Republicans Face Immediate Resistance And Risks
Articles from Kaiser Health News and The Hill.
Bill Would Give Physicians Lead on Advanced Illness Care
Article from Medical Economics.


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Wednesday, Jan. 4

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France Just Made Every Citizen An Organ Donor, Unless They Opt Out
Video and article from The World Post.
What it is Like to Receive a Life Saving Transplant From Your Teenage Niece
Article from Orange Coast Magazine.
Clinical Outcomes of Metformin Use in Populations With Chronic Kidney Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, or Chronic Liver Disease: A Systematic Review
Latest Articles abstract and free, full-text clinical practice guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Effect of Fish Oil Supplementation and Aspirin Use on Arteriovenous Fistula Failure in Patients Requiring Hemodialysis: A Randomized Clinical Trial
New Online abstract and editorial extract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Myths in Peritoneal Dialysis
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text articles from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension via Medscape Nephrology.
Higher PTH Levels May Increase Risk of Dialyzer Clotting
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Big Data, Predictive Analytics, and Quality Improvement in Kidney Transplantation: A Proof of Concept
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Time-Extended Local rtPA Infiltration for Acutely Thrombosed Hemodialysis Fistulas
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Surgeon Experience Affects Outcome of Forearm Arteriovenous Fistulae More Than Outcomes of Upper-Arm Fistulae
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Abstracts from Nephron:
A Clinical Study on Low-Molecular Weight Heparin Infusion as Anticoagulation for Nocturnal Home Haemodialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Resolution Introduced to Start Process to Repeal and Replace the ACA
News brief from AHANews.
AMA CEO: Before Repealing ACA, Offer Replacement Details
Letter to congressional leaders from the American Medical Association (AMA) CEO. Related AMA news item. Article from The Hill.
Leading Republicans See A Costly Malpractice Crisis — Experts Don't
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Gun Violence May Be 'Contagious,' Study Suggests
Medicare Bundled-Payments Model Cut Joint Replacement Costs by More Than 20 Percent
Press release from Penn Medicine. New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
HHS Nominee Is Foe of Bundled Payments despite Data Proving Their Success
Articles from Kaiser Health News and Healthcare Finance.


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Monday/Tuesday, Jan. 2-3

France Just Made Every Citizen An Organ Donor, Unless They Opt Out
Video and article from The World Post.
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Abstracts from Seminars in Dialysis:
Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse
Article from Slate.com.
Kent Thiry Is Mentioned As Possible Candidate for Colorado Governor in 2018
Article from The Denver Post.
American College of Physicians Updates Recommendations for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
Press release from American College of Physicians. Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text clinical practice guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Peritoneal Dialysis Registry With 2013 Survey Report (Japan)
Abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Teaching Peritoneal Dialysis in Australia: An Opportunity for Improvement
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Fabry's Disease: What Every Nephrologist Should Know
43-slide presentation from UKidney.
Management of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism: How and Why?
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Calcitriol May Be Optimal Vitamin D3 Therapy for SHPT
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Obesity Increases the Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease among Living Kidney Donors
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Hypomagnesemia and Increased Risk of New Onset Diabetes Mellitus after Transplantation in Pediatric Renal Transplant Recipients
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Detecting Heterogeneous Treatment Effects to Guide Personalized Blood Pressure Treatment: A Modeling Study of Randomized Clinical Trials
Latest Articles abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Oscillometric and Auscultatory Blood Pressure Measurement Methods in Children: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Abstract from Journal of Hypertension.
Canagliflozin Slows Progression of Renal Function Decline Independently of Glycemic Effects
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Preoperative Renal Resistive Index Predicts Risk of Acute Kidney Injury in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery
Article in Press abstract from Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Annals Of Internal Medicine:
Corporate Health Care Is Doomed. Here's Why.
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Most Doctors Ignore One of the Most Potent Ways to Improve Health, Penn Experts Say
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Germany's Model For Drug Price Regulation Could Work In The US
Posting from Health Affairs Blog.
House, Senate Headed for Clash on Medicare
Article from The Hill.
January CROWNWeb Newsletter Now Available


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Monday, Jan. 2

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Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse
Article from Slate.com.
Kent Thiry Is Mentioned As Possible Candidate for Colorado Governor in 2018
Article from The Denver Post.
Peritoneal Dialysis Registry With 2013 Survey Report (Japan)
Abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Obesity Increases the Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease among Living Kidney Donors
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Pediatric Nephrology:
Hypomagnesemia and Increased Risk of New Onset Diabetes Mellitus after Transplantation in Pediatric Renal Transplant Recipients
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Oscillometric and Auscultatory Blood Pressure Measurement Methods in Children: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Abstract from Journal of Hypertension.
Canagliflozin Slows Progression of Renal Function Decline Independently of Glycemic Effects
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Preoperative Renal Resistive Index Predicts Risk of Acute Kidney Injury in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery
Article in Press abstract from Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.
Corporate Health Care Is Doomed. Here's Why.
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Most Doctors Ignore One of the Most Potent Ways to Improve Health, Penn Experts Say
Press release from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Germany's Model For Drug Price Regulation Could Work In The US
Posting from Health Affairs Blog.
House, Senate Headed for Clash on Medicare
Article from The Hill.


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 30-31

Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse
Article from Slate.com.
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Articles from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free):
2016 in Review Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
The Use of Incremental Peritoneal Dialysis in a Large Contemporary Peritoneal Dialysis Program
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Racial Disparities Exist in Children's Access to Kidney Transplantation
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal of Transplantation:
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Rates Are Low in Women with Advanced Kidney Disease
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from American Society of Nephrology.
First Online Abstracts from International Urology and Nephrology:
Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Ups Risk of Kidney Allograft Loss
Article from Renal and Urology News.

In the News: Fake Nephrology Conferences and Journals: Have You Have Been Getting These E-Mails?
Posting from the NephronPower blog.

Could Anemia Cause Hearing Loss?
Pharmacies Missed Half of Dangerous Drug Combinations
Article from the Chicago Tribune.
QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Aged =18 Years Who Are Very Worried about Medical Costs, by Home Ownership and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2015
Feature from the CDC's MMWR.
 


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Thursday, Dec. 29*

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  Dec. 29, 2016
Serious Illness Conversations in ESRD
CJASN Express abstract.
JASN Express Abstracts:
Lifetime Risk of Renal Replacement Therapy in Europe: a Population-based Study Using Data from the ERA-EDTA Registry
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Diagnosis and Management of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in Chronic Kidney Disease: a Review
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Subtotal Parathyroidectomy for SHPT Safe, Effective
Article from Renal & Urology News.
The Central Role of Endothelial Dysfunction in Cardiorenal Syndrome
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from CardioRenal Medicine.
Hepatitis B Reactivation in HBsAg-Negative/HBcAb-Positive Patients Receiving Immunosuppressive Therapy for Glomerulonephritis: A Retrospective Analysis
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Cycling in Bed Is Safe for ICU Patients, Study Suggests
Nurses Call on Senate to Reject Tom Price as HHS Secretary
Press release from National Nurses United.
Free, Full-Text Articles from The New England Journal of Medicine:
CROWNWeb Town Hall: "Connecting the Pieces"
Registration for Jan. 26, 2017 event now open.


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Wednesday, Dec. 28

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Three Stories of Renal Vocational Rehabilitation
(2-page pdf) Newsletter from the Northwest Renal Network.
As Jobs Left the US, Suicides Rose
Articles from The Boston Globe and Slate.com. This draft version of the report is a  68-page pdf.

"We find that counties more exposed to a plausibly exogenous trade liberalization exhibit higher rates of suicide and related causes of death, concentrated among whites, especially white males."

Editor's note: More supporting evidence that providing renal replacement therapy with no emphasis on renal rehabilitation can be self-defeating and harmful to patients (especially white males?).
Dr. Larry Fleischmann, Pioneering Pediatric Kidney Expert, Dies
Article from the Detroit Free Press.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 Levels Associate with AKI and Death in Critical Illness
JASN Express abstract.
Nephros Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance of HydraGuard(TM) 10" UltraFilter
Nephros press release.
When It Comes to Reducing Hospital Readmissions, Financial Penalties Work
Press release from Yale University. Abstract from The Journal of the American Medical Association. Related Latest abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Back Pain Dominate US Health Care Spending
Press release from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Free, full-text article from The Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Potential Costs of Tom Price As HHS Secretary
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Serial Testers and Cursory Checks: India's Flawed Generic Drug Trials Business
Article from Reuters.
CMS Announces New Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model
Article from Healthcare Finance.


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Monday/Tuesday, Dec. 26-27

As Jobs Left the US, Suicides Rose
Articles from The Boston Globe and Slate.com. This draft version of the report is a  68-page pdf.

"We find that counties more exposed to a plausibly exogenous trade liberalization exhibit higher rates of suicide and related causes of death, concentrated among whites, especially white males."

Editor's note: More supporting evidence that providing renal replacement therapy with no emphasis on renal rehabilitation can be self-defeating and harmful to patients (especially white males?).
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American Kidney Fund Seen Insisting on Donations, Contrary to Government Deal
Article from The New York Times (page 1 on Dec. 26).

"Under an agreement with the federal government, the Kidney Fund must distribute the aid based on a patient's financial need. But the charity has resisted giving aid to patients at clinics that do not donate money to the fund, an investigation by The New York Times has found. The actions have limited crucial help for needy patients at these clinics."

Editor's note: The American Kidney Fund functions as a fixed slot machine for the large for-profit dialysis providers and as a shakedown organization for the small dialysis providers. It routinely promotes policies that benefit for-profit dialysis providers. It fails patients once they receive a transplant. The long-time CEO pays herself a salary greater than President Obama's.
Living Kidney Donors Often Pay Their Own Expenses
Article from Reuters.
A Nation Divided, Even on Organ Transplants
Article from The Boston Globe.
Top Nephrology-Related Stories of 2016
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
The Role of Psychological Factors in Fatigue among End-Stage Kidney Disease Patients: a Critical Review
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
A Randomized, Single-Blind, Crossover Trial of Recovery Time in High-Flux Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Fragility Fracture
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Advance Access Abstracts of from NDT:
Bedside Tunneled Dialysis Catheter Removal—A Lesson Learned From Nephrology Trainees
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Inflammation and Oxidation: Do They Improve after Kidney Transplantation? Relationship with Mortality after Transplantation
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Peritonitis As a Risk Factor for Long-Term Cardiovascular Mortality in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: The Case of a Friendly Fire?
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Intraperitoneal Vancomycin Plus Either Oral Moxifloxacin or Intraperitoneal Ceftazidime for the Treatment of Peritoneal Dialysis-Related Peritonitis: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The Peritoneal Sieving of Sodium: a Simple and Powerful Test to Rule out the Onset of Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis in Patients Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Variations in Outcomes of Hemodialysis Vascular Access by Race/Ethnicity in the Elderly
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Study: Hospital Readmission Rates Decrease after Passage of ACA Financial Penalties
Press release from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Latest Articles abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Cleveland Clinic's 15-Year Focus on Improving Minority Health
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Medicaid Expansion Tied to Employment among People with Disabilities
Article from Reuters Health.


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Monday, Dec. 26

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American Kidney Fund Seen Insisting on Donations, Contrary to Government Deal
Article from The New York Times (front page Dec. 26).

"Under an agreement with the federal government, the Kidney Fund must distribute the aid based on a patient's financial need. But the charity has resisted giving aid to patients at clinics that do not donate money to the fund, an investigation by The New York Times has found. The actions have limited crucial help for needy patients at these clinics."
Living Kidney Donors Often Pay Their Own Expenses
Article from Reuters.
A Nation Divided, Even on Organ Transplants
Article from The Boston Globe.
Top Nephrology-Related Stories of 2016
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog.
The Role of Psychological Factors in Fatigue among End-Stage Kidney Disease Patients: a Critical Review
Free, full-text, Advance Access article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
A Randomized, Single-Blind, Crossover Trial of Recovery Time in High-Flux Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Fragility Fracture
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Inflammation and Oxidation: Do They Improve after Kidney Transplantation? Relationship with Mortality after Transplantation
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Peritonitis As a Risk Factor for Long-Term Cardiovascular Mortality in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: The Case of a Friendly Fire?
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Intraperitoneal Vancomycin Plus Either Oral Moxifloxacin or Intraperitoneal Ceftazidime for the Treatment of Peritoneal Dialysis-Related Peritonitis: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The Peritoneal Sieving of Sodium: a Simple and Powerful Test to Rule out the Onset of Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis in Patients Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Variations in Outcomes of Hemodialysis Vascular Access by Race/Ethnicity in the Elderly
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Cleveland Clinic's 15-Year Focus on Improving Minority Health
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
 


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Fri./Sat., Dec. 23-24

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Kidney Transplant Recipient and Donor Will Attempt Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Together in 2017
News release from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
DOPPS Practice Monitor: Web Conference on Emerging Dialysis Trends - January 12
Registration now open.
Is Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 the New Biomarker for Cardiovascular Mortality in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients?
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
Prior Kidney Damage May Pose Risks for Pregnant Women and Their Babies
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
PDI in Press Abstracts:
Infection Related Hospitalization and Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: a Nationwide Population-based Study
Advance Access abstract from NDT.
Smoking While Pregnant May Compromise Children's Kidney Function
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
US Women Increasingly Use Pot during Pregnancy, Study Finds
Article from AP.
HealthCare Partners Nevada to Acquire WellHealth Quality Care
Press release.
Fresenius Kidney Care Joins Forces with The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Press release.
New Grant to Study Bone Disease in Infants with Chronic Kidney Disease
Would You Lie to Protect a Colleague?
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape.
Alleged Scheme To Fix Generic Drug Prices Started At Dinners And ‘Girls Nights Out’
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Medicare Offers Hospitals Cash to Rev up Cardiac Rehab Participation
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.


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Thursday, Dec. 22

HealthCare Partners Nevada to Acquire WellHealth Quality Care
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Medicare Pays For A Kidney Transplant, But Not The Drugs To Keep It Viable
Article from WKAR.

"She's already paying copays, premiums and past medical bills. She says she sleeps on the floor because she considers buying a bed a luxury she can't afford."
Lost Wages Reimbursement for Living Organ Donors Trial Announced
News release from Arbor Research Collaborative for Health.
UNOS Researchers Examine Rise in Kidney Discard Rate
News release from the United Network for Organ Sharing.
From Transplant Lab Worker to Donor, Birmingham Man Becomes Part of UAB's World-Record Kidney Chain
Press release from University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
Initiation Time of Renal Replacement Therapy on Patients with Acute Kidney Injury: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of 8179 Participants
Free, full-text article from Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from PLOS ONE:
Relationships between Left Ventricular Structure and Function by Cardiac MRI and Cardiac Biomarkers in End-Stage Renal Disease
Article in Press from Canadian Journal of Cardiology.
Changing Survival of People with Myeloma and End Stage Kidney Disease; a Cohort Study Using ANZDATA 1963-2013
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Free CME/CE: Evidence-Based Use of Growth Hormone in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Quality Improvement Initiative for Optimizing Outcomes
Web-based interactive virtual patient activity from the National Kidney Foundation.
3D Printing of Medical Devices
Update from the FDA.
Patient Safety Alert - Reports of Contaminated Organ Preservation Solution
National Academy of Medicine Launches 'Action Collaborative' to Promote Clinician Well-Being and Combat Burnout, Depression, and Suicide Among Health Care Workers
Press release.
Workplace Violence Prevention Course for Nurses
New resource from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
As GOP Prepares For Repeal, Study Adds To Growing Evidence Health Law Is Working
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Care for the Vulnerable vs. Cash for the Powerful — Trump's Pick for HHS
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Peter Thiel Said to Be Playing Key Role in Filling Health, Science Posts under Trump
Article from STAT.
Allegiance ACO (New Jersey) Generates $2 Million in Medicare Shared Savings Using HealthEC's Population Health Management Solution
Press release.

"Specifically, the ACO's patients have a higher rate of kidney dialysis utilization compared to the national average dialysis patient population. However, with support from HealthEC, Allegiance ACO is able to keep dialysis costs under control."

ASPE Releases Report on the Impact of Social Risk Factors on Medicare Quality Programs
News brief from AHANews.

"Dual enrollment status [in Medicare and Medicaid] was the most powerful predictor of poor outcomes, ..."

Under Trump, Indiana May Export Free Market Medicaid Expansion
Article from HealthLeaders Media.


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Wednesday, Dec. 21

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Articles in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
Dialysate Temperature of 36?° C: Association with Clinical Outcomes
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Online Hemodiafiltration Reduces Bisphenol A Levels
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Quality of Life of Elderly Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis Versus Hemodialysis: a Single Center Study
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Aging Care Is A Big Business — That Fails The Patient
Posting from The Huffington Post.

"The dietitians who offer meal-planning advice not covered by insurance, the kidney dialysis centers that bill private insurance $6,300 per session; the physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists ? your patient helps support all of them."

Editor's note: $6300 is approximately 25 times more than the Medicare rate.
FDA OKs High-Tech Diabetes Device to Help Replace Fingerstick Tests
Article from HealthDay. FDA news release.
Trends in Extracorporeal Life Support
Institute of Food Technologists Calls Upon Federal Government to Increase Funding for Sodium Reduction Research
Learning by Listening: Online Reviews Can Improve Health Care
Press release from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Scientific Basis of Guideline Recommendations on Sugar Intake: A Systematic Review
Free, full-text, Latest article from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Payment Year (PY) 2017 Performance Score Certificates (PSCs) and Performance Score Reports (PSRs)
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
CMS Finalizes Bundled Payment Models for Cardiac and Hip Fracture Care


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Tuesday, Dec. 20

Aging Care Is A Big Business — That Fails The Patient
Posting from The Huffington Post.

"The dietitians who offer meal-planning advice not covered by insurance, the kidney dialysis centers that bill private insurance $6,300 per session; the physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists ? your patient helps support all of them."

Editor's note: $6300 is approximately 25 times more than the Medicare rate.
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Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:

Open Access December 2016 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal; Articles Include:
New Report Outlines 10 Measures for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death
Press release and full-text Article in Press from the Journal of the the American College of Cardiology.
Early View Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Abstracts and Links to PDFs from Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Hospitalized Patients Treated by Female Physicians Show Lower Mortality
Press release from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Article from Kaiser Health News. Press release, New Online full-text article, and full-text editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Nurses Rank #1 Most Trusted Profession for 15th Year in a Row
News release from the American Nurses Association.
RPA Comments on Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentives Final Rule
Letter to the CMS Administrator from the Renal Physicians Association.
Bill Introduced in Senate Would Expand Telehealth Options for Home Dialysis Patients
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.


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Monday, Dec. 19

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Banned Medical Devices; Powdered Gloves
Notice from The Federal Register. The ban goes into effect on Jan. 18, 2017.
Disparities in Renal Replacement and Dialysis Therapies
(Registration required, but free.) Berns on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Cardiovascular Events and Death in Japanese Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access article from Kidney International.
Cognitive Impairment and Structural Neuroimaging Abnormalities Among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Issue in Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Symptoms among Patients Receiving in Center Hemodialysis: a Qualitative Study
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Developing a Patient Led Electronic Feedback System for Quality and Safety within Renal PatientView
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Developing Treatments for Chronic Kidney Disease in the 21st Century
Abstract from Seminars in Nephrology.
Coronary Risk Score for Mineral Bone Disease in Chronic Non-Diabetic Hemodialysis Patients: Results from a Prospective Pilot Study
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Effects of High Density Lipoprotein Raising Therapies on Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, with or without Renal Impairment: The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes Study
Issue in Progress abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Dietary Salt Restriction Is Beneficial to the Management of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
Article in Press abstract from Kidney International.
Acute Kidney Injury and Mortality Prognosis in Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients: a Meta-Analysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Transportation Requirements and Dialysis Care
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
A Blow-By-Blow Account of Daily Life with Chronic Pain and Illness
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
Flu Season's Starting to Rear Its Head
Article from HealthDay.
CMS Finalizes Rules for the Health Insurance Marketplace, Improving Stability
Press release. Article from The Hill.


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